Switzerland looks set to overtake Austria and have the most ski centres open in Europe this weekend. Only the US has more areas open.
Currently only three Swiss centres are open daily, but half-a-dozen have been opening for weekends in November and that number is set to grow by another half-a-dozen from November 18th.
Big name resorts opening for their 23-24 seasons tomorrow include Andermatt
(pictured above yesterday), which reports it has had 80cm of snowfall from the recent storms, Crans Montana, Grimentz
They'll join already open areas including Arosa
, Glacier 3000, Saas Fee, St Moritz, Verbier
It's a big weekend for Zermatt which is hoping it will finally run World Cup downhill races on its cross border Grand Becca course after three previous failures to launch last season and last weekend. Two women's races are scheduled and currently the forecast finally looks favourable. However race training was cancelled due to strong winds on Friday morning.
A number of Swiss areas that have been opening weekends up to now, will be open daily from the 18th, including Davos.
The weather continues to bring snow showers on high slopes, although not as heavy in recent days as at the start pf the month. Lows of -8C on higher slopes, +8C in valleys.