Warm weather and a recent lack of snow have forced Europe’s highest ski resort, Val Thorens to postpone plans to open this coming weekend.
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The high altitude French resort has its base at 7,546-feet and boasts one of the longest winter seasons in the Alps. But November temperatures have been so high that they’ve been unable to get the snow cannons going and the snow that fell down to resort level last month has melted away. In an announcement on Facebook, Val Thorens says it will focus instead on its Grand Premiere event the following weekend.
This is especially disappointing after decent snowfall in October had skiers and riders excited for a great season ahead. There is good news though; a colder front is due to come in next week.
“We are increasingly confident that the temperature will plummet next week as cold air is drawn in from the east,” said a local meteorologist. “How much snow there might be is still uncertain – widespread heavy snow still seems unlikely at this stage. However, at the very least, it seems likely that many resorts will be able to operate their snow cannons at long last.”