Glacier Ski Areas in Austria Are Opening


Hintertux and Soelden already have slopes open and others are making final preparations after the temperatures have dropped and fresh snow has arrived. The winter of 2022/23 is around the corner. NEW

Hintertux is the only glacier resort in the Alps that has managed to remain open to the general public across the summer.

It was touch and go several times, but things are now improving.

It has 10 lifts running with a claimed snow depth of 25cm.

Professional skiers and keen locals are now out on its slopes.

A snowpark has also opened.

Soelden, is due to hold World Cup racing next month, and it has also managed to open some slopes up on its glacier area.

Elsewhere in the Tirol Kaunertal has just announced it is set to open its slopes on October 1st.

It has been a long hot summer across the peaks of the Alps and the high temperatures have had a devastating impact on the glaciers.

Locals say it has been far and away the worst summer for the glaciers in recent years.

But now, finally, things are changing.

“Today we are happy about the first snowflakes after a hot summer. We will start back at glacier as soon as we can resume skiing,” said the Molltaller glacier.

It plans to open shortly but no firm date has been given.Autumn skiing and snowboarding will also soon be available further east at Kitzsteinhorn.

Preparations are underway in Pitztal too.

It opens on October 1st.

There has already been some fresh snow on the peaks on the Alps as we reported in this earlier article on PlanetSKI:

Here at PlanetSKI we are hoping to visit the glacier resorts in the Tirol next month to start our winter season.

We are keeping a close eye on conditions and will be updating this article with all the latest news and weather forecasts.

Checkout our updated and live Snow Report at the bottom of the PlanetSKI home page.

Here is what it currently looks like:

Zermatt in Switzerland closed at the end of July but we are pleased to report it has now re-opened some slopes on its glacier ski area.

Cervinia in Italy gives access to the same glacier slopes and it is due to open shortly.

The Italian glacier area of Passo Stelvio is currently open.

We await to hear when Les2Alpes and Tignes in France will open this autumn.

Both were forced to close their summer skiing early due to deteriorating conditions.

But now there is some optimism in the alpine air as the ski season prepares to get underway.

We can’t wait to get back on the slopes.

Soelden, Tirol, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Soelden, Tirol, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

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