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Several Swiss resorts are kicking off their ski season early this weekend after some substantial early November snowfalls.

As predicted, there has been significant snow this week across many parts of the Alps Over the past 24 hours, the heaviest falls have been in the southern and western Alps.

This morning, the social media feeds of several French, Italian and Swiss ski resorts have been full of snowy scenes. It has been snowing across much of the central and south-eastern Alps including most of Switzerland, the northern Italian regions of Piedmont, Lombardy and the Dolomites and the southern Austrian Alps

In light of 50cm of fresh snow, Verbier will open its ski area from Saturday 9 November. Initially this will only be on Saturdays and Sundays. Then from 2 December the lifts will be fully operational through the week until the end of Verbier’s six-month ski season in May. 

In Saas-Fee, there is currently 1.5m of snow on Mittelallalin. Due to the fresh snow the Saas Valley cable cars will open the ski area to the Morenia middle station this Saturday, 9 November. This means that more than 30 kilometres of pistes will be at your disposal from this weekend on!

Likewise Andermatt is going for a partial weekend opening on the Gemsstock, starting tomorrow, before the full opening next month. 

And more snow is expected this weekend, with the south western Alps, around Isola 2000 getting the lion’s share. More importantly, it will continue cold into next week too with the chance of further snow midweek with the Dolomites again likely to do well. 

This Saturday also marks the beginning of the 19/20 winter season at Mammoth Mountain, California’s highest four-season resort. Coming off one of the longest ski seasons in North America, Mammoth Lakes is ready to do it again. The 18/19 season was record breaking – Mammoth had its snowiest February and May on record.