September skiing in Europe

Despite the heat of the summer, there are still a number of ski areas around Europe which are open or plan to start skiing in September.

Some have, however, closed (such as Tignes in France) or delayed their opening (the Dachstein glacier in Austria, for example) until new snow at altitude allows a decent chance at preparing the runs.

Austria

Hintertux Glacier

Hintertux glacier
Hintertux glacier in the Austrian Tyrol

The Hintertux glacier ski area at the end of the Tux valley in the Tyrol offers year-round skiing. At the time of writing it has a maximum of 25cm of snow and 6 lifts open, with some of them only until early afternoon. Only one short run on the Gefrorene Wand is open at the start of the month but expect the skiable area to increase during the month as summer temperatures cool.
More information: www.hintertuxergletscher.at

Sölden Glaciers

The Rettenbach glacier above Sölden, Austria
The Rettenbach glacier above Sölden, Austria

The Rettenbach glacier above the Tyrolean ski resort of Sölden is scheduled to open at the middle or end of September and currently has 40cm snow depth. The opening ski races for the World Cup ski season are scheduled to go ahead on 22 and 23 October.
More information: www.soelden.com

Pitztal Glacier

Skiing on the Pitztal Glacier
Skiing on the Pitztal Glacier

The glacier ski area at the end of the Pitztal valley in the Tyrol is scheduled to open on 24 September for the autumn 2022 season.
More information: www.pitztal.com

Kaunertal Glacier

Kaunertal Glacier skiing
© Daniel Zangerl, Kaunertaler Gletscher

Late summer skiing on the Kaunertal Glacier in the Tyrol is scheduled to open near the end of the month on 24 September.
More information: www.kaunertaler-gletscher.at

Italy

Passo Stelvio

Skiing at the Passo Stelvio
www.bormio.eu

The Passo Stelvio (or the Stilfserjoch as the German-speakers in the area call it), a small summer-only ski area on the border between Lombardy and the South Tyrol, has suspended its summer skiing at the moment due to the high temperatures in northern Italy.
More information: www.passostelvio.eu

Switzerland

Zermatt

Summer Skiing in Zermatt
Photo courtesy of zermatt.ch | © Michael Portmann

The summer ski area on the Plateau Rosa above Zermatt has been temporarily closed because of the warm temperatures at high altitude. The ski lift employees are currently working to ensure that races scheduled for October can take place.
More information: www.matterhornparadise.ch

Saas Fee

Saas Fee Summer Skiing
Summer skiing above Saas Fee

The Mittelallin ski area above Saas Fee is another operation which has been forced to suspend the ski operations in the summer months because of the high temperatures.
More information: www.saas-fee.ch