Snow-sure December skiing in high-altitude Reberty!

12th September 2016, by Abi Butcher

This picture was taken in the French ski resort of Reberty on 1 December 2015

This picture was taken in the French ski resort of Reberty on 1 December 2015

Francesca Pangli, director of award-winning chalet company Powder N Shine in Reberty explains why the French resort a good bet for December skiing

With the understandable wariness that follows the late arrival of snow in both 2014 and 2015, one thing is becoming increasingly advisable for Christmas (and earlier in December) ski holidays:


One example is the quaint and attractive village of Reberty, based above Les Menuires at high altitude – 2000m, which is one of the most snow-sure places in Europe, throughout the duration of the season. Even in those tricky years, chalets in that particular spot were open from the second week in December (the first scheduled week of the season), able to capitalise on the proximity of Val Thorens – Europe’s highest ski resort – where necessary.

The fantastic job that the local pisteurs manage to do should also not be under-estimated – though this is potentially more visible at the end of the season when snow may not have fallen for a few weeks. Together with the vast network of snow cannons across the resort (Les Menuires has 418 cannons for its 160km of pistes), they ensure that the pistes can stay linked and open from the first week right until the end of April, earning the resort the “Guaranteed Snow” title.

Plenty of snow: this picture was taken in Reberty on 1 December 2015

As an industry, we are hoping that this year will be third time lucky in regards to the arrival of the first substantial snowfall, but if the late arrival of snow trend does continue, there are ways to enjoy European skiing from early December.

Read Editor Watts’s recent blog about his stay with Powder N Shine

Do get in touch to book your December skiing with Powder N Shine by contacting Francesca on or +33 6 43 79 81 60. Price start at £500 chalet board for a week and Christmas prices with flexible dates from £899 a week. For more information, visit


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