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Kitzbühel defies climate change

The first non-glacier resort in the Alps opened on Saturday, on what is believed to be it's earliest ever opening date. For the 4th time in a row, Kitzbühel repeats the stunt to open ahead of any other non-glacier ski area in the Alps.

However Kitzbühel has not opened with new snow or even snow making but by using snow stored from last season. It’s a technique called snowharvesting and successfully used by several Scandinavian ski resorts with Ruka in Finland and Geilo in Norway opening the same way over the past few weeks. The Resterkogel/Resterhöhe area is operating at the weekend and hopes to open on a daily basis from 21st October. The famous Austrian resort plans to use the same technique to open a second area on the Hahnenkamm in 12 days’ time.The official opening for the entire Kitzbuhel ski area is scheduled for November 28th.

Written by skiweather on Saturday October 14, 2017
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