The 2018/19 ski season started on Friday morning at Ruka (FIN), the first non-glacier ski resort in the northern hemisphere to open for winter 2018/19. Ruka is the host of the FIS Nordic World Cup season opener on the last weekend of November.
Ruka achieved the first opening thanks to its snow farming operations. The resorts say that the 'old snow' is actually good to ski on as, they say, it has lower moisture content.
Kitzbühel (AUT) will also open next weekend thanks to snow farming as well, with an event that draws thousands of keen skiers and media.
Elsewhere the Sölden glacier, traditionally hosting first the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races of the season at the end of October, also opened last week. Also in Austria the Molltal and Stubai glaciers opened as well. Val Senales in Italy which had had only limited terrain open reserved for race teams has now opened more terrain after fresh snow this week and is open again to the general skiing public. Snowmaking is also expected to resume in Colorado (USA) as a new cold front arrives.