Avalanche Val d'Isere
Avalanches flowing into the resort now

Do follow resort safety advice, road closures and path closures wherever you are in the Savoie, Haute Savoie or Isere regions.  Here is a video of a Val d’Isere avalanche running across footpaths, a car park and approaching a building. Danger rating 5 is associated with risks in the resort as well as on the mountain. The reason the danger is so high is the combination of wind loaded slopes, huge snowfall and a sudden rise in temperature this morning. This causes [&hell... Read More


Fornet road avalanche Val d'isere
Avalanche danger rating is 5 in Northern French Alps

When the danger rating is 5, you pay attention to avalanche risk in the town as well as the mountain. This avalanche crossed the road between Val d’Isere and Fornet yesterday.  Read definition here We will issue a more detailed full snow report tomorrow. But in the meantime here is Haute Tarentaise bulletin for Thursday Bulletin Above 2500 m, the heavy snowfall still expected by Thursday evening (80-100 cm), and the strong and very large accumulations in the leeward sl... Read More


Off piste snow and weather 14 - 20 Dec Savoie and N French Alps
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 14 – 20 Dec Savoie / ...

Another snowy week ahead ! Off-piste snow report: 14 – 20 Dec for Savoie & Northern French Alps Snow depths have increased dramatically over the last week. In the Haute Tarentaise area of Savoie (e.g. Val d’Isere/Tignes) there’s now about 160 cm snow on N facing slopes above 2500 m. And it looks like plenty more snow will be falling in the next few days! Earlier this week, we received over 60 cm of fresh snow in the space of 24 hours. […]... Read More


piste patrol rescue Tignes Avalanche
Henry Schniewind on Sky News about Tignes Avalanche

Tignes avalanche March 7th 2017, Carline Piste Henry was interviewed today on Sky News about the Tignes avalanche on the Carline piste.  You can watch the interview here What do we know about this avalanche event?  Well not any more than you can read in the press reports and in the Mountain Echo.  Most importantly no-one was seriously hurt.  Although I imagine many were very shocked.  We do not expect avalanches to cross the piste.  There will be an official investigati... Read More


Lessons from the Tignes avalanche accident

We don’t have a full picture from the investigation as yet. But it is possible to identify some lessons that we can learn based on what we do know about the Tignes avalanche accident. This post makes no comment about the decisions and actions of the victims as we do not know anything about their discussions and consideration.  We do know they were fully equipped to go off piste. The official investigation will cover that. This post is to help everyone who […]... Read More


Fatal Avalanche in Tignes
Expert’s thoughts following Tignes avalanche

Following this week’s tragic Tignes avalanche, interesting words from expert Dominique Létang. In French. Dominique Létang, HAT Partner, is Director of L’Anena (French Association for the Study of Snow and Avalanches). Speaking on France Bleu Pays de Savoie, he talks about the Tignes avalanche and this year’s particular off-piste conditions. The avalanche risk of 3 that day (and most of that week) is a risk attributed by Meteo France to roughly one day ... Read More