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Up to half a metre has fallen in parts of Austria. Several resorts have opened though warmer weather is on the way. UPDATED




The latest images of the snow come from Hintertux in the Tirol in Austria.

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And the latest video comes from Soelden.

And the snow has been seen on the peaks around Innsbruck this week.

The image below was taken on Thursday morning by one of our readers:

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"This has been one of the snowiest Septembers in the Alps for quite some time, but we must reiterate that it does not, unfortunately, have any bearing as to what might happen come the main season," says our resident alpine snow expert, Fraser Wilkin. He runs the website

"Temperatures will rise later this week, leading to a rapid thaw of any low-lying snow.  For now though it is great news for the glaciers, more and more of which are opening or due to open in the next few weeks. "

As well as Hintertux, Molltal, Soelden, Pitztal and Stubai are open.

OK, it is only on the glacier slopes.

OK, they usually open in the autumn.

OK, there is not much to ski on.

But the middle of September is early and the crowds were out last Saturday and Sunday for their first turns of the approaching season of 2017/18.

At the weekend the resorts saw a further 20cm of fresh snow and the skiing is continuing this week.

The video below was shot on Tuesday morning in Stubai.

They are the first resorts in the Alps to open, although some glacier ski areas have been open across the summer months.

The weather was cloudy with light snow at the weekend.

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If you fancy making some early season turns then see our feature on where to ski ahead of the main season:

Poor visibility didn't stop the enjoyment.

The West German Ski Association posted this photo on Facebook of one of its support team, Katrin, enjoying the arrival of winter in Stubai:

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By early Monday morning the cloudy weather had vanished and this was how it was looking:


And this is the sort of weather report that brightens up our Monday morning:

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"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 Tirol," said a statement from Pitztal earlier last week.

And on Friday it was confirmed.

"Good morning from the roof of tirol ☀️🎿 Tomorrow begins the skiing on the pitztal glacier! Who is also looking forward to the season 17/18 as we are?" the resort said on Facebook.

And here's the view at the top.

Stubai  followed suit and announced it too was opening. 


"Good morning from the Stubai glacier. The anticipation is the most beautiful joy. Tomorrow 16.9 we start skiing," it said on Facebook on Friday.

It follows fresh snow last weekend and some the week before too.

The only other glacier area open in Austria is Hintertux which also has some of the recent snow.

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The other glacier resorts in the Tirol should be opening soon and PlanetSKI is planning to be there next month.

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

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And though Kuhtai is is not opening anytime soon this is what it currently looks like.

Meanwhile here is the snowy scene from our home resort of Verbier in Switzerland.

"Great to see the snow up at Attelas already! Can't wait for 4th November lifts opening in Verbier," said Warren Smith from the Warren Smith Ski Academy.

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And there are other signs across the Alps that winter is on its way.

The cows are coming down from the high alpine meadows.

Here's the first video we've come across of the cows returning from pastures in Wengen, Switzerland (19th September).

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In Klosters in Switzerland this Saturday the road from Bündelti will be closed.

And in Austria too.

Every year in Tirol some 180,000 horses, sheep, steers and goats spend their summer on more than 2,600 lush alpine pastures.

And at the end of summer they all have to come down to shelter for the Winter.

On this occasion cows are lushly decorated with flowers and garlands as well as bells.

If you're in the Tirol Return of the Cattle celebrations are taking place across the moutains- More information here

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And there is some snow coming down in France too.

Here's Flaine on Tuesday morning (19th September).

The Monday morning trek through the snow to school in Avoriaz... but its only 18th September 2017!

Here's Val d'Isere:

And there's been a light dusting of snow in the Pyrenees too.

Here's what it looked like in Andorra on Friday 15th September.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this report on news of further snow around the mountains..... do check back!

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