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AUTUMN IN THE AUSTRIAN ALPS

A handful of glacier resorts have already opened some slopes. But what is it like at this time of year? PlanetSKI is in the Alps. UPDATED

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So far conditions have been rather good for October skiing.

We say ‘so far’ as things can change very quickly at this time of year.

“What can be powder snow one day can be heavy rain the next as the temperatures rise, but so far the conditions have been good on the glaciers in the last few weeks. I shall be making my first turns of the season on Thursday and to say I’m excited is somewhat of an understatement!,” said the PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove.

James will shortly be in Stubai in the Tirol so do check back for his reports, pictures and videos later on Thursday.

He touched down at Innsbruck on Wednesday.

Welcome to Innsbruck

Welcome to Innsbruck

Here is what it currently looks like in Stubai.

Stubai, Austria

Stubai, Austria

Stubai, Austria

Stubai, Austria

And this is what led to the current conditions – fresh powder snow last week.

40cm of it 🙂

This weekend the costliest new lift in the Alps opens and James will be on it.

Other Austrian glacier resorts open include Hintertux, Soelden, Kaunertal, Pitztal, Moltall and the Kizteinhorn glacier above Kaprun.

This information on conditions in Austria was posted by our friends over at the Ski Club of Great Britain earlier in the week.

In the Tirolean resorts, a cloudy day was on the cards across the major glaciers.

 

Solden (89cm), Kaunertal (45cm), Piztal (68cm), Stubai (60cm) and Hintertux (75cm) were all experiencing changeable weather (17/10/2016) – sunny spells were possible, and visibility was good, but it was cloudy for the most part.

 

There were great skiing options, especially at Hintertux, where a very respectable 32km was on offer, and Stubai, where 7 well groomed runs could satisfy most people.

 

Around Salzburg, Kaprun (50cm) remains a good option, but rain could throw a spanner in the works: showers are forecast to begin on Tuesday (18/10/2016).

 

Down south, Moltall (120cm) is the place to be, with 3 lifts and 3 slopes enough to kill the craving.

 

There was some good news this week, as we add the Dachstein Glacier (12cm) to our roster of open glaciers.

Soelden, Austria

Soelden, Austria

 

 

For an earlier report from James on skiing on the Austrian glaciers in the autumn then see some reports from October 2013.

We are concentrating on Austria over the next few days, but just in case you are wondering it has been snowing elsewhere in Europe apart from the Alps.

Here’s the Pic du Midi above La Monjie in the French Pyrenees.

French Pyrenees

French Pyrenees

And there’s also been a dusting of snow in the Scottish resorts.

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

For our last report on the snow in the Alps then see here and don’t forget the alpine skiing World Cup season starts in Soelden this weekend – see here for our preview of the action.

UPDATE – And this is what it looked like on Thursday, full report coming shortly!

Stubai, Austria

Stubai, Austria

 

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