Several resorts in the French Alps are promising good quality snow or your money back this spring.
The sunny spring weather is warming the pistes, but the resorts of Piau Engaly, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, and Risoul are guaranteeing enough snow. If guests are not happy with conditions they will be reimbursed up to the total price of their stay.
Piau Engaly offers a contractual snow guarantee for any guest who reserves an all-inclusive stay (lift passes and accommodation) with the Piau Réservation booking system. If 4000 skiers per hour can't be carried by the lifts because of insufficient snow, the guarantee goes into effect and clients can be reimbursed.
Les Menuires guarantees its snow until April 16 for 63 of its 76 pistes. If fewer than 80 percent of the 63 pistes are not skiable for lack of snow, guests can leave the resort and be reimbursed for their non-used days. To take advantage of the snow guarantee, guests must have reserved through Menuires Réservation or directly with a participating hotel.
Ninety-nine percent of Val Thorens sits above 2000 metres, so the resort guarantees that at least 70 percent of its lifts will function until May 1. Holiday-makers must book their accommodation and at least a six-day lift pass through the Val Thorens reservation system, directly with a participating hotel, or through a partner travel agency bearing the "Neige Garantie" logo. Guests will receive a credit voucher instead of being reimbursed.
Risoul, Saint Lary, The Three Valleys ski area, Serre Chevalier, and Samoëns also offer snow guarantees too. Be sure to check with your destination resort to see if they guarantee their snow and if so, under what conditions.