The first snowfall of the winter of 2018/2019 arrived at the weekend: the Olympic Mountains of the Via Lattea are white at last, just above 2000 m, as the forecasters predicted.
There's between 10 and 25 cm of fresh snow between Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Pragelato, Cesana, Sansicario and Claviere.
More snow is forecast for today and so we're hopeful that the winter's going to be as good as last year. On the other hand even our ancient sayings say that if the Sorbo bush has lots of berries in autumn then there's be lots of snow, and this year the Sorbo bushes were, indeed, heavily laden with their beautiful red harvest.
So we're looking ahead in high hopes and by 7th December, when the ski-lift stations open, we intend to have all the slopes ready for visitors to enjoy. Speaking of slopes, the Sestriere company has announced that the Colletto Verde which links Claviere and Montgenèvre, is reopening again after 4 years closure. Piste 100, whose initial very steep and demanding section is only for expert skiers, now links up again with a red piste, ending in an enchanted forest landscape.