Ski resorts across Europe are reporting record snowfall for November. Heavy early dumps have led to resorts in Andorra, Switzerland, Austria, France, and Italy scrapping December opening dates and instead kicking off the season up to six weeks early.

Switzerland has led the way with partial openings in many of its big-name resorts from mid November, including Andermatt, Davos, Klosters, Flims and Laax, Engelberg, Zermatt, Verbier, Les Diablerets and Saas Fee.

Topping the European snowfall chart this week is Zermatt with a massive 400cm on the upper slopes. The resort is set to open its entire ski area (350 kilometres) this Saturday, Nov. 28 and conditions couldn't be better.

Marc Scheurer, marketing director for Zermatt Tourism, says: "This year we were lucky to get some good fresh snow in October and November and also regular investments by Zermatt Bergbahn AG in artificial snow systems improves the quality of the condition every year."

The French resorts of Val d'Isere, Tignes, and Les Deux Alpes will also open their doors Nov. 28 after up to 15cm of fresh snow this week.

Austria is a mixed picture with skiers on the Hintertuxer Glacier and Moelltaler Glacier enjoying 170cm of powder, while the resorts of Lech, Zuers, and St. Anton are still awaiting their first heavy snowfall and have been forced to cancel openings planned for Nov. 28. Similarly the Italian resorts of Courmayeur and Monterosa have also cancelled openings this Saturday.

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