7th May 2023
Most ski resorts in Europe are now shut but a few remain open & two have opened for summer skiing. More are open in North America & PlanetSKI is heading to the USA this week. NEW
This weekend sees a number of resorts close including Val Thorens, Val d’Isere and Tignes in France.
Conditions have been very good for the time of year.
Some say “exceptional”.
Several more resorts in Austria have also now closed including Soelden, Piztal and Moltaler.
Cervinia and Passo Tonales in Italy also called it a day at the weekend.
In Switzerland Engelberg and Glacier 3000 also shut.
Elsewhere conditions at the few open ski resorts remain good for the time of year, with a handful of glacier resorts in Austria continuing to offer some skiing and snowboarding.
Here is which are open, and their final closing dates:
Stubai – May 21st
Kaunertaler – May 21st
Kitzsteinhorn – May 29th
Hintertux – Year-round
The other alpine glacier resort open year-round is Zermatt in Switzerland.
Les2Alpes in France has re-opened it glacier area for summer skiing after the resort closed last month.
In Norway one resort has opened for its summer ski season, Fonna.
These past few weeks have seen some of the best late-season conditions in the Alps in recent years as we have been reporting:
PlanetSKI ended its European season in Verbier in Switzerland last month:
There remain a number of ski resorts open in North America after some huge snowfalls this past winter.
PlanetSKI is off to California this week to sample the late-season snow.
Blackcombe – May 22nd
Sunshine Village – May 21st
Solitude – May 21st
Winter Park – May 21st
Breckenridge – May 28th
Snowbird –May 29th
A-Basin – June 4th
Palisades Tahoe – Mid-Jun
Mammoth Mountain – July, maybe even August
PlanetSKI is visiting Palisades Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain in California this weekend so do look out for our reports.
Do check with the resorts for exact and up-to-date times as the situation can change quickly at this time of year.
There are of course the indoor snow centres and plastic slopes in the UK if you can’t wait until next winter.
The ski season usually starts in the southern hemisphere in Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina in June.
Snow has already started to fall in Australia and we have reported on it elsewhere on PlanetSKI.
Early season conditions are looking good but there is not confirmation yet of any opening dates.
We’ll keep you posted…