A metre of snow was reported in the Alps last week and conditions at high resorts are looking fantastic. Powder alarms sounded off across France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, building a great early snow base for the long winter season ahead. The deep early snow has also prompted some ski resorts to open early for a spot of pre-season skiing.

See our recent snow galleries:

Gallery: Bumper snowfall in the French Alps Nov. 17/18

Gallery: Snowfall in Italy Nov. 15/16


Tignes (15-30cm) has reported 65cm of fresh snow over the last week and conditions are good on the glacier with eight lifts running.

Val Thorens (60-100cm) has reported 60cm of snow in the last week – great timing as it kicks off ski season today and has opened seven lifts so far with the plan to increase terrain as more snow falls.

Thanks to the recent bumper snowfalls across the French Alps, four other resorts will open for a spot of pre-season skiing today and tomorrow: Montgenevre (15-80cm), Courchevel (10-42cm), Alpe d'Huez (10-130cm) and La Clusaz (2-120cm).

Serre Chevalier is planning to open for next weekend (Nov. 29-30) and they’re delighted to announce it’ll be the first time they’ve opened for pre-season skiing in November!

Also opening for weekend skiing next week (Nov. 29) is Les 2 Alpes and Val d’Isere.


There’s good skiing to be found in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (11-86cm) which recently opened for its full winter season. Upper slopes are in good condition, but there is limited skiing on lower runs.

The Austrian glaciers have some of the best snow in the world right now: Kaunertaler Glacier (135-164cm), Pitztaler Glacier (78-105cm), Stubai Glacier (15-130cm) and Hintertuxer Glacier (15-185cm). The Stubai received 35cm of powder on Nov. 18 and is currently running almost all its lifts – 21/26.


Eight Italian ski resorts are currently open, and some of the best skiing in the country can be found at Cervinia-Breuil (45-195cm) with 10 lifts/16 runs open and Val Senales (15-250cm) with seven lifts/eight runs open.

Madonna di Campilgio (10-87cm) is opening the Groste area’s three lifts/two runs this weekend, but will close again Sunday evening. Also opening for weekends from today is Gressoney-La-Trinite-Monterosa Ski and Alta Pusteria.

Courmayeur and Cortina are scheduled to open next weekend.


Switzerland currently has 15 ski resorts open, including Davos Klosters (3-75cm) with six lifts, Saas Fee (20-250cm) with five lifts, Engelberg (0-125cm) with seven lifts, and Zermatt (5-160cm) with 22 lifts and 98km of runs (the biggest open ski area in Europe).

Open for weekends only from today: Verbier (0-60cm), Laax (30-120cm) and Andermatt-Sedrun (10-350cm).

ANDORRA No resorts open

BULGARIA No resorts open

SCOTLAND No resorts open

3-Day snow forecast

The big snow dumps over the next 3 days are heading to Norway: 20cm-30cm for Hemsedal, Hafjell, Geilo and Trysil.

There’s just a sprinkling of snow expected in the Alps over the next three day: 1-3cm for Swiss resorts of Verbier, Zermatt, Saas Fee and Engelberg. Nowhere near the huge powder dumps of last week, but enough to keep conditions fresh on the slopes

It’s a similar outlook for the Pyrenees, with 2cm in Grandvalira and Vallnord in Andorra and 7cm for Sierra Nevada in Spain.

See our recent snow galleries:

Gallery: Bumper snowfall in the French Alps Nov. 17/18

Gallery: Snowfall in Italy Nov. 15/16