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Rockfall cuts off Val Thorens
Saturday February 28, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

The main road to the resort is blocked causing severe problems on transfer day. Two huge boulders have blocked the road but some vehicles are now able to get through.

The rocks came down on Friday afternoon across the main RD117 road.

The other ski resorts of St Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires are also affected.

It has caused widespread traffic problems across the area with long delays to other resorts in the Tarentaise.

One boulder is reported to weigh 50 tons. No-one was hurt and the road was closed and checks are being made on the stability of other areas.

Coaches and lorries are unable to get to the resort but smaller vehicles can use an alternative side road, the RD96. 

It has caused long delays and travel problems.

The authorities are urging all people to delay their journey if possible and it is hoped the road will re-open later on Saturday afternoon.

"The repair work is underway on the RD117. It will be followed by road re-development and clearing of the landslide. Several hours of work are required. It will not be possible to access into the resorts of Les Menuires and Val Thorens before the end of the afternoon, from 6 pm in the best case," said a statement from the resort.

A carpool area has been set up opposite the bus station in Val Thorens and people are asked to travel with a full car.

UK tour operators have been able to get their guests in and out of the resort though there have been some delays.

"All guests were brought out early this morning and everyone will now make their homebound flights on time. Arriving guests - we expect to be able to get you into resort this evening but please expect a longer than usual transfer from Moutiers. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and wish you a great holiday," said a statement from Inghams.

NEWS UPDATE... The road opened at 17.30 (local time) though there are still huge traffic problems. People are being advised to stay overnight in Moutiers and Albertville; see here for an updated news story on PlanetSKI.

Some rock!Some rock!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main photo of the rockfall comes from the web site latania.co.uk

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