Early snowfall and ski resort openings happening all across the world

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 21, 2009 5:18 am

We’ve obviously been making a huge deal over here about all the early snowfall and ski area openings in the U.S. this year. What with Loveland, Arapahoe, Copper Mountain. etc, we’ve been like pigs in poop (excuse the expression, but I just heard it and it made me giggle).

Well, it seems our friends around the world are experiencing similar reasons to jump for joy. The Japanese Alps, the Indian Himalayas, and the Austrian glaciers have all seen heavy snowfall. Six ski areas around the Austrian glaciers are open (Hintertux, Molltal, Pitztal, Solden, Stubai, Tux) and getting about 5 feet of fresh snow. And clearly, the snow is doing just fine in Soelden, Austria, as the Alpine World Cup is opening there this weekend.

Other European friends who are faring well in the snow include Switzerland–Saas Fee and Zermatt are getting plenty of fresh snow and Engelberg is opening this weekend. Cervinia, Val Senales and Passo Stelvio in Italy have all opened their doors on the weekends, with Tignes being the only glacier resort open right now.

There are at least five ski resorts open in Norway, Sweden and Finland right now, including Finland’s Ruka, and Sweden’s Funasdalen. In Japan, Mt. Yotei near Niseko has received its first snowfall and is looking to open very soon.

So, if you’re traveling the world right now, hopefully you’re at one of these places enjoying the early snow. If you are, report to us and we’ll put your report on the site. Or maybe even on TV…