If you thought you had to wait until December to get back on the slopes this winter, then you're in for a nice surprise! You could be skiing in one of the world’s best ski resorts in one month’s time so get booking right now and start counting the days! Imagine yourself glacier skiing with the warm Autumn sun on your back… This winter season 2013-14 is going to be a long one with the first ski resort opening on the 12th of October 2013 and last closing date planned for the 11th of May 2014! We'll shortly publish official opening dates for our top 50 ski resorts in Europe but in the meantime, here are a few dates to get you in the mood!
Les Deux Alpes in the French Alps partially opens its high altitude ski slopes from the 26th of October to the 3rd of November with a packed program for the third edition of "Enjoy the Glacier" and "Ski and Test & Rock'n Roll". The weekend of the 26th and 27th of October will be the moment to take part in snowboard and ski tests, contest at the snowpark at 3400 meters of altitude and enjoy some good music with live bands and DJs! Your ski pass, including access to all of the above, will cost a very reasonable 22€ per day! What are you waiting for??
Depending on weather conditions and snowfalls, a dozen ski resorts hope to be among the first to open their ski areas. Val Thorens will one of the first and should be open on Saturday the 23rd of November with the other early starters, including Val d'Isère and Montgenevre, opening the following weekend – the 30th of November 2013.
The weekend of the 6th and 7th of December 2013 is when this new winter season will really kick off with the opening of 30 ski resorts including L'Alpe d'Huez, Courchevel, La Plagne and Chamonix. Most other ski resorts will open wither the weekend of the 14th of December or at the beginning of the Christmas holidays on the 21st of December. Watch this space for our announcement of our top 50 favourite resorts’ official opening dates.
Finding it hard to keep calm - but thanks for the article - the title made me laugh! Just can't wait to get back up and hit the slopes - thanks too for the resort opening dates info too - very useful - not easy to find this early on ...
Just seen your article about the snowfalls across the Alps - that means we will be able to get up the mountains for some of this early season fun!
Being lucky enough to have parents who were crazy about skiing, my love for the mountains started when I was 4 years old on our first family ski holiday to Austrian ski resort of Obergurl. One ski holiday a year was never enough and tears rolled down my face as I looked out the back window of the car on the drive down the valley on the way home!
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