Austria is leading the way in Europe with seven open glaciers for pre-season skiers.
The Hintertux Glacier (3000m) is currently the largest ski area open in the Alps: 12 out of its 21 lifts are operating and 42 kilometres of pistes are open. The glacier has a total snow depth of 110cm and the ski run to Tuxer Ferner House (3000-2660m) has just opened. A day's skiing is €42.
Stubai opened mid-September and now offers skiing on all three glaciers: Eisjochferner, Windachferner, and Daunferner. There is currently 60cm of fresh snow at 3000 metres and 11 lifts are in operation, offering 28 kilometres of terrain with skiing as far as Gamsgarten. Lifts are open between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a day's pass is €39.
Sölden's two glaciers, Rettenbach and Tiefenbach (3000m), opened Oct. 2. Currently, there is 56cm of fresh snow and six out of 10 lifts are running, offering access to 22 kilometres of terrain. Both glaciers are connected to each other by the scenic 1.7-kilometre-long 'Rosi Mittermeier Road Tunnel'. The glacier ski areas are easily accessed by bus or car: follow the Panorama Road (from Sölden to the glacier). A day's ski pass is €35-€43.50.
The Kaurnertal Glacier (3535m) kicked off its winter season Oct. 9 with the opening of the lifts: Karlesjochbahn, Norderjoch 1, Falginlift, and Weisseeferner between 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Currently, there is 55cm of fresh snow on the glacier and 30 kilometres of pistes open. A day's ski pass is €33-36.50.
The Mölltal Glacier (3000m) is open with 90cm of snow and four lifts operating; the Pitztal Glacier (3440m) is open with 33cm of snow and seven lifts operating; and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier (3029m) is open with 81cm of snow and seven lifts operating.