Throughout Europe the warm August has taken its toll on the snow depths on the continent's open glacier ski areas, and Austria has dropped from four areas open to two in the past week with the Dachstein (near Schladming) and Kitzsteinhorn (above Kaprun) glaciers now closed until fresh snow arrives. The Molltal and Tux glaciers remain open however, with sunny weather predicted for at least the rest of the week.

At Tux, the glacier is holding steady with 165cm (5.5 feet) of snow, but the amount of runs open has been cut by more than a third to 15km (nine miles) with nine lifts running. Skiing at Molltal is also limited, down to 3km (about two miles) with a 170cm (5.6 feet) base, and temperatures on the glacier reported to be hitting a seriously melting 8 Celcius.

In Switzerland the neighbouring high-altitude, car free, resorts of Saas Fee and Zermatt are both open with about a metre of snow (over three feet) on each of their glaciers.

Saas Fee has the smaller area open, with just three runs to choose from, but the resort's summer terrain park and half pipe are still open.

In Italy there are still three ski areas to choose from, which thanks to the two closures in Austria, means the country now has more ski areas open than any other in the northertn hemisphere. The choices are Cervinia - which has six ski slopes shared with Zermatt, Val Senales and Passo Stelvio.

In Scandinavia, two ski areas are still open in Norway. Folgefonn is reporting a metre (just over three feet) of snow. Both it and Galdhoppigen, Norway and Northern Europe's highest mountain at 2,469m, have a single drag lift operating.