Ski homeowners revel in a bumper season, but when will it end?

Posted on 22 March 2013

Snow coverage remains excellent in most Alpine resorts and it’s likely to remain so at least until the official end of the season next month, treating owners of property in the French Alps to more skiing than they could have hoped for this year.

The 2012/13 ski season started with a bang when the Alps received heavy dumps earlier than usual in late autumn. By the first week of December 2012, when many ski areas in the Rhônes-Alpes officially open, resorts such as Val Thorens and Val d’Isère already had more than 80cm on the ground.

“It has been an incredible year in terms of snowfall,” said Julian Walker of “Ski homeowners in the Alps will have got extensive usage out of their property this season, making such an investment seem more than worth it. I’m hearing that there should be excellent skiing right up to the usual end of season in most resorts, and beyond perhaps.”

Buyers of property for sale in the French Alps should always consider when lifts are scheduled to open and shut in different resorts, so what is the typical duration of the ski season in France? Traditionally, the ski season in the Rhônes-Alpes kicks off during the last weekend in September when Tignes opens its glacier. Tignes usually remains the only resort open until the end of November/ beginning of December when most other resorts by then have enough snow to open. This year was an exception for Montgenèvre, which was able to open early in mid-November.

Typical scheduled skis season dates for 2012/13 are: Val d’Isère – 1.12.12 to 5.05.13, Courchevel – 15.12.12 to 26.04.13, Méribel – 8.12.12 to 26.04.13, Les Gets – 22.12.12 to 14.04.13.