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Please note that the snow overview is updated twice a week during the season. For more up to date information about the latest snow please visit the individual resort snow reports; which are updated daily.

North america

The summer ski season has ended at both Timberline in the USA and at Whistler in Canada.


The skiing conditions our featured and open European resorts were very good on Thursday 1st October. Visibility at Molltal in Austria was a little restricted due to dense clouds about the glacier. Elsewhere it was a little brighter.

Tignes, France is set to open to the first turns of their winter season up on the Grande Motte glacier this weekend.

Great spring riding was available on Thursday across the open Australian resorts. Conditions in New Zealand were weather affected, with strong winds impacting lift operations for many resorts. The best conditions were reported at Cardrona, Coronet Peak and Mount Olympus.

In South America there is still good skiing available and almost all of the resorts we report on in Argentina and Chile are still open. Only Nevados de Chillan in Chile has so far closed for the season.


Great riding was available on Thursday 1st October at the three open resorts in Australia we feature: Falls Creek (29/50cm), Perisher (110cm) and Thredbo (110m). Typical spring conditions dominated with hard packed snow for the first turns of the day which quickly softened as the sunny weather warmed things up.

The fine weather is forecast to remain over the weekend.


Austria snow reports

Great skiing was available across the three open Austrian resorts we feature. Hintertux (90cm) reports the deepest base depth on the glacier slopes but the cover at Molltal (60cm) and Stubai (40cm) is still very good. Visibility was better at Stubai and Hintertux on Thursday 1st October than at Molltal, where the dense clouds did make it a little more challenging.


France snow reports

Tignes is set to reopen for glacier skiing on 3rd October. Recent snowfall has helped the cover up on the Grande Motte glacier and the skiing stands to be good this weekend. Heavier cloud cover is expected over the weekend which brings a chance of further fresh snow up high and rain lower down around the village bases.


Italy snow reports

Summer skiing season in Cervinia has now ended, with the lifts set to reopen once again on October 18th to access the Plateau Rosa Glacier. Skiing is still possible at the small Passo Stelvio ski area and also as of Friday 25th September it is possible to ski on the glacier at Val Senales.

New zealand

There was good skiing and boarding available at the open New Zealand resorts on Thursday 1st October, although severe weather affected lift operations at some locations.

On the North Island lift operations were limited at Turoa (281cm) and Whakapapa (290cm) due to strong winds and poor visibility.

On the South Island Mount Dobson (70cm) and Porter Heights (80/140cm) were closed for the day due to strong winds.

Rainbow (60/100cm) was closed due to severe weather drastically reducing the visibility.

It was windy at Mount Hutt (125/165cm) too but the resort was able to open all four of their lifts

Cardrona (55/220cm) was in better shape with more lifts available and the clouds overhead brought a chance of fresh snowfall before the weekend. The clouds at Mount Olympus (40/107cm) did bring a chance of rain, but hopefully we will see some fresh snow land. Good skiing was provided though, with spring conditions softening through the day.

Coronet Peak (35/125cm) was in great shape too with seven out of a possible eight lifts operating and spring snow conditions across the resort.

South america

Clouds above the Argentinean resorts brought a chance of wet weather on Thursday 1st October. The bottom slopes at Cerro Catedral (0/170cm) and Chapelco (0/175cm) are not closed, but this is not too surprising as we are nearing the end of the ski season for them. Las Lenas (45/125cm) still has some snow cover lower down.

Great skiing was available on Thursday at the open Chilean resorts.

Portillo (144/188cm) was a stand-out resort, following over 10cm of new snow landing. The Three Valleys area, which includes El Colorado (60/140cm), La Parva (60/140cm) and Valle Nevado (50/280cm) was also in good shape, with spring riding conditions lower down and more consistent snow quality higher up.

Nevados de Chillan is now closed for the season.


Switzerland snow reports

The predominantly sunny weather at Saas Fee (90cm) and Zermatt (145cm) on Thursday 1st October provided some fantastic skiing for the start of October. Visibility was very good and the snow cover is great.

Clouds are expected to build into the weekend, with a chance of precipitation. Hopefully this will fall as snow on the glacier slopes.

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