At Tignes this temporarily boosted the snow depth to 195cm (6.5 feet). Another Italian ski area, Cervinia reported 7cm (three inches) of new snow and just over the border Zermatt, which shares this world's only cross-border summer ski area, reported 5cm of new snow. It is currently reporting, marginally, the greatest snow depth in the world at present with 422cm (nearly 14 feet) of snow on the glacier; 12cm/four inches than Austria's Molltal glacier in second place.
Elsewhere in France, Val d'Isere closes for the summer ski season this Sunday, 26th July. Les 2 Alpes is reporting a snow depth of 50cm (20 inches) on the glacier with strong winds at present. Both it and Tgnes remain open for a another month, and even after that Tignes will re-open a few weeks in to September to begin its long 2009-10 season. A third choice for skiers in Italy is Passo Stelvio.Saas Fee, had to cancel the big Saas Fee Ride event planned for last weekend as precipitation made it too difficult for the terrain features to be created to a high enough standard to suit the pros. As the organisers conceded however, the resulting 10cm (four inches) of fresh powder led to a great conditions for recreational skiers and boarders.
Austria has four glaciers open for summer skiing and boarding still. Besides the afore-mentioned Molltal glacier, Hintertux has one of the largest ski areas currently available with 23km (15 miles) of runs, a 600m vertical, nine lifts open and 195cm (6.5 feet) of snow lying.
At the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier above Kaprun seven lifts are open and there's over 2.5m (8.5 feety of snow lying. The Dachstein Glacier also has a small ski area open.
Europe's fifth summer skiing nation, Norway, still has three glacier ski centres open, each operation one or two long drag lift. Folgefonn has the third deepest snow depth in the world at present with 4m (over 13 feet) of snow lying. Galhoppigen and Stryn are the other two choices.