2019-20 Season Underway in the Pyrenees

Patrick Thorne

13 Nov 19

The 2019-20 season has got underway this morning in the Pyrenees.

The Alps 2500 ski area that is shared between the Spanish resorts of La Molina and Masella announced yesterday it would open this morning in order to be the first in the region to open for the ski season, as it was last year.

Ganes de neu?Demà 13 de novembre inaugurarem la temporada 2019-20! Tornarem a ser la primera estació en obrir dels Pirineus❄️¿Ganas de nieve?¡Mañana 13 de noviembre inauguraremos la temporada 2019-20! Volveremos a ser la primera estación en abrir de los Pirineos❄️

Posted by Estació d'Esquí de Masella on Tuesday, 12 November 2019


The Pyrenees have had some significant snowfall over the past week with many areas reporting at least 50cm of snowfall up high and some as much as a metre.  The snowfall is also forecast to continue, and be heavy, through the coming weekend.

Actually the heaviest snow over the past week has been reported in the French Pyrenees where Piau  Engaly (Pictured below) and La Pierre St Martin have both reported 875cm (nearly three feet) of snow in the past week.

Piau Engaly now reports 1m snow depth at resort level and 1.3 metres at the top of the slopes.  Other areas in the French Pyrenees, including Cauterets, pictured top a few days ago, are looking good for the imminent start of the season there.

However it’s another area, Porte Puymorens, that has announced plans to open some terrain this weekend in its Vignole sector in order to be the first in the French Pyrenees to open (and possibly the first in France, where only Tignes is currently open, without a glacier, to start the 19-20 season).

Other ski areas in the Pyrenees, including ski areas in Andorra, look set to open over the final weekend of this month, or early December.