Continuing our trend in useful and interesting insight, here lies the Austrian and North American catalogue of ski resort opening dates, at your disposal. We’ve focussed on our favourites and hope you agree with our choices - but if you think we’ve missed a key player, let us know which and why on WhatsApp (07427 840541) or Facebook Messenger (@myswft).


Saalbach Hinterglemm

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Laying claim to the best après in Europe, these two put on almost four weeks of pre-Christmas skiing.

Opening: 1st December 2017


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Kicking off the season with the famous ‘Top of the Mountain Opening Concert’ where the likes of Muse, Rihanna and Elton John have played, a great one for early season revellers.

Opening: 23rd November 2017


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Potentially the prettiest, maybe the most exclusive, Lech receives almost double the snowfall of your typical European resort.  

Opening: 30th November 2017


Rise and Fall festival on 16th December brings the best out of this jovial market town and further up the valley the Hintertux glacier is open year round so you’re guaranteed skiing even if the powder is postponed.

Opening: 2nd December 2017

St Anton

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Coined the “cradle of Alpine skiing”, St Anton has recently connected to Lech to form the biggest ski area in Austria. Also, offers killer après.

Opening: 1st December 2017

North America


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Playground of the rich and famous and a must on the winter destination party scene, Aspen lights up around the holiday period.

Opening: 23rd November 2017


The legendary Colorado Rockies resort, famed for its punchy powder bowls, gets going early with the snow this year already falling.

Opening: 17th November 2017

Banff & Lake Louise

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Without question one of the most spectacular places on the planet and when the pacific storms roll in, snow is measured in feet, not inches.

Opening: 11th October 2017


Averaging an outrageous 2.4m of November snowfall, the Canadian capital of skiing needs no introduction.

Opening: late November 2017

And so the countdown to a new season continues... get yourself excited and book your next ski trip with My Swft.  Drop us a message on Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp today and start the conversation.