Get your skis on! Swiss resorts open after early snow

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Get your skis on! Swiss resorts open after early snow
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Resorts including Verbier, Laax and Engelberg are partially opening this weekend after winter descended on Switzerland this week.


The early start to the ski season is thanks to the Husch weather system over the North Sea, which brought snow and cold air to many parts of Switzerland over the past week.

Heavy snow is forecast in many resorts on Friday, setting up the pistes nicely for an extra-early opening this weekend.

So where to go? In addition to the high altitude resorts of Zermatt and Saas-Fee, which almost always have limited slopes open, the following are partially open this weekend.


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Verbier opens today, Friday 11th, in the Lac des Vaux sector only. More pistes should open in the coming weeks, depending on snow conditions. The resort will open every weekend throughout November.


Photo: Pierre Ekmann

The season starts on Saturday, when the slope from Crap Sogn Gion to Plaun will be open, along with some snowpark obstacles in the beginner area.


Photo: Andreas Mueller/Swiss Image

The Walleg, Hasler and Leiterli ski lifts will all be open this weekend to access early season skiing on three pistes.


Photo: Stephen Schacher/Swiss Image

Four pistes will be open in this Graubünden resort this weekend served by the Hörnli-Express cable car.


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Some pistes in Les Violettes area will be  open this weekend for the reduced price of 25 francs.


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The Stand to Trübsee slope will be open this weekend.

Glacier 3000

Photo: Glacier 3,000

This 3,000m resort started its winter season on October 29th.


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