Les 2 Alpes is struggling to remain open for the final few weeks of its 2009 summer season, due to end on the 29th of the month, despite receiving receiving 5cm (two inches) of new snow last week.  Hot weather, even up at 3200m on the glacier, has brought base depths down to only 10cm (four inches) and the centre has had to close on several days this week, although it is reported to be open today.    

The other open French ski area is Tignes, which is still reporting its base depth at 1.8m (six feet) as it has done all summer, although it also has warm weather to contend with. It is due to remain open to 3sdt August then close for just a few weeks before re-opening in mid-September, when it will be the only French area open for several months.