snow in the mountains, will our ski resorts be able to open?

Marc Hay 5 minutes
The resort of Cauterets in the Hautes-Pyrénées is ready to welcome its public.

It’s an opening postponement that has caused a lot of talk this year. While Val Thorens was supposed to be the first resort to open its doors this past weekend, it was decided at the last minute to postpone the opening due to lack of snow. This long-awaited event surprised more than one.

In fact, October was a very dry and above all very hot month. Temperatures in the mountains have sometimes retained a summery character. The beginning of November was also very dry and quite mild. The change in the weather observed for two weeks now reversed the trend. The snow is here now and it is falling in abundance this week on our massifs.

These snowfalls are welcome a few weeks before the start of the Christmas holidays. If the quantities fallen are significant in the Pyrenees and the Alps, however the snow cover remains insufficient in the direction of the Massif Central, the Vosges or the Jura. On these massifs you have to wait a little longer to be able to put on skis!

Val d’Isère also postpones its opening!

Snowball effect or not, several resorts this year are facing the same problem: lack of snow! After Val Thorens, the resort of Val-d’Isère has also announced a one-week opening postponement.

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Val d’Isère has also decided to postpone the opening by a week.

Snow arrived this week in the Alps but the quantities are still insufficient or too late to be able to open anywhere in good condition.

Given “the climatic conditions and the particularly mild autumn, the opening of the Val-d’Isère ski area initially scheduled for November 26 is postponed to December 3, 2022″ the station said in a statement.

However, the broadcaster specifies that the famous Criterium de la Première Neige, set for December 10-11, it is not currently in question.

And the Pyrenees?

in the Pyrenees, the amounts of snow have been very important for several days now. With the procession of disturbances over the country and in a stream of the northwest sector, rainfall tends to freeze at the foot of the Pyrenees. The western part of the Pyrenean barrier is therefore covered in snow, which bodes well for ski resorts.

In these conditions, some stations may be tempted to open before the Christmas holidays. On its website, the resort of Cauterets in the Hautes-Pyrénées indicates a pre-opening of the Cirque du Lys from 26 November. Then you can go skiing there for a weekend! The definitive opening is scheduled from 3 December 2022 to 23 April 2023 (if the conditions are met).

If the snow wants to keep falling, many ski resorts it should therefore open up on the horizon in early December. For some, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Christmas holidays this year start on Friday 16th December after class!

Finally, we wanted to share with you this last minute information since Cauterets station indicated last night postpone the opening of its domain initially scheduled for this Saturday November 26th. Despite the return of winter, the quantities still seem insufficient to be able to hope an opening in the best conditions. You will therefore have to wait a few more days to be able to put your skis on and explore the slopes of the Pyrenees!

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