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French/Swiss Skiing 1st weekend in May?

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I will be in Paris for work in early May.  I’m thinking of taking a train to get some skiing in.  I’ve skied in Europe before but I’m not sure what to expect so late in the season.  Any suggestions?

 

Will there be much skiing open?  Right now, some ski areas are reporting 100+ lifts open?  Is this right and will it continue?  (http://www.onthesnow.com/open_resorts_all_eu?&ud=1&o=lifts)  Where should I go?

 

It appears there are high speed trains to Geneva and sleeper trains to some of the ski towns.  What’s the best way to travel?

 

Please help!

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Winter has decided to stick around it seems. Tignes would be a good bet, given that they've got the glacier and they're still getting snow and sub-freezing temperatures forecasted for the next several days. If the snow sticks around, you can ski the whole Espace Killy. If it warms up, you've still got the glacier.

 

You could get the train to Bourg-St. Maurice and take the short bus from there. It looks like the train takes about 6 hrs with a change in Lyon.

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As there's been more snow this week Les Grand Montets (Argentiere / Chamonix) has extended to May 8th. Flégère has extended to April 29th, but La Balme & Brévent close this weekend. There are lots of cheap minibus services that pick up from GVA, transfer is only an hour and a bit. It's been snowing in Verbier too - not good for the speed skiing world cup!

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Great news about les Grands Montets! Maybe I can add a bit of skiing to my business trip to Geneva after all.

 

Any lodging suggestions for 1 person, 2 nights with easy access without a car? I have stayed with my uncle in Les Houches (in the summer) but he will not be there and it is not as close.

 

Any ski rental shop suggestions? I would probably bring my own boots.

 

 

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Thanks for the tips everyone.  My biggest concern is that the ski areas wont have much open.  I've done summer glacier skiing before and it gets old fast.  Any tips on who might still be open may 12?

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Newspapers here were saying May will be the coldest for a century because of a cold-air mass stretching down into parts of western Europe. The western Alps are still getting snow and many resorts are nearly fully open, especially the ones higher up.

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Thanks for the tips everyone.  My biggest concern is that the ski areas wont have much open.  I've done summer glacier skiing before and it gets old fast.  Any tips on who might still be open may 12?

 

Late spring is much better than middle of the summer, especially in a year like this with pretty good snow.  May 12 is late as many areas will have started to or completely shut down due to lack of customers.  Check Tignes and Zermatt`s websites to see what their plans are.

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