Early Skiing Conditions in France 2008 / 09

With the latest snowfall over the Alps, the wintersports season is off to a promising start in France with many of the major ski resorts opening early.

In Les Menuires, part of the ski domain opened from 6 December before the official opening on 13 December, with a day ski pass for the opening weekend at a special rate. www.skijournee.com

In Chamonix, after abundant snowfall, the Grands Montets ski area plans to open daily from 6 December. Other ski areas in Chamonix such as Brévent-Flégère and Balme will open on Saturday 20 December. The Aiguille du Midi cable car will re-open on 13 December. www.chamonix.com

Les Portes du Soleil have recorded snowfall of 50 cm at 1200m and 120 cm at the top of the ski domain. The resorts of Chatel, Avoriaz and Les Gets partially opened last weekend. www.portesdusoleil.com

In the southern Alps, the resort of Les Orres is reporting snow covered slopes and the resort will open on 13 December. There is a webcam on www.lesorres.com

The resorts of Val Thorens, Tignes and Les 2 Alpes are already open.

Other resorts such as Chatel, Les Gets, Le Grand-Bornand, Chamonix, Les Contamines, La Clusaz, Val d’Isère, Alpe d’Huez and Isola 2000 will partially open at weekends.

The latest information about French ski resorts can be found at www.ski-ride-france.com