Snow Report 16 December 2012 - France


France has had a fantastic start to the new snow season, with snow depths reminiscent of what you might expect in late January already at many ski resorts. During this past week, some midweek snow led into some fine and photogenic conditions.

This weekend the snow is returning again at many areas, making for great powder conditions up high. It should be great for Christmas visitors!

Les Arcs 13th December [Source: Les Arcs FB page]

At Espace Killy, which includes Tignes and Val D'Isere, 76% of the 155 pistes are now open. At Val D'Isere there is 185cms of snow at 2500m altitude, and 90cms on the ground at the beautiful Val D'Isere village (1850m).

Les Arcs has now decided to open a week early, no doubt due to the fantastic abundance of white stuff:
@1600m - 76cms
@2000m - 102cms

Meribel 13th December [Source: 3Vallees FB page]
The huge Les Trois Vallees area of interconnected ski resorts has a massive amount of skiing available for this time of year:
@1450m - 90cms
@2300m - 150cms

Les 2 Alpes:
@1650m - 100cms
@2600m - 140cms


The Southern Alps are certainly doing as well, if not better, than the northern resorts.

All lifts and pistes are open at Isola 2000, with 175cms of snow covering its upper slopes, and 115cms at 2000 metres.

Further west is the fantastic value linked area known as L'Espace Lumiere, centred around Val D'Allos:
@1800m - 140cms
@2600m - 200cms

Cauterets 9th December [Source: Cauterets FB page]

In the Pyrenees a sunny spell has arrived.

The Grand Tourmalet area now has 90cms of snow at 1800 metres altitude, and 110cms @ 2500m.

@1850m - 125cms
@2400m - 150cms

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