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Early season resort opening dates

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Given an excellent start to the year, I've been doing some quick digging into which resorts open when around the alps...you know, just in case. So thought I'd share what I looked up in case it's helpful for others. Do feel free to add others if you know them.

Two obvious caveats - I wasn't trying to make this a complete list (that would take hours!)...it's only a handful of places, mostly focused on those I know tend to make an effort to open terrain up early (oh, and Chamonix... rolling eyes ). And the weather changes everything, so while resorts might say they're opening on X date, they may well change their mind and open earlier for a few weekends if they get good snow, or later if they're dry, so check before you travel (or don't, but don't blame me Laughing )

Cervinia
Open! Cervinia
23 November - Valtournenche

Chamonix
16 November onwards - Les Houches (partial, weekends), Grands Montets (partial weekends)
7 December - Balme (partial), Brevant (partial)
14 December - Aiguille du Midi

Verbier
9 November - Lac des Vaux (1 lift), weekends
December - daily opening

Val d'Isere
30 November - area opening
Tignes
19 October - "Autumn" opening

St Anton
29 November

Solden
Open! - Glacier & Giggijoch

Stubai
Open!

Nordkette
16 November - Winter opening

Andermatt
9 November - Gemstock weekend opening
7 December - Gemstock full opening
14 December - Oberalp full opening

Engelberg
16 November - Titlis open

Ischgl
28 November

Hintertux
Open!

Davos
21 November - Parsenn (Davos)
6 December - Jakobshorn
7 December - Parsenn (Klosters)

Lenzerheide/Arosa
26 October - Hornli
30 November - Arosa/Lenzerheide (partial)
21 December - Full opening

Grindelwald-Wengen
16 Novemeber - Kleine Scheidegg (weekends)
30 November - Kleine Scheidegg (full operation)
14 December - Murren

Arabba
23 November (full opening?)
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From the magic pass:

⭐️ New openings ⭐️

More MagicPass resorts open their lifts on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November ❄️

Starting this weekend, enjoy skiing in Anzère Ski Resort, Crans Montana Ski Resort, Grimentz Zinal, St-Luc Chandolin, and Vercorin. Glacier 3000 and Saas-Fee are already open every day.

⛷ Enjoy More than 100 km of ski tracks
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@Gämsbock, great news for all of us with Magicpasses. @Maireadoconnor, looking good already for your "skibattical". @Whitegold, such a shame they are too small and flat for you to enjoy. Mind you plenty of race training going on in Zinal for the last two weeks, must be the Swiss (not too fast, we prefer it flat) Skiing Team. Very Happy
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Kühtai and Axamer Lizum open this Saturday (23rd)

Obergurgl - open

Montafon - open at weekends
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Obertauern's open too.
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Gstaad had two lifts open last weekend and again this weekend.
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Hochfügen and Hochzillertal will be open this weekend (23rd, 24th Nov.) and then from next weekend (30th Nov.) through until the end of the season, normally a week or two after Easter.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Les Deux Alpes 30th November
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Tignes are opening the Toviere peak tomorrow (Sat 23rd). That's three more lifts and four more runs, in addition to the seven lifts and seven runs in the autumn skiing area (Grande Motte glacier).
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Zauchensee opened today, Reiteralm and Planai a week ago. Obertauern opened yesterday. Lots more opening next weekend.
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for quick reference: https://www.skiresort.info/snow-reports/europe/filter/open-ski-resorts
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
and that's numberwang! Madeye-Smiley
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 So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
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Solden appears to have had loads open today 22/31 possible lifts and 113km of 143km possible runs open!
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Andorra, Arcalis open now, Grandvalira Pas and Grau Roig on 23 November.
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
kitenski wrote:

Solden appears to have had loads open today

They seem to be one of the areas that tries quite hard to open up a reasonable amount of stuff early doors. Helps to have a glacier area of course!
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A dozen or so Spanish areas are open this weekend, and a handful opened last weekend. Pretty much all of them will be open by the end of the month. It's France which tends to drag its feet - although that's slowly changing in the Pyrenees, presumably due to the demand from across the border.
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Wildsmith wrote:
for quick reference: https://www.skiresort.info/snow-reports/europe/filter/open-ski-resorts

Thanks, that's really helpful, I hadn't come across that before! Although it would be even better if they showed when resorts are planning to open, which is normally what I want to know when I'm dreaming about snow in early November snowHead

And as always with automated sites, there's a bit of caveat emptor - yesterday it was showing Zermatt/Cervinia as closed, but Cervinia were actually (claiming they were) open (though Zermatt was definitely closed).
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Try these Bergfex links:

Austria:
https://www.bergfex.com/oesterreich/saisonstart/

France:
https://www.bergfex.com/frankreich/saisonstart/

Switzerland:
https://www.bergfex.com/schweiz/saisonstart/

Various other countries also linked on the right hand side of each page.
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� Already 12 MagicPass resorts open for you �

On weekends, enjoy skiing in:

Anzère Ski Resort
Crans Montana Ski Resort
Grimentz Zinal
Leukerbad - Loèche-les-Bains
Salvan-Les Marécottes
Ovronnaz
Télé Leysin Col Des Mosses La Lécherette
St-Luc Chandolin
Vercorin
Télé Villars-Gryon Diablerets (Villars area)

Do you want more? Then see you every day in:

Glacier 3000 (with the Glacier 3000 option of your MagicPass)
& Saas-Fee
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