We have clouds hovering over the village this morning, but small snowflakes are falling gently and the sun is slowly waking up so we can look forward to a very sunny afternoon.
There will be a gentle North Westerly breeze this morning, though gusts of 60 km/h are possible.
The temperature dropped during the night, which is cool for our noses, but good for our snow.
Temperatures at 10.00 are
-5° in the Village.
-10° on Solaise.
-15° on Pisaillas.
Maximum Temperature expected is -11 ° at 2000 meters.
The roads in Val are covered with snow but driving shouldn't be a problem if your car is suitably equipped.
If you don't have snow tyres, or your car is not a four wheel drive, chains or 'tyre socks' are highly recommeded particularly to stop you slipping into anyone else.
Yesterday evening there was an avalanche which covered part of the road to Bourg St Maurice, near Villaret des Brevieres, but the area that was blocked is now fully open.
The good news is that we will have the winning combo of sun and fresh snow.
The Ski patrollers are still working on the PIDA, (avalanche protection program) but the great news is that all the lower lifts and most of Bellevarde opened on or close to the usual time.
They are still hoping to use the Helicopter to finish the PIDA and fully open Solaise and Pisaillas.
Please keep tuned into RadioVal and carefully watch the Piste Notice Boards for up to date information.
At Le Fornet
At the moment only the cable car from the Fornet Village and the Pyramide chair lift are open.
On the Pisaillas area
Everything should open, but not before midday.
Except the following pistes :
- Combe du Geant
- Les Champions
- Aiguille pers
The following lifts are already open
- The bubble lift
- Magic carpets
- The Datcha
- The Glacier
- Madeline chairlifts
The Leissieres chairlift linking Solaise and Le Fornet will open later.
The Glacier chairlift MAY temporarily close If they use a helicopter to continue the PIDA.
The following pistes will remain closed.
- The Mattis
- Traverse du Laisinant
- Route du Col
- St Jacques
ALL lifts are already open.
The following pistes will remain closed :
- Epaule du Charvet
- Boarder cross
- Snow Park
- Brinzei touring track
You will be get to Tignes by using either the Tommeuse or Borsat chairlifts.
The Avalanche Risk today is a significant 3 out of 5.
If you fancy skiing off piste :
Only ski with people you trust e.g. a mountain guide who can teach you tips and tricks about our mountains and snow.
Cross Country Tracks are open in :
- The Manchet Valley
The walking paths that are open today are :
- The Manchet Valley
- La Ferme
- Le Fornet
- Les Sources
It is FRIDAY so here is the traffic info for the coming weekend.
60,000 vehicles are expected to come up the hill between now and Sunday, and 59,000 are homeward bound, as measured between Moutiers and Albertville.
No problems today, or Sunday – the traffic should be moving freely all day as long as people drive sensibly and there are no accidents.
However tomorrow………traffic is expected to be slow moving with traffic jams and intermittent but complete "stops"...... coming up the hill, between 09.00 and 11.00 and then between 14.00 and 18.00.
The traffic downhill will be spread out over the day, although it may be slow between 10.00 and 13.00 and again towards 18.00.
The final concert of the 30th Classicaval Festival was a triumph.
A very interesting program with several works by ‘four hands’ (duets - 2 pianists using the same piano) highlighted with jazz by pianist Charles Heisser.
The Grand Finale was the Carnival of Animals and involved all the Festivals many and talented musicians.
The three concerts, held in our ornate, Baroque, Church, were enjoyed by more than 660 music lovers.
Before yesterday's concert, as has become a tradition, Val d’Isère’s primary school children were treated to a fun meeting with the musicians, to learn more about the world of music.
This year we concentrated on the similarities between music and sport and the discussions were led by the musicians Anne Lise Gastaldi, Diana Ligeti et Charles Heisser along with Ingrid Jacquemod (downhill ski champion and Director of the Club des Sports), Lucie Palz – (Freerider, journalist and author of the book ‘Born to Ski’ which describes the careers of several female skiers)
Tempo, rhythm, don’t miss a note (or gate), to training and the importance of preparation before a concert or race, to stage fright, and the importance of learning from failure.
Watch the video on our website.
Classicaval returns on the 12th March, a long seven weeks to wait…….but, you can be prepared, and book your tickets online.
Transform yourself into a missile,
released by your team mates
aimed at the target.
Come and try this fun event on the Savonette piste.
Free to enter, free to watch and there will be plenty to laugh and cheer !
The ‘Evening at 2512 metres’ is taking place again today
at la Plage de l’Ouillette Restaurant
on the top of Solaise.
From 19.00, come and enjoy a unique experience.
Please phone to reserve,
Don’t forget to get the Solaise Express bubble lift by 20.00.
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 10.00 to 21.00.
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 14.00 to 18.00.
The Town Hall (La Mairie) is open from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00.
The Association for employees in Val d’Isère (Vie Val d’Is) is open from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00.
The Reservation Centre (in the basement 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.