Conditions have switched back to winter mode, at least on high slopes, for the first day of Autumn in the Alps.
Resorts in Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland have been busy posting images of snowfall up high, with the snow reaching as low as 1500m and as far as the Dolomites.
The Alps had a warm first half of September after a late August snowfall, but it has turned wintery again over the last week and for some areas this is the third snowfall of the past month, for others the first of the 23-24 pre-season.
Five glacier ski areas are currently open, or aim to be subject to conditions, Hintertux and Pitztal (which opened for its 23-24 season today) in Austria, Passo Stelvio in Italy and Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland.
Passo Stelvio has been temporarily closed due to the warm temperatures but has reported snowfall in the last 24 hours.
There has also been snowfall in Lapland over the past few days where Levi (pictured on Thursday below) and Ruka will open for the season in less than a fortnight’s time, on October 6th, thanks to snow farming (recycling last winter’s snow stored through the summer).
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