Preseason update on Les 2 Alpes Glacier 2018
In early September 2018, the Lac du Puy Salié, at the bottom of the glacier ski run, emptied spontaneously. Whilst this could have been very dangerous and had disastrous eﬀects for the local villages, the water all ran away on the ‘Valleé de la Romanche’, on the La Grave side of the glacier, causing little problems.
The water came down to the road between La Grave and the Lac de Chambon with a force that can only be imagined. Tonnes of debris were brought down with the torrent as a total of 60,000m3 of water came down in one go.
The resort quickly employed glaciologists and geologists to understand what had happened. The incident was put down to global warming. People imaginations have been running wild with worries that we would not be able to ski on the glacier in the near future. These are all untrue and our glacier has since been declared safe to use which is, of course, a great relief to everyone.