High ski areas in the Alps have reported up to half a metre of snowfall over the past week, with some centres including the already open Stubai (pictured above) and Hintertux (pictured below) glaciers in the Austrian Tirol, reporting a foot (30cm) of fresh snow on their high slopes on Monday and Tuesday.
The snow has been falling to ever lower elevations and as a result more glaciers have announced that they’ll be opening in the next few days, including the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun in Austria this Friday the 3rd and glacier 300o near Gstaad, which says it has had more than half-a-metre of fresh snowfall, on Saturday 4th November.
It means there’ll be at least 10 glacier centres open in Austria and Switzerland and a couple more in Italy, only France is yet to see a ski area open for the 23-24 season yet. The first there look likely to be Chamonix, Tignes and Val Thorens at the end of the month. Plenty of French resorts have also been reporting pre-season snowfalls however.
Not everywhere has had enough snow to open yet though. Engelberg have announced that they’re delaying opening again, to at least 18th November, while Verbier say they won’t open this weekend but will announce when they will next week.
The sunshine was back today at many areas, including Hintertux pictured below, providing great coionditions with the fresh snow. More snowfall is expected at the end of this week.
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