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Where is the snow Oct. 31, 2013?

31st October 2013 | OTS Staff

Alpincenter on the Kitzsteinhorn, Oct. 30, 2013 - ©Kitzsteinhorn

Alpincenter on the Kitzsteinhorn, Oct. 30, 2013

Copyright: Kitzsteinhorn

With up to half a metre of fresh snow in the last 24 hours, glacier skiing is in great shape across Europe.

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France

There are now two ski areas partially open in the French Alps: Tignes and Les 2 Alpes.

Tignes (90cm), entering its third week of operation, has great skiing conditions with fresh snow on the Grande Motte glacier and six lifts, four slopes are open (one black and three red).

Les 2 Alpes (100cm) partially opened its glacier last Saturday but for a limited time (10 days only). After a beautiful weekend marked by two events allowing winter sports lovers to test ski and snowboard gear for free, Les 2 Alpes continues this pre-opening throughout the week. The snow conditions are quite good; the last snowfall was 10 days ago. Open slopes include three blue runs (PUY SALIE 1, 2 and Puy SALIE Jandri 5) and 10 lifts are running.

Les 2 Alpes glacier, Oct. 26, 2013 - ©Les 2 Alpes

Les 2 Alpes glacier, Oct. 26, 2013

Copyright: Les 2 Alpes

Austria

All the Austrian glaciers are open and have great conditions. Fresh snow has fallen in the last 24 hours: 23cm on the Pitztal (128cm); 20cm on Kaunertal (106cm) and 10cm on the Kitzsteinhorn-Kaprun (92cm) and Stubai glacier (100cm).

Stubai Glacier currently has one of the largest open ski areas with 38km of pistes up and running. The biggest snowdepths in Austria right now can be found on the Moelltal Glacier (150cm) and Hintertux Glacier (135cm).

Zell am See-Kaprun, Oct. 27, 2013 - ©Zell am See-Kaprun

Zell am See-Kaprun, Oct. 27, 2013

Copyright: Zell am See-Kaprun

Italy

The Presena Glacier (100cm) has received 50cm of snow in the last 24 hours and has one slope and three lifts open. Italy currently has the biggest snow depth in Europe right now: Val Senales with 260cm on the Schnals glacier with 6/17 lifts open. Passo Stelvio (100cm) and Cervinia-Breuil (80cm) are open weekends only.

Presena glacier Oct. 19, 2013 - ©Adamello Ski

Presena glacier Oct. 19, 2013

Copyright: Adamello Ski

Switzerland

The biggest Swiss snowdepths can be found in Saas Fee with 155cm followed by Zermatt with 150cm. Other open ski areas include Diavolezza-Pontresina (50cm) ad Engadin-St. Moritz (50cm) both with two lifts open. Gstaad (30cm) opened last weekend and got some fresh snow (5cm) in the last two days.

Scandinavia

No ski resorts are open yet in Scandinavia, but Hafjell, Norway has already got snow on the slopes.

Light snow on the slopes of Hafjell, Norway. Oct. 30, 2013 - ©Hafjell

Light snow on the slopes of Hafjell, Norway. Oct. 30, 2013

Copyright: Hafjell

Upcoming ski openings

Norwegian resorts of Kvitjell, Trysil, Oppdal, Hemsedal and Geilo are due to open Nov. 8/9. A few big-name resorts are expected to open the week after, on Nov. 15/16: Laax, Davos-Klosters and Madonna di Campiglio.

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