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Updated: 9.30am Monday 15 September 2014 – Great glacier skiing in the eastern Alps

 

There is some excellent skiing on the glaciers of the eastern Alps right now, with bright skies and fresh snow – as illustrated this morning  by this magnificent cam shot of the Mölltal in Carinthia.

Mölltal, Austria Near perfect conditions on the Mölltal glacier in Carinthia this morning - Photo: foto-webcam.eu

This should not, however, be confused with the onset of winter. Temperatures are forecast to rise again this week with lots of warm sunshine right across the Alps and just a scattering of (mostly rain) showers.

 

The most extensive skiing in Austria (and the Alps) right now is on the Hintertux glacier where 18km of pistes are served by 11 lifts and the base is 110cm deep. Elsewhere in Austria, you can ski on the Mölltal and Stubai glaciers with some very limited terrain also open on the Rettenbach above Sölden.

 

In Italy, you can ski on the Passo Stelvio glacier near Bormio; and in Switzerland, on the glaciers above Zermatt and Saas-Fee. France does not offer any skiing at present with Tignes first in line to open on 4 October. 

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Updated: 10.10am Thursday 11 September 2014 - Snow on its way for the eastern glaciers

 

There is snow in the forecast! Mostly at altitude and mostly in the eastern Alps, but for the Austrian glaciers at least this is welcome news. Here some significant falls are expected later today and into Friday with the rain/snow limit lowering to 2000m in places.

Snow news - 11 September 2014 Raining in northern Austria this morning, but at altitude this will turn increasingly to snow over the next 24 hours.

It’s worth pointing out that none of this will have the slightest bearing on how things pan out later in the season. Nonetheless, it does serve as a reminder that winter is not a million miles away and anyone lucky enough to be within striking distance of Hintertux this weekend might even bag themselves some freshies!

 

The only other glacier in Austria that is currently open is the Mölltal in Carinthia, with the Tyrol’s Pitztal and Kaunertal areas scheduled to open on 20 September. In Italy, you can ski (weather permitting) at Passo Stelvio, in Switzerland at Zermatt and Saas-Fee, but in France, no resorts are currently open. 

Updated: 12.30pm Friday 5 September 2014 – A cool Alpine summer draws to an end

 

Early September is when snow cover is often at its minimum in the high Alps. Even the glaciers can look threadbare, as is evident from this cam shot of the Grande Motte above Tignes today.

Tignes, France The Grande Motte glacier above Tignes looking threadbare, but this is entirely normal for early September - Photo: tignes.net
It may look shocking, but actually there is nothing unusual about the state of this particular glacier at this time of year. Indeed, August has been unusually cool and wet in the Alps and snow cover in those summer ski areas that have remained open (e.g.  HintertuxZermattPasso Stelvio) has been quite good – certainly compared to some recent years. 

 

So what does this mean going forward? Well not much really, we are still some 8 to 10 weeks away from making any sort of judgment as to how early season conditions might pan out, let alone the rest of the winter.

 

Stay tuned to www.weathertoski.co.uk – where we will be reporting on conditions with increasing frequency as the nights draw in and winter approaches.