Ski Resorts Announce Early Autumn 2018 Season Start Dates

A number of ski resorts have announced their planned opening dates for the 2018-19 ski season.

Ruka (FIN), host of the Nordic season opening in late November, may be the first resort in the world without a year-round glacier to guarantee its operations to open – it’s targeting 9.30am on Friday, 5th October, just eight weeks away, to begin its ski season.

In the Alps, Kitzbühel (AUT) has already announced its 2018-19 season will start on Saturday, 13th October at its Resterkogel / Pass Thurn area.

Both resorts use snow-farming techniques (storing snow from the previous season under covers then spreading it out on the slopes the following autumn as the weather cools again) in order to guarantee early openings.

They’ll join around 15 glacier ski areas in the Alps that are likely to re-open from early September to mid-October. Four of these: Hintertux and Molltal (both AUT) and Saas Fee and Zermatt (both SUI), are already open. 

Across the Atlantic it’s likely some of the highest altitude resorts in Colorado will open in mid-October. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland are often the first, boasting a 200+ day ski season and will start snowmaking in late September if conditions are cool enough.  

Breckenridge and Keystone aim to open on 9th November, Copper Mountain a week later on 16th November.

Credit: Patrick Thorne