Both resorts had originally planned to open on 29th November, but as another 15cm (six inches) of snow fell at the weekend, it has decided to open on the 22nd in common with some of the leading resorts on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees.
VallNord will close again from Monday to Fruiday next week before re-opening every day right through until May 2009.
The fresh snow has taken snow depths up to a metre (40 inches) on the upper slopes at GrandValira. Even at resort level there's 45cm (18 inches) of powder.