Snowfall Returns to the Alps

It’s snowing again in the Alps as more ski areas open or prepare to open for the 2018-19 season.

Austrian resorts are seeing the most accumulation so far, and some resorts in Italy and Switzerland are also reporting fresh snow. Adelboden, Madesimo, Glacier 3000, Obertauern and Schladming have all received 6-12 inches in the past few days.

The main news in Europe this weekend was that two big-name ski areas—Ischgl and Val Thorens—opened for the season. Spain’s Sierra Nevada also caused a surprise when it opened a week earlier than expected. And Breuil-Cervinia—Zermatt’s “Matterhorn Paradise,” a cross-border Italian-Swiss ski area—stole the show with more than 100 miles of open ski runs, the largest amount in the world to date.

The forecast is calling for heavy snow over the weekend. Some areas in France and Switzerland could see up to 20 inches of fresh snow by Monday, Dec. 2.