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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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