Black Flag Val d'Isere 22 Jan 2018
Raising the black flag again 22nd January 2018

Black flag – rating 5 out of 5 – for the third time this season. Speaking with Cédric Bonnevie, directeur of the Val d’Isère Service des Pistes (Piste Patrol). He believes it’s the first time in at least 30 or 40 years that the they’ve had to put the black flag up so many times in such a short time.   Like almost my normal cocktail. I said we can do what we’re doing is we’re looking at again. A flag being […]... Read More

Henry tells us what to look out for – danger rating ...

Danger rating of 5 (out of 5) across much of the Alps today. Henry talks about following the resort safety advice. Risks are likely to increase today as the temperature rises bringing rain below 2000m leading to an increase in natural avalanches. Transcript of Audio Hi everyone. Henry here again reporting from Henry here reporting from the French Alps the northern French Alps and the Department of Savoi here. There’s tons and tons of snow. And just to give you an update... Read More

Off Piste Snow and Weather
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 18 – 25 Jan Savoie / ...

More high winds and snowfall ahead! Off-piste snow report: 18 – 25 Jan for Savoie & Northern French Alps Wild weather continues in the N French Alps, with high winds and plenty more snowfall to come! We could see a brief calm and sunny spell next Tuesday/Wednesday. Snow depths are almost unbelievable for this time of the season for much of Savoie and Haute Savoie. No matter what the locals say about it being like this all the time in the past, […]... Read More

Off Piste Snow & Weather: 11 - 17 Jan Savoie / N. French Alps
Off Piste Snow & Weather: 11 – 17 Jan Savoie / ...

Sunny weather for a few days, followed by more snow from Tuesday onwards! Off-piste snow report: 11 – 17 Jan for Savoie & Northern French Alps It’s been a incredible week in the N French Alps with insane amounts of snow falling in Savoie close to the Italian border! This was accompanied by gale force E winds, chaos on the roads, avalanche risks of up to 4 and even 5/5.  Areas were put on ‘lock-down’ by the authorities, when it was too […]... Read More

Val d'Isere Pisteurs 9th January 2018
Avalanche risk assessment – post storm 10th Jan 2018

Henry tells about the likely avalanche risk and things to look out for tomorrow and the day after. This includes his observations after skiing today. He discusses why and how the danger rating can drop from a level 5 to a level 3 in just 2 days.  After all the snow, the risks turn from being large scale and widespread and threatening the town (level 5), to large-scale and widespread but mainly on the mountain (level 4), to being localised to specific […]... Read More