• Caitlin Kennedy

Weather & Ski Report 6/12

Updated: Dec 9, 2019

A baby blue sky awaits when you look out the window, this morning, with the first suggestions of sunshine glowing over the Fornet Valley. Temperatures are inverted at the moment, with cooler conditions down at town level than at the top of the hill. Currently, we’re measuring -5°C outside the Radio and -4°C at the top of the Bellevarde. The sun is going to beam down unperturbed by clouds all day today and there will only be a whisper of wind.

Maximum temperatures will stay cool today reaching 1 to 3°C between 1800m and 2000m. Today is the last of the spring like weather for a while as winter is set to gradually descend once again with snow predicted in the latter stages of the weekend. Tonight will become cloudier as the hours march on and the wind which has swung round to the North West will whip up into gusts of up to 60km/h.

Although the roads are pretty much all cleared now, save for some side roads, the pavements continue to demand some caution in the mornings where they’ve re-frozen. Take care and use crampons if you have them.


Ski Report

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

Bellevarde

The top half of the OK/Orange is closed as it is being prepared for the World Cup Racing next week. 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 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 Marmottons, 3000, Aiglon, Route du Col, L and S also stay closed today. Cugnai is closed but should be open by the weekend.

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 2 today, but don’t let that cause you to lose vigilance. 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 footpath may be able to open for the first time today. Pont St Charles, Lac de l’Ouilette, Fornet to Laisanant 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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