Val Thorens Delays Opening Due to Lack of Snow


The highest resort in the Alps was set to open this weekend. Things have been put back a week as the warm November weather continues. NEW

The French resort has said that there is enough snow on the slopes altitude, but not at resort level.

Val Thorens is situated at an altitude of 2,300m, and is normally the one of the first resorts in France to open.

“Despite our best efforts to start the season with you on November 19, the warm autumn weather does not allow us to open the ski resort and its slopes in a qualitative way.

“So, our teams, motivated and optimistic, have decided to push back the opening date.

“The snow cover on the tops is satisfactory but currently does not allow a return on skis to the village.

“The entire team is ready to prepare the ski area with the hope of opening on November 26th.”

Anyone who had already bought lift passes or booked hotels for November 19th onwards will be offered a refund.

The warm weather in the Alps has severely disrupted the opening of the alpine skiing World Cup season with seven of the eight races being called off.

There was a decent snowfall in many parts of the Alps 10 days ago. but much has melted.

The conditions at the glacier resorts were improved.

In Austria Obergurgl is set to open this weekend and PlanetSKI’s reporter, Katy Dartford, will be in the resort and reporting back.

In France Tignes and Val d’Isère are also planning to open on 26th November.

Les2Alpes is set to open on Saturday 3rd December.

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