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French Ski Season Starts Saturday

Patrick Thorne

14 Oct 20

The 20-21 ski season is expected to get underway in France this weekend on Saturday, 17th October.

The glaciers above Les 2 Alpes (pictured top) and Tignes are both due to open for the season – joining 14 other glacier ski areas already open in Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

Snow conditions are reported to be amongst the best they’ve been this early in the autumn for many years following several good snowfalls over the past few weeks.

Les 2 Alpes (pictured below this month), which reported bumper summer business after the lockdown in France ended in the spring,  is initially open for a fortnight, through to 1st November, before closing again until the last weekend of next month. Tignes (pictured above this month), which reported another 15cm (6 inches) of snowfall in the past few days, aims to stay open through to next May.

Travel to France from the UK for any skiers wanting to do so currently remains subject to a number of restrictions including the need to self-isolate for a fortnight upon returning to the UK. Cases of coronavirus in France have also been rising in recent weeks unfortunately with restrictions, similar to those in the UK, increased in some areas.  As with most parts of the world it is a constantly evolving scenario.