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After The Storm – Weather & Snow Update…
The unprecedented weather warnings and Storm Eleanor has finally passed following a couple of days of serious disruption. There are still many road closures in place and some routes may take a while to be re-opened following subsidence and landslides. A rescue of a family on the roof of their vehicle in the Breda Gorge, has led to a volunteer firefighter being swept in to a river due to a sudden landslide. Search operations are still in progress with specialist rescue teams and 2 helicopters deployed. The family are safe.
The road is flooded (possibly washed away), between Ugine and Faverges at the small village of Marlins – thanks to John at 3 Vallees Transfers for that one.
While may ski areas remained completely closed (people were even ordered not to go outside in Tignes until 10:30 this morning) there was some limited skiing on Wednesday and quite a bit open in Courchevel today with the La Tania Gondola and Bouc Blanc lifts opening for access to 1850. Links over to 1650 and the new Ariondaz Gondola was operating too. Nothing high up of course as avalanche safety work is completed – the 5 out of 5 Extreme Risk is not often posted – and all 3 Valleys links remain closed.
The complex situation of lots of fresh snow, then rain, more fresh snow and then more rain will give the Avalanche Geeks a real headache in predicting what lies ahead stability wise – that said, the area forecast is reduced to 4 out of 5 tomorrow (still High Risk) and some 3 Valleys links are expected to be open.
It will be interesting to see how much damage this storm has done to the general snow cover – probably largely irrelevant given the near 2m base high up – and with colder temperatures likely to return at the weekend and more snow forecast for the beginning of next week things should be generally very good.
Looking like Saturday and then Wednesday will see some respite from cloudy / snowy conditions – feels a while since some blue skies…
La Tania Weather Page – with links to avalanche bulletins, Meteo France forecasts, our Weather Station, Wigglies etc.