80cm of powder on the Stubai Glacier |

Even after several years of September and early October powder gifts, it never fails to amaze just how good conditions can be in the autumn on the Austrian glaciers.

The storm that took down power lines, shut autobahns and ultimately laid 80cm of new powder on the Stubai Glacier on Friday and early Saturday subsided this morning. In place of the storm were perfect blue skies, cold air and an untouched bounty of fresh snow that had people across the region dashing south to get the early action. And this was what greeted those lucky enough to get into the packed car park today. Skiing was possible and very good down to the mid-station and some even took the valley route all the way down to the 1700m base-station. The snow cannons were pumping at lower elevations and by next weekend the Stubai Glacier ski area should really be opening up to its full extent. It is doubtful conditions next weekend could match those of today but never doubt the ability of October glacier skiing to blow minds – today was a potential season topper and it is only the second week in October – astonishing. Snow forecast for the Stubai Glacier this Wednesday :)

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