Significant fresh snow has already fallen and is forecast to continue at the French ski resorts
Despite a slow start to the season, some of the most popular resorts in France, including Val d’Isère and Val Thorens in the Alps and even Isola 2000 on the French Riviera from where you can see the Mediterranean sea, are open and now offer great skiing. Many more are also due to open over the weekend, such as Portes du Soleil and La Plagne.
On-the-ground reports show that slope conditions are improving on a daily basis across all resorts with fresh snow hitting heavy earlier in the week and more forecast to fall. For example on Tignes’ famous Grande Motte, yesterday’s temperature reached no higher than -10°C with 30cm of fresh snow falling on top of the 100cm already there. The story is similar elsewhere, with some even at strong risk of avalanche.
Seasoned skiers have been pleasantly surprised by the slope conditions and are enjoying exploring the areas. Hopes are high and the atmosphere in the resorts remains palpable with excitement at the prospect of more significant snowfall and the new runs that each day brings.
Being guided by the elements, the start of the season is always variable and is subject to changes in schedule, but the signs stay positive for the French resorts ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Many of the official resort websites have live webcams to access up-to-the-minute snow reports and reviews.
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