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As we hear reports of snow falling in the Alps, we can’t help but get excited as we dream about the slopes, and our holiday, which feels like too far away (even if it is booked for December!)


I was lucky enough to hit the slopes of Courmayeur this weekend, and despite not seeing any fresh snow for a week or so, conditions were definitely good enough for a couple of days - both on piste, and even off piste in places. Other parts of Italy and France, including Tignes and Val d’Isere, have seen even more snow and would be a good bet for a last minute early season get away.

Being lucky enough to get some slope time at the end of November, it got me thinking about what you need to do before you hit the snow for the first time of the season:

1) Follow the Snow Reports 

Following the weather and where the snow has been falling, building up an idea of where might have the most snow and best conditions, can help you make the decision about whether it is worth booking a last minute trip or not. Webcams are also an invaluable tool to see real-time conditions.

2) Check Resorts with Special Offers 

Many resorts have promotional days in early season such as lift passes for a euro, and most resorts offer lower prices at the very start of the season before all the lifts open. Check the official resort websites to see what promotions are running. 

3) Get your Skis or Snowboard Serviced

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Dynastar Skis + lange boots

Betony Garner is an ambassador of Dynastar skis and Lange boots, based between the UK and the Alps.

If you were good, you would have had your skis or snowboard serviced ahead of storing them for the summer, and they are now ready for the new season. If, like me, you are a bit forgetful, it is worth digging your skis out a few weeks before you head to the slopes to ensure they are in working order, waxed and ready to go 

4) Think About Where you Ski 

It is easy to get carried away when you hit the slopes for the first time. Even if a lot of snow has fallen, there may be plenty of rocks still hiding under the fresh snow. Watch out for small holes or rocks on piste, and if you venture off the piste, be very careful of rocks, river beds and even covered fences.

5) Tell your Mates

Okay, so this may be a bit mean, but make sure you share photos of the early season trip with your mates – and make them green with envy! 

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6) Check your Kit 

Having all your kit in working order is important, and remembering what was a bit shoddy or needed replacing before you get to the bottom of the first lift is always a good idea. It is easy to forget when you pop everything in your loft in April and don’t think about it until the start of the next season. 

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