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Early season snow panic (Italy)

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We’ve booked a sauze d’oulx short break for 16 Dec but I’m now panicking about lack of snow! Forecast not looking too good.
We’re flying to Turin - Should we consider changing accommodation to another village - courmayeur, cervinia ?

Or tell me sauze d’oulx will be fine!
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Italy (generally) has excellent snow making capacity.
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Why book an opening week and worry about the snow? It might be fine, or it might be patchy. Highly likely you will be able to enjoy some good skiing, even if the open slopes are limited. And there is plenty of time too for more snow between now mid Dec. So don't worry would be my view.

p.s. I'm going to Meribel on the 10th Dec and I've not checked any snow reports yet.
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Sauze is a gamble at the best of times. It's known for being dry most of the season with huge dumps coming in every once in a while. Its been the case many occasions folks have had to be bussed to another station for snow
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@pandab, Can't see Courmayeur being much of an improvement - that said it's opening 2.12.22 ... looks pretty well cannoned up ... Cervina has the glacier ...
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@pandab, Early season / opening weeks can be very worrying in the runup, but as long as there is enough snow to open at all, usually great fun. If limited slopes are open it is more than balanced by the lack of people - I would much rather ski a resort with only 50% of slopes open, compared to 85% open at New Year with ten times the number of skiers! There are several weeks yet, and as it is a fairly late opening date they will do everything possible to open on time, especially as it is so close to the busy Christmas/New Year weeks.
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It is too early to tell what conditions in Sauze will be like then so I’d wait longer before deciding but nearby Montgenevre (also part of the Milky Way) should be ok as it normally opens in early December and it is only a tiny bit further from Turin. You could also look at claviere.
Courmayeur is a beautiful resort but you have to take the cable car across to the ski area and I tend to prefer ski to the door accommodation. Courmayeur is also on the small side and not linked to a larger area but you can book day trips to neighbouring resorts. I’m not sure what it’s early season snow record is like.
I haven’t been to cervinia but from what I’ve heard it is probably more snow sure than Sauze but will lack the pretty tree lined runs of the Milky Way.
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They've got the size cannons running, and they had plenty of practice last year at managing limited amounts of snow.
You should be fine.
Enjoy the scenery and the food and drink.
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There probably won't be much open, we went the same week last year and there were 2 lifts running. About half the shops and bars etc were open with the rest stocking up. Still a good vibe in the village and we had a great week but if your hoping for the links to be open and have a big area to go at you might be disappointed.
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Panda, keep an eye on this channel. If there's significant change, he'll post it up there..


http://youtube.com/v/BYHcyLCsM5c
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I would go to Cervinia if you are worried... 16 december is before full opening anyway: -
https://www.vialattea.it/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Programma-di-massima-2022-2023.pdf

I think there will be a fair amount of skiing in Cervinia by 16th - this is into town:-











Whereas:

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Thanks. To those who asked why we are worrying when we know it’s early season … GCSEs will get in the way of a half term or Easter trip this year. It’s just a short stay and can currently cancel the Sauze hotel until 8 Dec if we think somewhere else drivable from Turin looks more promising. I’ll keep an eye on those links that have been attached. It’s only a 4 day ski so small area is fine. Other option is Orelle to access VT. I know it’s a gamble which is why I booked cancellable accommodation. The guess work is half the fun!

Courmayeur looks like it has snow!
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@pandab, if you don't need to cancel until 8 December... then wait until December to make your decision. There will be plenty of accommodation available elsewhere at that time of year.
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I think an early December trip is a good gamble, compared to the guaranteed mayhem of half term. As noted, accommodation will be easy enough to find.
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@pandab, also look at Champoluc. We went there Feb half term just gone due to eldest sitting GCSEs and rules and restrictions in place for Christmas being unachievable.
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La Thuile could be an option, their published opening date is November 26th (snow permitting). Less than 2 hours drive from Turin.
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Thanks all. Sitting tight for now. But actually love the look of a trip to Courmayeur with a day in La Thuile perhaps.
Champoluc looks great too
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I think they are hosting FIS Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup, 10-11 Dec, that slope should be well prepared, but the question are they going to allow public on that slope before and after.
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From the webcams it looks like they've started firing up the snow cannons in Sauze and Sestriere at least.
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Both times we went to Montgenevre (in February) they were bussing people in from sauze so there will probably be other options of no snow in sauze.
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Drove to Turin and back yesterday with lunch and a walk in Claviere.

In normal seasons it would have been the opening weekend for Montgenevre, but they are definitely not ready, and the South side looks very dry, that said they have been running the canons from the looks of things unlike here in Serre Chevalier.

Think that next weekend there should be some skiing there.

Claviere was not looking too good and it was obvious that the upper slopes of Sestriere, Sauze and San Sicario did not see the light coverage that happened here last week, and the runs into resorts were barren, so all in all quite bleak.
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It’s a long off but if the current weather pattern being predicted for the 2nd week of Dec comes off that whole area west of Turin will benefit
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Thanks for the updates. My finger is hovering over a booking in Courmeyeur …
(Not much available in Cervinia) and Sauze is still booked until 8th
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There is some decent snow in the forecast for next week so hopefully this comes to fruition!
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The Sauze webcams don’t look too bad, considering. It’s also predicted to snow over the weekend, just a dusting of around 10cms on the forecast.

https://sauzedoulx.net/information/sauze-doulx-webcams/
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