Where to Ski or Snowboard in France to January 20, 2018

STORY BY Patrick Thorne 14th January 2018

After an exceptionally snowy and sometimes stormy tart to 2018, conditions have settled down in the latter half of the past week at French ski areas.

Those currently in resort have been able to enjoy the results of all that snowfall in the first 10 days of the month as resorts have been able to re-open slopes once made as safe as they can be from avalanche danger and to re-open access roads, as this video from Val Thorens illustrates.  Many have been enjoying fairly excellent conditions as a result.

Route d'accès dégagée, pistes damées, soleil annoncé : nous vous attendons ! (y) ⛷🚠🌡️ -10°C – ❄️ 210cm > 240cm – Demain soleil ☀️ #ValThorens #GoPro

Posted by Val Thorens on Friday, 12 January 2018


The snow is lying deep and crisp and even across the ski slopes of France, with the deepest reported at 3.8m in the little village of Abries.  Of the big name areas Val d’Isere and Tignes top the table at 3.5m with Flaine just behind on 3.45m, but most areas have at least 2m, many more than 3m on upper runs, so 2018 is looking like a banner season.

It’s not due to top snowing any time soon though, more snowfall is expected this week.

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