• Caitlin Kennedy

Weather & Ski Report 15/12

Weather

The calm after the storm has returned and we’ve awoken to a cerulean sky with the moon still suspended and bright. Once the sun raises its head over the Fornet valley, we can expect to see sunshine right the way through to the evening, broken up only by sporadic fluffy clouds. Maximum temperature today of 2 to 3°C at 2000m but the wind is likely to add a chill to proceedings if you’re heading up the hill. There is only a breath of wind in town, but up at the summits, the wind continues to blow with a fair force; 30 to 50km/h from a South Westerly direction at 2500m and up to 80km/h at 3500m. Tonight, the skies will cloud over a little but we should still see plenty of stars. Tomorrow is looking cloudy with a gusty South Easterly wind.


PIDA on Solaise and Fornet this morning. Please stay off the ski area until it has been announced safe to do so.


The restriction for pedestrians on the road to Le Fornet and up to Le Chatelard has been lifted. The car parks that were off limits are now open again too.


The roads are black and snow-cleared now so chains are no longer necessary.


Ski Report

Bellevarde

The Stade Olympique is of course closed for the World Cup Racing. The best way of watching from on the piste is to take the top half of the Face and the bottom half of the Joseray which runs parallel to the racing piste. Over in La Daille, the Funicular is now open. The Borsat area has been blasted this morning so the chairlift may open a little late and there is a question mark over Fresse. Other than that the Santons, Epaule du Charvet, Border Cross, Stade Semanmille, Snowpark, Trifollet and Lanches pistes remain closed.


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


Solaise

The Laisinant chairlift may open up today. Cugnai will definitely stay closed as a fair bit of work is needed to secure the area. The Aiglon and Route du Col runs open for the first time. Mattis, Leissieres, Traversée du Laisinant L and Marmottons, stay closed today.


On the nursery slopes, all slopes are open.


Fornet

Arrolay is opening up for the first time. The Petit Bois, SIgnal, Table d’Orientation and Cognon pistes will stay closed


The Pisaillas Glacier was hit hardest by the storm and so a lot of work needs to be done to repair the damage and secure the area. It will therefore stay closed for the day.


Off-Pistes

Many of the closed pistes are closed due to avalanche risk so it is absolutely imperative that you stay off them. The Avalanche risk is 3 today. New slabs have formed with the snowfall and very strong winds we had over the past few days. A skier can cause or encourage a slide of heavy wet snow below 1800-2000 m, or even fresh wet snow higher on sunny SE to SW slopes. A higher overload can trigger an avalanche of thicker slabs on NE to SE facing slopes where older accumulations remain, especially above 2200m. Large amounts of 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 Fornet to Laisinant and Manchet routes.


Cross Country

All routes are closed today

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