Ski Resort Opening Dates For 2012/13

November 28, 2012

With several ski resorts now open in Europe and resorts in the US and Canada seeing plenty of the white stuff, we thought it was a good idea to give you a run down on the opening dates for some of the main ski resorts. The snow has arrived across a lot of Europe so conditions are improving all the time and there is plenty of high altitude skiing already open.

In France, both Tignes and Val Thorens are already open and the following dates have been announced for other ski resorts in France;

  • Tignes - open
  • Val Thorens – open
  • Montgenevre - open
  • 1st Dec - Val d'Isere, Les Deux Alpes
  • 6th Dec - Alpe d'Huez
  • 8th Dec - Courchevel, Meribel, Les Menuires
  • 15th Dec - Les Arcs, La Plagne, St. Martin de Belleville, La Rosiere, Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Flaine

Across the Alps in Austria, the Hintertux glacier near Mayrhofen is already open for skiing as is the glacier in Oburgurgl. Other opening dates include;

  • Obergurgl –open
  • Solden – open
  • Hintertux – open
  • Kaprun - open
  • Ischgl - open
  • Zell am See - open
  • 29th Nov - Lech, Zurs
  • 30th Nov - St. Anton, Saalbach, Hinterglemm
  • 15th Dec - Mayrhofen

Switzerland had a big dump of snow in November which has topped up its glaciers and several Swiss ski resorts are already open for the 2012-13 season.

  • Zermatt – open
  • Saas Fee – open
  • St. Moritz - open
  • Davos – open
  • Klosters - open
  • Crans Montana – open
  • 1st Dec - Verbier, Laax

In Italy Cortina and Cervinia have several runs already open.

In Canada Lake Louise and Whistler are open with over a meter of fresh snow in the last week.

In Colorado both Aspen and Breckenridge have some runs already operating and are expecting to open more this week. Other opening dates for US ski resort include;

  • Aspen – open
  • Breckenridge – open
  • Snowmass - open
  • Steamboat - open
  • Vail – open
  • Tahoe, Heavenly – open
  • 8th Dec - Aspen Highlands
  • 13th Dec - Powderhorn
  • 15th Dec - Buttmilk

So for those early bird skiers and snow boarders there is certainly plenty of ski resorts to choose for your early season ski holiday. With more snow forecast across the Alps this week things are starting very nicely for this years’ ski season. Get you bindings checked and skis waxed because soon it will be time to hit the slopes again.

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