Cold and snow in the Alps: more ski resorts reopen in May

We are less than two weeks away from the start of summer in the northern hemisphere (by meteorological standards), but the past week has been especially cold and snowy for the second half of May in the Alps, with snow falling all week in many areas down to resort level.

At the same time, pandemic restrictions are easing as the number of cases of the virus declines, and travel restrictions are being lifted at varying rates and in different ways across Europe, including in EU countries. As a result, more and more glacier areas are reopening for skiing in late spring or summer.

Austria has the most glacier ski resorts open – seven of them are expected to be open this weekend, as they are allowed to reopen for the first time since 2021. The resorts of Dachstein, Kaunertal and Moltal have reopened, while Pitztal and Stubai have extended their seasons through June. Also open are the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun and Hintertux near Mayrhofen.

In France, summer skiing should start in a little more than a week, May 29, with free ski elevators in La Clusaz next weekend to become the first in France to open for skiing in 2021.

Val d’Isère, which opens summer skiing for four weeks at its resort on June 11, reported four days of snowfall this week. Tignes will open a week after that for six weeks.

In Switzerland, Crans-Montana, Engelberg and Zermatt remain open.

Some ski centers also remain open in Norway, Sweden, Slovenia and Slovakia.

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