Snow forecast & snow reports in Tignes & Val d’Isère

The snow forecast is an important aspect of your ski holiday, if you have already booked your holiday in advance you may want to check out the weather forecast so that you know how many layers to pack.  Or you may want to check out the forecast prior to booking to try and get the best snow for your holiday.  Either way we’ve got the information you need for the best weather forecast for skiing holidays.  There’s certainly plenty of the white stuff to last the rest of the season – make sure you keep a piste map with you just in case the ones on the piste are buried!

Snow Forecast

Over the years, here at Ski Bonjour we recommend using for reliable and up to date weather forecast, weather maps and snow reports for 3100 ski resorts.  Their site is updated four times a day using accurate mountain weather models.  It’s a very popular and useful site for weather forecast for skiing.

Once you are on the website you can select the country and resort you wish to search for.  You can also create an account and sign up for a free personal space called ‘My Snow’ which will give you email snow alerts for your favourite resorts and more, all in one place. It’s also possible to upgrade to member benefits for a small fee.

If you search for Tignes or Val d’Isère you will find a 6 day weather forecast specific to that resort with a weather summary and recent visitor reviews and posts.

Another great way to get the latest weather information and piste condition in Tignes & Val d’Isère is to watch tdc ski – The Development Centre’s snow reports on YouTube.  They post regular weekly updates which are really useful and informative.

Snow Forecast Tignes

This is a live feed for the Tignes snow forecast for altitude at 2506m which is the mid lift elevation.  On the website you can also get the forecast for the bottom lift at 1556m or at the top lift elevation which is at 3456m.

Snow Forecast Val d’Isère

This is a live feed for the Val d’Isère snow forecast for altitude at 2700m which is the mid lift elevation.  On the website you can also get the forecast for the bottom lift at 1850m or at the top lift elevation which is at 3550m.

Tignes les Brevieres

Tignes les Brévières – photo taken on Tuesday 27th February 2018

Live Lift Status

Whilst you are in resort you may find it useful to refer to these pages that show which lifts are open/closed and has live information such as weather and snow data, conditions of stay, road conditions, specific ski area details and includes trails for pedestrians & walkers.

Live Tignes Lift StatusLive Val d'Isère Lift Status

Resort Webcams

There are many webcams that are strategically placed throughout the resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isère, so you can see for yourself exactly what your favourite resort looks like right now!  The webcams are live from 5.40 am to 9 pm.  Check out the village webcams – you may even spot your chalet.  Or select the webcam at the top of your favourite gondola or chair lift!
Tignes Webcams

Val d’Isère Webcams

Val D’Isère Webcams; Front de neige

Val D’Isère Webcams; Vallée du Manchet

Val D’Isère Webcams; Bellevarde

Val D’Isère Webcams; Snowpark

Val D’Isère Webcams; Massif de Bellevarde

Val D’Isère Webcams; Glacier du Pisaillas (2740 m)

Val D’Isère Webcams; Fornet (2400 m)

Espace Killy - Tignes & Val d'Isere

Travelling to the Alps

If the weather forecast is particularly snowy you may be concerned about your journey to/from resort.  If you are flying, it’s always best to keep a track of your flight status through the website of your airline and allow plenty of time to get there.  If you are driving make sure you have plenty of food, water & warm clothing with you as well as some mandatory snow chains.  The live lift status link above does also include a section on road condition which may be useful to refer to as you get closer to the mountains.  You may also want to refer to our ‘Driving to the Alps‘ article for further information.

Driving to the French Alps

UK Snow Forecast

Ironically it is snowing in the UK today, so it’s the perfect day to be writing about snow forecasts!  My village has been turned into a pretty winter wonderland with a covering all over the trees and hedgerows, the dogs go mad for it and I love the sound of the crunch under foot whilst taking in the pretty early morning white scene.

However, this kind of heavy snow in the UK does not make things easy for anyone, nor can we just abandon our usual work or daily routines to head out to enjoy it, even if we wanted to.  A quick sledge is just about the most we can do (and a good excuse to get your ski gear out)!  The wind has got up to a good pace today and the schools are closed – travelling is not recommended unless essential.  If you want to keep an eye on the UK weather I think the most sound and reliable weather forecast to use is the BBC Weather website – they also have a handy app so you can keep the weather forecast at your finger tips.

If you’re anything like me the snow inspires me to want to go skiing in the mountains.  If you’ve not had your snow fix this season, or if it makes you feel like you need another, it’s not too late – we do still have some availability in Tignes & Val d’Isère in March right through to 28th April 2018.  We’ve dropped our prices for the remaining few beds that we have left – check out our special offers and call us now to enquire before it’s too late!

Snow Facts

We love the light fluffy powder in the alps which we rely on to make perfect ski & winter sport conditions.  Here’s some snow facts to keep you in the snow!

  • The formation of snow is when water vapor in the atmosphere freezes into ice crystals which are all unique shapes & sizes.
  • In the mountains, snow reflects a high level of ultraviolet radiation which can cause snow blindness called Photokeratitis.  It is important to wear sunglasses or goggles to help absorb the ultraviolet rays and protect your eyes.
  • It takes an hour for a snow flake to fall to the ground!  Most snow falls between 1-4 mph depending on the individual snowflakes mass and surface area and of course the environmental conditions.
  • The highest snowfall ever recorded in a one year period was 31.1 meters (1224 inches) in Mount Rainier, Washington State, United States, between February 19, 1971 and February 18, 1972.
  • In the UK Scotland sees the most snowfall, with a record of snow falling on 76 days throughout the year in the Cairngorms.
  • Did you know that snow isn’t white?  They appear white but are in fact totally clear.  Although it is not transparent like glass, it is translucent meaning light only passes through indirectly.
  • Some people suffer from Chionophobia which is the fear of snow – it is thought that the fear stems from childhood events such as a sledging accident and symptoms include cold sweats and panic attacks.

Snow Joke

  • What do you call an ig?  A snow house without a toilet!
  • Why was the snowman sad?  Because he had a meltdown!
  • What did the snowman’s hat say to the scarf?  You hang around here while I go on ahead!
  • What do snowmen eat for lunch?  Ice-bergers!
  • What do you call a snowman in July?  A puddle!

Ok so they’re a bit lame but light hearted at the very least!

Further Resources

Our blog page is packed with information that we think you will find interesting and useful either for planning your trip or while you are staying in resort.

Val d'Isère Events 2017-18

Tignes Events 2017-18

A Guide for Beginners in Tignes

A Ski Pass Guide for Tignes & Val d'Isère

Top 10 Things to Do in Tignes

A Guide to Tignes le Lac

A Guide to Tignes les Brevieres

A Guide to Val d'Isère

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