The lifts open for summer skiing on the Pisaillas glacier above Val d'Isère from this Saturday, 12 June. Access will be via the road over the Col de l'Iseran, which opens for cyclists on the same date. The lifts are open for skiers for four weeks, to July 10th, with a maximum of 600 people on the slopes each day.
"A huge amount of snow fell during May at this high altitude and conditions are at their very best," a resort spokesperson said.
Athletes, along with recreational skiers, share a total of six pistes that will be open from 7am each day until midday. Three of these runs are reserved for team training and the other three are open to all. The French freestyle moguls team will be in action here from Monday 14 June. Women's GS takes place on 22 and 23 June and Men's Slalom and GS from 24-27 June.
"For this abnormal season, skiers benefit from an exceptional special offer: €290 for the season (discounted from €350). Passes can be bought on the spot and, at the moment, individual skiers are not required to book in advance. All skiers must wear masks when queueing, as well as when travelling on the lifts. However, you don't have to be masked while actually skiing – just breathe in the pure mountain air and enjoy the stunning views," the spokesperson added.
Les 2 Alpes has already opened for summer skiing and Tignes will open the weekend after next. As reported on Monday Avoriaz will also open some slopes for three days only over the coming weekend to start its summer season.
France is on the orange list for skiers from the UK meaning self-isolation at home on return for 5-10 days depending on how many tests taken and test results. There are also restrictions on entering France from the French government's side although these are easing and from today (June 9th) Brits who have had both vaccination jabs no longer have to give a "compelling reason" (which couldn't include, "I need to ski" apparently) to enter the country. There are many other issues with travel, including insurance, at the present time.
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