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English Weather, News, Ski Report - December 11, 2023



The storm has settled into the area, with moderate to strong showers continuing all day long. The snow-rain limit is currently around 2500m, and is expected to drop down to 2200m throughout the day. Up to 40 cm of heavy snow is possible up high, with approximately 50 mL of rain here in town. A strong Westerly wind will continue in the alpine, averaging 50-80 km/hr.
At 9:30 a.m. temperatures are measuring +2° degree in the village, +1.5° up on Solaise, and -2.5° up in the Pisaillas area. Today we can expect a top of 4 degrees at 2000m.


With temperatures staying above freezing, the roads are unproblematic this morning. Vehicles should have no major difficulties out there today.

Ski Report
Due to the current difficult weather conditions and strong winds at altitude, delays are to be expected in certain areas. Please respect all signage, and avalanche closures.
The situation is evolving constantly.
As of 9:30 the situation is as follows :
The Pisaillas area will not be open to the public today. In the Fornet sector, the Fornet Cable-car and Pyramid draglift are predicted to open later on, giving access to the Petit Bois, Pyramid, and Mangard runs.
Over on Solaise, the majority of lifts are currently open, with Glacier and its corresponding runs opening with a slight delay. The Lessieres chairlift is on wind hold, and the Laisinant chairlift and its runs will be closed today due to avalanche danger. Currently on the snowfront, the Village chair is the only lift in operation.
The Bellevarde area currently has the Funicular, Olympique cable-car, and La Daille gondola open to the public. Open runs include ; Diebold, 3J, Verte, G, and the Raye.
The avalanche risk is 4/5 today. Always ski with a partner, have the appropriate gear and know how to use it, and if in doubt hire a guide.


There was a feeling of sadness across the village yesterday morning following the cancellation of the Critérium de la Première Neige slalom event. The rain, then snow on Saturday night got the better of the icy race course, and the organisers finally decided to cancel the event, in consultation with the FIS. It is a question of fairness between the different athletes, but also of safety. The snow quality was no longer at the level expected for international races. Anyhow, this morning we thank everyone who made Saturday's race possible: from ski patrol, to STVI, to the instructors, the gendarmes, municipal police and firefighters. Also the local council, events management team, members of the Sports Club and their various volunteers, a big congratulations all round for their hard work.

Now it's time to look forward, to the women's speed events at La Daille. The Oreiller Killy run is ready to host this weekend's races, which have been in preparation for the last couple of weeks. The current weather conditions will make the final preparations complicated, but sunshine is expected to return at the end of the week and this weekend. Downhill training will take place Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

As a result of the storm on Saturday night, the Fornet cable car remained closed yesterday. The humidity weighed down the communication line, which runs between the two main cables, and the strong gusts of wind caused this line to pass under one of the cables becoming stuck. It was impossible to operate the lift under these conditions, and necessary to free the line. An extremely rare operation, as the last time this occurred was at least 10 years ago. Thankfully, everything is now back in order, the Fornet cable-car expected to operate as normal today.

The annual Vie Val d'Is welcome soiree takes place tomorrow night, Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to midnight. A repeat of last year, this evening will take place at La Doudoune, on the snowfront. The evening is free for all members of the association, all Vie Val d'Is card holders. Free meal, a refreshment bar and good vibes, this evening is a great opportunity to get together at the start of the season, and also learn about everything that the Vie Val d'Is has to offer, they are much more than a discount card and ski passes at negotiated prices. New this year, the proceeds from the coat check will be donated to the local charity 'Dans les yeux de Gabin'.


- The cinema is showing ; The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes at 08:30 p.m.
- The ice skating rink will be open from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- The Tourism Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- The Aqua Leisure complex is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- The Vie Val d'Is office is open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then 3 – 6 p.m.
- The Media Library is open from 2 – 6 p.m.
- The Bookings centre is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Town Hall is open from 9 a.m. To 12 p.m. and then  2 – 6 p.m.

Free Public Transport

- The Red Shuttle will be circulating between la Daille and the Fornet every 6 minutes from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and then every 20 minutes until 2 a.m.
- The Yellow shuttle, up to the Manchet Valley, leaves every 15 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 11:20 p.m.
- The Blue shuttle will be going up to the Legattaz every 15 minutes between 8:30 a.m and 11:20 p.m.
- The free shuttle between Tignes and Val d'Isère runs 6 times a day.
Departures from the central bus station at 7:50 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 4:20 p.m. 5:20 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Departure from Tignes 1800 at 8:05 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 11 a.m. 4:35 p.m. 5:35 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

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