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Resort Openings For 2012/13

Resort Openings For 2012/13

With the snow arriving in full force and several glaciers already opening their slopes for some early season skiing, most major resorts have finally announced their opening dates for the season.

Starting with France, as that's where most of us plucky Brits go skiing, and Tignes is already open — with the Grand Motte boasting great snow coverage for this time of year. Val Thorens is due to open 24th November and Les Deux Alpes on 1st December, both offering some early season glacier skiing.

  • Now Open: Tignes
  • 24th Nov: Val Thorens
  • 1st Dec: Val d'Isere, Les Deux Alpes
  • 6th Dec: Alpe d'Huez
  • 8th Dec: Courchevel, Meribel, Les Menuires
  • 15th Dec: Les Arcs, La Plagne, La Rosiere, St. Martin, Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Flaine

Heading to Austria, and some of the glaciers are already up-and-running, most notably the Hintertux glacier — just up the road from Mayrhofen — and the Obergurgl Glacier.

  • Now Open: Obergurgl, Solden, Hintertux, Kaprun
  • 23rd Nov: Ischgl
  • 24th Nov: Zell am See
  • 29th Nov: Lech, Zurs
  • 30th Nov: St. Anton, Saalbach, Hinterglemm
  • 15th Dec: Mayrhofen

Switzerland has been enjoying some early November snow and with year-round skiing up on the Matterhorn above Zermatt, it makes sense to look at the Swiss opening times next.

  • Now Open: Zermatt, Saas Fee, St. Moritz
  • 16th Nov: Davos, Klosters,
  • 17th Nov: Crans Montana
  • 1st Dec: Flims Laax, Verbier

We are still waiting on a few resorts to confirm their opening dates, though we expect the vast majority to be up and running from 15th December. So much snow has already fallen, many resorts are opening early, with St. Moritz opening today out of the blue!

The winter is approaching rapidly and, well, I can't wait!

The Snowman


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