Posted on 18 November 2013
Most resorts in France received up to 50cm of fresh snow at higher altitude over the weekend of 9th-10th November thanks to heavy snow storms. This led Alpe d’Huez, the central resort of the Grandes Rousses Massif domain, to open five of its pistes early on 16th November, three weeks ahead of the scheduled opening of the whole resort on 6th December. The resort also opened its glacier for weekends only. The move follows Alpe d’Huez’s decision to open for summer skiing last summer for the first time in many years.
Meanwhile, equally impressive are the dumps that have fallen in Tignes – the Grande Motte Glacier there currently has some of the best snow in France but even the lower altitudes around Tignes Le Lac are covered in snow too. Tignes is part of the Espace Killy ski area and linked to Val d’Isère. Europe’s highest major resort, Val Thorens, opens on Friday 22 November, followed by an influx of French resorts joining the party over the next four weeks in time for the Christmas festivities.
The Swiss Alps are also treating skiers to some fantastic conditions. Davos and Verbier kicked off their seasons on 15th November with 20cm of fresh powder, while at the same time Saas Fee and Zermatt both continued their impressive starts to the winter with 30cm of fresh snow at low altitudes.