OK, the likes of Tignes, Val D’Isere and Val Thorens might have been partially open for some time now but for the bulk of resorts, the middle of December brings the opening weekend of the winter season. Cool Bus were out in force yesterday with the full fleet of 24 vehicles on the road. This year it was a little bit special as for the first time ever we actually managed to get every van fully sign written before the start of the season, largely down to the efforts of Bry! Driving back early from Geneva passing a Cool Bus every 20 minutes in full livery was truly a sight to bring a tear to the eye!
The first week of the season for us is largely filled with providing transport for the Festival de Cinema Europeen des Arcs – lesarcs-filmfest.com. Now in its 6th year the festival sees the best of European cinema brought together for a week in Les Arcs. Its a bit like the Cannes Film Festival with a little less glamour and a bit more snow!
Cool Bus have been involved right from the start and are the official transport suppliers. For us this means ferrying around lots of VIP’s (obviously we think all of our customers are VIP’s!) as we bring in the film producers, directors and actors represented by the featured films. This year the focus is on Irish cinema which is great as its means at least half the films being shown are in English! We are particularly excited about seeing Frank – http://frank-film.com/#/, a new film by Lenny Abrahamson which is in the running for an award. Remember Frank Sidebottom from the ’80’s (the man with a massive head!), yeah he’s in it!
Opening Day Snow Conditions
There’s been plenty of press already about the lack of snow in the Alps and there’s no denying that conditions are far from ideal but we thought we’d take a chance here to focus on the positives and give you a rough idea of what’s open in this valley and while we’re at it lets not forget that the avalanche risk is at a record low for this time of year!
Tignes has been open for some time and has the best snow in the valley due to its high altitude. Access between Tignes and Val d’Isere is possible. Around half the lifts and a third of the runs in Espace Killy as a whole are currently listed as open. Val is currently showing around half its pistes and lifts as running.
Les Arcs and La Plagne both opened on time with limited skiing in both. Les Arcs has the 2000 bowl open with good piste skiing plus some shorter runs in 1800. The link between Les Arcs and La Plagne is due to open next weekend on the 20th December.
Some skiers in Les Arcs yesterday!
Over in the 3 Vallees, Val Thorens is offering the best skiing as you would expect given its high altitude and the majority of its pistes and lifts are up and running. Les Menuires is open with a limited area. Meribel is partially open but there are only very limited runs currently accessible in Courchevel.
After a very mild november the weather has turned much colder. Snow cannons have been running round the clock to boost snow cover. The forecast for next week is currently showing snowfalls for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday! Bring it on!
For more detailed info try the links below:
Val D’Isere – http://www.valdisere.com/valdisere/fr/glisse/pistes_remontees/ouvertures_pistes_remontees
Les Arcs – http://www.lesarcs.com/domaine-skiable.html
Les Menuires – http://en.lesmenuires.com/slopes
Courchevel – http://www.courchevel.com/winter/en/snow-cover-n563.html
Meribel – http://www.meribel.net/ski-2011/outils/ouvertures-pistes.html