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100+ resorts are now open in Europe & more snow is finally on its way. Some resorts are rather desperate for it. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED




Three World Cup ski races scheduled for Val d'Isere next week have been called off because of lack of snow and warm temperatures in the Alps.

Two events in the Ski Cross World Cup have also had to be cancelled.

It has not been the best start to winter so far, but that is set to change.

It is basically OK in the southern Alps, but not so good in the north.

"Get ready everyone - three more days of mild weather and then bang, winter will return with a vengeance. This time most of the snow will fall in the northern half of the Alps and not just in the mountains, as by Monday it will fall right down into the lowlands too!" said the alpine weather expert, Fraser Wilkin, from on Wednesday.

"By the end of Monday, we can expect 50-100cm of new snow above 2000m (with even more in places) in areas such as the 3 Valleys, Chamonix, Flaine, the Portes du Soleil, Zermatt, Verbier, Wengen/Mürren, Laax, Engelberg, Davos/Klosters and St Anton/Lech to name just a few," Fraser added.

Fraser will be filing a full snow report for PlanetSKI on Thursday so check back tomorrow for the very latest.

Here is his report from last week:

And guess what?

The PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, is heading out to Les3Vallees on Friday.

"It is fantastic to see the forecast of snow as the resorts in the Northern Alps were beginning to worry with the season underway and Christmas getting closer," said James.

He'll be staying in Reberty above Les Menuires and hopefully heading over to Meribel, Courchevel and other parts of the massive Les3Vallees ski area.

Here's what it looks like at the moment with pictures from our friends over at PowderNShine.

Reberty, Les3Vallees, FranceReberty, Les3Vallees, France













There is snow at altitude in Val d'Isere at the moment, but it is a different story lower down and depths are modest.

Val d'Isere, FranceVal d'Isere, France

Resorts have opened across The Alps, the Pyrenees, Scandinavia & even Scotland.

There are more than 100 ski areas now open in Europe.

So, where is it now possible to make a few turns?

Here are the main ones:

AUSTRIA: Ischgl, Kitzbuhel, Soelden, Obergurgl, Hintertux, Kitzteinhron, Stubai Lech/Zurs, St Anton, Kuhtai, Mayrhofen, Schladming and Pitztal.

FINLAND: Ruka and Levi.

FRANCE: Tignes, Val Thorens, Val d'Isere, Les 2 Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, Montgenèvre, Serre Chevalier and Isola 2000.

And don't forget Les Angles and Font-Romeu in the French Pyrenees.

GERMANY: Zugspitz.

ITALY: Cervinia, Alagna, Val Senales, Solda, Passo Tonale, Madesimo, Madonna, Champoluc, Sestriere, Alta Badia, Arabba and Livigno .

NORWAY: Kvitfjell, Hemsedal, Trysil and Beitostolen.

See here for more about the skiing in Norway.

SCOTLAND: The Lecht and Glencoe.

SPAIN: Sierra Nevada and Baqueira Beret

SWITZERLAND: Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Verbier, Engelberg, St Moritz, Grimentz-Zinal, Veysonnaz, Andermatt, Arosa-Lenzerheide and Davos.

Of course not all the slopes are open in the resorts - usually just the higher ones and those served by snow cannons.

PlanetSKI has already been pounding the slopes in the Alps.

Our senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, was in Cervinia last week.

Next week Katie will be skiing in Serre Chevalier where the snow has been top. Check out this weekend:

And our chief reporter, Jane Peel, was in Val Thorens as the resort opened.


In Val d'Isere the women's downhill, super G and alpine combined races were due to take place on the OK piste between Friday 14th and Sunday 16th.

It's usually one of the biggest weeks of the alpine racing season, known as the Criterium de la Premiere Neige, when the top male and female racers are all in town to compete.

It's a huge blow for the organisers.

The decision does not affect the men's technical disciplines which are run over a shorter course and will take place this coming weekend on La Face piste.

The men's giant slalom is on Saturday 8th and the men's slalom on Sunday 9th.

"That's a year of work that's gone up in smoke," said Val d'Isere sports club director Vincent Jay.

"We invest for a competition like this, we eat, sleep and live the World Cup all year round."

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has decided that the current weather means it won't be possible to get the pistes ready to the required level in time for the races.

"Due to warm temperatures, lack of snow and unfavourable weather forecasts the ladies' World Cup races in Val d'Isère scheduled for 14th - 16th December 2018 have been cancelled," FIS says in a statement.

"A possible replacement will be communicated in due course."

Although there has been snowfall above 2,300 metres, there's not enough on the lower sections of the OK piste.

Criterium de la premiere neigeLack of snow curtails the 2018 programme










It's a complete contrast to last season when good conditions in Val d'Isere meant the resort was able to step in and host the cancelled Birds of Prey races at Beaver Creek in Colorado.

PlanetSKI was in Val d'Isere to watch GB's Dave Ryding in the men's slalom last year.

We wish him better luck this year:

Races in the Ski Cross World Cup season have also been cancelled due to the snow conditions.

The competitions in the French resort of Val Thorens and the Austrian resort of Montafon have been called off.

This year's FIS Cross Alps Tour is now due to begin in Arosa on December 17th

"The conditions in the northern Alps have been very challenging in the last couple of weeks, and despite recent improvements the lack of significant snowfall and relatively warm temperatures have spoilt the planned kick-off of the Audi FIS Cross Alps Tour on December 4, as the organisers struggled to produce enough snow to build the course," said the International Ski Federation in a statement.

Most of us though will be concerned about what is means for the start of the season - is there enough snow?

Not yet in some places,  but it is early days and the forecast of heavy snow over the weekend is very promising.

Here at PlanetSKI, as always, we will be updating this with all the very latest on the snow and the resorts opening so do check back...

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