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Verbier opens after heavy snow
It may only be early November, but Verbier opened over the weekend thanks to heavy snow falling across the Alps, indicating that the 2012/13 season will be another classic.
In an announcement last week, the resort said there had been significant snowfalls covering resort runs. This included between 40 cm and 50 cm in Les Attelas, 30 cm in Ruinettes and 20 cm to Verbier fell between October 27th and 28th. "Very cold temperatures for the season allow the exploitation of our installation of snow coverage on the top of the domain," the resort said. "In these circumstances, Televerbier can announce the partial opening of its ski slopes."
Over the weekend, the Télécabine Le Châble – Verbier, Télécabine Verbier - Les Ruinettes, Funispace, Télésiège Lac des Vaux 1 and ski slope Le Lac des Vaux were open. The restaurant L'Olympique in Les Attelas was also able to open.
Elsewhere in Switzerland the conditions are looking similarly good. Pontresina has 160cm of white stuff and provided great snow conditions on Thursday November 1st with a good base depth and low temperatures.
Over in Saas Fee there is already a whopping 181cm, but it was closed for skiing on Thursday due to high winds affecting the lifts. Les Diablerets and Gastaad have also opened over the weekend.
The Ski Club of Great Britain notes that Zermatt was open with a reduced lift service on Thursday, though there was "good on-piste skiing over the majority of its glacier, accessed by the four open lifts".
With five or six weeks to go until the 2012/13 season proper and the start of ski instructor courses in Verbier, there are now over 80 resorts open across the Northern Hemisphere. And there is more snow on the way.
Hard to believe it is only November, but things are shaping up for another snow-heavy season in the Alps.
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