More snow due in the Alps this weekend

22nd November 2019, by Abi Butcher

Val Thorens, pictured last week, is opening for skiing tomorrow (23 December)

Val Thorens, pictured last week, is opening for skiing tomorrow (23 December)

The French ski resort of Val Thorens will be opening this weekend, with fresh snow due across the Alps on Sunday.

Verbier in Switzerland opened to fantastic conditions last weekend, and this morning Saas-Fee has announced the valley run from Morenia to the village is open — thanks to lots of fresh snow. There is currently almost two metres on the Mittelallalin, which will no doubt be increased as a fresh storm blows in at the weekend.

Snow forecast website reports that the new storm currently affecting the Alps will bring “significant snow to the south-west over the next couple of days, especially Saturday”.

Fraser Wilkin of reports that areas likely to benefit most from between 30cm to 80cm of snow are the southern French Alps closest to the Italian border (such as Isola 2000, Queyras), the Italian Piedmont (for example Prato Nevoso, Sestriere and Alagna), parts of the Aosta region (including Cervinia, Pila, Champoluc) and parts of the far south of Switzerland including Zermatt and Saas-Fee.

Val Thorens kicks off its opening weekend with its traditional “La Grand Première” festival with ski and snowboard testing (free of charge to lift pass holders), professionals leading sessions and activities in the snowparks, on the big air bag, cross-country skiing and a carving zone. For more information, visit

To read Where to Ski & Snowboard’s independent review of Val Thorens, click here.

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