September is traditionally one of the quietest months in the skiing and snowboarding calendar, as the summer ski season in the Alps finishes and the southern hemisphere’s season begins to wind down. However, it is also the best time to take advantage of the quiet slopes, as they are less crowded and you can often get great deals on action-packed trips. Although most ski areas won’t reopen for another two-three months, there are still certain ski locations in Europe, and in other locations, that you can visit during the calm before the storm.
Austria is a fantastic location to consider for your September skiing trip. The Hintertux and Molltal glaciers in Austria are already open for the 2018-2019 ski season. The Hintertux glacier actually advertises itself as Austria’s only year round ski resort and ‘the place to be’ in autumn for those who ‘can’t wait until the coming winter season’. However, the Dachstein, Kaunertal, Kitzsteinhorn, Pitztal, Stubai and Solden glaciers are also due to open in September and by the end of the month, almost half the open areas in the northern hemisphere will be in Austria.
Zermatt and Saas Fee are currently open in Switzerland. Not only is Zermatt the highest ski resort in Europe, it is also open 365 days a year for the public to enjoy. Construction on its new ‘world’s highest lift’ up to the Klein Matterhorn will also conclude at the end of September and it will then be available for public use.
Passo Stelvio is currently open and Val Senales is due to open on 15th September for its long 18-19 season that ends in May. Both resorts have slopes to suit all capabilities, from beginners to advanced skiers, and at Tiroli Kinderland, which neighbours Val Senales, children are able to gain their first experience on the ski slopes.
The ski season is mostly over in France now. Tignes is the only French ski resort open through autumn and sadly, it does not open until 29th September.
Australia is currently having a fantastic season, with many resorts’ snow bases exceeding two metres, which for many, is the deepest they’ve seen in 14 years. Most Australian ski resorts remain open until early October and Perisher has extended its season by a week to October 7th.