There are currently eight glacier areas open in Austria, Italy and Switzerland with two in France opening later this month. There’s been a dusting of snow in some North America resorts too. Winter is coming folks… NEW UPDATED
The Tirol region in Austria has four glacier areas currently open for skiing and snowboarding: Hintertux, Soelden, Pitztal and Kaunertal.
We reported on the opening of Kaunertal last weekend.
Another glacier resort opens in Austria
Saas-Fee and Zermatt are open in Switzerland with the Italian areas of Val Senales and Passo Stelvio offering some glacier skiing.
Later this month on October 16th Tignes is due to offer skiing and snowboarding on its Grande Motte Glacier.
Les2Alpes in the Isere region is opening for the half-term holidays, from October 23rd to November 7th.
“The Alps have seen some fresh snow at altitude over the last few days, meaning that most of the glaciers, which can still be threadbare in September, are now in pretty good shape for the time of year,” said the alpine weather expert Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk.
Due to a generally wet summer the glacier ski areas in the Alps saw some decent amounts of snow at altitude and are in pretty good shape for the autumn skiing and snowboarding season.
Over in North America there have been a few dustings of snow.
The resorts of Loveland and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, USA, usually battle it out to be the first to open.
Their snow guns have been tested and are out, with the snow making teams waiting for the temperatures to drop so they can fire them up this month.
Meanwhile there’s an autumnal feeling further north in Canada.
At Sunshine Village in Alberta to be precise.
The resort is usually one of the first ski areas in Canada to open with skiing usually lasting into May.
Here on PlanetSKI we are keeping an eye on the autumn snowfall and what it may mean for the approaching winter.