Verbier has announced it will be opening for the season this weekend.  It joins a number of major resorts set to start their 2019-20 seasons this Friday or Saturday, including Andermatt in Switzerland, Breckenridge (pictured below) and Copper Mountain in Colorado, Beitstolen and Trysil in Norway and Sunshine and Marmot Basin in Alberta.

Ski resorts in the Alps have received heavy snowfall since Saturday with the biggest accumulation so far, 105cm (3.5 feet) reported at Tignes, the only area open in France.

Several open glacier areas in Austria, including Hintertux and Stubai, say they’ve had more than 90cm (three feet) of snowfall since Saturday.

Verbier reports that that 50cm of fresh snow covers the slopes between the Attelas and the Lac des Vaux. The picture below was taken there today.

The first lifts to open will be the Le Châble – Verbier gondola from 08:40 to 17:00 on Saturday 9th .  The Verbier gondola – Les Ruinettes and Funispace liftys will also provide access to the ski runs but slopes below them will be closed.

The Chairlift Lac des Vaux 1 will serve the Blue Lake Vaux and the Red Lake Vaux trail.

The resort says it hopes to open more terrain soon and will open weekends through November then daily from December 1st.

It’s not all good news though. Laax has decided to postpone opening for a further weekend as whilst it too has had fresh snow, it thinks the forecast, of strong winds, isn’t looking good.