Lift opening dates for French ski areas 2013-14 season

Following on from our last blog post where we gave you the lift opening dates for the Portes Du Soleil, here is a run down on the season dates for the other major ski areas throughout France.
Our best advice is always to check with the local tourist office before booking for the start or end of season as dates are subject to change based on snow conditions.

 
Chamonix Valley
The Grand Montets area in Argentiere will be the first to open, with a partial opening on the 7th December 2013 and full opening from the 21st December.
The full area will close on the 28th April 2014, but some lifts will remain open until the 4th May.
 
Les Houches will be fully open from the 21st December 2014, with a closing date of the 13th April 2014.
The Brevent area in Chamonix will be fully open between the same dates as Les Houches, but will have selected lifts open from the 14th December.
 
 
Grand Massif
Flaine is the highest of the resorts in the Grand massif and therefore has the longest season, with lifts open from the 14th December 2013 until the 27th April 2014.
 
The other resorts such as Samoens, Morillon and Les Carroz open one week later on the 21st December, until the 21st April 2014.
 
 
3 Valleys
The Three Valleys will be open from the 7th December 2013 until the 25th April 2014.
Some lower lifts, such as in La Tania, are scheduled to open one week later on the 14th December.
 
Val Thorens will be open longer, from the 23rd November 2013 until the 11th May 2014.
 
 
Espace Killy
The full Espace Killy ski area (Val D’Isere and Tignes) will be open from the 30th November 2013 until the 4th May 2014.
 
However, the Tignes glacier is already open and will not close until the 11th May 2014!
 
 
Paradiski
The resorts that make up the Paradiski area (Les Arcs and La Plagne) all open from the 14th December 2013, although the connecting lifts to open up the full area do not open until the 20th December.
The lift system closes on the 26th April 2014.
 
 
The Southern Alps
And finally a run down on the opening dates for the major resorts in the Southern French Alps.
 
Alpe D’Huez is open from the 6th December until the 26th April, although some of the satellite resorts will close earlier on the 21st April.
 
Les Deux Alpes is open from the 30th November until the 26th April.
Because of it’s glacier skiing, they also plan to open next week for school half term (26th October until the 3rdNovember)!
 
La Grave is also open from the 21st December until the 4th May.
 
Serre Chevalier plans to open from the 14th December until the 21st April 2014.
 
 
Wherever you are going, we hope you have a great time and don’t forget that we can provide transfers to all of these resorts and more.

The Ski-Lifts Team