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SEPTEMBER SNOW IS BACK! - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Sunday September 10, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

It's been snowing at some of the glacier resorts in Austria & Switzerland. One resort even hopes to open this weekend. Winter is on its way folks! UPDATED

It has been another few days of snow at altitude in some parts of the Alps.

It is good news for the glacier resorts that have had a poor summer.

This is the webcam view of the Mölltal glacier in Austria on Wednesday afternoon:

Mölltal glacier, 13th SeptemberMölltal glacier, 13th September

And this is how it looked a few weeks ago when conditions forced it to close for summer skiing:

Mölltal glacier, 25th AugustMölltal glacier, 25th August

Hintertux in the Austrian Tirol is open and this is what it currently looks like after the fresh fall.

Hintertux, AustriaHintertux, Austria

Hintertux, AustriaHintertux, Austria


Hintertux, AustriaHintertux, Austria

Hintertux, AustriaHintertux, Austria

Hintertux, AustriaHintertux, Austria

Another video of the snow comes from Engleberg in Switzerland.

Here is the scene in Soelden in the Tirol in Austria.  

Soelden, TirolSoelden, Tirol

Soelden, TirolSoelden, Tirol

The resort plans to open next month and has the first alpine World Cup race of the season towards the end of October. 

Pitztal has already said it will open later this month if conditions allow.

The date is next weekend, September 16th, and plans are in place. 

"In a few days it starts again - start in the season is as planned on Saturday, 16. September 2017. It looks really wintry out on the roof of the Tirol," said a statement from the resort.   

It is currently looking rather good.

The images below were taken on Friday, September 8th before the latest snow arrived.

Pitztal glacier, TirolPitztal glacier, Tirol

Pitztal glacier, TirolPitztal glacier, Tirol


And this weekend it has been snowing in Stubai too.  

Stubai, TirolStubai, Tirol

Here at PlanetSKI we are planning our usual start to the season in Austria in the next month or so.  

Possibly in the next couple of weeks if conditions allow.  

So, what is it like skiing at this time of year?   

See here for our past reports on autumn glacier skiing in the Tirol:
"Now the schools are back and people are planning their forthcoming ski holiday, Its lovely to see the snow falling on some of our early season resorts.......and when we mean early season, we mean September and October," said Katie Waddington from Zenith Holidays. The operator offers autumn ski holidays to the glacier resorts in the Tirol.

"These glacial resorts are set fair for openings later this month and are well worth a visit. If the October half term is your ideal, you will need to move quickly as many of our popular options are already full for the October half term holiday," she added.

Here at PlanetSKI we have reports of snow falling in other parts of the Alps and in the Pyrenees too. 

And the first snow has fallen in the USA with more in the forecast.

The peaks have turned white around Crested Butte in Colorado.  

Crested Butte, ColoradoCrested Butte, Colorado


"It caught a lot of people by surprise," said Zach Pickett from Crested Butte Mountain  Resort.  

The resorts in Colorado have seen dustings on the peaks and snow is forecast in Idaho and Wyoming later in the week. 

We will bring you an update shortly. 

Regular readers will know that almost 50cm fell last weekend in the Alps. 
Though most of it has of course already melted.  

And snow that falls in September has little if any bearing on the coming winter, but it is always great to see and reminds us that winter is on its way.  

Bring it on! 

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