Can’t wait for winter? Find open ski resorts in Europe right now!

Newsroom Ski destinations Can’t wait for winter? Find open ski resorts in Europe right now!

There are a handful of open ski resorts in Europe right now. We’ve collected some of the best pictures from the slopes this weekend to get you drooling ahead of your winter ski holiday. So which are the open ski resorts in Europe right now?

Levi, Finland

First skiers at Levi enjoying the autumnal conditions (9.10.22) ©

Levi (30cm) kicked off its ski season on Friday Oct 7 with gorgeous weather. Two ski lifts are open including the North chair lift. Cross-country skiing has also started at Levi Golf, with the 3km reservoir open.

First skiers at Levi this weekend (8.10.22) ©
Uncrowded slopes at Levi’s opening ski weekend (8.10.22) ©
3km cross-country circuit opened in Levi 7.10.22. ©

Hintertux Glacier, Austria

Skiers are enjoying beautiful bluebird conditions at the Hintertux Glacier (45cm) this weekend. Skiers have been enjoying 25km of open ski slopes and the halfpipe. There are 12 lifts currently open and the Panorama Bar has also just opened for refreshments on the mountain.

Beautiful conditions on the Hintertux Glacier (7.10.22) ©Hintertux Glacier

Kaunertal Glacier, Austria

Kaunertal Glacier (10/30cm) has been open since the beginning of October. It’s currently offering a 30% discount on winter ski lift tickets. There are three lifts open: Falginjochbahn, Karlesjochbahn and the Long distance lift.

Lifts started running on the Kaunertal Glacier this weekend. ©Kaunertal Glacier
The Kaunertal Glacier is open (8.10.22) ©Kaunertal Glacier

Which ski resorts are opening next week (oct. 15th)?

Some big-name ski resorts are opening next weekend, including Les 2 Alpes, Engelberg, Cervinia-Breuil and Molltal Glacier.

See our full list of Open ski resorts in Europe

See our Projected opening dates for ski resorts

If you want to hold out for non-glacier skiing, some of the highest altitude ski resorts open in November, such as Val Thorens which is due to open Nov. 19. The highest ski resorts in Europe have the longest winter seasons with some of the most extensive and varied slopes. But best of all – there’s lots of snow! Read our guide to the “Highest ski resorts in Europe

You maybe thinking it’s too early for skiing, it’s only autumn right? WRONG! There are a handful of ski resorts open before the official ski season kicks off in December. There are some pretty good upsides to skiing in autumn too: quieter slopes, cheaper ski passes and there’s often ski gear festivals on the slopes in October and November, where you can try out the latest models.

For more information read our guide: “Best early season skiing in Europe

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