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Where is the best snow in Europe 13/9/19?

13th September 2019 | OTS Staff

Where is the best snow in Europe 13/9/19?- ©Facebook Stubaier Gletscher

Stubai opens with great snow coverage 13/9/19

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Where is the best snow in Europe?

Snow Overview (13/9/19)

The first snowfalls of winter have arrived across the high-altitude resorts in the Alps. The number of glaciers open for skiing have doubled in the last week after a healthy boost of 45cm of powder.

There are now six open ski areas in Austria and Switzerland. See our list of open ski resorts and projected ski openings

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Stubai opens with great snow coverage 13/9/19 - © Facebook Stubaier Gletscher
Passo Stelvio 8.9.19 - © Facebook Passo Stelvio
Passo Stelvio 8.9.19 - © Facebook Passo Stelvio
50cm of fresh snow on the Stubai (8.9.19) - © Facebook Stubaier Gletscher

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Snow-Sure Ski Resorts

When the forecast is full of powder, we all wish we could just drop tools and jump on the next plane to the Alps, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Many of us have to book our ski holidays much further in advance and just hope we're lucky enough to be met with plenty of fresh powder when we get there.

For a good idea of where to find reliable snow each year, read our top 10 snowiest ski resorts below.

1. Obergurgl, AT (1630-2315m)

Obergurgl has some of the most snowsure non-glacier resorts in the Alps. Its 100km of high-altitude slopes received just under 800 metres of snow last ski season. Neighbouring Hochgurgl is even higher still at 2150m. The resort is smaller than most but does have a handful of ski-in/ski-out hotels.

High-altitude skiing in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl  - © Alexander Lohmann / Ötztal Tourismus

High-altitude skiing in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Copyright: Alexander Lohmann / Ötztal Tourismus

2. Lech-Zuers, AT (1450-2450m)

The exclusive ski resorts of Lech (1,450m), Zuers (1,716m) and Oberlech (1,660m) are some of the highest ski resorts in Austria and have plenty of powder, in fact some of the best in Europe, with around 6 metres each season. Lech-Zuers makes up part of the Arlberg ski area which has a total of 340km of slopes. The majority of ski-in/ski-out hotels are situated in Oberlech. 

Picturesque Lech-Zuers in the Arlberg  - © Lech Zürs Tourismus by Markus Hahn

Picturesque Lech-Zuers in the Arlberg

Copyright: Lech Zürs Tourismus by Markus Hahn

3. Avoriaz, FR (1800m)

Avoriaz enjoys an excellent position in the Portes du Soleil. Its 70km of varied slopes are among the best and most snowsure in the whole ski area (650km). Skiers can reach a height of 2466m. Situated above Morzine, this car-free resort has lots of ski-in/ski-out hotels and an average snowfall of nearly 8 metres per season.

Avoriaz has an excellent powder record

Avoriaz has an excellent powder record

4. Tignes, FR (2100m)

As one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, Tignes is always the first French resort to open each winter. Its Grand Motte Glacier guarentees a long season, opening at the end of September each year and not closing until May. The resort's 150km of pistes are shared with Val d'Isere which make up the 300km Espace Killy ski area.

 

Tignes has the longest ski season in France  - © Tignes/Facebook

Tignes has the longest ski season in France

Copyright: Tignes/Facebook

5. Val d'Isere, FR (1850m)

Val d'Isere like it's neighbouring Tignes, is on our most snowsure ski resorts list. The resort has many northfacing local slopes and hold the snow well. Plenty of runs are set between 2300-2900m. Val d'Isere is known for its ski-in/ski-out accommodation and its excellent lift-served off-piste.

Val d'Isere has pretty Savoyard style architecture

Val d'Isere has pretty Savoyard style architecture

6. Val Thorens, FR (2300m)

As the highest ski resort in Europe it is also one of the most snowsure with around 6 metres of snow each season. Its 150km of local slopes make up part of the huge 600km ski area and reach up to 3200m. Its extensive slopes are also largely northfacing so hold the snowcover well.

Val Thorens is the highest resort in France  - © Val Thorens/Facebook

Val Thorens is the highest resort in France

Copyright: Val Thorens/Facebook

7. La Rosiere, FR (1175-2610m)

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8. Arosa, SW (1800-2655m)

Pistes: 70km

9. Braunwald, SW (1255-2900m)

Pistes: 32km

10. Warth-Schroecken, AT (1270-2050m)

Pistes: 66km

 

Our "Where is the best snow in Europe" article is updated on Wednesdays and Sundays

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