If it looks like snow, feels like snow, and smells like snow… it means that the snow is here!
Many ski resorts are working intensively to lure the most skiers to their open airs in the best possible conditions. Most stations will open their doors, according to their announcements, starting December 5th, 2015.

It appears in the media that the opening of the first ski resorts causes a domino effect and encourages multiple resorts to open their doors as well. This may not be reflected so much through the number of passes sold, but it is noted at the level of notoriety.

Through out these next days, we’ll be seeing the first images of winter to make us dream and encourage us to plan our much needed ski vacation! Some ski resorts have raced to open their doors faster than others.
Today, November 25th, the following ski areas have announced their official opening to the upcoming weekend of November 28th and 29th.

France – Alpes: 

–  Alpe d’Huez ski resort opens part of their ski area. This is possible through the DMC 1 and 2 and the Rif Nel Télémixte Express. These lifts give access to 5 ski slopes. Because this means that next weeking will only be a partial opening, the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez has announced a special rate of € 15 per day pass and 30 € for the weekend.

– The ski resort of Val Thorens is notorious for being one of the first ski resorts to open before most others. Currently it has 8 open tracks of the 81 offered. In this huge ski area made up of 3 valleys, the Méribel resort offers 12 open tracks and 9 lifts.

France – Pyrenees: 

– The Pyrenees Cauterets station has confirmed that it will be opening on Saturday November 28th. It has not reported how many tracks will be open that day but the number doesn’t appear to be high.

Spain – Pyrenees: 

– Masella ski resort is the first resort to open its slopes to the public on Tuesday, November 24th.

– La Molina announced its opening to be November 27th, advertising its grand opening as #WhiteFriday. Only the long track will be open for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy at a special price of 10 €.
On Saturday, the station will also open Fontcanaleta and Comella. It will also offer a special price on the ski pass for attracting all who are eager to be on the snow this winter.

– The station Aramón Group, Formigal – Panticosa (referred to as one single station since it is not connected by tracks or by ski lifts), opens on Saturday, November 28th and will be announcing soon, the snow levels in the different areas of the station.

Spain – Penibético system: 

– Sierra Nevada opens the season this Saturday, November 28th, although it will only feature the beginner area of Borreguiles.

Andorra: 

– Vallnord – Ordino Arcalis starts the 2015 – 2016 winter season on Saturday as previously announced. On the other hand, Vallnord – Pal Arinsal, guarantees a late start of the season officially starting next Friday, December 4th.

– Grandvalira will open on November 28th. Stay tuned for more details on the grand openings!