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English Weather, News, Ski Report - March 19, 2024



Today is going to be a vastly different day out there in the mountains! Blue skies and sunshine can be expected all throughout the day, with the occasional passage of high elevation clouds. Light winds will be rolling through the ski area today, currently gusting up to 15 km/hr at Pisaillas.
After a nice refreeze overnight, temperatures are currently +1°C in the village, +3.5°C at the top of Bellevarde, and -1.5°C at Pisaillas. Today it's going to warm up to a top of 7°C at 2000m.


Some of yesterday's rainfall has frozen into sheet ice on the sidewalks, watch your step this morning. The roads are otherwise fine.

Ski Report

With 20cm of fresh snow yesterday and blue skies, it should be lovely out there today. Some runs may close during the day due to avalanche danger, please respect all closures as they exist for your safety.

The Pisaillas and Fornet sectors will open to the public today, with all lifts and runs open, apart from the Tunnel run.

Over on Solaise, all lifts will be open today, with a slight delay on the Leissieres chairlift. Piste L is likely to close throughout the day due to the avalanche danger. Everything will be open on the snowfront today including the tobogganing area.

In the Bellevarde sector, the Mont Blanc chairlift and the Moutons run will be closed today, while all other lifts will be open. The Santons will likely close later in the day due to avalanche danger. The Raye and Joseray are closed due to competitions. Skiing in Tignes can be accessed via the Tommeuse or Borsat lifts.

Cross Country skiers and Pedestrians can head out to any of our walking trails today, apart from the Branges.

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.

Local News

There was a public meeting yesterday at the cinema concerning the Planning and Sustainable Development Project (PADD). Ninety people were in attendance, consisting of locals and second home owners. A very dense meeting, lasting more than an hour and a half, with a lot of information, so it's not possible to give an exhaustive report here.

The PADD must synthesise local political wishes, while incorporating the various national planning texts such as the Natural Risk Prevention Plan (the PPRN), as well as the needs of different authorities, such as the SCOTT (the Territorial Coherence Scheme). In particular, it is necessary to deal with the ZAN law, for Zero Net Artificialisation, which indicates that by 2050, the built surface area of a municipality will not be able to increase, and that if construction is carried out on virgin land, it will be necessary de-urbanise the equivalent surface area elsewhere.

The consequences of this law are already apparent locally, as there's already demand for a reduction in urbanisation. Between now and 2035, a maximum of 1.5 hectares can be developed to comply with this plan, while 11 hectares of land were built-up between 2011 and 2021. However, there are already numerous construction requests; to create housing for permanent residents, around a hundred accommodations, and also that for seasonal workers (at least 120), but also to maintain an equivalent number of tourist beds. It has also been observed that more and more square metres are needed per bed. The solution is therefore to densify the urban planning, and it is especially in the centre of the village that this densification will be permitted, the peripheral hamlets not included. However, we must take into account the local heritage and the various protected districts, such as the historic centre. There is also no question, except in exceptional cases, of increasing the maximum height of buildings, which will remain fixed at 21m.

As Patrick Martin explained after the meeting the PADD attempts to reconcile numerous contradictory, paradoxical wishes, which is not an easy feat. Considerations must also be made concerning the limited space in town, the numerous natural risks, and the need to preserve certain areas for events and activities (such as the snow front year round), and the desire to limit the amount of cars within the village.

This document serves as a guide, and not everything written down, will necessarily be carried out. This PADD will now have to be debated in the Municipal Council before being integrated into the Local Urban Plan, which has been under review for several years; changes should be adopted in a little over a year.

In other news, the major event of this week is undoubtedly the Riders First, taking place this evening at 7 o'clock on the snowfront. (Today's photo is from last year).
Organised as part of the GEM Altigliss Challenge, for the last few years this event has been the biggest freestyle event of the winter in Val. AS some of you may have seen, over the last week the Snowpark team has been creating an impressive jump at the foot of the Face de Bellevarde. Tonight approximately forty skiers and snowboarders, currently some of the best young riders, will take flight.
An impressive spectacle, which is open to the public, come along tonight at the bottom of the Face de Bellevarde from 7 p.m.

Today's Events

- The cinema is showing Dune; Part 2 in English tonight at 8:30 p.m.
- 7 p.m. Riders First. Riders First is a professional night freestyle contest. It brings together around forty ski/snowboard riders among the biggest names of the moment, who will launch themselves off of the large jump at the bottom of the Face de Bellevarde, resulting in an impressive spectacle.


- 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 Vie Val d'Is is open from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and then 3 - 6 p.m.
- The Media Library is open between 2 - 6 p.m.
- The Bookings centre is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 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.

Free Public Transport

- The Red Shuttle will be circulating between La Daille and the Fornet every 6 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then every 20 minutes until 2 a.m.
- The Yellow shuttle, up to the Manchet Valley, leaves every 20 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.

Daily Deals

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