• Caitlin Kennedy

Weather & Ski Report 04/12


The walk to the radio this morning was accompanied by a pink tinted sky over in the East. The clear skies will continue throughout the morning with another fine sunny day, that will be a little warmer than yesterday, with maximum temperatures of around 2 to 3°C between 1800m and 2000m. Clouds may start to creep in mid-afternoon, but it won’t affect the ski day. And you wouldn’t know it from the stillness down in the valley but the wind has picked up at altitude with a Foehn wind blowing into the Haute Tarentasse. We measured a gust of 37km/h at the top of the Bellevarde this morning. That South Easterly wind will continue to blow moderately until the evening when it will settle down. Tonight, the clouds will clear for another cool starry night.


Ski Report

54cm of groomed snow on the snow front, 1m58 at altitude.

Bellevarde

The Santons, Epaule de Charvet, Border Cross, Snow Park, Stade Semanmille, Trifollet and Lanches pistes remain closed. Everything else is open. If you’re skiing the OK/Orange all the way to the bottom, be aware that the Funival remains closed so you’ll need to cut across to the bottom of the La Daille bubble. WOrk has started on the Epaule de Charvet but it is not ready to be skied yet and if you do, you may encounter rocks or machinery. Please stay off it and all other pistes marked closed.

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

Solaise

The Manchet Express has opened for the first time allowing access to Arcelle. Work has started on Cugnai but it won’t open today. The Marmottons, 3000, Aiglon, Route du Col, L and S also stay closed today.

On the nursery slopes, all slopes are now open.

Fornet

Only the Fornet cable car and Vallon bubble are scheduled to open for the moment allowing access to the Col, Pont Abatte, Pre-chemin, top of Pyramid, Mangard and Foret runs.

The Pisaillas Glacier has all lifts open and all runs are open except the Cascade and Pays Desert.

Off-Pistes

The Avalanche risk is 3 today. Unstable slabs persist on high altitude cold slopes; in other words North Westerly round to North Easterly facing slopes, as well as wind affected SW facing slopes. The weight of a single skier or a group of skiers could dislodge a thicker plaque, or several overlapping unstable layers, thus triggering 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

The Pont St Charles walking path opens today to join the open Fornet to Laisanant and Manchet routes.

Cross Country

The big and small loops of the Lac d’Ouilette are open.

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