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



A perfect day - blue skies and sunshine !

At 9.40 the temperature is

  • +2° in the Village.
  • +2° on Solaise.
  • +5° on Bellevarde
  • -1° on Pisaillas

The maximum temperature at 2000 metres will be +8°.


No problems are expected on the roads today.


Beautiful snow + clear visibility + sunshine = Ideal !
AND most of our lifts and pistes are open.

The few exceptions are :

  • The Tunnel piste in Le Fornet.
  • The Joseray on Bellevarde is closed while they prepare huge bumps for a competiton.
  • The Moutons won’t open as it can only be accessed from the
  • Mont Blanc chairlift which is
    temporarily out of action - they are still waiting for a spare part.

The following 3 pistes will probably close early due to a high risk of avalanche, particularly once the sun warms them up.

  • The L
  • The Santons
  • The Combe du Geant

Please don’t ski down a closed piste,
even if you have not had to nip under the ropes at the start of the run,
but sneaked in further down.
It is still closed !

There is training on the Raye.

Humans, machines and shovels have been working hard so the
3000 draglift and piste
on Solaise should open later today.

Most of the pistes were groomed overnight.
Those not groomed are :


  • Fôret
  • Col
  • Petit Bois


  • Glaciers
  • Fourche
  • Rhône- Alpes


Everything was groomed, including the Epaule du Charvet.
Remember that the inviting entry to this black run is
quite different to the steep exit !

Tignes can be accessed via the Tommeuses or Borsat chairlifts.

The avalanche risk today has fallen to 2 out of 5.
Don’t reduce your caution as there are still slabs lurking, waiting to ruin your day.

If you fancy skiing off piste ...
make sure you and your companions, are all appropriately trained, equipped and insured.
If in doubt, hire a mountain guide.
Much safer, and more fun, with someone who knows what they are doing.

All our walking paths and cross county tracks are open and recently groomed apart from les Branges.
Today would be a good day to take the lifts up and explore the paths on the top of Solaise and the Fornet.


About 50 people attended the Sports Club ("Club des Sports") AGM yesterday evening.
A variety of reports were discussed, including financial, for 2022-2023.
A year that had a huge hole in the budget, as we had neither the Ladies World Cup races nor the planned E Bike Festival.
Despite this, last year's accounts finished in a positive balance.
Big thanks to the team that worked hard to turn that around !
The president explained how tricky it is to succesfully combine
the ever-increasing requirements for flagship events, such as the World Cup Races,
with budgetary constraints. 
Reminding everyone that it is not always possible to do more with less……..
For those that don't already know this, the Club is not just for skiers,
but supports and promotes many other sports.
Including, rugby, football, yoga, gymnastics, climbing and judo.
Many thanks to those who give their time, enthusiasm and hard work to make this possible.
The Club's Director, Ingrid Jacquemod, congratulated our current champions,
from a variety of disciplines, in particular 
Clément Noël, Victor Muffat Jeandet, Ken Caillot, Anne Lise Rousset, Tom Lesuire and Diego Bonnevie.

At last night's Classicaval Concert, counter tenor Serge Kakudji
wowed the audience with a selection from various operas.
This evening is the last concert of this season with
the musicians heading East,
sharing a Slavic flavour and playing music by Glika Dvorak and Chopin.

Big Thanks to Andrew Patterson for organising the
Climate Change Conference
at the Henri Orieller Conference Centre.
This takes place from 16.00 - 19.00 today.
It will only be presented in English, but in a deliberately user-friendly way
so this important subject is understandable to any nationality.

The principle speaker is Professor Hugh Montgomery,
but will include presentations by Val d'Isėres own Henry Schniewind and Kieran O'Kieffe.

The cross-country ski relay race yesterday evening on the Place de Dolomites was a huge success !
Our snow conditions are clearly good this year, as it is not always possible to do this race in March.
Ski instructors paired with, rather than raced against, holidaymakers - adding to the fun !
13 teams zipped around and the winners managed a stunning 24 laps in the 20 minutes - 3 laps more than their closest rivals.

It is the Avaline Trax Ski Mountaineering Race this evening at La Daille.
Good luck to the 100 or so who will be zooming up
500 vertical metres before arriving at the top of the Bubble,
for well deserved refereshment and the prize-giving ceremony.

Today's Events

16.00 - 19.00
The Climate Change conference,
which we have been telling you about this week
“ Global Impact of Climate Change - its drivers, it’s accelerating rate, and how we are failing to address it »
is finally taking place today, between 16.00 - 19.00
It will be presented in English, clear English, with lots of visuals
so any nationality can easily follow this important topic.
Professor Hugh Montgomery is a specialist in the impact of climate change on our health
and will be ably assisted by Val d'Isėres own Henry Schniewind and  Kieran O'Keefe.
It is in the Henri Orieller Conference Centre,
almost next door to the Sports Centre and Swimming Pool,
and there is no charge to attend.

The Avaline Trax Ski Mountaineering Race at La Daille.
Fit skiers will race up the 500 vertical metres from the bottom of La Daille
to finish with well deserved refreshment and a prizegiving ceremony at the top of the Bubble.

The last Classicaval Concert of this season will fill our Baroque Church
with Chopin, Dvork and a slavic theme.

Suggestion of the Day

Tomorrow evening, from 19.00
You can take the Solaise Bubble lift, which will be open for Gigi's guests,
and enjoy eating under the stars, at 2551 metres.
This is always a special ride, both seeing the night lights of Val
and taking you away from the hustle and bustle
of everyday life.
Please remember to  phone
+33 4 58 83 00 91
or email
 to reserve a table.
Gigi Restaurant Val d'Isère

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.

Opening times

The Swimming Pool and Sports Centre is open from 10.00 to 21.00.
The Ice-Skating Rink is open from 14.00 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 18.00.
The Association for Employees in Val d’Isère (Vie Val Dis) is open from 15.00 to 18.00.
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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