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English Weather, News, Ski Report - December 21, 2023



Overcast conditions can be expected throughout the day, with snowfall arriving around lunchtime. The snow will start slowly, becoming stronger this evening, with an accumulation of 20 cm by tomorrow morning. The storm is joined by moderate to strong winds across the mountains, this morning we have recorded gusts of 90 km/hr at Pisaillas, and 30 km/hr at the top of Solaise. As for temperatures, at 9 a.m. it is -3° in the village, -4° at the top of Solaise and -7° at Pisaillas. Today we can expect a top of 1° at 2000m.


The roads are clear, with no major difficulties expected for vehicles travelling in the region today.

Ski Report

The incoming weather, and strong winds in the ski area will impact the status of certain lifts. Please respect all closures
The Pisaillas area will be impacted by the wind, and will open if and when possible. In the Fornet sector, almost everything is now open, however the Vallon gondola may be impacted by the wind. 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, piste L, and the Marmottons run. The Manchet Express and Lessieres chairs are on wind hold.
In the Bellevarde sector, everything is open with the exceptions of the Santons, Epaule du Charvet, the Lanches, the Border Crosses, and the Snowpark. Skiing in Tignes can be accessed via the Tommeuses or Borsat chairlifts.
Cross Country skiers can head out to either the Manchet Valley, or the Lake d'Ouillette. Pedestrians are spoiled for choice, all of our walking trails are open apart from the Col de l'Iseran
The avalanche risk is 2/5 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

Focus this morning on the collection of discarded bulky items. Local council employees are constantly hunting for this unsightly waste deposited in front of the communal bins throughout the year, and there has been a significant increase in this waste over the past month. This primarily comes from local businesses; notably wooden pallets coming from deliveries, totalling almost 4,000 in 2023. However, this garbage collection service is supposed to be reserved for individuals, with professionals required to drop theirs off at the Brevières recycling centre, 15 minutes down the road,and after purchasing a recycling centre ticket at the technical centre in La Daille.
Yesterday afternoon we followed Jérôme Guillemé, team leader in the living environment department of Val d'Isère town hall. Over the course of an hour and a half, 830 kilos of waste were collected. In November, the 30 tonne mark was crossed, and the figures for December look set to be even higher.

Around thirty high school students came for a tour of the village yesterday. Half were from Bourg St Maurice high school, the other from a little further away, from Finland. This is the third year that this linguistic and cultural exchange between the St Exupéry high school and the Töölön Yhteiskoulu high school in Helsinki has been in place. The young French people went to visit Northern Europe last May, and now it's the Finns turn to visit France.
They have had a busy schedule over the past week in the Tarentaise area, including discovering the joys of alpine skiing, as cross-country skiing in the norm at home. The trip also included visiting the Annecy Christmas market, hiking around Bourg St Maurice, and attending the Les Arcs festival. The group visited our village yesterday morning, in the company of FACIM guides, thanks to the work of the father of one of the high school students, Lucie Hemelsdael. They then enjoyed the ice skating rink in the afternoon. (Our photo)

The second loyalty medal ceremony of the season took place last night at the Fondue Factory. Two lovers of the village, Isabelle and Jean Louis Montebrun entered the resort's loyalty club, receiving their bronze medals. Their sponsors Fabienne and Jean Reimann presented the honours, during a beautiful ceremony presented by Gérard Mattis. New this year, in addition to the medal, the recipients are presented with an official diploma from Val d'Isère.


- The cinema is showing Aquaman in English at 8:30 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 3 – 6 p.m.
- The media library will be 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.
- The Post Office is open from  9 a.m. To 12:30 p.m. and then 2 – 5:30 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 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.

Daily Deals

Happy Hour at the Poya from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Reduced prices on all of their classic cocktails.

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