No snow means Les Gets lifts open for mountain bikes… in January!

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At this time of year the Port Du Soleil area on the French/Swiss border ought to be mobbed with skiers and snowboarders. Instead, the area has reopened some lifts to pedestrians and mountain bikers, as snow has failed to fall. Before Christmas, rain caused landslides and the closure of some areas, and this has been followed what has been one of the warmest New Year’s Days in European history.

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LES GETS PISTE UPDATE: (5pm 31/12)
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The heavy rains of yesterday combined with todays mild temperatures have got the better of several slopes in @lesgetsofficiel. Unfortunately some no longer have enough snow on them to open safely. The lack of snow around the ski lift arrival and departure stations is also causing problems.
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As of tomorrow, Sunday 1st January, only the Chavannes gondola lift, the Vieux-Chêne draglift and the Chavannes magic carpet will open.
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🔴 Unfortunately this means the connections between #Morzine and #LesGets will also close.
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Lift pass prices are now heavily discounted to take account of the situation, you can buy them online and at the ticket office on a day by day basis.
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Remember that the Mont Chéry lift is also currently open for mountain hikers and bikers.
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The piste team in #LesGets have made incredible efforts to keep as much of the resort open as possible and this situation is constantly changing so stay tuned for updates.
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#lovelesgets Picture from snowier times in Les gets by @kenoderleyn for @lesgetsofficiel

Across France, from the Alps to the Pyrenees, ski areas have been either unable to open or only partially open due to lack of snow. Meanwhile, snowfall in Scotland has been quite good so far, and in the Western USA some ski resorts have been overwhelmed. Alta and Snowbird resorts in Utah had a two-day ‘interlodge’ – when the road to the resorts are closed and no one is allowed outside – after a storm brought in 37 inches of snow and huge avalanche risks.

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It took a day longer than usual, but we dug out, fired up the lifts and made our first turns of the new year. As luck would have it, they were powder turns following a 37-inch storm.

Thank you to everyone who waited patiently for Mother Nature to do her thing. And a huge shoutout to our @altaskiarea co-workers, lodge employees, @udotcottonwoods crewmembers and everyone who worked through the New Year’s Interlodge. Today wouldn’t have happened without your hard work. 🙏

For many, this is no surprise – as global temperatures have risen, permanent snow pack and glaciers have vanished and predictable weather patterns have become…unpredictable. Expect longer bike seasons and more trail focussed marketing as the French resorts look to stabilise their income in this changing world.

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  • No snow means Les Gets lifts open for mountain bikes… in January!
  • sharkattack
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    I’d love to drive down but there’s only one hill open and the weather could be diabolical. I’ll stick to day dreaming about Malaga.

    chrismac
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    Fingers crossed they get some snow and a decent season for the valley will be in real economic hardship

    v7fmp
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    god bless global warming!

    Lets all drive down there, as by the time we arrive in our T6 transporters, we would’ve melted the remaining snow!

    charliedontsurf
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    A couple of thoughts.

    Some folk have complained about mountain bikers on the slopes in the past… it looks like they might need us now.

    I know climate change is caused by a lot of things… but one of them is jetting around. And here we are after decades of jetting around to slide down a mountain on the snow… and the snow is no longer there.

    oldnpastit
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    Screw the environment. What’s it ever done for us anyway?

    big_scot_nanny
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    Lenzerheide/Chur bike kingdom also open for bikers again. Opened on Christmas Day. Sheesh!

    gribble
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    Am going down in 5 weeks. I might hold on booking ski rental.

    First world problem, but is it worth taking a bike if it sill has no snow – the place we are staying is the opposite side of the valley from the bike park? I don’t know the area, but would love to bike there in the summer. I

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