Today will be generally overcast, with precipitation starting later this afternoon. An accumulation of 10-20 cm of snow is possible by tomorrow morning. The snow-rain limit will yo-yo between 1900-1200m. Moderate Westerly winds are expected across our mountains, gusting up to 60 km/hr throughout the day, becoming stronger at the end of day.
A sturdy temperature inversion is in place this morning, at 9 a.m. it is -6°C in the village, and +2°C at the top of Solaise and -3°C at Pisaillas. Today will see significant warming, expecting a top of 3°C at 2000m.
No difficulties expected for vehicles travelling on the local roads today.
The entire ski area will be open this morning, however some lifts in exposed locations may close throughout the day as the wind starts to pick up.
The Pisaillas area will open to the public this morning, with all runs opening, all of which were groomed overnight. As for the Fornet area, the majority of the terrain will be open, apart from the Tunnel run.
Over on Solaise, all lifts will open on time, apart from the 3000 drag lift, which will stay closed for the time being until a machine can climb up on the ridge to dig out the top station.
In the Bellevarde sector, everything is open and in great condition; including the snowpark with S - XL lines open. The Bellevarde Express will open with a slight delay, predicted to open at 9:30 a.m. Skiing in Tignes can be accessed via either the Tommeuse or Borsat lifts.
Cross Country skiers and Pedestrians can choose from any of our trails and loops today.
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.
Those sensitive to the cold should stay away, an original event is taking place today from 2 - 7 p.m. in the Tourist Office square. André Bélibi, from Switzerland, has taken on the crazy challenge of breaking the world record for immersion in an ice bath. To prepare for this record attempt, he is touring winter sports destinations to demonstrate his practice, immersing himself in water between -2 and +2 degrees.
He was in Tignes this weekend, and is visiting us today with plans to take several baths throughout the afternoon. If your idea of going for a dip in such cold water is off-putting, many Avalins are familiar with this practice; it is not uncommon to come across people in the early morning or at the end of the day, shirtless, towel by hand, heading to the river.
You can come and meet André today from 2 - 7 p.m. in the Tourist Office square. His efforts are going towards a good cause, raising funds for the cause of autism.
In Alpine skiing news, here is a summary of the results of the skiers of the Val d'Isère Sports Club during the various competitions. Congratulations to Nolan Brusco, 3rd in his age group during the Notre Dame de Bellecombe U16's silver cup on January 12th. Congrats also to Augustin Berthet, who won the FIS elite men's slalom in Montgenèvre. Lila Rivet finished 2nd overall, first in the U18's category during GS held here this weekend.
The U14's Bronze Cup saw several podium finishes, including Jules Dufour who won the slalom, and Edouard Pierre coming 2nd in his age group.
Finally, among the U12's, Jackson Schniewind finished 3rd and 1st in the GS and Come Ferrando, 3rd and 1st in his category. Congratulations to all our champions, a full list of results can be found in today's french local news.
Another local athlete, competing in ski mountaineering competitions over the weekend, Diégo Bonnevie continues to gain points towards the French championship. He was the youngest qualified for the final events. In the sprints, Diégo finished in 6th and 9th place. A good result, yet it did not satisfy the skier, who represents the Val d'Isère Sports Club.
Finally, Clément Noël was unfortunately not able to follow in the footsteps of Cyprien Sarrazin in Kitzbuehel. The Olympic slalom champion, 5th in the first round, fell at the top of the course during the second heat. It was Linus Strasser who won yesterday in Austria in the slalom. Slalom also for the ladies in Jasna in Slovakia with another victory for Mikaela Shiffrin. Petra Vhlova, who crashed in Saturday's GS, has ruptured ligaments of the right knee, ending her season.
- 2 - 7 p.m. Immersion in an ice bath: André Belibi Eloumou will dive into a pool of ice water in the Tourist Office square, in preparation for his world record attempt. He will take the opportunity to talk about the physical and mental benefits that immersion in cold and icy water brings. The event is also an opportunity to raise awareness about autism.
- 5:45 p.m. on the snowfront; Snake Gliss tobogganing. These collective sleds, real snow-snakes, can be enjoyed by all ages in groups of up to 10 people. Come along this evening under the lights and sounds of the Savonette slope.
- 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 Bookings centre is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Vie Val d'Is is open from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and then 3 - 6 p.m.
- The Post Office is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then 2 – 5:30 p.m.
- The Town Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then 2 – 6 p.m.
- The Media Library is open between 2 - 6 p.m.
- 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.