Alpe d’Huez, Courchevel, Verbier And Others Opening Early

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Alpe d’Huez, Courchevel, Verbier And Others Opening Early

J2SkiNews posted Nov-2016



A growing list of leading ski resorts have announced they're opening early for the 2016-17 season as a result of the promising snowfall of the past week.

Snow has been falling all week in many ski areas in Europe with several feet accumulating at some areas. There's been powder conditions at the 20 or so centres already open.

Courchevel will open today (Friday 12th November) for a 'preview day' and will run its lifts free of charge today only. The resort said yesterday afternoon that it expects 30cm of snow to have fallen in the 24 hours to this morning so warned those arriving by car to ensure they have chains with them.
Verbier (pictured above earlier this week) is also opening today.

Also opening are Alpe d'Huez, Hemsedal in Norway, Levi in Finland and Engelberg in Switerland whist two smaller centres have opened down in Italy in the Dolomiti Superski region.

Alpe d'Huez will open parts of its ski area this weekend, three weeks in advance of the original date, Saturday 3rd December. It will also open on the weekends of 19-20th November and 26–27th November. Three slopes will be open covering more than 5km between 2700m and 1800m, totalling a height difference of 900m.

"The snow conditions are excellent. It's rare that we have such great conditions in order to open as early as this." said Francois Badjily, Director of the Tourist Office.

Verbier's Lac des Vaux sector will be welcoming skiers from today and the resort says every weekend in November with the rest of the area will open gradually, snow conditions permitting.

In other already open ski area news, the year round ski area at Zermatt will open further terrain this weekend. The resort says that on top of its minimum 21 kilometres of ski pistes another 9 kilometres of slopes will open this weekend which, along with 8.5 kilometres in the Cervinia ski area means that from this weekend onwards there'll be over 38 kilometres of open slopes.

Val Thorens isn't opening this weekend but will be opening a week early, next weekend. The resort says "massive snowfalls" mean the snow is currently 63cm deep in the resort and 130cm at the top of the slopes which, combined with the cold temperatures, will allow the resort to open 70% of its lifts from 19 November to ski until 1st May.

Frédéric Bonnevie, the director of the snow patrol team of Europe's highest resort, has had his team ready for action since October:

"Val Thorens has always been able to adapt to weather condition to open early when possible. And the 2016-17 season is starting well! We are preparing the ski area to open on 19 November with 70cm of snow on the slopes and an access to 3 summits at 3,000m."

Whilst it is still too early to be confident of a good start to the main season from the end of November this is already the most promising mid-autumn snowfall for several years and comes after two particularly warm dry autumns which extended in to early winter over the past two seasons.

Across the Atlantic, Mammoth Mountain in California and Loveland in Colorado opened yesterday, however the latter in particular has been aiming to open for a month, battling warm weather in Colorado, where Breckenridge, Copper and Keystone were also supposed to have opened this weekend but have delayed doing so.
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Dobby
reply to 'Alpe d’Huez, Courchevel, Verbier And Others Opening Early'
posted Nov-2016

Are opens a week tomorrow....

J2SkiNews
reply to 'Alpe d’Huez, Courchevel, Verbier And Others Opening Early'
posted Nov-2016

Just had a press release in from Skistar saying they're opening all their Scandinavian resorts 'now' ...but you're right reading it 'now' means next weekend for Are and Salen! Pasted below. Laax in CH also sent a release saying they're open today:

It's time to start the skiseason: SkiStar is opening the slopes and lifts. Hemsedal, Trysil and Vemdalen are opening right now, while the Swedish resorts of Åre and Sälen will be following suit soon. The abundant snowfall in Sweden and Norway has created a great deal of interest in skiing in Scandinavia's mountain regions and the booking demand at SkiStar's resorts is high.
The snow that has fallen over parts of Sweden and Norway this week is an early Christmas present for all lovers of winter and skiing.
- It gladdens the heart to see winter making its presence felt so early in the season. We're seeing a desire to celebrate Christmas in the mountains, as searches for available Christmas accommodation on skistar.com have gone through the roof. Being able to open the season with skiing this good right from the start and with a terrain clad in its winter finery is just wonderful. At many of our ski resorts we've had 30-50 cm of fresh snow just over the last few days, said Linda Morell, PR Manager at SkiStar.
Parts of SkiStar's skiing area in Hemsedal, Trysil and Vemdalen are opening today, Friday 11 November. Next weekend, 18 and 19 November, sees the opening of skiing in Lindvallen in Sälen and Åre.
- It's brilliant that we've had so much snow across large parts of Scandinavia already! It's great to see kids and grown-ups alike rediscovering the joy of snow and that eagerness to get out in the fresh air again after a dark autumn, exclaimed Linda Morell, PR Manager at SkiStar.
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Ade73
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posted Nov-2016

Anyone got any recommendations for a long weekend Thursday to Monday in late November? Never been so early but it looks too good to miss. It's the flights I'm struggling with. All the places I would default to, as I know them, don't have flights for the long weekender. Any help would be great.
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Ade73
reply to 'Alpe d’Huez, Courchevel, Verbier And Others Opening Early'
posted Nov-2016

Anyone got any recommendations for a long weekend Thursday to Monday in late November? Never been so early but it looks too good to miss. It's the flights I'm struggling with. All the places I would default to, as I know them, don't have flights for the long weekender. Any help would be great.
www  Where ever you go there you are

Ade73
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posted Nov-2016

Ps. I have tried to start my own thread about the long weekend but I can't for the life of me find how to start a new topic. Luddite alert.
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Topic last updated on 11-November-2016 at 19:25

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