Today, Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort on the continent, opens with 70cm of snow on the ground and more in forecasts for the rest of the week. The situation in America is so great that 13 resorts operating under the Ikon Pass umbrella (out of more than 50 in total), stretching across California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Idaho and Canada, have managed to open ahead of schedule.
The solution to skiing in Europe before opening the first door on the advent calendar? glaciers. Fortunately, following the turmoil of summer heatwaves and a warm autumn, many of Europe’s most famous glaciers have reopened and are in “good shape” according to Wilkins. This includes Sölden, Stubai and Zermatt.Read:Reports from Spain linking Romeu with return to Catalonia
Skiing in November or early December can be logistically challenging. Ski operators have not yet launched their programs, so you will likely need to book independently. Resort websites are a good starting point for recommendations on travel and where to stay – always make sure you have adequate insurance in case you have to change plans. Flights fly regularly to the likes of Geneva, Innsbruck and Lyon with British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair.Read:Russia-Ukraine war latest: what we know on day 182 of the invasion | Ukraine
If you tend to drop everything and run for the hills, here’s our lowdown on the best places to ski right now.