In Switzerland Europe's highest lifts are operational for the summer (The two T Bars up to 3899m in Zermatt don't usually run in winter) and there's still skiing and boarding at the top of the Diavolezza glacier near St Moritz.

In Italy the summit res and black run on the Presena glacier above Passo Tonale are still open, and they'll be joined by a second Italian glacier ski choice, Passo Stelvio which opens for its annual summer ski season on the 29th.

But Austria continues to have the most choice of glacier ski slopes open and will add another option with the re-opening of the Dachstein Glacier on Saturday, taking the current tally to five. It is reporting a 2.9m (near 10 foot) base and has revamped the Horsefeathers Superpark for the occasion with the addition to a new 3-boxes-line so users will be able to slide down as many as four rails in a line, which should make all the down rail and double kinked - lovers happy. On top of the two renowned rails, an 11-meter down rail and a 14 meter double kinked rail, two new additions are already under construction at the park.

Dachstein joins the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun, the near-year-round open Tux glacier at the Stubai glacier near Innsbruck which all remain open.

The Kaunertal glacier is also open and has up to 1.45m (five feet) of snow on it. National teams from Austria, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Lichtenstein and even Brazil have been training there in recent weeks.