Thursday 23 November 2017

Slopes open for rare June weekend

Skiers on a chairlift at the ski resort of Porte Puymorens, south-western France, as they enjoyed a rare June ski session (AP)
Skiers on a chairlift at the ski resort of Porte Puymorens, south-western France, as they enjoyed a rare June ski session (AP)

The still-white slopes in the Pyrenees of southern France opened for business on Saturday, turning a cold wet spring into a rare June ski weekend.

The Porte-Puymorens ski station opened on Saturday morning at 8am for four hours in fog and light rain, but plenty of snow with temperatures just above freezing.

The slopes, which normally close for the season on April 1, are expected to open again on Sunday.

Sales were limited to 600 tickets per day and the station's director, Eric Charre, said both days sold out.

Porte-Puymorens is near the border with Spain and Andorra, about 500 miles (800km) south of Paris.

Press Association

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