When will the ski resorts near Monaco open for the winter season? 

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From Isola 2000 and Auron to the north of the Principality to the picturesque resort of Limone just over the border in Italy, Monaco Life brings you all the important dates for the launch of the local skiing season.  

Did you know that France is the second most popular country in the world for skiing holidays? According to the National Ski Areas Association, after the US in first place with nearly 64.5 million ski days reported for the last season, France recorded a respectable 51 million. Austria, Italy and Switzerland round out the Top Five, demonstrating the long-standing appreciation amongst skiers for the quality of European resorts.  

Ski resorts near Monaco 

Locally to Monaco, there are many great winter sports destinations, and while they might not be as glamourous as Saint Moritz or Courchevel, where Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer has just purchased the luxury Palace des Neiges hotel, they offer excellent variety. 

Looking for a family-focused ski trip? Try the Val d’Allos in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department. After something a bit more adventurous? Then hit up the Snow Park in Valberg. Maybe you just want a quick day trip and don’t fancy a long drive into the mountains… Turini Camp d’Argent is just over an hour from Monaco.  

Winter 2023/24 launch dates

Just two stations, as they are known in French, are daring to open for the 2023/24 winter season on 2nd December: Isola 2000 and La Colmiane-Valdeblore. Even then, both state on their websites that this date is provisional and subject to favourable snowfall.  

Then will come the opening days for Limone Piemont, also known as the Riserva Bianca, and Auron on 8th and 9th December respectively.  

For the remaining majority, which includes the popular resorts of Auron, Valberg and Val d’Allos, the big day will come on 16th December. This group also features an enduring favourite with families: Gréolières les Neiges.  

Some of the smaller resorts, like L’Audibergue-La Moulière, Caille and Casterino, are yet to announce a date, preferring to say that their launch depends on the conditions. 


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Photo source: Isola 2000 via Facebook