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English Weather, News, Ski Report - December 22, 2023



5 cm of fresh snow overnight and stormy conditions will continue, with an additional 15-25 cm of snow possible, before things start to ease off tonight. A strong North-Westerly wind persists across the mountains, with gusts of up to 100 km/hr possible. At 9 o’clock temperatures are 0° in the village, -4.5° at the top of Solaise and -9° at Pisaillas. Today we can expect a top of 0° at 2000m.


Chains are recommended but not mandatory on the local roads this morning. There are currently no major difficulties on the RD902 between Val d'Isère and Bourg St Maurice.

Ski Report

The incoming weather, and strong winds in the ski area will impact the status of certain lifts. There will be a progressive opening of the ski area, so please respect all closures.

As of 9 a.m. We have the following information :
The Pisaillas area will be impacted by the wind, and will not open for skiing today. In the Fornet sector, the Pyramid chair and Fornet Cable car will open with a delay.

Over on Solaise, the majority of the terrain is expected to open throughout the day, with all chairlifts expected to open with a delay. The Cugnai and 3000 lifts will remain closed, and Piste L and the St. Jacques runs will be closed.

In the Bellevarde sector, all lifts are expected to open later this morning with the exceptions of the Santons, Epaule du Charvet, the Border Crosses. Skiing in Tignes may not be posible today due to the high winds at altitude.

Cross Country skiers can head out to either the Manchet Valley. Pedestrians have most of the walking trails open apart from the Col de l'Iseran and the Lac 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

The weekend's traffic forecast has been released, with an influx of arrivals coming to spend the Christmas week in our mountains. Today, between Albertville and Moutiers, we are expecting 22,000 vehicles coming up and 16,000 leaving the area. Fortunately no fluid traffic conditions have been predicted by Savoie Route services.
The bulk of holidaymakers will arrive tomorrow, Saturday with 29,000 arrivals against only 12,000 departures.Traffic can be expected between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. with a peak in the late afternoon.
Sunday will be unproblematic with 12,000 incoming vehicles, and 8,000 in the direction of departures.

The strike appears to have been quickly resolved, with a return to normal for those driving between Great Britain and France. Yesterday afternoon a surprise strike was held by employees of Getlink, the parent company of Eurotunnel responsible for the operation of the Channel Tunnel, blocking traffic. An agreement between the unions and management was reached yesterday, with travel returning to normal.

Don't miss out on this show for young audiences this evening called “Couac”, starting at 7 p.m. at the Convention Center. A dive into the marvellous where dance, puppets, shadow theatre, animated images and sound creations come together for half an hour. The show has already been performed over 900 times in France and around the world, with rave reviews. It is an adaptation of the story of the ugly duckling. There's no need to speak or understand French for this poetic and visual display. All funds collected by the ticket office will be used to finance the school projects of the children of the village. For the older audiences, an aperitif is planned from 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the program of Christmas magic detailed here over the last couple of days, we now have the Christmas mass program at the church. On Sunday, December 24th at 7 p.m., just after Santa Claus passes through the centre of the village, it is the children's Christmas Eve in the church. An English mass will take place at 4 p.m. the next day, Monday 25th, then again in French at 6 p.m. Finally, on December 26, a mass will be celebrated with the Bishop of Savoie, Monsignor Thibault Verny.

The Alpine skiing World Cup to finish, the ladies finished their French tour, with a night slalom yesterday in Courchevel. It was Petra Vlhova who won, ahead of Mikaela Shifrin and Katharina Truppe.


- 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 – 5 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.
Carole, Sébastien and their team, open the doors of Etincelle to you this evening, dont forget to book your table!

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