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Tuesday 12 October 2020 - Great early season snow conditions across the Alps!

by Fraser Wilkin

Titlis glacier, Engelberg, Switzerland The Titlis glacier above Engelberg has opened early this winter thanks to excellent snow conditions – Photo:, 12 October 2020

Many parts of the Alps are looking wintry again this morning, especially in Austria and the eastern Italian Alps (Dolomites).


Resorts such as Obertauern, Hintertux and Arabba saw up to 30cm of fresh snow falling at altitude over the weekend, with a rain/snow limit as low as 1000m at times on Sunday.


The weather in the Alps now promises to stay cool throughout this week, with some further snow in places, especially in the Austrian and eastern Italian Alps on Thursday. Thanks to the recent snowfalls, snow conditions on the glaciers are excellent for mid-October.


Austria currently has the greatest number of open glaciers. Of our featured resorts, you can currently ski in Austria on the glaciers above Sölden, currently offering 33km of pistes, and Hintertux, which has 24km open.


In Switzerland the best options are Zermatt and Saas-Fee, both of which have around 20km of pistes open, but snow conditions are also good on the Titlis glacier above Engelberg, albeit with less terrain on offer.


None of our featured Italian resorts are up and running yet, though Cervinia is set to open for its exceptionally long winter season on 26 October.


Tignes will be the first of our featured resorts to open in France, when skiing commences on its Grande Motte glacier this weekend (17 October). 


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