One of French Pyrenees resorts that have been battling season-long warmer-than-average temperatures and below-average snowfall have announced they’re giving up the fight and have closed for the season.
Formiguères ski area, which is celebrating its 50th season this winter, posted on social media that, “Despite all the efforts we’ve made, tonight’s weather gave a blow to the ski area (and) we will not be able to reopen the station for this season. Good conditions, quality and safety cannot be guaranteed.”
After rain at the start of the week temperatures are expected to be above +15C at the base of the slopes and above +10C at 2500m over the next few afternoons.
The resort has lifts up to 2,320m and is one of a group of neighbouring areas jointly marketed as ‘Trio’ and suffering the same snow issues. Cambre d’Aze (1,640- 2,400m) will close this Sunday, March 19th, it’s planned date, and the Porté Puymorens (1,617 – 2,470m) station intends to stay 100% open until March 26, then continue to offer spring skiing into April.