France Opens for Skiing & Snowboarding


Tignes & Val Thorens are opening their slopes this weekend to start the season. NEW

Tignes was always schedule to open this weekend but Val Thorens had hoped to open for the 22/23 season 7-days ago.

Fresh snow this week has allowed things to get going.

Several storms have hit the Alps as we have been reporting across the week.

PlanetSKI’s Chris Moran is in Val Thorens and will be reporting back across this weekend.

Tignes has also fired up some lifts, though it did have one running last weekend to open the pre-season.

Elsewhere in the Alps Cervinia in Italy has opened further slopes.

Ischgl in Austria and neighbouring Samnaun in Switzerland start their winter proceedings this weekend.

Resorts Open in the Alps:

Austria: Obergurgl, Kaunertal, Kitzbuhel, Soelden, Obertauern, Piztal, Stubai, Hintertux, Molltal, Ischgl, Schladming and Kitzsteinhorn.

France: Tignes and Val Thorens.

Italy:  Sulden, Cervinia and Val Senales.

Switzerland: Andermatt, Davos, Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Engelberg, Samnaun,  Arosa/Lenzerheide and Verbier.

It has been a slow start to winter with generally less than average snow and warm temperatures, but things have improved this week with the fresh snow.

Here is the recent interpretation from the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, from

“Overall it’s an improving situation in the Alps but, before we can say it’s a convincing start to the winter season, more snow will be needed, especially lower down.

“If you are planning a trip in early to mid-December, you should still be choosing your resort very carefully.

“Altitude is obviously important, but snowmaking capabilities should also be taken into consideration.

“The Dolomites, for example, have some of the best snowmaking in the world which, combined with the significant early season snowfalls that they witnessed yesterday, should allow them to offer some great piste-skiing conditions once the season gets underway over the next couple of weeks.”

PlanetSKI’s editor, James Cove, is starting his winter season next week and is heading for the Tirol in Austria.

He’ll be reporting back from Soelden, Ischgl, Khutai and wherever else takes his fancy.

Plans are deliberately vague depending on the snow conditions.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this article on the changing weather conditions and the resorts opening so do check back…

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