When they closed for the season on April 7th, staff and officials at resorts near Vienna, Austria were waiting for the remaining snow to melt and began thinking and planning for the summer. But after recent cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, summer was put on hold and resorts decided to fire up the lifts again, offering May skiing for the first time in their history.
“We were in the middle of preparations for the summer season, but the weather brought cold temperatures and heavy snowfall which led us to re-think opening the slopes,” said the director of the resort Rainer Rohregger to local media.
After over 4-feet of snow, lifts at Hochkar were opened and free to use. Plenty of people took the opportunity to get their skis out of storage. Hochkar says it had 5 kilometres of ‘perfectly prepared’ pistes and three lifts opened on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May.
The Dachstein West ski area near Salzburg was also operating at the weekend.