[Bericht](https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152841600318447) door [Lech Zürs](https://www.facebook.com/lechzuers).
**24/10 15.42 The first powder turns of the season are coming in!**
The first powder shots are coming in. And man, we are jealous! What a nice shots! And in our office? Rain is coming down...Grrrrr.... @RP Thanks for the stoke!![Live from Hintertux...this hurts!](http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/10003-w640.jpg)
**24/10 14.04 A fairtytale in Tirol**
Check out the images below. Unreal conditions and views at the end of October at the Höttinger Alm!
**24/10 11.51 snow in Mayrhofen**
Open the lifts! It's winter in Mayrhofen!
**24/10 10.47 The glaciers in Austria are open!**
Wow! Have a look at the images below! What a difference with the beginning of this week when we were looking at blue ice! The powder is deep and it is cold. Perfect conditions in the northern Alps. If we take a look at the southern Alps you can spot easily what the wind has done on the Mölltaler Glacier (last image).
![Wind in the southern Alps ](http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9977-w640.jpg)
**24/10 8.31** **wePowder riders are ready!**
wePowder community members Roelaano and Tim are ready to rock 'n roll in Hintertux. It's still cloudy in the valley, but the sun is shining in the higher alpine. They'll have to be quick, before all the slopes will be groomed!![Hintertux valley](http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9967-w640.jpg)
![Above the clouds](http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9969-w640.jpg)
![Hintertux this morning](http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9971-w640.jpg)
**24/10 8.30** **More lifts will open this weekend**
After [Kitzbühel](http://www.bergbahn-kitzbuehel.at/de/das-erstemal-1.html) and [Planai](http://www.planai.at/winter/de/planai_aktuell/News.html?viewPageDetails_ID=13939), Loser will open a lift as well this weekend. That's already the third area without a glacier to open. How about Obertauern and Tauplitz? Will they open as well?!(http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9965-w640.jpg)
**24/10 7.59 Webcams in the Alps**
The webcams below say it all. The sun comes out in the Vorarlberg.![Damüls](http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9957-w640.jpg)
![First tracks in Hinterux (23 October 2014)](http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9941-w640.jpg)
A look at the snowmaps in Austria show that there's more snow in Austria at the moment than the entire winter of 13/14. A chat with some friends from the southern Alps lead to the following conclusion: 'It's wonderful to see the season kick off with some words that almost left our vocabulary last time around, "Nordstau" ….unbelievable' When you live north of the Alps, a northern Stau has simply more impact than a southern Stau. Pronounce the word a couple of times...Nordstau, Northern Stau. It's impressive, adventurous and intimidating.![More snow than last winter?](http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9943-w640.jpg)
**Will this snow last?**
Is this snow too early? Ask this to anyone who works in the snow business and the answer is 'no', but if you ask me, the answer is yes. It's only October the 24th. Last season the first snow came down only twelve days earlier and that resulted in this video from Hintertux and the Kaunertal.
Snow in October, or OcPowber, as we tend to call it, is not a guarantee for lots of snow with the start of the season. We're only one month in Autumn and the days before the dump were too warm. Too warm to let the snow from this dump last till winter in the lower and mid-alpine. Don't forget that the temperatures were as high as 15-20 degrees the days (even the hours) before the dump. There's a huge difference between the temperature of the snow and the temperature of the surface. The warm surface will affect the snow from below.
The next two weeks will be warm in the Alps again. The jet stream will be around Scandinavia and drop warm air in the Alps. The freezing level will go up to 2800 meters this weekend and even higher after the weekend. Warm air from above and below. Not. Good.![+10 degrees on 1500 meter next week ](http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9947-w640.jpg)
Especially because the sun can radiate right into the snow cover. The angle in which the sun rays are hitting the snow is the same as the beginning of March. We'll have to deal with this weather the next two weeks.!(http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9945-w640.jpg)
**Let's stay positive**
Let's stay positive. Warm dry air doesn't affect the snow as much as warm wet air. Which is pretty good news for the north faces (that don't have to suffer from direct radiation from the sun). And the other good thing is that we'll have clear nights. The snow cover is able to loose its heat during the night. That combination of dry air and clear night will probably make sure that the snow that's now at northern faces above 2000 meters will make it to winter. Let's hope for freshies as soon as it gets colder again, otherwise this might be a very bad base to start the winter. But hey, let's enjoy the snowfall for now! Winter has started!
**Up to the glaciers?**
Yes, the sun is out today and the temperature will rise fast. This is the time for your first powder turns. But watch out. The powder is appealing, but crevasses are waiting for you just next to the groomers. Don't leave the marked runs! If you want to ride in a resort without a glacier, than Planai, Kitzbühel and Loser will have some lifts open this weekend.!(http://cdn.wepowder.nl/weblog/1/9953-w640.jpg)Crevasses are waiting for you next to the marked runs