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English Weather, News, Ski Report - December 12, 2023



The precipitation is expected to ease off, but is set to continue all day long. An accumulation of 20-30 cm of snow is possible above tree-line throughout the day. Thankfully, the freezing level is predicted to drop down to 1700m tonight. The Westerly wind will also ease off, averaging 50 km/hr in the alpine. Temperatures remain largely unchanged, expecting a top of 3° at 2000m. As of 9 a.m., temperatures are measuring -3° at Pisaillas, +0.5 at the top of Solaise, and 2° here in the village.


The rain has completely cleared the roads, with vehicles having no difficulties. However, sidewalks are covered with sheets of ice, crampons or perhaps ice skates are strongly recommended.

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 a.m. the situation is as follows :
The Pisaillas area will have a delayed openign this morning, with skiing on the Moraine, Pisaillas, Lac Cema and Traversee des Arses. In the Fornet sector, the Pyramid lift will make its season debut at 10 a.m. Open runs include; Pyramid, Col, Pont, Abatte, Pre-Chemin, Petit Bois, and Mangard.
Over on Solaise, The gondola has a technical issue and is expected to open at 10 a.m. Once open, the majority of the terrain is expected to open apart from the Laisiant, Cugnai and Manchet chairlifts alongside their corresponding runs.
The Bellevarde area currently has the Funicular, Olympique cable-car, La Daille gondola, and Marmotte chair open to the public. Open runs include ; Diebold, 3J, Verte, G, and the Raye. The Borsat, Grand Pre and Fountain Froide chairs, and their corresponding runs, will open later this morning.
Pedestrians and Cross Country skiers can head out to either the Manchet Valley, or the Lake d'Ouillette.
The avalanche risk is 3/5 today. Always ski with a partner, have the appropriate gear and know how to use it, and if in doubt hire a guide.

Local News

Good news for the local community and our participation in the 2030 Winter Olympic Games. The president of the Auvergne Rhone Alpes Region, Laurent Wauquiez, was present with us on Saturday for the Critérium de la Première Neige. He told local elected officials, socio-professionals and resort stakeholders that Val d’Isère “was still in the race”. It was enough for the mayor of Val d'Isère, Patrick Martin, to summon journalists yesterday at noon for a video press conference. He announced messages of optimism, recalling that the dialogue will continue until July, and that the final decision is up to the French National Olympic and Sports Committee. The actions of the village, the local lobbying therefore seems to be working, particularly over the World Cup weekend.

In 1992, the Albertville games were an opportunity to refurbish the infrastructure, particularly the roads. The expressway between Moutiers and Albertville dates back to then. These games would be an opportunity to strengthen carbon-free mobility, in particular the train in the Tarentaise valley. In Val d'Isère, one of the arguments in favor of a return of technical events is the presence of infrastructure, the conference center, the Aqua Leisure complex, and Maison de Val among others, and that it would not be necessary to invest in upgrades. The final decision regarding the venues selected for these games will be made in July.

Extremely poor weather conditions were found yesterday in the ski area. Poor visibility and heavy snow, even at high altitudes, made skiing difficult especially for beginners. The wind picked up mid-morning, forcing most of the ski lifts to close prematurely. The situation is expected to be similar today, however the rain and wind will ease off slightly, giving a glimpse of hope for increased open terrain. Temperatures should drop off this evening, with a hopeful return of snowflakes above 1700 meters.

Not to be missed this evening, is the Vie Val d'Is association's welcome party, from 6 p.m. until midnight at La Doudoune. This evening is free for all members of the association, all Vie Val d'Is card holders. A free meal, refreshment bar and good vibes will be found, a great opportunity to reunite at the start of the season, but also to talk about everything that the Vie Val d'Is association has to offer, much more than a simple reduction card and ski passes at negotiated prices. New this year, the proceeds from the coat check will be donated to the association in 'Dans les yeux de gabin'.

The seniors of the village are invited to a brain gymnastics workshop at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Maison de val, hosted by the CCAS.


- 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 9 a.m. to 1 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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