• Caitlin Kennedy

14/01/12

Weather

Meteo France has reported dangerous conditions ahead today with a high risk of avalanches and violent winds. Inititally this morning, gusts of 100 to 140km/h winds are predicted at altitude and we measued 123km/h of wind first thing this morning up at 2800m. Even down in town the wind will be blowing at 40 to 80km/h at times, although it should calm down a bit this afternoon. It's snowing quite heavily at the moment, and that will continue on and off throughout the day although not a huge amount more is expected- 5 to 7cm more snow at 1500m. The Pisteurs approximate 30 to 35 cm in the past 24 hrs, but due to the very strong wind, in some places there are big accumulations and in others, bare ground. Temperatures will drop throughout the day, with a return of the very cold conditions later.


Chains are required for driving around town or heading down to Bourg where the road is currently snow covered the whole way down. The only exception is if you have a 4x4 with snow tyres and are an experienced driver in the snow. The road is not good through Seez and St Foy as there are plaques of ice where the snow has been blown away.


Ski Report

The Le Daille bubble, Solaise bubble and Fornet Cable Car are all open. The Vallon bubble will almost certainly not open unless the wind dies right down. And we're 99% sure the Glacier will remain inaccessible. The other lifts will depend on the wind.

Bellevarde

The OK, Orange, Diebold, 3J, Verte, Face, Stade Olympique, Joseray, Criterium, G, Raye and Lanches pistes will be open. The others will stay closed unless conditions drastically change.

Solaise

The Snowfront runs and lifts are open. The Solaise bubble will open late, but when it does, Plan, M, Rhone Alpes, Combe Martin and S will be open. The other runs are all question marks.

Fornet

Foret and Mangard are open.

Off-Piste

The Avalanche Risk is 4 today. The advice from the Pisteurs: don't go Off-Piste! Conditions are very dangerous with poor visibility, exceptionally strong wind and a high chance of avalanche.

Walking Routes

Just the Manchet valley path is open. Everything else is closed.

Cross Country

The small loop of the Manchet valley is open, everything else is closed.

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