• Caitlin Kennedy

29/11/18

Weather

Another beautifully clear day is on the horizon, after a stunning sunrise, with high altitude clouds catching the early sun's rays and turning the sky a brilliant rosé. Fairly mild temperatures were recorded first thing this morning; at 7am, it was -1.3°C outside the Tourist Office and strangely, the temperature recorded at the top of the Bellevarde was warmer,at +1.3°C. This of course has knock on consequences for the snow cannons, which are not able to produce snow, if the water within cannot freeze. The wind which had settled down yesterday, has turned to a South Westerly direction and picked up a little, with occasional gusts of up to 50km/h of Foehn and Lombarde winds near the Italian boarder. Maximum temperatures will be much warmer than yesterday; around 6 to 8°C at 2000m and +2°C at 3000m.

Ski Report

It is currently not possible to ski to the bottom of the mountain. Depending on which sector you're skiing in, you'll need to take one of the following to descent the hill:

  • The Fornet Cable Car

  • The Olympic Gondola

  • The Solaise Bubble

  • The Le Daille Funicular

Bellevarde

The New Le Daille bubble is closed and will repoen when the runs to the bottom are skiable. The Mont Blanc lift will be closed, but all other lifts are due to open.

Pistes:

The top of the OK/Orange and Verte runs are open, but the bottom remains closed. Collet, Grand Pre, Diebold, Fresse, Borsat, 3J and Genepy are all open.

Please stay off Le Face! It is being prepared by for the World Cup so has plenty of large vehicles on working on it, making it very dangerous to ski down.

The Tommeuses link to Tignes will hopefully open up on Friday.

Solaise

The Solaise gondola, Glacier Express, Lessieres, Madeleine, Cugnai, Datcha Chairlifts and the PimPam drag lift are all open.

Pistes:

Lac d'Ouilette, Marais, Cugnai, Madeleine, Col de Madeleine, La Fourche, St Jacques, Glaciers and Lac Parc a Moutons are all open.

The Plan piste is under preparation at the moment, but is not ready yet, so as with all the other closed pistes, please stay off them.

Fornet

The Fornet cable car and Vallon bubble are open, as will be all the lifts on the Pisaillas Glacier, although, as usual they will open a little later.

Pistes:

Pont Abat, Pyramides and Col are open. On the Glacier, Les Champions, Montetes, Cascades, Moraine, Traversée des Arses, Pisaillas and Lac Cema are all open.

Off-Piste:

The Avalanche Risk is 2 due to the risk of windslab. And if you're skiing off-piste, watch out for hidden rocks and be properly prepared.

Walking Routes:

Plenty to choose from today: the Pont St Charles, Laisinant-Fornet, Manchet, Les Sources and Le Daille paths are all open.

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