Another 30cm of snow fell at 700m today, bringing road closures, electricity cuts and general chaos. Over two metres is now reported on the summits, and while Méribel and Courchevel will open tomorrow, the Three Valley links will remain closed. Meteo France is predicting an avalanche risk of 4-5 tonight and tomorrow, possibly dropping to 3 on Sunday. Snow is expected to continue through tonight until tomorrow morning. Access roads to the resorts will be difficult tomorrow, but we will try to battle through to bring you news and views from the slopes.
The Ladies World Cup Slalom and GS races due to take place in Courchevel on the 17th and 18th December are still in doubt, despite the recent snow. The FIS verdict on whether the race will go ahead is due tomorrow.
As the snow continues to fall, around 20 resorts should be open by this weekend. Whilst the weather outlook over the next few days looks very uncertain, another half meter could fall at altitude before the weekend. In addition to the Savoie and Haute Savoie resorts already open (Courchevel, Tignes, Val d’Isère and Val Thorens), we expect the following will probably open on Saturday:
Les Arcs, Avoriaz, Chamonix/Grands Montets, Châtel, Flaine, Les Menuires, Méribel, Montriond, Orelle, Peisey-Vallandry, La Plagne, La Tania and Valloire.
Here is a quick round-up of where you can ski in the French Alps this weekend:
Only one piste (Verdons) open, but lift pass is free, as is parking at la Croisette
Opened on 26th November, and currently has 16 pistes open. Lift pas is 27.50€ for the day.
Also opened on 26th November, with 18 pistes open. Day pass is 31€
Tignes too has been open since 26th November, with 25km of pistes open, and the pass at 32.50€ for the day.
Les Deux Alpes
Opened today, with around 12 pistes open in the Toura sector and the glacier. The snowpark is also open, and reduced-price passes are on offer for the early season.
Also opened today, with several pistes in the Monêtier-les-Bains sector. Lift price for the day is 25€.
Let us know if we’ve left a resort out !
Hopes of snow towards the end of this week are fading fast. The outlook from the last ensembles show a much-reduced level of precipitation than hoped for, but we remain optimistic in the outlook for next week.
Temperatures have fallen, and the resorts are busy making snow, but this has only been enough for an extremely limited opening in Courchevel this weekend, while Méribel have delayed opening altogether. The wiggles do show a strong possibility of temperatues continuing to fall, along with some possible precipitation, but the season is starting with a wimper.
The planned opening of Méribel on 3rd December has been delayed due to lack of snow, but Courchevel will have a limited opening this Saturday, with just the Verdon slope opening
Courchevel are doing everything possible to ensure that they are able to open on 3rd December, as planned. Priority for snow making is in the Verdons-Saulire sector, the slalom course for the World Cup, and the beginners areas. The snow canons will operate whenever the temperature permits.
Source: Le Dauphiné Libéré
Every Wednesday evening, from 21st December until 7th March, the Family Park on the floodlit Verdons piste will be open for skiing back to Courchevel 1850, accompanied by music.