Three ski areas in Europe’s southerly Pyrenees and Dolomites mountain chains are opening early for winter 2017-18 …this weekend!
The Pyrenees – home to around 60 ski areas in France, Spain and Andorra, have seen some big pre-season snowfalls over the past week, particularly on the French side.
Pictured top is the resort of Peyragudes yesterday. Other areas that have had plenty of snow already include St Lary, which has had 40cm of snow in the past week and Cauterets (above) which has had 80cm up at 1850m since last weekend, all in the French Pyrenees.
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However it is another ski area Porte Puymorens, which has announced it will open this weekend, only the second in France to do so, after Tignes, with a 2km easy run (video above) open and lift ticket prices reduced to 10 Euros.
In The Dolomites two ski areas have also announced they’ll be opening early this weekend – Cortina d’Ampezzo (pictured earlier this week) and the Three Peaks region.
There have been big snowfalls in the Dolomites too, topped off with snowmaking, and the area is hoping for a good start to the coming ski season after three challenging autumns for natural snowfall in succession.