In Europe there are 13 areas to choose from on the glaciers where temperatures are hovering between -2 and +2C and the weather pretty settled, but more centres will open this weekend, including the first outside the Alps. As last week there are currently more indoor snow centres (around 55) open worldwide than normal outdoor slopes.
More northern hemisphere ski areas open than southern hemisphere for the first time in four months and with most of New Zealand's areas closing at the weekend.
Upper slopes at the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun remains open with a 57cm (two foot) base. 9km of runs are open on the Molltal glacier which has a 90cm (three foot) base. Solden has more terrain - 22.1km of runs - open, but the snow depth is 45cm (18 inches) , with another centimetre overnight. The Pitztal glacier has six lifts operating, Kaunertal three but the Tux glacier, open virtually year round, continues to have one of the biggest areas available, with 42km of runs and a near 600m vertical. The Stubai glacier near Innsbruck has a 60cm (two foot) base and nine runs open.