There's a lot of snow, rain and wind in the forecast. A lot of French and Swiss ski areas will get a lot of snow the next 48 hours and as you can see on the forecast page there's even more to come. There's also a strong wind and this results in a HIGH avalanche danger!
⚠️ Avis de tempête ⚠️ // Infos : https://t.co/5EcBzrWjM2 pic.twitter.com/GCkZuISz6P— ❄️ Val Thorens ❄️ (@Val_Tho) January 2, 2018
There are several security measures in Val Thorens. The public and private garages were closed to ensure that nobody leaves by car. The road between Les Menuires and Val Thorens has been closed. They had to close it to trigger avalanches. A lot of lifts were closed yesterday and they've just reopened a couple today. They adviced everybody to stay inside yesterday.
The avalanche danger is HIGH (4 on a scale 5) today. The wind can reach speeds up to 150 kmh this afternoon according to Météo France. It's clear that a lot of lifts will remain closed.
The situation is quite the same in the western parts of Switzerland. The avalanche danger in Wallis is HIGH according to the SLF (that's 4 on a scale of 5). Most lifts in Les 4 Vallées are closed today, as you can see on the map below.