France is down to two centres open following Val d'isere's glacier closure at the end of its brief summer ski season at the weekend. Tignes reports a 180cm (six foot) snow base while Les 2 Alpes says they have 50cm (120 inches) lying, both say the weather is sunny with gentle winds at present. Temperatures on the glaciers are a few degrees above zero so conditions will be best mid-morning and getting sticky by lunch time.
In Italy five lifts and five runs are open at Val Senales, with the ski area open to 1pm. At Passo Stelvio the glacier is open from 8am to 4:30pm with a break between 1 and 2pm although both access gondolas operate from 8am to 5pm without a break. A third choice is Cervinia which has a 1.2m (four foot base) and is operating its Rosa terrain park.
Austria offers more glacier ski areas than any other country in the northern hemisphere with four choices including the Tux glacier near Mayrhofen, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun, the Molltal glacier above Flattach and Mallnitz and the Dachstein glacier near Kaprun.
Temperatures have been warm on some of the glacier slopes at 5-10 degrees with rain falling in places. The Kitzsteinhorn reports a 233cm (7.5 feet) base and is gearing up to stage a mountain bike race on the glacier, the Snowclimb, on August 8th.
Two of Norway's three small summer ski centres remain open after the thirtd, Stryn, closed at the weekend. Folgefonn has the greatest snow depth with 3 metres (10 feet), but the summer ski runs Galdhoppigen are also well covered with at least a metre (3 feet) of the white stuff.