WINTER EDGES EVER CLOSER
14th October 2016
There is further snow in Europe & North America, the first World Cup races of the season are about to start and PlanetSKI is off to Austria. UPDATED
We start this updated report with pictures from Switzerland.
There has been sore recent fresh snow.
Saas-Fee and Zermatt currently have skiing up on their glaciers.
PlanetSKI reader, Sonya Thornton, is currently in Zermatt and has posted the image below on Facebook.
Here at PlanetSKI we are delighted to report that we’re going to Stubai in the Tirol on Thursday.
Last week 40cm of fresh snow fell and the temperatures have remained cold, however things are set to warm up.
There should be a decent covering on piste.
Here is what it looks like now as celebrations were held to welcome more runs opening.
The glacier resorts of the Tirol are where we start usually begin our skiing – here at PlanetSKI we are on the slopes for 7 months of the year, from October to May.
At this time of year there are often good conditions at altitude.
See here for a report from a few years ago as we were in Stubai, along with 8,000 other skiers and snowboarders, for its opening day.
This season we will be there as the resort opens its new 24-seater gondola lift.
It will replace the queue-prone 6-seater Eisgrat lift, halving the journey time from the base up to 2900m.
See this earlier PlanetSKI story on other significant lifts opening around the mountains this winter.
Elsewhere other resorts are open at the moment – the keenies are up at dawn in nearby Pitztal to get some race training in .
And it is also rather good at nearby Hintertux.
The handful of high-altitude resorts in Austria are perhaps the best ones to head to if you want to make some pre-season Autumn turns.
“In the Tirolean resorts, Hintertux (50cm), Sölden (92cm) and Stubai (60cm) are the pick of the bunch, with lots of fresh snow in each and some nice weather. It seems unfair to single these out, however, as Kaunertal (45cm) and Pitztal (68cm) are also excellent options for autumn skiing at the moment,” said our friends over at the Ski Club of Great Britain.
“Around Salzburg, Kaprun (80cm) was a fantastic option on the 13th of October for two reasons: fresh snow and blue skies. Down south, Mölltal (120cm) got 20cm on the 11th, and so great skiing is on offer despite a cloudy day on the glacier,” the Ski Club GB added.
And next weekend the first World Cup alpine ski races take place on the glacier above Sölden.
There are, though, some concerns that alpine ski racing may be losing some of its popularity – see here for a recent PlanetSKI story that looks at the concerns.
In France fresh snow has fallen in the last 48 hours.
Much will melt but it is certainly good to see:
Over in North America thoughts are most definitely turning to winter.
This is the view from above the Canadian Rockies.
The town of Banff is down there under the clouds.
And under the clouds at the resort of Sunshine Village things are coming along nicely.
Here at PlanetSKI we have a bit of a soft spot for Sunshine Village and visited last season – see here for our report.
And we have a couple of visits to Banff and its ski areas already planned for next winter.
We will also be in the Canadian resort of Sun Peaks in British Columbia as the UK’s largest ski operator, Crystal Ski, begins offering trips to the resort.
Our content editor, James Cove, visited Sun Peaks last winter as he toured several resorts in British Columbia in a motorhome.
In the USA the cannons have been switched on and we expect Loveland or Arapahoe Basin in Colorado to be opening shortly.
Alta received a fresh dusting on Monday morning, see below.
Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this story over the next few days so do check back and do look out for our reports from Stubai as we kick off our season.
Winter is coming – Bring it on!
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