Four Italian ski areas have so far announced they’ll be opening before the end of the month as the country’s Council of Ministers give the go ahead for ski lifts and runs to re-open from this Saturday, 22nd May.

The first to open, on Saturday 22nd looks set to be the Presena Glacier in Trentino.  It is not yet clear how long it plans to remain open after this initial weekend.

Cervinia, which shares a summer ski area with Zermatt, says it will re-open its ski lifts from next Wednesday 26th May.  It has put tickets on sale for the following two weeks initially but is usually open for much of the summer and autumn.

The resort says that the The Breuil-Cervinia cable car – Plan Maison and the three chairlifts Plan Maison, Fornet and Bontadini will be in operation.

The following Saturday, May 29th, Madesimo has announced it will open its ski slopes for four days to 2nd June, then the following weekends of 5/6 June and 12/13 June.

Passo Stelvio, which, along with Cervinia was one of two Italian resorts open when Italy ordered ski areas to close in late October last year, says it will open for its 2021 six-month summer-ski season on schedule, also on 29th May.

All areas will of course be operating under pandemic restrictions with advance online ticket booking required and limited numbers on the slopes among other measures.

It remains to be seen if more areas that still have snow lying on upper slopes in Italy, as well as France where lift-accessed skiing is also now possible, will join them.