It seems there may be one upside to the unseasonably cold spring we've experienced this year. Skiers have been given some bonus time on the slopes and there's still time to take advantage of the snowy runs.
The ski resort of Porte Puymorens has brought snow sports enthusiasts flying to France for some unexpected time on the slopes. It's the first time the relatively unknown resort in the south of France, near the borders of Andorra and Spain, has ever opened to skiers in June.
Ski-passes went on sale to the first 600 visitors only to avoid overcrowding and cost just €15. Eric Charre, the director of the French resort described the conditions at the higher level of the Porte Puymorens, upwards of 2100m, as "still pristine without any tracts of earth showing through at all."
After closing in April or May, by now many mountain resorts would be preparing to welcome visitors to their summer activities, from hiking to mountain biking or rafting, However this year these activities have been postponed by mother nature, to the delight of some snow-sport enthusiasts. The groundbreaking weekend in France was expected to sell out.
The decision to open came after the Alps saw yet more snowfall in the past week. Europe isn't the only destination where ski resorts are seizing the opportunity to extend their openings.
Colorado's Aprahoe Basin has also prolonged its season this weekend. Alan Henceroth, Aprahoe's chief operating officer told press; "with ...our exceptional snow conditions and our guests' enthusiasm for skiing and riding, it only makes sense to open for another weekend." Other areas are opening on a weekend by weekend basis depending on the weather forecasts so ski fans should stay poised with passports at the ready.