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English Weather, News, Ski Report - March 23, 2024



Whoever was up walking dogs, or running, first thing this morning got wet.
No disguisng that it was rain......but around 07.30 it changed into snow.
Damp snow, but moist snow in the village usually means “more proper” snow on the pistes.....
we have been  promised up to 8 cm.

The clouds are low and it is foggy but there is a strong rumour that it will be a bit sunny later.

The temperature has dropped a little, always good for the snow.
At 08.30 the temperature is

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

The maximum temperature at 2000 metres will be +3°.

The bad news is that  wind  will change your day.
It has already blown at more than

  • 70 km/hour on Solaise .
  • 90 km/hour on Bellevarde.
  • 100 km/hour on Pisaillas.


No problems on the roads in our village,
but as it is a change-over day other roads in the Tarentaise will be busy.


The wind is seriously disrupting our lifts.  
Most pistes and lifts were due to open but at 10.30

At Le Fornet the only lifts open are :

  • Cable car
  • Pyramid chairlift
  • Signal draglift

No lifts are running on Pisaillas or Solaise.

On Bellevarde
all lifts are open except the :

  • broken Mont Blanc
  • Loyes
  • Borsat chairlift which takes you towards Tignes

At the moment the following pistes are closed

  • Tunnel piste
  • Moutons
  • Boarder Cross and Snow Park

    But many others you can’t access ………….unless the wind drops and the lifts can run safely.

  • The L and the Santons will  close early due to the high risk of yet another avalanche.
    The moist snow makes the slabs much heavier -
    don’t risk one landing on you by skiing down a closed run.

The following were not groomed :


  • Fôret
  • Signal
  • Petit Bois
  • Table d'Orientation


  • 3000
  • Glaciers
  • Combe Martin
  • Cugnai


  • Borsat
  • G

Tignes can only be accessed via the Tommeuses chairlift, unless the Borsat opens later.
If you miss the last lift back, particularly if they close early due to wind, remember that there is a free shuttle bus from Tignes 1800.

The avalanche risk today is again 2 out of 5.

IF you fancy skiing off piste,
Why not book to ski with, and learn from a mountain guide.
Make sure you are fully insured, especially if you venture away from our groomed pistes.

Don’t forget that you can buy insurance with your lift pass.
If you need help from our ski patrollers, their telephone number is on your lift pass.
You will be asked for the name of the piste, and the number on the nearest piste marker.   
If you ski off piste, we hope you are always paying attention, and always know where you are…………
Your guide might be unconscious……..
Our ski patrollers are good, but if you can’t give them some idea where you are, it could take them a while to find you.

All our cross county tracks are open except Laisinant.
The walking tracks that are closed are

  • Les Branges
  • Les Marmottes
  • Laisinant
  • Le Col de l'Iseran


No surprise for a change-over day , as even relatively quiet Saturdays are busy on the Tarentaise roads,
and today the trafic will be significant in both directions.
Going downhill, 28,000 vehicles are expected between Albertville and Moutiers,
with jams 09.00 - 14.00.
For those arriving,  it will be easier
with the worst time 15.00 - 19.00.
If you don’t have the luxury of staying until tomorrow, why not leave after enjoying a nice lunch.

Like every Saturday,  we have a peek at how busy it is likely to be this week.  
A bit quieter than last week, but still an occupation rate of nearly 79%, about 25% more than this time last year.     

Only 3 weeks until the « Adventure and Discovery Festival »(Festival Aventure et Découverte) !
15th to 18th April.
The presenters and jury include :

  • an author
  • film makers
  • producers
  • a photographer
  • a travel writer
  • and Benjamin Védrines, a mountain guide and winner of this years best professional climber in France. (Trophées de la Montagne)
    So we are pretty sure that he knows a thing or two about “Adventure” !

    Follow this link for full details.

Tomorrow, Palm Sunday will be celebrated in the Church in Tignes le Lac at 18.00.
There will not be a service in Val’s own church.
A car sharing scheme has been organised.
If you have space in your car,
please meet in front of the Church in Val d'Isère
tomorrow evening at 17.15.

Downhill World Cup skiing.
The final weekend of the season !
The Super G took place yesterday in Austria.
Romane Miradoli from Flaine was the fastest French lady, and came 12th.
In the men's race, Cyprien Sarrazin came 4th, hot on the heels  of  3 speedy Swiss skiers.

The talented Swiss skier, Marco Odermatt was declared this years fastest Super G-er in the World.

Today is the woman’s downhill, followed by the men on Sunday.

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 was due to be open until 20.00 but had to close in the morning.
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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