• Caitlin Kennedy

Weather & Ski Report 08/12

Updated: Dec 9, 2019

We have awoken to clear skies and a rosy tint over the Fornet valley. Once the sun rises, it’ll stay within our sights right the way through to sunset, at which point the weather will start to turn.  Clouds are going to gather as the evening marches on, with a little snow expected in the middle of the night. This will give us a wee taster of things to come as we’re looking at a very snowy week ahead, with 10 to 20cm predicted for Monday and plentiful snowfall every day except Tuesday. Back to the present however, conditions began cooly in town and Temperatures won’t be getting very warm with a maximum of 2°C at town level and between 0 and 2°C up top. The North-Westerly wind continues to blow moderately strongly, especially at altitude. Throughout the day, the wind is going to become more and more blustery, with speeds of over 40km/h during the night.

Ski Report

49cm of groomed snow on the snow front, 1m52 at altitude.

Bellevarde

The Santons, Epaule de Charvet, Border Cross, Stade Semanmille, Trifollet and Lanches pistes remain closed. The small kickers in the snowpark are opening up for the first time today. The rest is still under preparation. Everything else is open. If you’re skiing the bottom halves of 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 S opens up for the first time this season. The Marmottons, 3000, Aiglon, Route du Col and L stay closed today. 

On the nursery slopes, all slopes are open.

Fornet

Everything is open except the Petit Bois, SIgnal, Table d’Orientation, Arrolay, and Cognon pistes.

On the Pisaillas Glacier, only the Cascade run is closed.

Off-Pistes

The Avalanche risk is 1 today, but don’t let that cause you to lose vigilance. Some rare slabs persist on cold, high altitude, North facing slopes and there is also a risk on sun affected slopes above 1800m. Also, despite the good snow depths for this time of year, it is still early in the season and barely covered rocks are another danger. 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 Col de l’Iseran, Pont St Charles, Lac de l'Ouillette, Fornet to Laisinant and Manchet routes are open. The rest are closed.

Cross Country

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

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