September skiing in Europe

Despite the heat of this summer, there are still a number of ski areas around Europe which are open or plan to start skiing in September 2021.

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 90cm of snow and 11 lifts open, with some of them only until early afternoon. 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 opened on 10 September and currently has 55cm snow depth and three lifts open. The opening ski races for the World Cup ski season are scheduled to go ahead on 23 and 24 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 opened on 18 September for the autumn 2021 season and currently has one cable car open for skiing and 15cm of snow depth.
More information: www.pitztal.com

Kaunertal Glacier

Kaunertal Glacier skiing
© Daniel Zangerl, Kaunertaler Gletscher

Late summer skiing on the Kaunertal Glacier in the Tyrol will open near the end of the month on 25 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, is open through the month of September and into October.
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 offers seven high-altitude runs at the time of writing with a depth of 150cm of snow. The skiing on the Swiss side is also available to visitors from the Italian ski resort of Cervinia.
More information: www.matterhornparadise.ch

Saas Fee

Saas Fee Summer Skiing
Summer skiing above Saas Fee

Four runs, with the longest weighing in at around five kilometres, are currently open in the Mittelallin ski area above Saas Fee.
More information: www.saas-fee.ch