Photo round-up: Autumn arrives with a bang and lots of new snow in the Alps!

First snow autumn 2017 Hochoetz in Ötztal

It’s snowing in the Alps! Here’s a photo round-up of the new autumn snow in ski resorts across Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy

1st September marks the meteorological start of autumn, and this year the weather gods decided to honour that with distinctly chilly weather and a lot of new snow in the Alps – particularly Austria – down to ~1800m.

This is great news for the alpine glaciers: many are due to (partially) open for skiing in the next few weeks, but this was looking unlikely in the wake of a particularly savage summer that saw many close the lifts much earlier than usual.

Earlier this week the Stubaier Glacier was looking more ravaged than we’ve ever seen it, despite normally opening for skiing in mid-September:

Freeridecenter Stubai


It’s now looking much better with around 20-30cm of new snow on the ice.

It’s worth remembering that snow now is no indication of what might follow later this season, and that the vast majority of this fall will soon melt, but still it’s a nice reminder that winter is on the way and will certainly help the glacier resorts in their preparations for autumn opening.

Photo round up of the first snowfall of autumn 2017 in the Alps:

Stubaier Glacier:

Stubaier Glacier's first snow autumn 2017

First autumn snowfall at Stubai Glacier in 2017

Hintertuxer Glacier

First autumn snowfall at Hintertux Glacier in 2017
Stelvio Pass

First autumn snowfall at Stelvio Pass in 2017Stelvio Pass first snow autumn 2017

Jungfrau – Grindelwald – Wengen

First autumn snowfall the Jungfrau in 2017

First autumn snowfall at Grindelwald-Wengen in 2017

Tignes – Val d’Isere

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First snow autumn 2017 Tignes-Val d'Isere

St Anton / Arlberg

First snow in the Arlberg autumn 2017
Autumn snow at the Leutkircher Hütte in the Arlberg

Val Thorens

Autumn snow in Val Thorens

First autumn snowfall in Val Thorens 2017

Ötztal – Hochötz – Sölden – Obergurgl

First snow autumn 2017 Hochoetz in Ötztal
First autumn snow in Sölden of autumn 2017
First snow of autumn 2017 in Obergurgl, Ötztal