Austria once again has the greatest choice of snow slopes, now back up to six for the first time since the spring with the Stubai glacier opening a month earlier than originally planned, Solden's glacier opening two weeks later than planned and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun, which had closed due to lack of snow on the glacier in August, reopening. They join Tux and the recently re-opened Pitztal glaciers.
Solden has only 3.1km (2miles) of piste open and three glacier lifts, with quite a thin covering of snow on the glacier pistes, but fresh snow has fallen giving a few centimetres of powder on top, so no one lucky enough to be there is complaining. The lifts are open from 9am to 1pm and reached by a bus service from the village.
Elsewhere in Europe Tignes in France will re-open this Saturday, September 26th for its long season through to next May, 2010. Saas Fee and Zermatt are both still open with around 90cm (three feet) of snow each. In Italy the choice is between Passo Stelvio and Val Senales, due to be joined shortly by Cervinia, opening weekends, through most of October before full opening in November.