• Caitlin Kennedy

Weather & Ski Report 12/12

Weather

We’ve woken up to white underfoot and white above us, with low hanging clouds clinging to the mountain tops and relaesing the last few flakes of snow for the day. Condiotions are actually supposed to clear for the middle of the day when we may even see some sunshine. However, the North-Westerly wind, which continues to be very tempestuous at altitude, won’t let up at all today. Whilst Val village is entirely sheltered and calm, we measured a gust of 80km/h on the Pisaillas Glacier at 7am this morning. Your best bet if you’re skiing today ius to keep low. You might feel a chill in the air in town with temperatures reading -4° in the centre of Val but you’ll really want to wrap up if you’re heading up the hill as the Pisaillas Glacier is measuring -16°C and the Bellevarde -14°C. It’s not going to warm up much today. Certainly in town, we’ve already reached the maximum temperature for the day; according to Meteo France, maximum temperatures will hover around the -5 to -8°C mark between 1800 and 2000m


The snow is set to return with a vengeance from midnight onwards with half a meter or more expected over the next two days.


Ski Report

70cm of groomed snow on the snow front, 1m40 at altitude.


Bellevarde

The top halves of the OK and Orange are closed to prepare the pistes for the Women’s World Cup Races. The Stade Olympique is closed for the men’s races. Other than that the Santons, Epaule de Charvet, Border Cross, Stade Semanmille, Trifollet and Lanches pistes remain closed.

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


Solaise

The Solaise bubble is currently closed due to a technical problem. Cugnai re-opens today. The Marmottons, 3000, Aiglon, Route du Col and L stay closed.

On the nursery slopes, all slopes are open.


Fornet

The Vallon bubble and Leissieres chairlifts are closed at the moment due to the strong winds. The Petit Bois, Signal, Table d’Orientation, Arrolay, and Cognon pistes will stay closed

On the Pisaillas Glacier, the Cascade and Pays Desert won’t open. Please stay off all pistes marked closed.


Off-Piste

The Avalanche risk is 3 today. New slabs have formed with the snowfall and very strong winds we had over the past few days. On colder slopes, so NW round to NE facing slopes, a deep old fragile layer of sugary snow persists, which could be triggered to slide by the weight of a single skier. Wind loading has occurred too so be very careful today. 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 footpaths to choose from are the Col de l’Iseran, Pont St Charles, Fornet to Laisinant, Lac de l'Ouillette and Manchet routes.


Cross Country

The small loop of the Manchet Valley and the big and small loops of the Lac de l’Ouilette are open. Take care to avoid pedestrians on the Manchet loop.


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