Despite the drop in temperatures, there is still a lack of snow below 2,000m in the Alps, forcing many big-name ski resorts to postpone openings or offer limited terrain. There is skiing to be had however, you just need to know where to look!
Only four French ski resorts have officially kicked off their ski seasons so far: Tignes (0-60cm), Val d’Isere (0-30cm), Val Thorens (0-80cm) and Les 2 Alpes (0-80cm). Skiing conditions in all of these resorts is good above 2,500 metres.
After a pre-season weekend opening in November, Alpe d’Huez (0-80cm) will officially launch its ski season tomorrow (Dec. 6). Current snow conditions on the glacier are good.
Serre Chevalier (0-100cm) and Isola 2000 (0-80cm) will also open tomorrow, but for the weekend only (Dec. 6-7). In Isola 2000, six lifts and 18 pistes are expected to open as well as the snowpark. Serre Che is opening for its second consecutive weekend (€18 day pass) and like last weekend, only the top sector of Monêtier will open.
In the French Pyrenees, Font-Romeu Pyrenees 2000 will open some tracks Sunday (Dec. 7) at the special lift price of €9. All other French resorts in the Pyrenees have postponed openings.
A number of French ski resorts have had to postpone openings, including Les Menuires, La Plagne, Meribel, Chamonix, La Clusaz, Courchevel, Chamrousse and Les Orres.
Austrian ski resorts have received some snow in the past few days: 20cm for Molltaler glacier, 35cm for Nassfeld, 14cm for Piztal glacier, 10cm for Obertauern and 5cm for Ischgl.
Some of the best skiing in Austria at present is on the Hintertux glacier (0-185cm) with 14 lifts open. Other open resorts with good conditions include Ischgl (0-40cm) with 26 open lifts; Kuhtai (10-40cm) with three open lifts; and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (5-90cm) with 14 open lifts.
Kitzbuehel is opening every day starting from Monday (Dec. 8) with initial access to two lifts and three slopes.
A number of Austrian ski resorts have had to postpone openings, including St. Anton am Arlbreg, Lech-Zuers, Brixental, Ramsau am Dachstein and Patscherkofel.
Conditions have improved for Italy, with substantial snow reported at a few resorts: 80cm in Cortina d’Ampezzo, 35cm in Bormio, 20cm in Madonna di Campiglio and Kronplatz, and 10cm in Cervinia-Breuil.
Some of the best skiing can be found in Cervinia (35-215cm) with great upper slope depth and open links into Zermatt. There are currently 18 lifts running.
The Milky Way ski resorts (Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, and Claviere) have had to postpone openings.
Switzerland has received less snow than Austria, with 5cm for Samnaun and 2cm for Engadin-St. Mortiz.
Currently the best skiing can be found in Andermatt-Sedrun (0-280cm) with 22km of open slopes; Saas Fee. Also open every day is Laax and Verbier.
All Andorran ski resorts – Granvalira, Vallnord/Arcalis and Vallnord/Pal-Arinsal – are open as of today! Granvalira’s 35km of open slopes is the largest open ski area in the Pyrenees. The link between Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig is open and the sectors of Encamp and Soldeu are partially open.
BULGARIA – All Buglarian resorts remain closed
Some light-to-moderate snow is expected tomorrow (Dec. 6): 27cm for Sestriere, 12cm for Bacqueira-Beret, 8cm for Courmayeur and Pila, 7cm for Verbier and Gstaad, and 6cm for Zermatt and Adelboden.