More ski areas in the Alps and Dolomites have announced they'll be opening ahead of schedule, this coming weekend.
Italy's Val Gardena
(pictured above this week) and Avoriaz
in the Portes du Soleil
region both say they'll have pre-openings of limited terrain from Saturday.
In Val Gardena the Dantercepies area above Selva will open on the 2nd with a gondola and two ski lifts running, providing access to around 50km of slopes. The full Val Gardena area will then follow from Tuesday 5th December with 180km slopes open including and links to the Sella Ronda.
For Avoriaz there'll be a partial opening of their terrain this weekend with the Arare and Chavanette sectors will open and a discounted lift pass rate of 21€ per day and 40€ for the full week-end.
About 50 ski areas are already open in the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees and about 100 more had already announced plans to open from this coming weekend including big names such as Chamonix
, Les 2 Alpes and St Anton.