Over the weekend, Europe saw the highest number of ski resort openings yet this season.
The snowstorm that rolled across Europe at the beginning of last week dumped up to 110cm of snow in 24 hours. After initially bringing some resorts to a standstill, with closed roads and the threat of avalanches, a couple of days later the snow had settled to offer ideal opening conditions.
The fresh snow was particularly welcomed in the resorts of Arosa, St. Anton, Lech-Zuers, and Grandvalira, all of which had been forced to postpone openings due to lack of snow. Arosa and St. Anton were able to open Thursday, Dec. 3 and Grandvalira and Lech-Zuers Friday, Dec. 4.
Other resort openings over the weekend included the French giants, Meribel and Courchevel; the Austrian Ski Welt resorts of Söll, Ellmau, Westendorf, and Fiss/Serfaus; Switzerland's Andermatt and Jungfrau resorts of Murren, Grindelwald, and Wengen; the Andorran Vallnord ski area; the Italian Milky Way resorts of Sestriere, Bardonecchia, Claviere, and Sauze d'Oulx; the Italian Dolomite resorts of Civetta, San Pellegrino, Valle Isarco, Alta Pusteria, Marmolada, Selva Gardena, Val Gardena, and Alta Badia; and the Italian Lombardy resorts of Livigno and Passo Tonale.
More snow is expected this week, particularly in Italy and Austria. Stay up to date with the latest conditions at OnTheSnow.