After a January without snowfall in the region’s resorts, the first weekend of February will follow a similar trend with sunny, mild conditions expected, whilst Isola 2000 will host a freestyle ski contest.
Isola 2000 – There are currently 18 ski slopes and 13 ski lifts open at Isola with around 70cm of hard snow. There’s no fresh snowfall expected over the weekend and, given the fact no snow has fallen at the resort since Christmas Day, the snow cannons continue to be the sole source of snow. The forecast is for sunny skies, with a little more cloud expected on Friday and Sunday. There will be highs of 8°C and lows of -2°C. The col de la Bonette and la Lombarde roads are closed until the end of the winter season. On Saturday, there will be a freestyle ski contest, accompanied by a live DJ set.
Auron – There are currently 22 ski slopes and 17 ski lifts open at the resort, with around 50cm of standing snow. It is expected to be partially sunny over the weekend with highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C. There will also be winds of up to 21 km/h on Saturday. In terms of access, Route de la Tinée, Route de la Bonette, Piste de la Moustière, Piste de Demandols all remain closed.
Les Deux Alpes – There is a large choice of runs at the resort with 69 ski slopes and 33 ski lifts currently open. There is 50cm of hard standing snow. It is expected to be largely sunny throughout the weekend, with slightly cooler temperatures compared to last weekend with lows of -4°C and highs of 6°C.
La Colmiane – There are 10 ski slopes and five ski lifts open at the resort, together with between 40 and 30cm of standing snow. As it is throughout the region, conditions are expected to be largely sunny over the weekend, though slightly more cloud is expected on Sunday. There will be highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C. The resort hosts a market on Saturdays, and will continue to do so until the end of March.
Greolieres les Neiges – There are four ski lifts open, as well as 30km of open runs. There is 40cm of hard standing snow at the resort, with 20cm at lower levels. It will be sunny and mild throughout the weekend with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. The resort isn’t reporting any road closures.
Limone Piemonte – The Italian resort is reporting 16 open runs and 11 ski-lifts, while snow levels vary from 10cm to 45cm. Visibility will be optimal throughout the weekend, with sunny skies and lows of -3°C, highs of 10°C. Passage through the Roya valley currently isn’t possible due to the collapsed bridge at Tende. Drivers must instead pass through Ventimiglia and the journey from Monaco is currently approximately three hours. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a ‘Youth Grand Prix’, a skiing competition for children between the ages of 9 and 12. It will be followed by a parade, and there will be a variety of entertainment and music events.
Valberg – There are 18 ski slopes and 11 ski lifts open. The resort currently has 40cm of standing snow, but – like the rest of the resorts – there has been no snowfall since Christmas. Conditions will be great throughout the weekend, as the resort will be largely sunny, although there will be a little more cloud on Sunday. Consistent with many of the resorts in the region, it is expected to be mild with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. On Sunday, the resort is hosting a unique event, where attendees will join a ski patroller on his daily routine, learning the ins and outs of the jobs.
Note: Snow tyres must be worn on the roads up to the ski resorts.
Photo source: Isola 2000 webcam