• Caitlin Kennedy

Weather & Ski report 01/12

We’ve got a blustery day ahead today as although the snow has paused, the South Westerly wind is only increasing in speed as you’ll be able to see if you look up at the rooftops. Very strong gusts of 70 to 130 km/h are expected throughout the morning before it eases a little in the afternoon. The snow will return on and off but with the most snowfall between 2 and 7pm. Temperatures at the moment are actually pretty mild with not much of a refreeze in town. However temperatures won’t rise much with a maximum of 0°C between 1800 and 2000m.


Take care if driving up or down from Bourg Saint Maurice as many small branches have fallen and there is a risk that larger ones may impede traffic on the road.


Ski Report

60cm of groomed snow on the snow front, 1m 50 at altuude.

Bellevarde

The tops of Orange, Diebold and Joseray are open. The bottoms remain closed. OK, 3J, MLoutons, Les Tines, Face, Stade Olympique, Fontaine froid, Collet, Grand Pre, Genepy and Borsat are all open.Verte which the top half of was open yesterday, should be able to open in its entirety today. So your home runs on this sector are the OK, Verte and Face.

The Tommeuses and Borsat chairlifts are open, allowing access to Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret.

Solaise

For the lifts, the Solaise, Glacier Express, Laisseiers, Madeleine, Datcha chairlifts are all open. And for the runs, the Plan, M, Mattis, Trav Laisanant, Lac de l’Ouilette, Laissiers, Glaciers, Plan Millet, St Jacques, Col de la madeleibne, La fourche, Marais, Lac parc, Madeleine are all open.

On nursery slopes, the Village and Savonette drag lifts will be running.

Fornet

Only the Fornet cable car and Vallon bubble are scheduled to open for the moment allowing access to the Col, Pont abatte, Mangard and Foret runs. 

The Pisaillas Glacier has all lifts open and all runs are open except the Combe du Geant,  Cascade and Pays Desert which are closed due to avalanche risk.

Off-Pistes

The Avalanche risk is 3 today. There is instability on all orientations of slope due to the . Avalanche risk due to the fresh snowfall and very srong winds. Plaques are liable to form on slopes facing North round to Easterly directions and a small overload on a slab such as the weight of a skier could be enough to trigger a slide. Ensure everyone you ski with has the correct safety gear and avalanche training before heading off piste and if in any doubt, go with a professional or just stick to the marked pistes.

Walking Routes

Just the Fornet to Laisanant and Manchet routes are open.

Cross Country

Nothing is open yet for cross country skiers.

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