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Stubai is firing up more lifts while snowparks open in Kaunertal and Kaprun. Winter is on the way folks as we update our rolling blog. UPDATED


Proceedings got underway on Friday in the glacier resort of Kaunertal in the Tirol.

The resort has one the longest established winter opening festivals in the mountains.

The Kaunertal Opening is a weekend full of contests, festivals, concerts and partying.

It is now in its 34th year and is older than most of the attendees.

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Kaunertal Opening FestivalKaunertal Opening Festival














Kaunertal Opening FestivalKaunertal Opening Festival















During the day, festival visitors and pros are on their boards and freestyle skis and the judges praise the best moves with awards.

The Festival has new kit from around 60 leading brands for free testing.

Kaunertal Opening FestivalKaunertal Opening Festival















In the evenings, the event moves from the glacier into the valley and the After-Ride-Street Party in the village of Feichten with international live acts and top DJs, street food vendors and film screenings.

Admission is free.

And what about over in Stubai this weekend?

It's looking good.

More lifts are opening after the resort started things off last month as we reported at the time.
This weekend there is a party atmosphere and it's half price of your lift pass if you come dressed for the occassion.

In your dirndl or lederhosen to be precise.

Stubai, the Tirol, AustriaStubai, the Tirol, Austria

This weekend the Weiße Wiesn Ski-Beerfest is on with plenty of delicious delicacies to be had while you can listen to live music at the Eisgrat top station

The Glacier Park on the Kitzsteinhorn near Zell am See-Kaprun in Austria will open on Saturday 12th of October.

Preparations have been underway in the past days and it's looking rather tasty.

Kitzsteinhorn, AustriaKitzsteinhorn, Austria

Kitzsteinhorn, AustriaKitzsteinhorn, Austria

Kitzsteinhorn, AustriaKitzsteinhorn, Austria

Meanwhile over in Canada the ski resorts of Sunshine Village and Lake Louise have seen the snow this week.

Sunshine Village has one of the longest ski seasons in North America and is due to open next month.

Its season continues until the end of May.

The slopes are getting their first real dusting.

Sunshine Village, CanadaSunshine Village, Canada

Sunshine Village is a favourite of ours at PlanetSKI:
And it's falling in nearby Lake Louise too.

Lake Louise, CanadaLake Louise, Canada

Lake Louise, CanadaLake Louise, Canada

And in Banff itself?

It's looking rather tasty:

Banff, CanadaBanff, Canada

Banff, CanadaBanff, Canada

Banff is perhaps our favourite ski town in North America, and we have visited many times.

Here's why:
If you are thinking of skiing in Canada next winter then take a look at a full PlanetSKI feature on skiing in Canada:
And as we mentioned there have been autumn falls elsewhere in the northern hemisphere and we have been reporting on them across the past few days.

Now we know it's too early to be of any significance.

But that's not going to stop us getting in the mood for winter.

Other images we have of the snow come from Les3Vallees in France.

First it's some pictures from Les Menuires, which we're visiting in December.

Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, FranceLes Menuires, Les3Vallees, France

















Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, FranceLes Menuires, Les3Vallees, France

















Les Menuires, Les3Vallees, FranceLes Menuires, Les3Vallees, France

















And Val Thorens has also had its first layer of snow with 8cm in resort. 

First snow at Val Thorens - 7th October 2019First snow at Val Thorens - 7th October 2019

First snow at Val Thorens - 7th October 2019First snow at Val Thorens - 7th October 2019

Val Thorens looking very pretty in the video below as autumn colours are temporarily replaced with a blanket of white snow.

Val Thorens kicks off its season on November 23rd with La Grande Première.

PlanetSKI will once again be in resort for the opening weekend, so look out for our reports from the slopes as the season gets underway.

Our photo round-up below shows the latest snowfall in Austria, where a number of glacier resorts are currently open for skiing.

Year-round Hintertux has had another top-up.

Around 20cm fell last week.

HintertuxHintertux, Austria, 3rd October




















This image below is of the Pitztal glacier.

"No words needed #café3440 #pitztalergletscher #pitztal #dachtirols," the resort said on social media.

Pitztal glacierPitzal, Austria, 3rd October















And Stubai, which opened in September...

Stubai glacierStubai, Austria, 2nd October - photo B Wegscheider
















Soelden is due to open the following lifts and pistes this Saturday, 5th October:
  •  SL Seiterjöchl
  •  6SK Seiterkar
  • 8EUB Tiefenbach
  • Pistes 33, 34 & 38

They will be open from 8am to 4pm.

This is what is looked like early on Wednesday morning....

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun is set to open on Saturday 12th October.

KitzsteinhornKitzsteinhorn, Austria, 3rd October

















Engelberg's Titlis glacier in Switzerland is hoping to open on 12th October, but said on Thursday morning (3rd October) that it still needs 60cm of compact fresh snow in order to do so.

Engelberg Titlis webcamWebcam image of Titlis glacier, Engelberg, Switzerland, 3rd October














In France, Val d'Isere still has a while to go before it is due to open but the scene was a snowy one on Wednesday.

Neighbouring Tignes has had some snow too after a dismal start to autumn.

Tignes was due to open its glacier for skiing on 28th September but was forced to postpone because there was insufficient snow.
There's no news yet on when the resort will be able to open.
In Italy, Cervinia is gearing up.

"Winter is coming! ⛷🏂 The lifts will be open every day from Saturday 26 October in breuil-Cervinia and from Saturday 23 November in Valtournenche," it says.

Breuil-Cervinia webcam imageWebcam at Plan Maison, Breuil-Cervinia, Italy, 3rd October















Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic parts of the USA and Canada had a massive and unseasonal dump of snow at the weekend.

The biggest storm hit the northern Rockies.

Montana had a record for September of 1m in places.
September snow in Montana, USAMontana, USA, last weekend - photo @JayTurn15994919

















And there's been another front come in since.

This is Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Wednesday.

Jackson HoleJackson Hole, Wyoming, 2nd October




















Even in areas that missed the big snowfall, cooler temperatures have swept in.

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado tested its snow cannons a couple of weeks ago and were able to fire them up again on Wednesday.

"The humidity is very low which is good for snowmaking," the resort's Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth said.

"Looking at the forecasts, we might see some more consistent and favorable conditions.

"I am hopeful for a productive snowmaking weekend. Let's keep the finger crossed."

Arapahoe Basin snowmakingArapahoe Basin, Colorado, 2nd October
















A-Basin is hoping to open up some time around the middle of October.

So too is another Colorado resort, Loveland, while Keystone is aiming for some time in October.

The Northern Hemisphere winter isn't quite here yet, but it is coming....

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