The Grande Motte is looking good this Tuesday morning. Lifts up there re-open on 15 June, a week after Val d'Isère's glacier, where various national teams will be training from 8 June.
Next winter's lift pass prices are out. They have gone up a few percent, unless you are a family with two teenage children, in which case they have gone down. Perhaps you are considered to have suffered enough.
The increase is largely due to a rise in VAT. You'll no doubt be glad to contribute a little more to French civil servants' 75%-of-final-salary pensions, the free physio given to young mothers to get their figures back, or the 60,000 extra teachers promised by M. Hollande.
Amazingly, though, the lift pass in the world's top ski area still costs less than in any of its rivals. You'd pay 10% more in Courchevel or La Plagne, 20% more in Verbier or Whistler, 25% more in Zermatt and about 35% more in Vail! Even in Aviemore you'd pay 90% as much as in Val d'Isère (though the pies are cheaper).