There's nothing better than getting in your first day on skis - so why not get out as soon as possible? And here are our top recommendations for that snowsure, high altitude resort that is bound to come up with the goods before Christmas.
The UK in late November/early December can be somewhat cold, rainy and depressing. So why not head for the hills, take advantage of the cheapest prices of the winter and enjoy the first of this season’s snow? Whilst nowhere is completely guaranteed great snow, by choosing one of these top resorts, your chances of hitting the early-season jackpot are significantly increased:
Val d'Isère (France)
Opening date: 26th November (Tignes Glacier open from early Autumn)
Resort altitude: 1850-3456m
Total pistes: 300km
The fact that some of the very first races of the 2016/17 Alpine World Cup season are set to be held in Val d’Isère is testament to years of regular early season snowfall - thanks mostly to the resort’s height. In addition to Mother Nature, Val d’Isere is well-equipped with the Snow Factory - one of the biggest snow-making facilities in Europe - which can produce 1,000 cubic metres of snow per hour. Add to this the all but guaranteed skiing on the Grande Motte Glacier at Tignes, and Val d’Isere is one of the best for reliable and skiable snow.