The region is set for fresh snowfall, as plunging temperatures and snow showers are due to hit many resorts this weekend.
Isola 2000 – There are currently 23 ski slopes and 17 ski lifts open at Isola. Visitors can expect there to be between 95 and 80 cm of snow, whilst this will be topped up with more fresh snow throughout the weekend, with snow forecast on Saturday and Sunday. Fog is forecast on Friday and also on Sunday afternoon. Skiers will have to wrap up with highs of just 4°C and lows of -10°C. The col de la Bonette and la Lombarde roads are closed until the end of the winter season.
Auron – There are currently 23 ski slopes and 14 ski lifts open at the resort, with between 85-75 cm of standing snow, and similarly to many other resorts in the region, fresh snowfall is expected throughout the weekend. Friday will be largely sunny, whilst there will be sunny intervals between the snow showers on Sunday. The incoming snow will entail a drop in temperatures with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. 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 huge choice of runs at the resort with 79 ski slopes and 37 ski lifts currently open. There is 65cm of soft standing snow. The resort isn’t expecting any snow over the weekend, but will nonetheless experience the same low temperatures that will be felt across the region with lows of -8°C and highs of 3°C. It will be a largely cloudy weekend with fog on Saturday and sunny intervals on Friday.
La Colmiane – There are 13 ski slopes and five ski lifts open at the resort, with between 75 and 45 cm of standing snow. More snow is expected with snowfall potentially beginning on Friday night and continuing throughout Saturday, with snow showers on Sunday. Temperatures will be considerably lower than previous weekends with highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C. Like last week, there will be a torch-lot ski descent at the resort on Friday followed by a firework display. The resort also 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 between 30 and 40 cm of soft standing snow at the resort, following a light 3 cm dusting on Monday. There could be yet more snow, as showers are forecast on Saturday, whilst the rest of the weekend will see sunny intervals. Relative to neighbouring resorts, Greolieres will be sunnier and much milder with highs of 8°C and lows of -4°C. The resort isn’t reporting any road closures.
Limone Piemonte – The Italian resort is reporting 15 open runs and 11 ski-lifts, while snow levels vary from 45 cm to 10 cm. There will be heavy snowfall over the weekend, especially on Saturday. There will be lows of -3°C, highs of 6°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.
Valberg – There are 24 ski slopes and 13 ski lifts open. The resort currently has between 80 and 60 cm of standing snow, following the snowfall on Valentine’s Day. There will be sunny intervals on Friday and Sunday, whilst snow is expected on Saturday. It is expected to be very mild with highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C. There will be two separate firework displays over the weekend, one on Friday and one on Sunday.
Note: Snow tyres must be worn on the roads up to the ski resorts.
Photo: Limone Piemonte webcam