We just can’t stop smiling over here at the Ski.com offices. The good news just keeping pouring in. There’s even more early season snowfall and resort openings, but this time it’s across the pond. Our neighbors in Europe have also been experiencing heavy autumn snow storms.
Higher Alpine ski areas such as Verbier, Zermatt, Val Thorens, Gstaad, Courchevel, Saas Fee and Tignes are among the European resorts that have been blessed with snow recently. France‘s Tignes and Val Thorens and Switzerland’s Verbier have already opened earlier than scheduled—namely for weekend skiing. Over the last couple of weeks several snow storms have graced much of the Alps, dropping snow as far south as Andorra‘s Pyrenees mountains. Andorra ski resort reported 60 centimeters (11 inches) from a storm that hit the region last week. But, it was the ski areas situated at elevations over 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) that did best. Val Thorens reported 110 centimeters (74 inches) at 3,200 meters (10,500 feet), although they have to update their snow report feed. Zermatt‘s Matterhorn ski paradise is reporting a 170-centimeter base (about 67 inches), and received an additional 10 inches over the weekend. Boasting an impressive 87-inch summit base, Switzerland‘s Gstaad 3000 Pillon, which is scheduled to open tomorrow, Tuesday, November 26, has seen a tirade of snow storms throughout the last month. But it’s Switzerland’s Saas Fee that’s made out the best, so far. With one of Europe’s highest elevations, at 3,600 meters, the resort has a staggering 116-inch summit base and nearly 27 of its 62 miles of skiing are already open.
France’s Alpe d’Huez and Courchevel opened just for the weekend this past Saturday, November 23 and are expected to resume normal hours next week. Alpe d’Huez has a 170-centimeter (67-inch) summit base, while Courchevel has accumulated 105 centimeters (41 inches). Additionally, Switzerland’s Engelberg-Titlis, which is open for the season, has 58-inch summit base and received nearly six inches of fresh snow over the weekend. St. Moritz received 10 inches over the weekend, and the resort’s Corvatsch and Corviglia ski areas now haveseven lifts open. Crans Montana also opened over with weekend.
For more snow information and resort statistics in Europe and at our 100 resorts worldwide, be sure to tune into our Snow Reports page.
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