If you consider early bird skiing in December snow might be a bit of concern. Obviously everyone likes to be sure about conditions at the beginning of winter. Not in 2013.
It is already snowing throughout the Alps.
Hands up: Who’s heard of Grossglockner? No? It’s not surprising; it doesn’t make the list of mountains for discussion over the dinner table very often. Nevertheless, you should have heard of it. Grossglockner is on a par with Mont Blanc when it comes to prominence within the Alpine mountain range. It’s the highest mountain in Austria at 3,798m, and Pasterze, the biggest glacier in the country, lies at its base. And if you’re the active, outdoorsy type, there is so much to do on this mountain.
Taking advantage of Italian mountain resorts in the summer to hike and trek through lush, green scenery is wonderful, and Cervinia in Italy offers some great routes. From easy walks lasting only a few miles to harder trips doable in a day, here is Europe-Mountains’ pick of the best hiking routes in the Breuil-Cervinia region, in Italy’s Valle di Aosta. You can get details and maps for all of the following at Cervinia’s information centre – these are intended to give you a few ideas.