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More Ski Resorts Now Open in the Alps

More resorts opened in Austria and Switzerland at the weekend. 19 resorts in the Alps are now offering some skiing and snowboarding. The start of the ski season of 2021/22 continues. UPDATED

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Andermatt in Switzerland and Kitzbuhel in Austria are the latest resorts to offer some limited skiing on their high altitude terrain.

They opened some slopes at the weekend.

Last weekend Les2Alpes opened its glacier for two weeks over the half-term holidays.

It shuts on November 7th and the resort is scheduled to open for the 2021/22 season at the end of November.

It’s been looking good in Les 2 Alpes this month as preparations have been made:

Livigno in Italy has opened some cross-country routes with a little help from man-made snow.

Livigno’s main ski lifts will open on November 27th.

The previous weekend Tignes in France and Cervinia in Italy fired up some lifts.

Resorts Open in Europe:

In Austria Hintertux, Stubai, Soelden, Kaunertal, Pitztal, Molltal, Kitzbuhel and Kitzsteinhorn are open.

The Swiss resorts of Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Diavolezza glacier near St Moritz (on Wednesdays and weekends only), Andermatt and Engelberg also have slopes open on their glaciers.

In Italy Val Senales, Passo Stelvio and Cervinia are currently open. Livigno (cross -country skiing only)

In France Tignes and Les2Alpes are open.

That’s 19 resorts in the Alps and with 2 others in Finland, making the European total 19.

In Scandinavia Ruka and Levi in Finland have some slopes and cross-country trails open.

Some of the best snow is to be found on the Austrian glaciers as we reported earlier:

We have the snow depths and the number of lifts running at the end of this artilce.

Image ©Hintertuxer Gletscher

Image ©Hintertuxer Gletscher

In Austria the resort of  Soelden in the Tirol is hosted the opening of the World Cup racing season this weekend with men’s and woman’s Giant Slalom competitions.

Spectators will be allowed, with strict Covid-19 rules and regulations in place.

There was World Cup Freestyle action in Chur in Switzerland too:

In the USA dawn has broken on the new season.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

Two resorts in Colorado opened last weekend – Wolf Creek on Saturday and Arapahoe Basin on Sunday.

Wolf Creek is open for weekends only, but A-Basin is currently open 7-days a week.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Photo Credit: Ian Zinner, Arapahoe Basin

Some other resorts in Colorado have their snow guns on and hope to open later this month.

While others have been hiking up or in the case of Silverton, the ski patrol opened the lifts in order to ‘inspect’ the slopes.

Image © Silverton Mountain

Image © Silverton Mountain

The Start of the Season in Figures:

Austria

Hintertuxer Glacier – 13 / 20 (lifts), 105cm (snow depth).

Sölden – 9 / 31 (lifts), 77cm (snow depth).

Kitzsteinhorn Maiskogel – Kaprun – 8 / 23 (lifts), 70cm (snow depth).

Kaunertaler Glacier – 3 / 6 (lifts), 65cm (snow depth).

Pitztaler Glacier – 2 / 6 (lifts), 60cm (snow depth).

Mölltaler Glacier – 3 / 9 (lifts), 50cm (snow depth).

Stubaier Glacier – 14 / 25 (lifts), 30cm (snow depth).

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Finland

Ruka – 6 / 23 (lifts), 10cm (snow depth).

Levi – 2 / 27 (lifts), 10cm (snow depth).

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France

Tignes – 6 / 39 (lifts), 50cm (snow depth).

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Italy

Cervinia – Breuil – 11 / 13 (lifts), (snow depth not available).

Val Senales / Schnalstal – 4 / 11 (lifts), 40cm (snow depth).

Passo Stelvio – 4 / 6 (lifts), 40cm (snow depth).

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Switzerland

Engelberg – 13 / 24 (lifts), 35cm (snow depth).

Saas Fee – 9 / 22 (lifts), 165cm (snow depth).

Zermatt – 8 / 52 (lifts), 150cm (snow depth).

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The Weather & Snow information is provided to us from OnTheSnow directly from the resorts.
We cannot be held liable for incorrect or missing information.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this report as the snow falls and resorts open so do check back……

Winter is on its way folks!

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