Where to ski in the Alps in September
by Fraser Wilkin, 30 August 2016
September (along with June) is one of the two quietest months in the Alps as far as skiing is concerned.
Unlike June, however, good snow cover on the glaciers is far from guaranteed. It is after all the end of the summer, and if it has been a hot one (particularly a hot one following a lean winter) the lower glacial slopes can look decidedly threadbare - as is the case again now in 2016.
Here are those glaciers that are willing and able (weather permitting) to offer skiing throughout the whole month of September. Note that one or two others (such as Sölden) may open later in the month depending on snow conditions.
Opening dates: 365 days per year
As always, Hintertux (in the Austrian Tirol) can be relied upon to serve up some of the best out of season skiing in the Alps.
Not only can you ski here 365 days a year, but the glacier is also steeper and more varied than most, and is a favourite venue for early season training camps.
In September you can expect around 18km of pistes to be open, with a top height of 3250m and a vertical drop of 600m.
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Further info: www.hintertuxergletscher.at
Opening dates: 16 July 2016 through until spring 2017
There are only two serious skiing options in Switzerland in September.
In September you can expect around 20km of pistes to be open, with a top height of 3500m and a vertical drop of 300m.
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Opening dates: 365 days a year
With one of the very few glaciers to (weather permitting) offer skiing 365 days a year, Zermatt offers extensive, but mostly very gentle, glacier skiing in a splendid setting at the foot of the Matterhorn.
Access from the Cervinia side in Italy will only be possible until 4 September 2016.
In September you can expect around 20km of pistes to be open, with a top height of 3899m and a vertical drop of 450m.
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Further info: www.zermatt.ch
Passo Stelvio, Italy
Opening dates: 25 May to 5 November 2016
Relatively unknown Passo Stelvio, near Bormio in eastern Italy, usually offers skiing from June to November.
Easily accessible by road, the glacier here is compact but scenic, with 20km or so of mostly gentle terrain.
In September you can expect around 12km of pistes to be open, with a top height of 3450m and a vertical drop of 250m.
Further info: www.passostelvio.com
Opening dates: 18 June 2016 through until spring 2017
The Mölltal (Carinthia) is one of Austria’s lesser known glacier areas, but it is open most of the year - even if that means just three runs in the summer (including September). By contrast, up to 71km of pistes are possible in winter.
In September you can expect around 5km of pistes to be open, with a top height of 3122m and a vertical drop of 300m.
Further info: www.gletscher.co.at