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The French resort has been forced to delay its planned October opening for the second successive year because of high temperatures and lack of snow.

It's a big blow for Les2Alpes which last autumn began installing six snowmaking machines on the glacier at a cost of €800,000.

It was hailed as a world first - the first time snow cannons had been used above 3,200 metres on moving ice:

The move was said to be necessary as previous efforts to protect the glacier from the severe effects of climate change had proved to be insufficient.

Installing snow machines on Les2Alpes glacier autumn 2017Installing snow machines in 2017 - photo Arnaud Guerrand










The news comes as Kitzbuhel in the Austrian Tirol became the first non-glacier resort in the Alps to open, thanks to snowfarming over the summer and its extensive snowmaking facilities:

Les2Alpes was due to hold its Enjoy The Glacier festival over the weekend of 27th and 28th October.

The festival would have included free ski and snowboard tests, pro-rider demos and competitions.

The event will now have a summer theme and has been re-branded Enjoy Les2Alpes.

Enjoy Les2AlpesRe-branded as Enjoy Les2Alpes

The resort announced the decision to cancel the glacier opening for snowsports on its Facebook page, attempting to make the best of the situation by encouraging people to go along and enjoy mountain biking and other activities:

The Security Commission decided that it is impossible to open the glacier to the skiers because of high temperatures and lack of natural snow, as everywhere in Europe.

So we offer you many other activities and animations for this holiday, including MTB, e-MTB, skate, trail running, swimming pool, cinema, going on the glacier as a pedestrian to discover backstage... and much more!

Les2Alpes has traditionally opened its glacier for skiing and snowboarding for around 10 days in October before closing again until the start of the season proper in December, but this is the second year in a row that the weather has disrupted its plans:

The mammoth snowfall in the Alps last winter was evidently not enough to protect the alpine glaciers over the summer. 

Another French resort, Tignes, which suffered from difficult conditions on the glacier in summer 2017,  was also forced to delay its scheduled 29th September autumn opening this year.  

It's now planning to open the glacier this Wednesday, 17th October.

Tignes glacierTignes glacier, 10th October

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