If patience while waiting for the ski slopes. For their first vacation day, Saturday, December 27, thousands of motorists were forced to spend long hours in their cars because of snow that paralyzed part of the country.
So that a total of nineteen departments were on orange alert, huge traffic jams formed in the Savoy valleys. So much so that more than 15,000 tourists were stranded in their vehicles at night. Herbérgés in emergency centers set up in a hurry, they were finally able to gradually return to their resorts Sunday morning, taking advantage of a lull in the weather. Sunday noon, four departments (Ain, Isere, Savoie and Haute-Savoie), however, remained in amber alert because of expected new rainfall in the afternoon.