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Some good skiing was on offer in Austria on the 24th of October 2016. With little snowfall over the last few days, we’re now looking at good piste skiing rather than the excellent conditions we’ve had recently. The weather was mostly cloudy but there were some hints of blue overhead in Kaprun and on the Dachstein.
The list of open resorts grows longer in France as Les Deux Alpes opened for autumn skiing over the weekend. Due to very strong winds, however, the resort was unable to operate ski lifts on Monday. Tignes was open, offering firm piste skiing. The weather wasn’t fantastic though, as strong winds and changing, cloudy skies were the order of the day.
It was a similar story for our featured Italian resorts. Both Passo Stevlio and Val Senales opened but conditions weren’t very inspiring with strong winds, flat light and heavy cloud.
Over the border in Switzerland, it was a cloudy day in Saas Fee and Zermatt, especially up on the glaciers. Some excellent skiing is on offer in this area though and the views, as ever, are sensational.
In the southern hemisphere skiing is now limited to just two resorts on New Zealand’s North Island. Turoa and Whakapapa are offering some classic spring conditions. Monday bought a mix of sun, cloud and rain to the area. Skiing conditions are still fun albeit a little wet.
Elsewhere, In North America there is no skiing at Timberline or Whistler. Both resorts have scheduled opening dates in November.
There is currently no skiing at any of our featured summer ski resorts in North America. Timberline in America, and Whistler in Canada are both scheduled to open in November.
All of our featured Australian ski resorts are now closed for skiing this season.
Austria snow reports
Monday the 24th of October 2016 was changeable day weather wise for Austrian glaciers, with most experiencing a cloudy day. On the slopes, conditions remain good. The highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the opening of the FIS world cup skiing season in Solden, where Alexis Pinturault claimed the points over rival Marcel Hirscher.
In the Tirol, the weather turned cloudy after a sunny weekend for most. Hintertux (75cm), Pitztal (78cm), Solden (95cm), Stubai (60cm) and Kaunertal (45cm) all had overcast skies on Monday. Hintertux had some of the most challenging conditions, where the top of the glacier experienced a total white out.
Around Salzburg, Kaprun had one of the best days of all with some relatively good weather and good piste skiing. Beware of soggy salopettes later this week, however, as rain could be closing in on Wednesday the 26th. Down south, it was a cloudy day in Molltal (140cm) but piste skiing was good. The Dachstein Glacier (40cm) offered some skiing on its limited pistes. The superpark remains closed, however, so freestly enthusiasts are best staying at home, or heading to the Tyrol.
France snow reports
Variable weather for our featured French resorts this Monday October 24th. Some excitement as Les Deux Alpes (50cm) was opened on the weekend. The resort was shut today, however, as winds blew a strong 80km/h from the South, preventing lifts from running. Tignes (25cm), slightly sheltered from the strong southern winds, opened with firm skiing conditions under changing skies. Miserable, wet and windy is the short term forecast for both resorts; however snow is likely above 3300 metres.
Italy snow reports
Not a great day weather wise on Monday 24th October. Cloudy with a mix of rain and snow for both Passo Stelvio (150cm) and Val Senales (50cm). On piste conditions are still good but strong winds (50km/h) and flat, light and heavy clouds above didn’t make for the most pleasant day on the mountain.
The short term forecast is for more uninspiring weather. A strong high pressure weather system is likely to move in over the Italian ski fields later this week, bringing prolonged clear dry conditions.
In New Zealand the only ski resorts that are still operating are Turoa (169cm) and Whakapapa (202cm). Both resorts are still offering some really fun spring skiing on the upper slopes. Weather conditions were variable on Monday 24th October. Mixed skies tending towards cloud and rain in the afternoon. Snow conditions could be summed up as soft and wet.
The short term forecast is for some unstable weather in the area bringing mostly rain to both resorts.
All of our featured South American ski resorts are now closed for skiing this season.
Switzerland snow reports
It was a decent day in the Swiss glaciers on the 24th of October 2016: mostly cloudy but with great piste skiing options.
Saas Fee (160cm) had a cloudy day with some intermittent blue skies. Unfortunately, rain could be on its way tomorrow so make the most of it if you are up on the mountain. Skiing is very good, 8 slopes and a fantastic snowpark should be enough to keep you busy.
Zermatt (50cm) also had a cloudy day. Visibility was particularly poor up in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise area. Overall some good autumn skiing was on offer - probably worth it for the views alone.