The high pressure system continues to dominate the area, with another day of sunshine and blue skies on the forecast. This is joined by calm winds at altitude. The temperatures continue to warm up, expecting a top of 6 degrees at 2000m. The temperature inversion remains strong in the area, at 9 a.m. we have recorded temperatures of -4° here in the village, +3.5° at the top of Solaise and -2° at Pisaillas.
The roads are clear, with no major difficulties expected for vehicles travelling in the region today.
The majority of the ski area is now open to the public, with ski patrol working hard to open the remaining zones. Most runs in the ski area were groomed overnight.
The Pisaillas area will be open for skiing today, with all runs expected to open. In the Fornet sector, almost everything is now open apart from the Signal draglift. However, the bottom section of the Signal run will open today. Mangard remains the only option down to the Fornet Village.
Over on Solaise, the majority of the terrain is now open to the public apart from Cugnai, 3000, the Manchet Express and their corresponding runs. In addition, piste L will remain closed.
The Bellevarde area is hosting the World Cup Super G today, and the OK, Orange, and bottom section of Diebold will be closed as a result. Otherwise, everything else is open with the exception of Santons, the Border Crosses, and the Snowpark. Skiing in Tignes can be accessed via the Tommeuses chairlift.
Cross Country skiers can head out to either the Manchet Valley, or the Lake d'Ouillette. Pedestrians can head out to a variety of walking trails today, however the paths at Les Sources, La Daille, Les Branges and Les Marmottes are not yet ready.
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.
Picture perfect weather yesterday, to kick off the second weekend of the Critérium de la Première Neige. The ladies Downhill event delighted the public, gathered on the snow front of La Daille. A smaller crowd compared to last week's men's Giant Slalom, but the same energy was found with alpine skiing enthusiasts coming together for this beautiful spectacle. The current world champion, the Austrian Jasmine Fleury who took the win, ahead of Joana Haehlen and Cornelia Huetter. The first Frenchwoman, Laura Gauche, finished in 22nd place.
A large fan club had travelled from Tignes to cheer her on, with around thirty children from the Tignes Sports Club, banners and french flags in hand, who made their voices heard during the champion's 1 minute and 45 second descent.
On today's Program is the Ladies Super G, scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Skiers that performed well yesterday, are expected to have similar good results in today's race, and 6 formidable French women on the lineup. The public viewing area will be the same as yesterday, free to all and under the sun. In addition, a live broadcast and commentary can be found on Radio Val d'Isère, thanks to both the A+ and Double Clic services.
Local seniors will celebrate Christmas a few days early this afternoon. The CCAS of Val d'Isère invites our elderly to a traditional Christmas afternoon tea this afternoon, in Maison Marcel Charvin, starting at 2:30 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.
- Sunday Mass in the church starts at 6 p.m.
- The media library will be open from 2 – 6 p.m.
- The Bookings centre is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then from 2 – 6 p.m.
- 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 going up to the Legattaz, is 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 La Daille at 7:55 a.m. 8:35 a.m. 10:50 a.m. 4:25 p.m. 5:25 p.m. and 6:20 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.