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English Weather, News, Ski Report - December 16, 2023



The stars made their return to the sky this morning, without any clouds to blemish their shine. Thanks to the clear skies, we have significant temperature inversions this morning. As of 9:30 a.m. the temperature in the center of the village was -8 degrees, much colder than in Pisaillas where the temperature was -2.

At altitude a North-East wind reaches speeds of around 30-40 km/h above
2000m, where maximum temperatures may reach 2 degrees.

Roads: The road is slippery in some places, please be careful if you are driving towards Bourg St Maurice today.

Ski Report

Great news for the Pisaillas sector. All ski lifts are expected to be in open.
The Fornet sector is expected to fully open today, except for the Fornet and Vallon slopes.

Over on Solaise, all slopes should be open with the exception of the L, St Jacques, Cugnai, Madeleine, and Marmottons.

The Bellevarde sector is mostly open except for the Gamelle and Marmottes ski lifts. The Orange, OK, Santons, Snow Park, Stade and Lanches slopes are closed.

Pedestrian paths are all open except for les Sources and la Daille . For Nordic ski,  the Lac Ouillette or the Manchet Valley are open today.

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

We have a green light for the Critérium de la Première Neige!

The Downhill races took place yesterday in ideal weather conditions, which are expected to continue throughout the week-end.

This is a welcome change after the rain and snow made the work of the teams on site complicated at the start of the week. After final preparations on Thursday, the track is in perfect condition; a big sigh of relief after the colossal work of recent days.

In fact, preparation on the Oreiller Killy slope has been taking place since November 20. Teams installed more than 15 kilometers of safety nets and essential equipment for the speed events. The ladies reached or even exceeded 115km/h on certain portions during the descent.

A amazing spectacle awaits us today, with start of the downhill event at 10:30 a.m. The race can be seen at la Daille finish area, or live on Radio Val d'Isère thanks to our double click transmission and A+ recording.  

In sporting news,  the Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel will start first. French skier Laura Gauche is at bib number 3. Three other French women are in the races: Romane Miradoli, who is not starting today. Anouck Errard at bib 38, Camille Cerutti, bib 40 and Karen Smadja Clément, bib 42.

The show will continue this evening after the races with the awards ceremony and the bib draw. Like yesterday, Olympic Avenue will be closed to traffic from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for these festivities. Prize giving at 6:15 p.m. then drawing of bibs for the Super G the next day at 6:30 p.m.

Another major competition this weekend, the info cup. 24 French journalists including David Pujadas, Julien Arnaud, Bernard de la Villardière, Anne Sophie de Kristoffy and Karine Fauvet arrived in Val d'Isere yesterday. After a festive meal at La Folie Douce last night, they will particpate in a team parallel slalom competiion at the Gérard Bonnevie stadium around noon. Later, a prize giving ceremony will be held at Folie Douce for these journalists, who have been competing in the resort for 8 years.

Critérium de la Première Neige: Women’s Downhill Program

 9 a.m. – Opening of the Critérium village

 9:45 a.m. – “Funky Brass” stroll – Daille fan zone

 10 a.m. – Flag lowering with the children of the Sports Club

 10:30 a.m. - Ladies downhill on the OK slope.

 12 p.m. - Awards ceremony and the traditional presentation of the calf to the winner (Finish racket)

 12:30 p.m. – “Funky Brass” stroll – Daille fan zone

  5:15 p.m. - Meeting with Lucy Paltz, Tessa Worley & Federica Brignone around the book "Born to ski" - Free access / Hotel  "Les Barmes de l'Ours".

  5:30 p.m.: Closure of Olympic Avenue and mulled wine (Olympic Avenue podium)

  6:15 p.m.: Women’s Downhill prize giving (Avenue Olympique)

  6:30 p.m.: Public drawing of Super-G bibs (podium on Avenue Olympique).


-The Tourist Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

-The aquasports center is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-The ice rink is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

-The reservation center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-The post office is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Free transport:

-The red train runs from La Daille to Fornet via the slopes roundabout every 6 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. then every 20 minutes until 2 a.m.

-The blue train goes up to Legettaz every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 p.m.

-The yellow train takes you to the Manchet valley via rue de la Balme, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 p.m. every 20 minutes

-The Val Tignes shuttle runs between our two resorts. 6 round trips per day, departing from La Daille: 7:55 a.m., 8:35 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 4:25 p.m., 5:25 p.m., 6:20 p.m. Departing from Tignes 1800: 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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