Ski resorts across Europe are beginning to confirm their opening dates for the coming season. Bookings have been underway for months now and with snow falling already, this ski season might be a little closer than you think. At My Swft like to make planning and booking group holidays as simple and as pain-free as possible. So we’ve put together this easy-to-digest blog on when the big boys are switching on the lifts.
Note: very cheap skiing is available before (and often during) Christmas!
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Alpe d'Huez - 1st December 2018
Epic skiing in a sun-drenched alpine valley, Alpe d'Huez is the consummate all-rounder and plans to open the slopes early this year. Also home to one of the best beginner areas in the Alps. (Bags of après too)
Avoriaz - 14th December 2018
The heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Avoriaz has access to high-altitude skiing that’s suited to all abilities.
Chamonix - 8th December 2018
This charming and lively ski town is just an hour’s drive from Geneva airport, making it great for a short break. Rumours abound Les Houches will open at the weekend as early as 17th November...
Courchevel - 8th December 2018
The chic and exclusive one of the Three Valleys, Courchevel has a good selection of north facing slopes making it a very attractive skiing spot at each end of the season.
Flaine - 15th December 2018
The major resort in Le Grand Massif opens on the modest date of the 15th December. Loads of skiing and within easy reach of Geneva airport.
La Plagne/Les Arcs - 15th December 2018
The giant Paradiski area these two resorts form will be waiting until mid-December 2018.
Les Deux Alpes - 1st December 2018
Les Deux Alpes is a snow sure resort offering some extraordinary off-piste riding. With a peak altitude of 3568m, skiing is pretty much guaranteed here, even in the poorest winters for snow.
Meribel - 8th December 2018 (estimated)
Meribel is the upmarket and lively centre point to Les Trois Vallées ski area.
Morzine - 15th December 2018 (estimated)
Another resort within easy reach of Geneva airport, and another short break specialist. Opening dates are subject to snow conditions lower down.
Tignes - 24th November 2018
A combination of impressive snow cover, terrain variation and a season that actually last most of the year ensures Tignes is one of the most reliable winter ski resorts.
Val d’Isère - 24th November 2018
An ideal ski resort for many holiday goers, Val d’Isère offers high-quality skiing for a long winter season right through to May.
Val Thorens - 17th November 2018
The first resort in the Three Valleys’ network to officially open, Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe, offers almost exclusively ski-in-ski-out accommodation and packs in the action on and off the slopes.
Read about the best resorts for short break skiing here
Saalbach and Hinterglemm - 8th December 2018 (estimated)
Laying claim to the best après in Europe, these two hope to be up and running from early December.
Ischgl - 22nd November 2018
Ischgl kicks off the season with the famous ‘Top of the Mountain Opening Concert’ where the likes of Muse, Rihanna and Elton John have played, a great one for early season revellers.
Lech, Zurs and St Anton - 30th November 2018
These chic and stylish resorts are now joined by the Flexenbahn lift to form an enormous yet immaculate combined ski area of over 300km on-piste, almost the same again off it.
Mayrhofen - 1st December 2018
Rise and Fall festival is an extreme sport regular in the Mayrhofen calendar and this year kicks off on 14th December, bringing the best out of this jovial market town.
Kitzbühel - 13th October 2018
The lifts are already open in this chocolate box Austrian resort, frequently voted the world’s best. Slopes for every level and oodles of off-piste too.
Obergurgl - 15th November 2018
The Winter Opening Party is officially kicked-off at the Winter Palace on November 16, 2018. The Austrians lead us out in style.
Zell am See - 30th November 2018 (estimated)
Recently connected to Saalbach to form a 350km ski area. Zell am See hopes to sneak open before December arrives.
Courmayeur - 24th November 2018
This Italian sweetheart,in the Aosta valley the other side of Mont Blanc from Chamonix, hopes to be open very early. Another good short break option with Geneva within an hour’s drive.
Cervinia - 20th October 2018
The other major resort in the Aosta Valley, Cervinia is Italy’s most snow-sure ski resort. The village sits at a whopping 2,000m, with skiing rising to 3,500m.
Saas Fee - 14th July 2018
Picturesque and extremely high altiude. Saas Fee is famous for its glacier skiing that, as you can see, remains open for most of the year.
Verbier - 1st December 2018
Snow sure with spectacular scenery and challenging terrain. Verbier is not for the faint-hearted nor the shallow-pocketed.
Zermatt - Open year-round
One of Europe’s (the world’s) most exclusive resorts, Zermatt sits In the shadow of the Matterhorn, with a glacier you can ski on whatever the date.
Grandvalira - 1st December 2018
Soldeu, El Tarter and Pas de la Casa have merged to create the largest ski area in the country. There’s loads of skiing here, it's extremely affordable and it has a lively nightlife!
Please note, dates may be subject to change with conditions.
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