First signs of winter...

As October begins we're all starting to see the first signs of winter, and beginning to watch the Snow forecast with eagle eyes. So when can you get going on your holiday? Check out our guide to the French lift opening and closing dates below.


Portes du Soleil

The ski area is open from 19th December 2015 to 17th April 2016.
(From 11th to 18th December 2015 and from 18th to 24th April the area will be partially open but snow dependant)
Morzine & Les Gets - Set to open on the 19th of December 2015 until the 17th of April 2016.
Avoriaz - Lifts are set open from the 11th of December 2015 - 24th April 2016.
Chatel – Partial openings on the weekends of 28th & 29th November and 5th & 6th December 2015 for the Pré-la-Joux area. On 12th to 18th December 2015 the Linga / Pré-la-Joux areas and link with Avoriaz (depending on snow). From 19th December 2015 the whole area should be available with it closing on the 24th April 2016.  
Ski Lifts shared transfers to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets start from 12th December 2015.

Chamonix Valley

The Grand Montets area in Argentiere will be the first to open, generally in November but will always be weather dependant. Partial openings will start from the 5th December 2015 and full opening from the 19th December.
The full area will close on the 28th April 2016, but some lifts will remain open until the 1st of May.
Les Houches will be open from the 19th December 2015, and on the 17th April 2016. There will be partial openings from the 28th of November but these will be weather dependant.
The Brevent area in Chamonix will be fully open between the same dates as Les Houches, but will have selected lifts open from the 28th of November- and of course these will be dependent on conditions.

Grand Massif

With Flaine being the highest of the resorts in the Grand massif area it has the longest season, with lifts open from the 12th December 2015 until the 24th April 2016.
Les Carroz will be open between 19th December to 17th April 2016, with Morillon and Samoens on the same schedule.
Sixt will be opening on Saturday 19th December 2015 until Friday 11th March 2016.

3 Valleys

The Three Valleys area will be open from the 5th December 2015 until the 24th April 2016. Here are the details on each area-
Courchevel 1850 - 5th December to 24th April.
Courchevel Moriond 1650 - 12th December to 24th April.
Courchevel Village 1550 - 12th December to 24th April.
Courchevel Le Praz 1300 - 5th December to 24th April.
La Tania - 12th December to 24th April.
Meribel & Mottaret (Mottaret opening date will be dependent on snow conditions) 5th December to 24th April.
Brides Les Bains - 18th December to 15th April.
Les Menuires - 12th December to 24th April.
St Martin - 12th December to 24th April.
Orelle - 28th November to 9th May.
Val Thorens will be open longer due to its height so will open from the 21st November to 9th May 2016.


Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isere areas will open on the 28th of November 2015 to 1st of May 2016.
The Tignes glacier (Grande Motte) will open on the 3rd of October 2015 to 8th of May 2016.


The resorts that make up the Paradiski area (Les Arcs and La Plagne) are open from the 12th December 2015 until April 23rd 2016. Both dates will be subject to snow conditions.

The Southern Alps

And finally a run down on the opening dates for the major ski resorts in the Southern French Alps.

Alpe D’Huez

The Alpe d'Huez ski area is set open on 5th December 2015 until 23rd April 2016. Vaujany and Oz en Oisans are scheduled to open on the 5th December 2015 to the 23rd April 2016 and La Grave opens later on the 19th December 2015 until 24th April 2016.

Les Deux Alpes

Open from 5th December 2015 to 24th April 2016. 
La Grave is scheduled to open on the 19th December 2015 until 24th April 2016, snow conditions permitting.


Serre Chevalier

The resort plans to officially open on the 12th December until the 24th April 2016. The Briançon area is scheduled to close on the evening of 10th April 2016 and Monêtier area on 17th April 2016.
Ski-Lifts can provide transfers to all these areas, check out the quote generator for pricing and options.

We would always advise if you are planning to go right at the start of the season or nearer the end, to call the local tourist office as most scheduled openings and closure dependant on the snow