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Snowmageddon en route to ski resorts

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It's Snowmageddon folks!

Some updates from the media:
access road to l'Alpe d'Huez is currently blocked
snow chains have run out in the motorway service stations to the Tarentaise
27km tailback to the Albertville on the autoroute
autoroutes haven't been able to open all the tollbooths causing trafic chaos
nearly 6 hours to do Lyon -> Albertville
TO bus carrying British skiers has crashed on the Les 2 Alpes road - no injuries reported
Access to the Beaufortain from Albertville has been closed by the police
Access to Megève is "complicated" with numberous vehicles blocking the road


Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Sat 27-12-14 13:09; edited 1 time in total
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@davidof, Shocked
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davidof wrote:
It's Snowmageddon folks!

Some updates from the media:
access road to l'Alpe d'Huez is currently blocked
snow chains have run out in the motorway service stations to the Tarentaise
27km tailback to the Albertville on the autoroute
autoroutes haven't been able to open all the tollbooths causing trafic chaos
nearly 6 hours to do Lyon -> Albertville
TO bus carrying British skiers has crashed on the Les 2 Alpes road - no injuries reported
Access to the Beaufortain from Albertville has been closed by the police
Access to Megève is "complicated" with numberous vehicles blocking the road


I wonder why people are still asking whether they need good winter tyres ... Puzzled
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Access to les Karellis in the Maurienne is blocked by a head on collision
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Gendarmerie are enforcing a snow chains rule at le Fayet to access Chamonix - snow tires accepted.
Col du Montets is still open, but for how long?
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mooney058 wrote:
davidof wrote:
It's Snowmageddon folks!

Some updates from the media:
access road to l'Alpe d'Huez is currently blocked
snow chains have run out in the motorway service stations to the Tarentaise
27km tailback to the Albertville on the autoroute
autoroutes haven't been able to open all the tollbooths causing trafic chaos
nearly 6 hours to do Lyon -> Albertville
TO bus carrying British skiers has crashed on the Les 2 Alpes road - no injuries reported
Access to the Beaufortain from Albertville has been closed by the police
Access to Megève is "complicated" with numberous vehicles blocking the road


I wonder why people are still asking whether they need good winter tyres ... Puzzled


Visions of brit X5s on summer tyres stuck on the side of the road with fiestas on winter tyres driving past. Smile
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Col du Lauteret to access Serre Chevalier is also still open but conditions are described as "delicate"
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Police advise people driving to l'Alpe d'Huez to wait at Bourg d'Oisans while they sort out the situation. Numberous T.O. busses blocking the access. People not being allowed on the road without snow chains.
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Um.... Just getting on a coach to head down from 2alpes! Should we be worried?!
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Tignes FB site saying road between Le Lac and "1800" has been closed for a while Mad Mad
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Um.... Just getting on a coach to head down from 2alpes! Should we be worried?!


let us know what happens, and remember: clunk-click.
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Good luck @belette,
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Bourg d'Oisans

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Valmeinier and Valloire are inaccessible. Cars being stopped in the valley. The road to the col du Telegraph is blocked and emergency services are unable to reach the problem sector.
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There's currently 40cm in Bourg d'Oisans, not surprised it's carnage out there.
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On the descent from Combloux this BMW not equipped with snow tires causes traffic chaos


Photo: Pauline Moisy


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I'd feel more in control of my own safety skiing down this road! Jeez. Wonder if I can hoik my skis out of the hold when we inevitably get stuck...
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Trucks have blocked the road between Geneva and Bellegarde on the A40. Why the hell did the police allow lorries on the autoroutes today? EpicFail.
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Kind of glad we fly out next week Shocked
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belette wrote:
I'd feel more in control of my own safety skiing down this road! Jeez. Wonder if I can hoik my skis out of the hold when we inevitably get stuck...


Best of luck, you are probably safer in a bus than a car.
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@davidof, excellent thread.
Sorry for all you guys out there in the thick of it
But rather warm-and-glowy for those of us here in dull dingy London
(of course, much more exciting up in the Midlands where they are having their own Snowmageddon)
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Over the Lauteret in Serre Chevalier, everything is white

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Heading up to sheffield tomorrow (if we're back by then), maybe can dig out the old cross country skis! wink
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A man has broken his leg putting on snow chains on an icy road to Les Sybelles.
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@belette, There is also travel chaos in Sheffield caused by a light dusting of snow overnight. Source - Daily Mail
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davidof wrote:
Trucks have blocked the road between Geneva and Bellegarde on the A40. Why the hell did the police allow lorries on the autoroutes today? EpicFail.
Surprised by this. In the past i've seen lorries pulled of the road by the police around the Dijon area when there was heavy snow forecast in the Alps. Its not as if it wasnt forecast and also one of the busiest transfer days.
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A man has broken his leg putting on snow chains on an icy road to Les Sybelles.


What rotten luck!
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Heading up to sheffield tomorrow

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Errr ......... have you looked at the UK news websites? You didn't plan this winter's excursions well, I'm afraid.
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So far 3 hrs from Grenoble airport and still not reached Bourg dOisans
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On the descent from Combloux this BMW not equipped with snow tires causes traffic chaos


Photo: Pauline Moisy
What a complete dickhead! Don't they have a snow tyre rule in France? In Austria the police would show no mercy!
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Not much choice about the matter I'm afraid! Should be ok though, parents (who live there) are getting around fine.
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@howiet, you have no idea how glad I am not to be working for a TO today. Laughing

Where are you now?
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Just at turn off at hotel belldone. Nearly home!
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Tignes Facebook page now updated............road to Bourg now closed for snowclearing and safety.
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@howiet, Bourg itself is remarkably traffic-free at the moment. This may be because everything is gridlocked further on, can't tell from here.
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Snow stopping in some areas, even glimpses of blue sky, traffic situation on roads to alps improving.
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Well I am in Tignes les brevieres, drove down from Val. D isere in 10 inches of snow earlier in my rear wheel drive merc and no issues at all......on winter tyres though. Needed chains to get in the car park though! I am amazed at how much difference winters make.
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Watching the carnage unfold on road up to Oz through binoculars from the warmth of our apartment, timed it right this time. Friends have been 'driving' across France for 15 hours and still not made it here yet. Seems the usual silly Billy's trying to drive until they get stuck and then put chains on, blocking the road. Vizille to Bourg is a car park, friends saw the obligatory 5 series Beemer with chains on the front wheels. Hope everyone arrives safely, stopped snowing here now but sky still threatening more. Anyhow back to adjusting juniors bindings snowHead
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friends saw the obligatory 5 series Beemer with chains on the front wheels.

Really!!! rolling eyes What a plonker!
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In my short (4km) commute to the workshop, I've had to negotiate 4 abandonded cars and avoid 1 crashing BMW (an old 750 not an X5 this time) - he was in the slow lane about 5 cars ahead, got over zelous with his brakes and hit the centeral resevation - quite impresive for 10kph!

Unpoughed roads unpassable to the uneqiped, otherwise they are fun and the sides are soft Wink
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