The kickoff of the ski season is given this Saturday, November 23 in ten French resortsMost of them are going to open part of their domain for the weekend only under good snow conditions.
After the glacier of La Grande Motte de Tignes, opened since October 19th, the Savoyard station of Val Thorens, located at 2,300 meters above sea level, goes every year as the first to open its ski slopes permanently.
Alps, the Massif Central and the Pyrenees
Comforted by the recent snowfall, a dozen other ski areas located in the Alps, the Massif Central and the Pyrenees will also allow skiers to put on their skis early, but only for the weekend.
The alpine resorts of Grands Montets (Haute-Savoie), Chamrousse (Isere) and Montgenevre (Hautes-Alpes) are affected by these partial openings. That of Les Gets (Haute-Savoie) will remain closed, contrary to what was announced earlier by France Montagnes.
60 cm of snow
In the Massif Central, 14 of the 44 slopes of the Lioran resort (Cantal), where up to 60 cm of snow at an altitude of 1,160 meters, will be accessible according to France Montagnes.
In the Pyrenees, the most impatient will be able to hit some of the ski areas of Porte Puymorens (1,557 meters altitude) and Cauterets (1,730 meters altitude).
Other resorts: November 30 to December 21
The final opening of all other French ski areas will then spread between November 30 and December 21, according to France Montagnes.
Cross-country skiing, fifteen resorts in the Alps, Vosges, Jura, Massif Central and Pyrenees will open their domain for the weekend, some thanks to the technique of "snowfarming".
"The snow depths are satisfactory for the period of the year on all the massifs", says Laurent Reynaud, general manager of Domaines skiables de France.
"Last year, we must not forget that in the Pyrenees, the snow was delayed until mid-January," He noted.