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Five of the Best Ski Resorts for October

Five of the Best Ski Resorts for October

When You Can’t Find My Feet

pop quiz: you too can ski in October

Yes the amount of skiing will be limited if you want to ski in October; mainly confined to glaciers and high altitude, but the pay back is un-crowded slopes and cheap prices. To be honest, if you only get one precious ski holiday a year, don't go in October, but if you're lucky enough to get lots of holidays or happen to be passing by any of these best ski resorts, pop in...

Soelden, Austria

  • Pistes in Solden run from 3,340m down to 1,350m (144km of pistes/33 lifts)
  • The northern Alps get colder sooner, Solden has two glacier skiing options and the season’s first World Cup race is held here on 25th and 26th October. And this is what it can look like.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

  • Pistes in Saas Fee run from 3,500m down to 1,800m (100km of pistes/22 lifts)
  • This traffic free resort opens in July with glacier skiing and its world class snow parks, including half-pipe, are open year round.

Kitzsteinhorn, near Kaprun, Austria

  • Pistes on the Kitzsteinhorn run from 3,029m down to 1,978m (41km of pistes/18 lifts)
  • Storm clouds from the north hit the 3,798m peak of Grossglockner, just south of Kaprun, and dump their snowy contents across this resort. With way-marked freeride routes and a huge super pipe, fresh snow means mega fun on the Kitzsteinhorn. And October skiing means you avoid this...

Queuing on the Kitzsteinhorn in season

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

  • Pistes run from 2,322m down to 1,600m (200km of pistes/23 lifts)
  • Mount Ruapehu offers Spring skiing in the southern hemisphere where snow is reportedly still 3m deep. This twin resort of Whakapapa and Turoa is famed for staying open later than others and has coined the phrase ‘Snovember’.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, North America

  • Pistes in the Arapahoe Basin run from 3,790m down to 3,286m (105km of pistes/7 lifts)
  • With over 100 runs mainly on North – North East facing slopes, winter comes early here. There is already a snow base which means the snow machines can operate...

Snow Cannon at Arapahoe Basin by Casey Day

Other October Ski Destination Options

What do you think?

Please let me know if you believe alternative ski resorts are better for October Skiing.

My best advice is to stay glued to the webcams in your resorts of choice and try to hold out for a last minute deal to wherever the snow dumps. Beware of reports by Ski Tour operators, they are trying to sell holidays and will always tell you the snow conditions are good.

If all else fails, stay indoors; no not on the sofa in front of the telly, but take a few hours of skill improvement sessions at one of the real snow slopes around the country: Manchester, Tamworth, Castleford, Glasgow, Hemel Hempstead or Milton Keynes.

pop trivia: “can’t find my feet” is taken from the U2 single ‘Gloria’ from their second album, ‘October’ released in 1981.

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