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2nd October 2021

Last modified on October 7th, 2021

Three more glacier resorts open some slopes this weekend as heavy snow falls. It takes the total to eleven 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. UPDATED

We start this updated report with what we all want to see – pictures of heavy snow in the Alps.

They come from the Hintertux glacier in the Tirol in Austria where skiing goes on year round and some slopes are open.

Around 30cm has fallen at altitude.

“We are really happy to see such snow,” said Elean Protopopow from the region’s tourist board.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourust Board.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourist Board.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourust Board.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourist Board.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourust Board.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourist Board.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourist Board.

Hintertux. Image c/o Tirol Tourist Board.

In the Tirol Stubai is set to open on Friday 8th October and it too has seen some snow.

It has seen more than 30cm of fresh snow in the past few days, with the forecast predicting clear skies over the weekend.

It looks like the place to be.

Currently the Tirol region has four glacier areas open for skiing and snowboarding: Hintertux, Soelden, Pitztal and Kaunertal.

We reported on the opening of Kaunertal at the end of last month.

  • Another glacier resort opens in Austria

Kitzsteinhorn in SalzburgerLand Austria also fires up some lifts this weekend.

Some slopes in  Zell am See-Kaprun open on October 9th and the Glacier Park opens a week later on October 16th.

Engelberg in Switzerland also opens some slopes on its Titlis glacier on October 9th.

It will bring the total of glacier ski areas open in the Alps into double figures – 11 to be precise.

Saas-Fee and Zermatt are open in Switzerland with the Italian areas of Val Senales and Passo Stelvio offering some glacier skiing.

Passo Stelvio has seen 25cm of snow in the storm.

Later this month on October 16th Tignes is due to offer skiing and snowboarding on its Grande Motte Glacier.

It’s already looking good in nearby Val Thorens.

Val Thorens. Image © Val Thorens Tourist OfficePlanetSKI

Val Thorens. Image © Val Thorens Tourist Office

Val Thorens. Image © Val Thorens Tourist Office

Val Thorens. Image © Val Thorens Tourist Office

Val Thorens. Image © Val Thorens Tourist Office

Val Thorens. Image © Val Thorens Tourist Office

PlanetSKI will be in Val Thorens for the resort’s opening at the end of November.

And while we’re looking at images of the snow in France here’s  Val d’Isere.

Les2Alpes in the Isere region is opening for the half-term holidays, from October 23rd to November 7th.

It has also seen more than 30cm of fresh snow in the past few days so conditions should be pretty good when it opens.

“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.

There’s some skiing to be had in Norway too.

Conditions have improved in Norway allowing Scandinavia’s highest ski area Galdhopiggen summerski centre to re-open this weekend after a 2 month shut down of its summer ski operation. pic.twitter.com/I30VfTzDZm

This weekend, October 9th, Ruka in Finland also opens some slopes and cross-country trails.

Levi too is opening at the weekend.

In Finland it will be on man-made snow and snow stored from last winter.

And there’s been some snowfall  in the Pyrenees too.

Over in North America there have been a few dustings of snow.

The resorts of Loveland, Keystone 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.

However in Colorado the temperatures remain stubbornly high meaning snow making cannot yet begin in earnest at the three resorts vying to be the first to open.

The resorts usually fire up their snow guns in early October and open in the second or third week of the month.

Forecasters say October is looking unseasonably mild.

Meanwhile there is 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.

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