16 inches (40 cm) of fresh snow fell overnight on September 6 to the surprise and delight of ski fans, who are waiting nervously for the 07-08 winter to begin. The SkiWelt is one of Europe's lowest major ski areas and had some of the most challenging conditions at the start of last season. However it also has a formidable arsenal of snowmaking guns, the country's largest, covering more than 100 miles of the 156 miles of runs.