June opening for French ski resort as temperatures plummet in Europe

Pyrénées resort is believed to be first to open in June after unseasonably low temperatures left slopes covered in as much powder as January.

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A French ski resort is believed to have become the first to open in June after unseasonably low temperatures left slopes covered in as much powder as in January, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The Pyrenees resort of Porte Puymorens reopened this weekend as plummeting temperatures and rain played havoc with weather across Europe.

Italians were being forced to abandon their seasonal Mediterranean diet of fresh fruit and vegetables after the weather caused chaos with harvests, and flooding in the Czech Republic saw soldiers rushing to erect barriers to protect historic sites in Prague.

In Porte Puymorens, skiers took advantage of fresh snow during the cold snap.

"We have hundreds of people here enjoying the snow - it's just like the middle of January," said a spokesman for the ski station, where peaks rise to 2,827 m (9,275 ft).

Slopes were originally shut at the end of the official season in April, but after the coldest spring in France for more than 25 years snow which should have melted weeks ago is still in place.

Read more of this report from The Daily Telegraph.

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