Serre Chevalier in the Southern Alps, which had planned to open on December 10th will now partially open on December 3rd.


Four lifts will be running on the 3rd and 4th of December in the Monêtier les Bains sector and the resort says that forecast winter weather patterns leaves them confident of a full opening of the whole resort on 10th December as planned.


Val Thorens, Europe's highest ski resort, had originally planned on open ion 19th November, but then moved its opening date back to Saturday 26th November, then brought it forward again to open last Thursday 24th November.
"The intensive work on the pistes and the cold temperatures during the night have enabled us to produce a huge quantity of artificial snow for the last days on top of the last snow fall of 20cm at 2500m." said a statement from the resort.


Currently 7 lifts are open and the resort has been staging its Rock on Snowboard Tour with free testing of new kit from 30 snowboard brands as well as many fun activities available.


"Considering the winter weather conditions forecasted in the next days, Val Thorens should gradually open more runs," said a resort statement.


Other French resorts open on 26 November include Isola 2000 in the southern Alps which opens five lifts and is selling lift tickets at a 40% discount. It has a 40cm base. Val d'Isere is also opening but has not yet published its snow depth.
They join Tignes which has been open since 1st October.