Usually sometime in Autumn storms sweep across the Alps to lay the foundation for the Winter sports season. The bigger the storms and the earlier, the better, provided the temperatures are low. This year, however, the Alps have seen unseasonably warm and sunny conditions… until now. Finally some snow is falling on the Alps and the resorts that open early can rely upon something other than tracked out glaciers and thin slivers of artificial snow to justify operating their lifts.
Having said that, Zermatt, Samnaun and Saas-Fee have had significant areas open from mid-November, but no resort runs. The 4 Vallées now claim to have one resort run open, and fresh snow is falling on the villages of Saas-Fee and Zermatt, so I would not be surpised to see valley runs open soon. With the storms set to break before the end of the week, it looks like the second weekend in December will finally provide some do-able slopes.
It’s a tough challenge, but somebody has to do it.