14 février 2024 | Articles

English Weather, News, Ski Report - February 14, 2024



Another day of sunshine and blue skies, though we may have a few clouds this afternoon.
The wind is mostly gentle, and coming from the North West.
It is not felt at all in the Village but on Pisaillas this morning the average wind has been
20 km/hour and there have been gusts of around 55 km/hour.

The temperature has increased a little and we are back to an inversion, so it is cooler in the village than on top of our mountains.

At 10.00 the temperature is

  • -5° in the Village.
  • -1° on Bellevarde.
  • 0° on Solaise.
  • -4° on Pisaillas.

Maximum temperature is expected to be +6 ° at 2000 meters.


Assuming everyone drives sensibly, no problems are expected on our roads.


The good news is that all our lifts and our pistes are open except for the Tunnel piste in Le Fornet.
Even better, the pistes have been groomed overnight apart from the following

  • The Foret
  • Cugna
  • La Fourche
  • Epaule du Charvet
  • G

There is training on Bellevarde on

  • The Raye
  • The upper part of the OK
  • The upper part of the Orange

Remember that the Santons, and the L may close later due to the real risk of avalanche into these gulleys.
Please respect the decisions of our experienced Ski patrollers and don’t ski down a closed run.

Tignes can be accessed via the Tommeuses or Borsat chairlifts.

The avalanche risk today is 2 out of 5 but as outlined in the local news, avalanches are not the only dangers off piste.

  • Choose your companions carefully.
  • Know where you are going.
  • Don’t follow tracks - remember the person who made them may have had a parachute.

Remember to check your insurance before heading outside of the marked pistes as the insurers will gleefully share that as little as one metre from the posts is ‘off piste’.
If you are injured, your friends could pull or push you back onto the piste but being dragged isn’t recommended, particularly for a head or spinal injury.

Please control your speed at all times.
Injuring yourself is a shame
Injuring someone else is a crime

The telephone number for the ski patrol is on your lift pass.

All our walking paths and cross county tracks are open excluding les Branges which hasn’t opened this season.


Our amazing ski patrollers always work hard but yesterday they definitely deserved a beer.

If you were skiing down the Santons yesterday morning only the blind would not have noticed the rare sight of a dozen or so ski patrollers, equipped with shovels and a huge red sheet.
They were shovelling snow from a steep area above the piste and loading it onto the plastic improvised chute.
We are lucky that, particularly at the start of these busy school holidays,
most of our pistes are well covered but there are still a few thin areas including Santons where despite the best efforts of our grooming team, stones appear through the snow.
So our ski patrollers kindly applied blood, sweat and shovels to move many cubic metres of snow as even our high tech machines couldn't navigate the trees.
During the night the grooming team have used their fancy big machines, and this snow, to improve the surface of this popular red run which links Bellevarde to the Manchet valley.
See the video on our website
Or on YouTube

As if that wasn't enough, onto the 'Real Job'.
They transfomed from being human snow moving machines, into skilled rescuers.

At the end of the morning a skier was skiing very fast on the bottom of the Marais, a blue run on Solaise.
We think he was probably aiming to have enough momentum to cross the flat area by the Datcha.
Instead he was helicoptered to the Hospital in Bourg St Maurice.
Swift and full recovery svp.

An opportunity to reflect …..reduce and control your speed at all times……even more so during this busy period, and even on a « schuss »…
It is better to schuss a little bit more slowly, maybe even within your skill level, even if this risks a short push at the end but better a bit of free cardio than a serious injury to yourself or others.

Another notable rescue was off piste, in the gully with the catchy name
couloir that doesn’t lead anywhere”………
it really is all in the name………there are several rescues here each winter.
Basicallly, once you are in this steep gully you can’t get to the bottom without a rope and the ability to abseil down.  
Not the best time to lean these techniques !
A foolish adult and two teenagers were very pleased to meet our ski patrollers.....
Always think carefully about skiing off piste.
Even if the avalanche risk is only moderate, it relates to avalanches.
The mountain has plenty of other tricks and traps.
EVEN if you don't get lost or follow tracks........
Ski in an area you know, or hire a professional.

Yesterday evening 116 instructors clutchinig torches carefully skied like an illuminated snake down the Face de Bellevarde.
It was followed by a firework display, all enjoyed by more than 2500 specators.
The Star gazing evening, which was due to take place this Thursday, has once again been postponed as the weather forecast is for a cloudy night..
It is an evening arranged by the Cultural Department, and was initially supposed to take place in January.
They are great at arranging interesting events, but not so good at managing clouds !

Today's Events

11.00 Competition at the Val d’Isere Snowpark.

Open to Everyone !
Come and show off your talent and compete to win one, or more, of the many prizes !
Whether you ski or snowboard there will be a class to suit you.
Or come and cheer on the competitors.  
It is
Free to take part.
Free to watch.
Please register to compete when you arrive at the Snow Park.
It will be followed by a barbeque for the competitors.
Helmets are strongly recommended (for competition, optional for the barbeque !)

Come and discover the Val Kids area at the top of Solaise.
This is just as you get out of the bubble, and just below the Lounge. (building at the top of the bubble with toilets, rest and picnic area inside) .
While enjoying a snack, you will be shown some of the ‘behind the scenes’ activities of the teams that work hard to protect you and make your holiday special.  

Learn how

  • they make snow
  • the emergency services work.
  • avalanche dogs are trained.

17.00 Video game tournament at the Multimedia Library. 

An immersive experience, packed with competitive spirit and adrenaline , where passion and talent meet in the epic battles of the last Mario Kart.

17.45 Airboard.

Come to the Savonnette piste for this fun and free experience.

The snow bodyboard is controlled by transferring your weight and gives you the impression that you are flying above the surface of the snow.

You must wear a helmet and be over 9 years of age.

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

18.00 Ash Wednesday ceremony in the Church, without a priest.

From 19.30 Evening event at the Swimming Pool and Sports centre.

You are invited to relax in the centre’s beautiful pools.
From 19.30 until the centre closes at 22.00,
anyone who has bought a ticket for the swimming pool
can take also use the Wellness Centre’s
jacuzzies, saunas and the hammam
without paying the usual extra charge.
What we call a rare bargain.

Suggestions of the Day

Happy Hour is Back at the POYA!
Buy one, get one free !
Between 17.30 - 20.00
any time you buy a standard cocktail, you will be given a second.
Enjoy yourselves !|
Quick warning, for those that hadn’t guessed, alcohol is bad for your health.

It is Valentine’s Day !
For those still looking for a gift for their Valentine……
maybe skiing distracted you and you forgot ...........
seek out the the Happy Marmotte shop  in the Tourist Office square
where you will find a tempting choice of jewellery, accessories, beautiful things to both
decorate your home
and demonstrate your love !
There are trendy and responsibly sourced brands.
Something to suit everyone.
Make your Marmotte Happy !

Free Public Transport

The red shuttle bus (‘le train rouge’) runs between La Daille and Le Fornet, via the roundabout adjacent to the nursery slopes (‘Rond-point des pistes’) every 6 minutes from 07.00 to 20.00 and then every 20 minutes until 02.00.
The blue shuttle bus (‘le train bleu’) travels between the Rond-point des pistes and Legettaz every 15 minutes from 08.30 to 23.20.
The yellow shuttle bus (‘le train jaune’) takes you to the Manchet valley via the main street and the rue de la Balme every 20 minutes from 08.30 to 23.20.
The shuttle bus between Val d’Isère and Tignes does 6 round trips a day.

  • Leaving La Daille at 07.55, 08.35 and 10.50 in the morning and 16.25, 17.25 and 18.20 pm in the afternoon.
  • Leaving Tignes 1800 at 8.05, 8.45 and 11.00, in the morning and 16.35, 17.35 and 18.30 in the afternoon.

The Swimming Pool and Sports Centre is open from 07.30 to 22.00.
The Ice-Skating Rink is open from 10.00 to 20.00.
The Tourist Office is open from 08.30 to 19.30.
The Multimedia Library is open from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00
The Town Hall (La Mairie) is open from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00
The Association for Employees in Val d’Isère (Vie Val Dis) is open from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 19.00.
The Reservation Centre (On the Lower Ground Floor of the Tourist Office) is open from 08.30 to 19.00.
The Post Office is open from 09.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.30.

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