As the nights draw in, thoughts are turning to fresh snow and blue bird days on the mountains…
I’m sure you are already thinking about where your next ski trip will be, but in which ski resorts is the snow forecast? We’ve put together a list of ski resorts across the world that are open or are opening very soon…
AUSTRIA – SNOW FORECAST
Austria is one of the most famous and most popular skiing destinations in the world. The amount of ski resorts is vast and because of this, there is something to suit everyone.
Obergurgl is due to open this weekend and Kitzbuhel has already opened some of its high altitude runs, with snow forecast looking positive. Consider recommending Glacier ski areas, both Hintertux and Solden ski resorts now have more than 30km of runs open, the most in Europe!
Transfers from Innsbruck Airport to Austrian resorts all take less than 2 hours!
SWITZERLAND – SNOW FORECAST
Switzerland has an extensive history in Alpine sports, being one of the pioneer countries in the sport of skiing.
Verbier announced it is opening its Lac Des Vaux slope and will continue to open more as due to good snow forecast, until the main season starts on December 3rd. Sass Fee, which has reported the best snow depth in the world and Zermatt, has over 15 miles of runs available.
Transfers from Geneva Airport to these Switzerland Resorts take between 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes.
FRANCE – SNOW FORECAST
France is one of the most popular destinations for a skiing holiday in the world, and rightly so. The range of destinations on offer caters for every standard, every type of skier there could possibly be, and every winter budget. Val Thorens delayed its opening date but with good snow cover on the tops, they have a revised opening date of November 26th which is the same as Tignes. Val d’Isere have announced its season start will be December 3rd with snowfall down to about 1500 metres.
Transfers from Geneva Airport to these French Resorts take between 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours.
ITALY – SNOW FORECAST
There are three large, linked ski areas in Italy, so it is easy to get some serious amounts of skiing packed into your ski holiday. First of those ski areas is the Dolomiti Superski, which covers 1200km of pistes. Next up is the Milky Way ski area, the 400km of pistes connect multiple resorts. Finally, the Monta Rosa ski area. This ski area is often touted as one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. There are extensive off-piste runs to explore, as well as 180km of pistes. A few resorts have opened, Cervinia has had fresh snowfall and Val Senales is open with 4 miles of high-altitude terrain available.
Turin Airport to Cervinia transfer time is approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Geneva Airport to Cervinia transfer time is approx. 3 hours
USA/CANADA – SNOW FORECAST
It’s great news for the North American ski slopes with a number of ski areas announcing early open dates due to good snowfall.
Vail calls itself ‘North America’s favourite ski resort’. That’s a grand, subjective statement we can’t confirm, but there is one thing we do know for sure: it’s America’s biggest ski resort. Vail’s got over 5,289 ski-able acres and 7 legendary back bowls spanning 7 miles. Free buses and heated walkways connect its four distinct base areas. Breckenridge is an American ski resort giving you access to 155 individual pistes and 32 ski lifts. Although the proportion of black runs available vs blue & green runs might appear intimidating to less experienced skiers, Breckenridge is actually an excellent resort for all levels of ability.
Denver Airport to Vail transfer time is approx. 2 hours 15 minutes
Eagle Airport to Vail transfer time is approx. 1 hour
Denver Airport to Breckenridge transfer time is approx. 2 hours
Eagle Airport to Breckenridge transfer time is approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
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