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The first dustings have been falling, the seasons are changing with some resorts opening up their glacier ski areas. PlanetSKI reports. NEW & UPDATED


It's been a mild fortnight across the Alps, and the mountains seem to be experiencing a second wind of summer.

Ruka in Finland, however, opened up Europe's non glacier skinig.

And the Pyrenees are looking winter ready:

Snow in the PyreneesPic du Midi, Pyrenees

Piau, Engaly in the French PyreneesPiau, Engaly in the French Pyrenees

Snow in the PyreneesGrand Tourmalet

And Pal Arinsal in Andorra is winter ready:

It's also looking wintry in the Spanish Pyrenees in Baqueira Beret.

Soon skiing will be upon us here...

Baqueira BeretBaqueira Beret

Back in the Alps, it's warmer weather and bad news for some;

Due to warm tempertures and a lack of snow, Les2Alpes has unfortunately had to postpone its glacier opening for the second year running.

Read more here:
Some intensive snowfarming in Kitzbuhel, Austria has meant the resort managed to open for skiing on the weekend:


This week saw some fresh snow at altitude across many parts of the Alps.

It isn't much - but it's a start and illustrates that the seasons are changing.

Winter is on its way folks.

While skiing is in session on glacier resorts in Europe, we have to show the incredible autumn colours of the Tirol right now:

Last week's snow hit:

Verbier, SwitzerlandVerbier, Switzerland

One area that has seen some of the most snowfall is the Tirol in Austria.

Already the glaciers at Pitztal, Kaunertal, Soelden and Hintertux are open for skiing so the snow has come right on time.

Stubai opened up this weekend, on Saturday, the 6th of October.

And here is what it currently looks like:

Stubai, Tirol, AustriaStubai, Tirol, Austria

Hintertux, Tirol, AustriaHintertux, Tirol, Austria

Stubai,Tirol, AustriaStubai,Tirol, Austria

Otztal glacier, Tirol, AustriaOtztal glacier, Tirol, Austria

In Switzerland Zermatt remains open and there is skiing to be had at Saas-Fee.

There is also skiing from Cervinia in Italy.

The Italian glacier resort of Val Senales is also open with 2 lifts on offer.

Passo Stelvio is also open for autumn skiing.

The tour operators have a raft of early season offers, with some decent savings, if the snow makes you want to book early.
And here at PlanetSKI we are already making plans.

We will be in Val Thorens at the end of November for its opening weekend.

Opening Time - Val Thorens, FranceOpening Time - Val Thorens, France

And likely in the Tirol in November too.


First to make a few early season turns in the glacier areas as we often do.

But we are also flat hunting.

Our editor, James Cove, is going to be based in Innsbruck for 3-months or so this winter and needs somewhere to live.

Once he comes back from Australia that is towards the end of the month.
It is going to be a quick turn around for JamesWink

The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz

And in early December we're off on another of our annual pre-Xmas Norwegian roads trips.

See here for our adventures from last season:
There is already plenty of snow in Myrkdalen where we hope to be passing through.

Locals are saying there is the most snow in October that they can remember and some are already out on their skis.

Myrkdalen, NorwayMyrkdalen, Norway

Meanwhile it's looking good elsewhere in the Alps.

And if you want to gorge on snow scenes (we do) then check out the images and videos that we've been posting over the past few days:

La RosiereLa Rosiere, France

La Rosiere 2nd OctoberLa Rosiere, France, 2nd October

Val ThorensVal Thorens, France

Lech ZursLech Zurs, Austria

Nendaz, Switzerland 2nd OctoberNendaz, Switzerland, 2nd October

Autumn delight in Italy's La ThuileAutumn delight in Italy's La Thuile - end of September

First snow on the Aiguilles de ChamonixFirst snow on the Aiguilles de Chamonix

Val Gardena, DolomitesVal Gardena, Dolomites

Val Thorens in France is the highest resort in the Alps and opens at the end of November.

The first snow has fallen and, as always, the resort doesn't miss a trick over on social media and has posted video and images of the snow:

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

It has been falling over in La Plagne too:

"winter is coming! ❄️ snowflakes come to sprinkle our summits 😍" says a Facebook post from our friends over at La Plagne.

La Plagne, FranceLa Plagne, France










And in Val d'Isere?

Some of the high mountain passes were closed with the stormy weather approaching.

Val d'Isere, FranceVal d'Isere, France
















And here's why:

On Monday as the months changed we were sent some pictures from Switzerland.

From our home resort of Verbier.

The first dustings have appeared up on the ski slopes - a sure sign that the seasons are changing.

Verbier, SwitzerlandVerbier, Switzerland











And from Murren over in Central Switzerland from Murrenlover:

Murren, SwitzerlandMurren, Switzerland

Meanwhile, the Alps have been alive with the sounds of cow bells and in the USA the cannons have been switch on in Colorado as we reported earlier:
So, what does it all mean for the approaching ski season of 2018/19?

Absolutely nothing as it will all melt and has no long-term relevance.

However it is a sign that winter is on its way.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this article with the latest snowfall in the Alps so do check back for more...

And keep those snow dances coming...

Meanwhile over in Canada they've just got 30cm at Sunshine Village:

And at Lake Louise:

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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