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English Weather, News, Ski Report - March 28, 2024



It is snowing down to 1000 metres !
Nice big flakes in the village, falling straight down,
but the clever weather scientists at Meteo France tell us that
we will have clear skies and sunshine later.

The wind is blowing at around 50 km/h on Pisaillas, but may get stronger later.

At 9.30 the temperature is

  • 0° in the Village.
  • -4° on Solaise.
  • -6° on Bellevarde.
  • -8° on Pisaillas


Make sure you only drive a car that is suitably equipped for Winter Weather.
Be careful on the roads, especially if leaving the village, as it may be slippy down to St Foy this morning.


Nearly all our pistes and lifts opened on time, and were groomed overnight.
There is now have a nice fresh layer on top of the smoothed base.
Lovely for most of us but this fresh snow can confuse beginners.
Don't lose your sense of humour !
Go carefully, it will be great for your technique.
Remember to save your legs, and get the lift down to
avoid the chopped up snow on the lower pistes at the end of the day.

If the wind gets stronger, lifts may close so when you are out
keep an eye on the electronic notice boards.

The following pistes are closed :

  • Tunnel piste
  • Moutons as the
  • Mont Blanc Chairlift is still not working
  • There is training on Raye
  • Boarder Cross and
  • Snow Park won’t open
    until the visibility improves

The L,  the Santons and the Combe du Geant
may close early due to the risk of avalanche.

The following were not groomed :


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


  • 3000
  • Marmottons
  • S


  • G
  • Epaulet du charvet
  • Joseray

Tignes can be accessed via the Tommeuses and Borsat chairlifts.

The avalanche risk today has risen to 3 out of 5.
Up to 25 centimetres of snow landed in some areas yesterday,
and of course the wind does nasty things to the snow.
When the visibility is bad, be even more careful to make sure
YOU know where YOU are skiing.
NEVER follow tracks off piste unless just made by your mountain guide.
The person who made them may have had a parachute.....

All our cross county tracks and walking paths
are open and recently groomed except :

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


Locals paid their last respects yesterday to Firmin Mattis, on of Val's legends.      
The church was almost completely full, despite the forced absence of many who had to work.
Heart felt speeches  reminded everyone
that he was so much more than just an Olympic Skier.  
His coffin was carried by his friends, including Jean Claude Killy,
while ski instructors and future champions from our Sports Club made a guard of honour
before taking Firmin to his final resting place
in our village cemetry.

Despite the change of location, the Ecomove Day was a great success.
Fewer random passersby finding it by chance,
but more locals and people who went out of their way to attend.  
The many and varied events included the thrift shop, ski exchange, bike repair and
70 litres of zero-waste-soup made from 30 kilograms of donated, surplus vegetables.
A suitable, sustainable and sumptous reminder to avoid wasting food.

This weeks mean weather has forced the organisers of the Signal Derby to rethink.
So, their base, including refreshments and music, will be set up on the snow front in le Fornet, 
but no qualifying run this morning.
However, assuming  the skies clear,
this exciting off piste race, from the top of the Grand Vallon to the bottom of the Fornet
will go ahead this afternoon.

The bid by the French Alps for the 2030 Olympics
is being finalised in Lyon this evening.
The project manager presenting this bid was previously director of our sports club.  
Not long until we know if Val d’Isère will be included as a host for some of the races....
At the last public discussion our resort appeared on the map, in dotted lines.
A team from Val will be in Lyon this evening, hoping to see that these lines have finally, and rightly, been filled in !

Val disère is welcoming the
French Handisport Nordic Skiing Champions to the Manchet valley.
This event should have taken place
down the valley in Peisey but their crosscountry area lacks snow.
The event, from today until Sunday, includes courses to introduce the sport to
handicapped skiers, including those injured in battle.
The French Championships are happening this weekend.
15 competitors in each discipline -
the biathlon on Saturday morning followed by
the cross country skiing on Sunday.
Forget the miserable weather, and come and cheer on these champions!

Today's Events

“La Sauce” Club are still hoping to run the Signal Derby today.
This off piste race has only one rule :
the winner is the fastest from the top of the Grand Vallon to the bottom of the Fornet.
Winter Weather has pushed the start time back to this afternoon
but you can find their camp, with refreshments and music,
on the lower slope of Le Fornet from 11.00.

From 17.45
Your skis should be in their bed, so why not try
A fun and free experience
Adjust your weight on this bodyboard to
FLY across the snow.
Or at least feel like you are flying !
Come to the Savonette nursery slope.
With your enthusiasm and helmet.
You must be more than 9 years old
and children must be accompanied by a parent.

Bons plans

Tomorrow, as it is Good Friday,
the supermarket les Halles de Val
are serving a fish casserole as their Dish of the Day.
And for Easter – free-range suckling lamb.

Are you looking for a job for next winter ?
Our Lift Company Needs YOU !
Attractive benefits and a friendly working environment.
If tempted, or even vaguely interested,
come to the bottom of the Olympique lift
on 12th April, between 09.00 -17.00,
to meet the teams and find out what the many different jobs entail.
You can find more information on their website.
Val d'Isere Lift Company recruitment information

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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