A Basin and Loveland Are Open. So What?

A Basin and Loveland Are Open. So What?

Not to get down on our two Colorado friends, but there are other places to ski right now. In addition to these mountains – which always seem to fire up the lifts in early October – you can still score turns without hiking at a few other ski areas around the world.

Timberline at Hood is running a “autumn schedule” featuring skiing Friday to Sunday between 9am and 2pm.

In France, the Grande Motte glacier at Tignes has a forecast for sun. You can also score some sunny October turns at Les Deux Alpes. The mountain will open for the All Saints holiday between 25th October and 2nd November.

In Italy Cervinia is expected to open on October 31, but you can ski right now on the glacier at Val Senales. The ski area has has a base of 50cm and served by two lifts featuring seven runs.

Switzerland also has a decent amount of terrain to choose from. Both Saas Fee (154cm base) and Zermatt (90cm base) are starting to get snow at the higher elevations, and the skiing is good on the glaciers, with powder and hardpack conditions.

In Austria, Solden (60 cm base) will be hosting an Alpine World Cup opener on on October 25 (watch out for crowds!) and there’s plenty of terrain at Hintertux, which has a base of 105cm and 32km of runs open.

But hey, all of this doesn’t mean that we’re not stoked that our boys up at Loveland and the Basin didn’t pull it off. Colorado pride! And you can expect them to do it again next year, too.


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