The Alps are waiting: resorts plan to open the season soon
In Europe, weather conditions are favorable, prompting some ski resorts to plan an early opening. Last week, more than a meter of fresh snow fell on some slopes.
For instance, following consistently warm weather in October, the Alps experienced cold temperatures and heavy snowfall in the first weeks of November. A report by Euronews indicates that, at the beginning of the month, more than a meter of fresh snow covered some slopes.
Jan McIlrath, managing director of the Ski Solutions resort company, stated, 'Over the past two weeks, storms have been building up in the Alps, and snow cover of more than 100 cm is now quite widespread on the upper slopes.'
Experts believe that these conditions will provide a solid foundation for the upcoming winter. With more snow expected, it is anticipated to mark one of the best starts to the winter ski season in recent memory.
The exceptionally favorable conditions have also led to a surge in bookings. Travel operators are already offering discounts on flights to some popular ski destinations.
Due to thick snow on some European slopes, several ski resorts have postponed their opening dates. The renowned French resorts of Tignes and Val Thorens have announced that they will open a week earlier than expected. For example, Tignes is already preparing 1300 meters of slopes available for skiing.
In Austria, the famous Kitzbühel resort opened two weeks earlier. Another ski town, Sölden, has 60 kilometers of vertical piste awaiting skiers.
In Switzerland, nine areas have already opened early, including Davos, Zermatt, and Verbier. Last week, almost one meter of snow fell in Italy's ski resorts, prompting tourist centers to open a week earlier.
It is emphasized that the heavy snowfall has been extremely favorable for European ski resorts grappling with climate warming. However, some ski centers at lower altitudes were forced to close due to a lack of snow.