VERBIER CANCELS WEEKEND OPENING BUT SNOW ON THE WAY
23rd October 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
It was due to open on Saturday, but now snow is heading to parts of the Alps. See here as we publish some planned Opening Dates. UPDATED
“More generally, there is still lots of uncertainty as to how the weather in the Alps will pan out next week, as it will depend on the exact position of the jet stream, which will be meandering very close to or over the Alps.”
“One thing that is for certain is that the weather will remain unsettled, with current models still favouring the western Alps in terms of snowfall. The western Alps will also see the coldest temperatures, with snow possible to 1500m (or even lower) at times.”
• Austria – Hintertux, Sölden, Stubai, Kaprun, Mölltal, Kaunertal, Kitzbuhel and Pitztal.
• Switzerland – Zermatt, Saas-Fee and Engelberg.
• Italy – Passo Stelvio, Cervinia and Val Senales.
• France – Tignes.
And here are some Opening Dates from our good friends over at Maison Sport:
Top 15 resort opening dates:
- Courchevel – 07/12/2019
- Val d’Isere – 30/11/2019 (partial opening – 29/11/2019)
- Chamonix Mont-Blanc – 14/12/2019 (Les Houches opens – 21/12/2019)
- Tignes – 30/11/2019
- Meribel – 07/12/2019
- Val Thorens – 23/11/2019
- Morzine – 14/12/2019
- Les Arcs – 21/12/2019
- Megeve – 07/12/2019
- Les Menuires – 07/12/2019
- La Tania – 14/12/2019
- Courmayeur – 30/11/2019
- Les Gets – 21/12/2019 (partial opening – 14/12/2019)
- Alpe d’Huez – Early December
- Avoriaz – 13/12/2019
Weather permitting, the three valleys ski pass will work from 07/12/2019
And in Switzerland:
Last weekend Cervinia in the Aosta Valley in Italy joined the party.
All the open ski areas are glacier resorts except for Kitzbuhel that has managed to do so with large quantities of snow saved from last season and stored under an insulating tarpaulin.
800 people turned out on the opening weekend.
However some environmentalists question the actions of skiing on snow saved from last winter.
It’s “just grotesque in the era of climate urgency,” said a comment from the Green Party in Salzburg.
The organisation argues that snowsports should wait till winter gets underway properly.
Elsewhere it is just a handful of runs on the glaciers of each resort, but conditions have been pretty good for the time of year.
Especially in Austria.
We have reported on the alpine openings earlier on PlanetSKI.
This weekend the cold snap will produce more natural snow at altitude in the Alps.
And the World Cup kicked off in Soeden on the Rettenbach glacier last weekend.
So, what is it like skiing and snowboarding at this time of year?
Three years ago PlanetSKI was in Stubai at the end of October and it was packed with people enjoying fresh powder snow.
And while we are looking at the Alps the same question can be asked about North America as resorts are already open in the USA with more coming.
Loveland and Mt Rose in the USA + Nakiska in Canada opened on Friday as we have reported elsewhere on PlanetSKI:
So, has the ski season started?
Not a lot but it is underway.
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