12 December 2013

Will there be snow in our future? This is the big question all of the resorts are asking themselves this week. Unlike the US, which was recently hit with an early winter storm (according to USA Today, 66.9% of the country was covered in snow as of Monday), Les 3 Vallees have not seen a dusting in weeks—an unwelcome thought as the warmth of the past few days has brought frowns to many a rosy cheek for those awaiting fresh flakes in resorts throughout the valleys.

As we patiently await the snow, there is plenty of work to be done (yes, planning heliskiing trips included!). While all ski areas are busily preparing for the Christmas week, Courchevel is readying itself for another major event: the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup to be held this coming Tuesday, December 17th.

Race events include the Slalom and those, along with the opening ceremonies held in Le Forum of Courchevel 1850, will likely be well-attended. Visit Club des Sports Courchevel for more information about the Coupe du Monde. This bird’s-eye-view captured from a gondola depicts the groomers making the slopes race-ready.



IMG_2951Likewise, the rest of the resort is working to open fully in anticipation of the holiday crowds:


In Val D’Isere, conditions are expected to be icy as temperatures dip below freezing over the weekend–ideal for snowmakers on the piste. The forecast looks clear and dry, however, so skiers and boarders can take advantage of the days leading up to the seasonal rush. Use this time to practice carefully for the off-piste runs, as light snowcover can make for risky (and rocky) trips down the slope.

The weather in Sainte Foy looks a little warmer, with minimal wind–we are looking forward to seeing some powder on some of the best off-piste runs in Europe. Meanwhile, there is an exciting list of events planned for this winter in Sainte Foy, so be sure to check back for more details about what’s going on each week!