With the re-opening of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun, Austria has by far the widest choice of ski areas open in the northern hemisphere with seven centres to choose from. The Stubai (60cm), Solden (61cm), Kaurnertal (55cm) Molltal (90cm) and Pitztal (33cm) are also all open, only the Dachstein remains closed. Hintertux, which is open virtually all year, has a 1.1m base but has expanded the amount of open terrain to 39km over a 600m plus vertical so is offering one of the largest snow areas open anywhere at present.
France is also now back in to the ski and board market with the re-opening of Tignes glacier (50cm) last weekend.
In Switzerland, The Titlis glacier above Engelberg plans to open its slopes on Saturday (Oct 2nd) due to a snow cover of up to 70cm, this means they will open two weeks earlier than last year.
"This is the earliest opening date possible", said Peter Reinle of Titlis Rotair, who believes that opening the slopes in September wouldn't make sense as the snow might melt again and most people don't think of skiing then. But, "From now on there's a big chance the snow will stay", Reinle said.
It will join already (and almost always) open Sass Fee and Zermatt, both with more than a metre of snow.
In Italy Val Senales and Passo Stelvio remain open, the former with over a metre of snow and 30cm of that fresh from last weekend.
Elsewhere in Europe Ruka in Finnish Lapland has revised its initial plan to open this Friday, October 1st and is now aiming for a fortnight later on October 15th.