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Where to Ski in November? (Austria, France, switzerland)

Where to Ski in November? (Austria, France, switzerland)

Jul 21st, 2005, 02:30 PM
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Where to Ski in November? (Austria, France, switzerland)

Trying to plan a trip in late Nov.
Does anyone know if any ski resorts are open? We have never skied in Europe before- so any suggestions of destinations, travel agents, web-sites, etc. would be great.
Thanks so much.
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Jul 21st, 2005, 03:53 PM
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Kaprun, Austria has year round skiing..glacial in the summer. I was there on our Memorial Day a few years back and the skiining was beautiful. Zell-am-See might have some skiing at that time also. You may want to stay in Zell-am-See (as I did)..can either drive or bus over to Kaprun. Quite different..you take a trin up through the inside of a mountain and then a tram on up..beautiful. This is a great area of Austria and convenient to so very much...take a look
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Jul 21st, 2005, 03:58 PM
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..at that time of the year the only skiing will be glacier skiing.
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Jul 21st, 2005, 05:47 PM
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All Mountain (www.all-mountain.com) did a great job of planning a family trip for us to Serre Chevalier (in the Alpes de Hautes Provence) back in 2000; I'd heartily recommend them. However, as others are saying, glacier skiing is the only place you're assured of snow in Nov. Most of the Alpine domaines don't even open until Dec.
Check out www.serre-chevalier.com.; it's a lovely traditional ski area. There are three villages along a 10 mile valley, headed by the town of Briancon, which has a fortified old town that is much fun to explore and experience the hearty regional food. It's kind of a best kept secret place, but will probably be put on the map with the 2006 Olympics just over the Italian border. Alas!
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Jul 21st, 2005, 06:18 PM
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error: Serre Chevalier is in the Hautes Alpes, not Alpes de Haute Provence. Sorry.
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Jul 22nd, 2005, 12:22 AM
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We used to go every year to Soelden, Austria, on Nov. 1. We spent the night in a pension and then drove the car up to the glacier to go skiing. There are two sides to the glacier so you have plenty of variety.

There's plenty to do in the evening in Soelden too!
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Jul 22nd, 2005, 01:11 AM
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Traditionally, French higher altitude resorts (such as Tignes, Les Deux Alpes, Val Thorens) start their season on All Saints' Day (Nov 1). Of course, now with global warning, it depends on the years... But we are talking altitudes of 3,000 m +, so it's relatively safe. And no, this is not glacier skiing: that's a different kind of skiing, that's practiced all year round at particular conditions. Skifrance's website (a consortium formed by the main French ski resorts to promote themselves abroad) should be able to give you more information on opening dates, but I think that you should be fine at this time of the year. The "Criterium de la Première Neige" in Val D'Isère is one of the first races on the World Cup circuit and it traditionnally takes place on the first week-end of December.
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Jul 22nd, 2005, 03:08 PM
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I second gracejoan's suggestion of Kaprun, with stay in Zell am See.

Even if there is no skiable snow on top of the Schmittenhoehe (Zell's "house mountain", on a clear day the panoramic view from the top is worth the cable car trip.

The Kaprun glacier is "easy cruising" skiing, except for the very top, at the upper gondola terminus. The very short stretch can be quite icy.

I have also seen, but never skied the glacier at Chamonix. Looked good.
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Jul 24th, 2005, 11:56 PM
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Look at this website ( english version too)


The hintertux glacier offers 365 day skiing.
The village at the bottom of the lifts offers good accomodations.
Several villages further down this valley also offer nice places and if weather permits additional skiing - (not usually until early December)
This area is less than one hour from Innsbruck- 2 hours from Munich so you have easy connections for flights.
The website can give you good info on accomodations -no need for a travel agent
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Jul 25th, 2005, 05:57 AM
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There are some resort openings scheduled for the 25th November (Ischgl, St. Anton), but this is weather dependend.

Obergurgl is one of the first resorts, which have regular season begin scheduled for middle november.

All other resorts (Hintertux, Sölden, Stuabital, Kaprun, Pitztal) are glacier resorts. But the glaciers in Austria are very flat and do not offer much challenges for advanced skiing.
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