So it all started well but with about 15 days since the last proper snowfall, the Alps are starting to look thin on snow. It’s certainly not a disaster yet but some resorts are looking sketchy for a Christmas opening. This is the first week of arrivals in many higher resorts and skiers are being greeted by some rocky pistes and bare off piste. This was Alpe d’huez yesterday the 11/12/13. Despite appearances it is still open and spinning for skiing!
This is another shot of Alpe d’Huez and the funny cage lift. The low temperatures have allowed loads of snow making so many pistes are in better condition than you might think. But the cold dry weather and expert opinions seem to suggest a low snow but cold winter ahead.
A wider picture shows the pistes are in shape still but the forecast shows nothing for atleast two more weeks. Fingers crossed for a Christmas powder fest or it might be time for some flights to Japan!
This is looking over to Les Deux Alpes where the pistes are certainly not open!