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English Weather, News, Ski Report - January 20, 2024



After a beautiful starry night – sunny  and clear skies all day.
Brilliant for those in the resort and also much nicer for those travelling as the view between Bourg and Val is very pretty in sunshine and no fun at all in fog.
There will be a very light breeze from South East this morning, and from the East this afternoon with occasional gusts of up to 30 km/h.
Don’t be fooled by the sunny skies, it will be cold.
Frost bite is not just for the artic...look out for each other.
If you notice someone's skin  turning white, forget being a polite Brit - tell them immediately.
Be particularly careful that your children have enough clothes, and a neck warmer to stay warm all day, even on the chair lifts.

Big Hello to the lady in a miniskirt  I saw when I was walking to work, and temperature was -16° BRAVO !
Hope you had a good night.

At 10.15 the temperature is

  • -14° in the Village.
  • -6° on Solaise.
  • -15° on Pisaillas.

Maximum temperature is expected to be  -3 ° at 2000 meters.


There are no particular problems expected on the roads in the village, but it will be busy on the road to and from Bourg St Maurice.


NEARLY all of our pistes and lifts are OPEN !

At Le Fornet

Everything should open except The Tunnel.

The following have not been groomed :

  • The Foret
  • Table d'Orientation
  • Signal

On the Pisaillas area   

Everything is open and groomed.

Do not attempt the Gorge du Malpasset.
You cannot get through.

On Solaise

The 3000 draglift will not open.

The only definite piste that will be closed is The 3000
BUT the L may close due to the risk of a slab avalanche.
This is a very real risk so do not ski down there if it is closed.

The following have not been groomed :

  • S
  • 3000
  • Marmottons

On Bellevarde

All lifts were open.

The G and Raye are hosting the FIS races so although you can’t ski down you CAN take a few minutes to cheer the racers on !

All other pistes are open, but the Santons may close later as there is a risk of a slab avalanche.
The Epaule du Charvet is a difficult black run that has not been groomed.

You can get to Tignes by using either the
Tommeuse or Borsat chairlifts.

The avalanche risk today is a significant
3 out of 5.


it is a change over day.....So .....
23,000 vehicles are expected to go downhill, and just 3,000 more are approaching the mountains.
This is measured between Moutiers and Albertville – so only the VERY LUCKY will be coming to Val.
If you have the luxury of choosing your travel times, the times to avoid ARE

Uphill between

  • 09.00 and 12.00
  • 14.00 and 18.00


  • Betweeen 10.00 and 13.00
  • around 18.00

If you HAVE to leave, why not relax or ski in the morning, or have a yummy brunch, and leave early afternoon ?

Val d’Isere welcomes another local, William, into the world.  
He was born on the 13th of January at the Hospital in Bourg St Maurice and is the son of two Suzanne Lefrançois Couturier and Nicolas Royer.
When he was born he weighed 3.68 kg and was 53 cm long. 
The whole family is doing well.
Congratulations to Suzanne and Nicolas !
We hope you get some sleep.

As  it is Saturday, we share the occupancy rates for this coming week.  
81.3%  or 91,322 overnight stays.
This is 9,000 more than last week, and 20,000 more than the same week last year.

We have seen THE WOLF.
There have been many reported sightings of this elusive beast since the beginning of the season, particularly at at sunrise near Pont St Charles, but this is the first time he has been spotted so close to the village.
It was clearly visible yesterday from the centre of the village, on the southern slopes, quite high up, near the avalanche protection barriers.
It approached chamois (European Mountain goat-antelope) and ibex, but they decided not to chat and niftily picked up their heels and moved safely away.
Photographic evidence is on the RadioVal website.

Once again Val d’Isère is hosting the FIS International Citadin races today and tomorrow.
Last week they were in the Stade Olympique, but this time they are on the G and Raye.
The Giant Slalom, both men and women, starts at 10 am today.

Continuing with the World Cup Downhill Racing.
France’s Cyprien Saarrazin WON the downhill in Kitzbuehel.  
He is ON FIRE this season !
He is only the 3rd Frenchman to win on la Streif, after Jean Claude Killy in 1967 and Luc Alphand in 1997 so we have only had to wait 27 rather than 30 years for yesterday's victory !
You can hear Cyprien on Radio Val.  He is sounding rightfully pleased with himeself !
France’s Nils Allegre came a very admirable tenth.
I looked very hard for a little Union Jack in yesterday’s results board…………..
BUT I DID NOTICE that RadioVal
FORGOT to congratulate Dave Ryding on his 12th place in the Slalom at Wengen last week.  
Never underestimate how far learning on a dry slope can get you.
Well done Dave !

There will be another downhill for the men today.
The Speedy Ladies are competing in Jasna in Slovakia, with the Giant slalom starting at 09.30 today.

Today's Events

FIS (International Ski and Snowboard Federation) International Citadin races on the G and la Raye pistes.

There will be 120 skiers, male and female, competing in these races so definitely worth watching.

FIS Citadine is a skiing competition organized by the Citadine Alpine Skiing Commission 
for young people from cities to ski at a national level or international level.

Suggestion of the Day

A couple of Messages from our Partners

Come and spend a pleasant evening at the
Restaurant le Névé of the Hotel Mont Blanc.
Begin with a delicious cocktail by the fireplace!
Sounds very cosy, considering the temperatures outside...

‘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.
Even the ride up,
overlooking the Village lights of our night sky,
is special.........

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 19.00 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.

Opening times

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 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 12.00.

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