It’s snowing in the Alps

20th September 2012, by Abi Butcher

The Alps have been hit by more snow for the third week running — in time for more glaciers to open this weekend. 

Austria and Switzerland both reported fresh snowfall last night, with temperatures dropping to -10c on the Hintertux glacier.

“We’ve already had quite a bit of snow — in September!” said Caroline Moser from Switzerland Tourism.

Saas Fee and Zermatt, which are currently the only resorts open for skiing, have 110cm and 80cm of snow on the upper runs respectively.

“Saas Fee has 25 of 100km length of slopes open, and Zermatt 18 of 300km length of slopes open,” added Caroline.

In Austria, Hintertux is the only glacier open at present — and is reporting 65cm of snow on the upper slopes.

The Stubai Glacier now has 20cm of snow, and is due to open for the season on Saturday (22 September).  And in France, Tignes is preparing to open the Grande Motte Glacier for the 2013 season on 29 September.

Other resorts in Italy, France and Switzerland will be opening in October — Where to Ski and Snowboard will give you more updates on snow coverage and what is opening when nearer the time.

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