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@johnE, @thefatcontroller, @rob@rar, Vagere opened late this morning and having been there promptly at 9am I had a fair wait. When I went up Carrelly and the Transarc 2 still weren't running.

The pistes were busy in places but the only other significant queues I encountered were at Plagne Bellecote - situation normal!
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thefatcontroller wrote:
This was the 1st time I saw the helicopter, top right, it did one of those hovering beside the slope stops, the issue seemed to be above the barriers. Then about 30 mins later it came back with something on a winch, we were over at the top of Lanchettes lift then so couldn't see too much detail but seemed to be a group below the barriers for quite a long time.


http://youtube.com/v/jhR_xxFmNSs&feature=youtu.be


Spoke to the pisteurs and someone went onto Bois high above the metal avalanche barriers and fell into them. Damage to leg and hip and had to be airlifted to hospital.
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Spoke to the pisteurs and someone went onto Bois high above the metal avalanche barriers and fell into them. Damage to leg and hip and had to be airlifted to hospital.

Numpty!
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Nice start to the morning but blizzard just arrived. We could see the top of Bois 5 mins ago.............

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Didn't get out this morning in the end as had to work but went out about 1pm and conditions were very 'Les Arcs', you could experience 4 seasons in one run. It must have snowed heavy during last night as conditions were better today than yesterday. Utterly glorious afternoon boarding, lots of fresh and a tad flat light too. Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

Snowed lightly all afternoon, still snowing, due to snow heavy overnight with light snow and strong winds tomorrow. Tomorrow night looks hell, huge snow and high winds, hopefully clearing earlyish Friday, might be late start but Friday looking truly awesome. Saturday all clear for changeover day.

Not much else to say other than it was very nice today, thanks. Some photos.

Sitting on Plagnettes, we got out of the bowl, no visibility


Above 1800 looking towards La Plagne/Montchavin



Above 1800 looking at 1800


Arcs 2000 this evening.
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Great photo's - as you say tomorrow looks like a humdinger. Friday and Saturday heavenly!
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Been snowing heavy overnight, still snowing lightly, winds don't' look too bad at the moment, lets see what lifts open.

What do you call a group of bashers?
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Snowing very heavy. Wind not too strong, for now. Having lunch in 1800 buy Les Arcs have posted a warning to get back to your stations after 3pm. So we shall be doing that. Seemingly biggest storm of the winter due tonight.
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thefatcontroller wrote:
Seemingly biggest storm of the winter due tonight.
The resort has said that the road from 2000 to 1600 will be closed from 11am to 7pm.
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@rob@rar, 11pm to 7am? Not abnormal in a storm.
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@rob@rar, 11pm to 7am? Not abnormal in a storm.
Is it not? I so rarely drive that way that I tend not to notice when the resort indicates it's keeping it closed so when I spotted it earlier on Twitter I thought it might have been unusual.
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@rob@rar, 11pm to 7am? Not abnormal in a storm.
Is it not? I so rarely drive that way that I tend not to notice when the resort indicates it's keeping it closed so when I spotted it earlier on Twitter I thought it might have been unusual.


There is a real avalanche threat on the road near 1950 so it’s closed at times for blasting but predictions for tonight are truly grim so they are being safe.
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@thefatcontroller, good to have the advanced notice - @rob@rar, it is quite often shut overnight (I'd say at least 3 or 4 times a season anyway).
I recall one such time (last year I think it was) when the info came late, and we had the lifties and pisteurs stuck up here: the hotels had to find beds for them all.
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4pm here, on the bus 1600 to 2000 and road already invisible.
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Hi Long time lurker and 1st time poster.

We are due in Vallandry this sunday for a week and the nanny company we booked for child care has just pulled out!!!!!

Does any one know of any companys or inderviduals in Vallandry/Les Arcs that may be able to help.

We usually put the kids in the Creche next to the lift at Vallandry but we can't get hold of them via email or on the phone!!
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Snow, more snow and lots more snow....great conditions today, wind not as bad as expected (until late in the day) and visibility overall very good considering. Snowed all day and now at 6pm French time it is an absolute blizzard in 2000 and forecast heaviest snowfall of the year overnight. Snow due to stop around 9-10am tomorrow, will likely be a late opening but should be epic out there. Signs up in the apartment warning that it is forbidden to try travel out of 1950 or 2000 this evening. Total lock down.

Brown snow, been discussed before but is it a French thing not to clean up after your dog?

Some photos.

Lunchtime, on Charmotteger chair


Lunchtime, outside Arpette restaurant looking down to lift


3.30pm looking down at 1600


4pm, the road outside 1950. Pre Saint overhead.
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Hi Long time lurker and 1st time poster.

We are due in Vallandry this sunday for a week and the nanny company we booked for child care has just pulled out!!!!!

Does any one know of any companys or inderviduals in Vallandry/Les Arcs that may be able to help.

We usually put the kids in the Creche next to the lift at Vallandry but we can't get hold of them via email or on the phone!!


Don’t know them but worth asking here? http://snowlittlenannies.blogspot.com/?m=1
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Thanks but we have tried these guys and they have no availability....
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7.20am in Arc2000, early start with lots of blasting waking us. Still snowing heavy and there has been lots and lots of snow.

What a shitty morning of news to wake up to. Be well all.
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Driving up this afternoon but only as far as peisey, hopefully roads will clear by then.

Sounds like great conditions snowHead
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Driving up this afternoon but only as far as peisey, hopefully roads will clear by then.

Sounds like great conditions snowHead


Can see delivery lorries arriving in 2000 so Peisey will be no issue. As for conditions, they do look great with a coffee
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Any recommendations for a pub close to lifts to watch football Saturday lunch time, Watford Vs palace? Les arcs side
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@Lost in the trees, 1800 , 1600 or 1950/2000?
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Bit of a blah day for us. Late start as had some personal stuff to attend to and was hoping/expecting the lifts over the top to open. When we did head out we went down to Pre Saint to see what conditions were like, light wasn't great and we decided to head to the bus at Pre Saint. Waited 40 mins for a full bus to drive straight past us. Grrrr. Busy day for the bus down, always head to 2000, school boy error. Anyway back up Pre Saint, conditions really grim no visibility, into 2000 and bus waiting to depart, hopped on.

Spent some time around 1600 and 1800, visibility up high still bad and the snow was actually a bit wet and heavy. Wasn't feeling it and had a few falls so we listened to our bodies and back to 1600 and bus home. Lots of blasting still at 6pm and Bois or Arpette never opened all day but Carelly did, very strange and a little disappointing. Safety 1st and all that but strange combination of lifts open.

Home tomorrow, roads are fine, conditions are great, enjoy rest of season and stay safe. See y'all in 2020. India next.

Anyway while waiting for the Cabriolet we watched the blasting under Varet. A bit in the distance but watch up right. I aint Spielberg!


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Hi, this agency is in Les Arcs 1800, no idea if they can help directly but it might be worth trying: http://www.conciergerie-montagnes.com/
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Hi Long time lurker and 1st time poster.

We are due in Vallandry this sunday for a week and the nanny company we booked for child care has just pulled out!!!!!

Does any one know of any companys or inderviduals in Vallandry/Les Arcs that may be able to help.

We usually put the kids in the Creche next to the lift at Vallandry but we can't get hold of them via email or on the phone!!
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The snow came back yesterday and by this morning there was approx 40cms higher up on the mountain and even about 10cms all the way down to Bourg Saint Maurice. For those coming out this weekend the roads are clear although risk of avalanche is a problem so be prepared for delays.

The pistes were well covered and the off piste had a good depth. However, the suddenly warm temperatures did it's damage and even by 11am the snow was becoming sticky on the pistes.

Many higher lifts were closed all day and even some lower lifts opened very slowly causing very large queues in various places.

The off piste higher up that was accessible was OK, but very quickly became heavy and very sticky. These unstable conditions meant that we had to be very careful everywhere we went.

Although we had a fun day. With visibility in and out combined with the warm temperatures it was very tiring on the legs. Having skied in the Arc 1600 area, across to Arc 1800 and then around the Derby chair in Peisey Vallandry we decided to head for home early at around 3pm to save our legs for hopefully better conditions tomorrow.

Finally a warning to everyone using the buses and a very big complaint to Les Arcs. The bus that normally runs from Arc 2000 across to Arc 1600 appears to be only once an hour even though the resort is very busy which is crazy. The timetable says two per hour!? Even worse, they do not appear to be running extra buses to allow all those trying to cross between stations to get on the bus when it does finally arrive! Crazy!! One hour plus delays means a lot of hanging around and very cod feet. Les Arcs needs to get this problem solved quickly!!

Here are a few photos from today enjoy. https://www.facebook.com/LesArcsWinter/
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@snowcrazy, There were 2 buses running in the afternoon but yes there was a definite period with only one bus running and it was useless. The roads were fine but they knew the high lifts would be shut all day so agreed a very poor show yesterday. Not sure they overly care though.
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"Not sure they overly care though." Yep, nail on the head! They know that when the links over from 2000 to the 1800/1600 side that many skiers try and take the bus to ski in the trees etc but absolutely no extra efforts made to run extra buses or even run the two per hour as per schedule. The French could so with learning about customer service like our Canadian friends provide!
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Blue sky spring skiing here today - hard in the morning, turning really nice then a bit slushy in places later. Very warm this afternoon.

Resort unusually busy (La Plagne also) for a Saturday - I presume that many people with their own transport who have had to contend with not very nice weather over much of the last week decided to stay for the extra day.
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Another fun day comes to an end. Today we went over to the La Plagne side and after a ski around Crozats off piste area in very mixed conditions we headed for the top of the Roche de Mio.

Some went towards Brown Trouser Ridge and a ski down the back valley to the Champagny side which they told us later was OK with some lighter snow higher up, but then becoming crusty and finally slightly softer.

We went down the back of the Roche de Mio all the way to the Bauches chair. At the start we had really nice soft snow, even some untracked powder in a few places. However from just above the lower cliffs the snow became breakable crust the rest of the way to the bottom. The track out was OK, but we dd not fancy another lap.

Back up and over into the meadows down the Les Coches side and finishing in the waterfall gully and back to the Vanoise Express. The snow was very mixed again and you had to be very careful in the steeper section which had a number of avalanches to cross.

Finally a fast ski back across Les Arcs for a drink at the Mushroom in the Arc 2000 bowl and then over to Arc 1600 and time to watch the Rugby. Best not say anything about that! OH dear!!!

The snow off piste everywhere today was very mixed and very challenging at times. The pistes were much better and not as busy as the last few days. With mixed weather forecast for tomorrow it might be another interesting day. Vanoise at 10.10am for anyone that is thinking of joining us.

Hope you enjoy the photos from today. https://www.facebook.com/LesArcsWinter/
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Today turned out to be another blue sky day with only a few passing clouds. They forecast a grey overcast sky from 1pm and snow by 2pm, but it did not arrive until about 5pm and now we have a light dusting up on the mountains and it look's like the storm might finally begin.

As planned we headed over to the La Plagne side and they did open the Bellecote glacier area, but as the Traverse and Glacier chair stayed closed and the snow conditions had not improved from yesterday we decided on an easy ski to lunch. Those people I spoke too that did hike up onto the North Face said there was a little good snow right at the top, then breakable crust until around the middle section, followed by some very icy wind blown areas and soft snow at the bottom. I also heard that the Bellecote bowl was very similar. I am very pleased we did not go there and took the easy option.

As the group was very big today, some went to Montalbert and 17 of us went to Champagny for lunch.

The piste on the way over from Arc 1600 and all the way to lunch were in good condition. In fact today the pistes were more fun to ski than the off piste. There were a few queues at the chairs and you needed to take care at the main piste junctions. But overall on both sides of the Vanoise Express the resort was not as busy as the last few days.

The pistes across La Plagne and even back to the Vanoise Express from above Les Coches were good. I stayed on the easier blue pistes today to rest my legs so did not push it very hard. We even finished in time for a drink at the bottom of the funicular.

If the snow does come tonight it should refresh the pistes nicely. Fingers crossed for a powder day tomorrow.

Just a few photos today. You cannot take the child out of some people even when they are grown up! https://www.facebook.com/LesArcsWinter/
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