The Italian Dolomites are seeing excellent early snowfall, with reports of up to 160cm of fresh powder in just seven days, which bodes well for resort openings in late November and early December.

Cortina d'Ampezzo is reporting 60cm of snow on its top slopes (2850m), 55cm on the mid-slopes (2200m), and 10cm in the village (1330m). The resort has seen 160cm of snow between Nov. 2 and 9. The Dolomiti Superski resorts of Cortina d'Ampezzo, San Vito di Cadore, Auronzo, and Misurina are all due to open Nov. 28, 2009 until April 11, 2010.

Val Gardena is reporting 50cm on its top slopes (2450m) and 40cm in the village (1236m). The resort recorded 120cm of fresh snow between Nov. 2 and 9 and is due to open Dec. 4, 2009.

Other resorts in the Italian Dolomites enjoying good early snowfall include Alagna Valsesia-Monterosa, Gressoney-La-Trinite-Monterosa Ski, and Valle Isarco/Eisacktal, all of which reported 70cm between Nov. 2 and 9.

Southwest of the Dolomites, the Cuneo Italian Alps is also seeing a healthy start to the winter season - the resort of Limone Piemonte has had 80cm over seven days and is now reporting 80cm on its top slopes (2085m) and 50cm in the village (1077m).

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