Skiing in the Alps is still restricted to glaciers, but with all the recent snowfall it's only a matter of time before skiers can stretch their legs at lower altitudes. The first big-name non-glacial resorts are set to open at the end of this month.
For the moment, the only French ski area open is Tignes (10-90cm) which has four runs and four lifts open on its Grand Motte glacier. So far this week Tignes has received a very satisfactory 30cm of powder!
Pitztal glacier Nov. 2, 2013
High-altitude Swiss ski areas have received snow this week: Gstaad Mountain Rides
(0-36cm) received 30cm on Nov. 4; Zermatt
(1-190cm) had 9cm and Saas Fee
(0-190cm) 8cm on Nov. 3. The biggest Swiss snowdepth at the moment can be found in Zermatt and Saas Fee, both with 190cm. Engelberg
(0-34cm) is closed Nov. 4-15 due to maintenance.
Davos-Klosters Nov. 7, 2013 ahead of Nov. 15 opening
Italian ski resorts have benefitted from a sprinkling of snow this week - Cervinia, Courmayeur
. The most snow has fallen in Bormio
with 15cm on Tuesday.
The Presena Glacier
(0-100cm) has one slope open. Cervinia-Breuil
(0-80cm) is open all week now (not just weekends) and Solda
(60-150cm) opened from last weekend. Italy still has the highest snow depth in Europe right now: Val Senales
with 260cm on the Schnals glacier with 6/17 lifts open. Passo Stelvio
is now closed.
Snow in Courmayeur, Italy Nov. 6, 2013
The Norwegian ski resorts of Gala, Tyin-Filefjell, Geilo, Skeikampen
received 15-25cm of snow in the last three days. Hemsedal
in Norway is scheduled to open Nov. 15 but for a few keen skiers and snowboarders this isn't soon enough.
Hemsedal, Norway Nov 5, 2013
Copyright: Kalle Hägglund
ski areas have had a sprinkling of snow this week, but are not expected to open until Nov. 30.
Vallnord, Andorra Nov. 5, 2013
Resorts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia have received a good sprinkling of snow this week.
Harrachov, Czech Rep. 6.11.2013