This time last year conditions were great early on and you could ski pretty much everywhere, but there wasn’t much snow into the new year.
In the French Alps, nine out of the twelve ski resorts that were to have opened their pistes this weekend have been forced to postpone. Amongst them, Alpe d’Huez, les Grands-Montets in Chamonix, Méribel and Megève.
And, 3 out of 4 races in the world Alpine ski championships due to be held in the usually snow-sure Val d’Isère resort have been forced to move to Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Bargain ski passes available for mountain lovers
It wasn’t all bad, a number of ski resorts have managed to open this weekend, including Les Deux Alpes where twelve higher altitude pistes are open for skiing. Isola 2000 in the southern French Alps went ahead as planned with its resort opening, but offered heavily discounted ski passes as only 11 of its 42 pistes were open. Courcheval was offering free use of an artificial run and Val Thorens, Europe’s highest resort is operating eight of 78 pistes.
The outlook for the run up to Christmas is more promising with snow expected in the Alps this week. And provided it stays cold, snow canons will be able to lay a good base across many more pistes.
If the snow comes it will be just in the nick of time with the first wave of festive skiers hitting the ski resorts in just two weeks time.