How Long is a Ski Season? (Complete Guide with All Locations)


Here’s a complete guide to the ski season length in all locations (Europe, North America, Japan and the southern hemisphere) so you can plan your next trip.

How Long is a Typical Ski Season?

In Europe, Canada, the USA and Japan, the typical ski season is 5 months long and ranges from November to April. In Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile which are located in the southern hemisphere the season is usually 4 months long and spans between June and October.

LocationAverage Ski Season Length
USA5 months (mid-November to mid-April)
Canada5 months (late-November to mid-April)
France5 months (early December to late April)
Italy5 months (late November to late April)
Austria6 months (early November to early May)
Switzerland5 months (mid-November to late April)
Japan4 months (mid-December to late March)
Australia4 months (mid-June – early October)
New Zealand4 months (mid-June – early October)
Argentina4 months (mid-June – early October)
Chile3 months (early June – late September)
Average ski season length and dates in various locations across the world

The rest of this article is split into sections to give you more information on the following regions:

  • Europe
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Southern Hemisphere

Europe Ski Season Length

In Europe, the average ski season lasts for 5 months and typically runs from early December to late April. Austria has the longest ski season in Europe which lasts for 6 months and usually runs from Early November to Early May.

  • In France the ski season typically lasts for 5 months and runs from early December to late April. Val Thornens has the longest ski season in France which runs between November and May.
  • In Italy the ski season generally lasts for 5 months and runs from late November to late April. Cervinia has the longest ski season in Italy.
  • In Austria the ski season usually runs for around 6 months from early November to early May. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl usually has the longest ski season in Austria.
  • In Switzerland the ski season usually lasts for 5-6 months running from November to April. St Moritz has the longest ski season in Switzerland which usually runs between October and April.
Location in EuropeAverage Ski Season LengthAverage Ski Season Dates
France20 weeks (5 months)Early Dec – Late April
Italy21 weeks (5 months)Late Nov – Late April
Austria25 weeks (6 months)Early Nov – Early May
Switzerland23 weeks (5.5 months)Mid Nov – Late April
Poland15 weeks (3.5 months)Early Dec – Mid March
Spain25 weeks (6 months)Early Nov – Late April
Romania18 weeks (4.5 months)Late Nov – Early April
Sweden21 weeks (5 months)Late Nov – Late April
Finland23 weeks (5.5 months)Mid Nov – Late April
Norway25 weeks (6 months)Early Nov – Late April
Andorra21 weeks (5 months)Early Dec – Late April
Armenia14 weeks (3.5 months)Mid Dec – Late March
Azerbaijan14 weeks (3.5 months)Mid Dec – Late March
Belarus14 weeks (3.5 months)Mid Dec – Late March
Belgium21 weeks (5 months)Late Nov – Late April
Bosnia and Herzegovina19 weeks (5 months)Late Nov – Mid April
Bulgaria21 weeks (5 months)Late Nov – Late April
Croatia16 weeks (4 months)Early Dec – Late March
Czech Republic17 weeks (4 months)Late Nov – Early April
Georgia20 weeks (5 months)Early Dec – Late April
Germany20 weeks (5 months)Mid Dec – Early May
Greece17 weeks (4 months)Mid Dec – Mid April
Hungary17 weeks (4 months)Mid Dec – Mid April
Iceland20 weeks (5 months)Late Nov – Mid April
Latvia12 weeks (3 months)Early Dec – Late Feb
Montenegro20 weeks (5 months)Late Nov – Late April
Serbia19 weeks (4.5 months)Mid Dec – Late April
Slovakia20 weeks (5 months)Early Dec – Late April
Turkey12 weeks (3 months)Late Dec – Late March
United Kingdom14 weeks (3.5 months)Mid Dec – Late March
Average ski season dates and length in Europe

United States Ski Season Length

In the USA, the average ski season lasts for 5 months and typically runs from mid-late November to mid-late April. Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, Oregon has the longest ski season in the USA which provides almost all-year-round skiing.

Location in the United StatesAverage Ski Season LengthAverage Ski Season Dates
Colorado20 weeks (5 months)Late Nov – Mid April
New York17 weeks (4 months)Early Dec – Early April
Michigan21 weeks (5 months)