Best season start in three years

30th November 2017, by Abi Butcher

The French ski resort Les Saisies earlier today — looking good!

The French ski resort Les Saisies earlier today — looking good!

“Nothing can now change the fact that snow conditions in the Alps in early December will be vastly better than they have been for the last three seasons,” says our snow guru Fraser Wilkin, founder of

It has been snowing this week across most of the Alps, and more is expected this weekend, with particularly big snowfalls due on Saturday in the south-western Italian Alps that is likely to spill into France.

Skiing is already in full swing in resorts including Tignes, Val d’Isère and Val Thorens/ Orelle, Verbier, Ischgl and Kitzbühel, but a host of other resorts will start their lifts on Saturday, thanks to the forecast.

Resorts in Savoie Mont Blanc planning to open this weekend includes Valloire in the Maurienne Valley, Avoriaz and Châtel in Les Portes du Soleil, Les Grands Montets in Chamonix and Les Houches plus La Clusaz and Flaine.

Over in Canada, Lake Louise has today reported that it has had the best start to the season in 67 years. A statement sent out from the resort in British Columbia said it has received more than 2.5 meters of snow so far this season, with another 39cm over the past week and even more snow expected for the weekend. 

“This is the most snow we’ve had during the months of October and November since 1950!!!” read the enthusiastic email. “Ski conditions are spectacular everywhere with mid-winter conditions in the upper-alpine and back-bowls.”

But in Colorado things aren’t looking quite so good. Former world extreme ski champion Wendy Fisher, who lives in Crested Butte, told us last night that the resort desperately needs more of the white stuff to begin the season.

Our full snow report from will be out tomorrow, but if you’re dying to read the juicy news visit Fraser’s Today in the Alps report to find out more.

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