There's also great skiing and boarding on offer this week at one of Austria's highest ski areas - in the country's southernmost province of Carinthia, known as the sunny side of the Alps. The Mölltal glacier has nine lifts and skiing up to 3,122m, with a great range of superbly-groomed pistes for every level of skier. Skiinfo.co.uk reports it currently has the deepest snow on the continent with 170cm (5.7 feet) lying.
Mölltal is near the lovely Carinthian ski village of Heiligenblut, which is open this weekend (Nov 28/29) and has fabulous skiing and boarding against the stunning backdrop of the Grossglockner, Austria's highest mountain at 3,798m.
Ischgl says it will open this weekend. "There are perfect snow conditions for our opening! All lifts will be open on November 27th." Andrea Gintsberger , Marketing Manager of the Paznaun - Ischgl Tourism association.
"With a valid ski pass there is free entrance to the Kate Perry concert this Saturday November 28th at 6pm. We expect about 20 000 guests to come that day!"
The annual Santa Claus World Championships are again taking place at Samnaun over the mountain in Switzerland.