It’s been very warm in the Alps the past week and most resorts have now closed with the best conditions above 2,500m and particularly on the continent’s glaciers. However there has been up to 40cm of new snow on Austria’s glaciers.
North America continues to have the greatest snowfall, even though 95% of ski areas there have now closed for the season, but Loveland in Colorado has lead the snowfall figures for the past week with another 90cm (three feet) of snow.
Elsewhere in Europe there’s been a foot (30cm) of new snow in Eastern Europe leading to Bansko announcing its lifts will reopen for the Easter weekend and in Scotland Cairngorm is still open at the top.
Resorts in Austria did get healthy snow falls in the last seven days, up to 40cm were reported in Innsbruck and Kaprun. Hochzillertal, Sölden and Zauchensee had 20cm new snow. With these falls the resorts can look forward to a hopefully satisfactory Easter weekend. It is now sunny all over the country and will be very warm over the next few days. In Obertauern (90cm) skiing is possible up to 2400 meters and at Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn (240cm) up to 3000 meters. Snow conditions are very good in this area and skier are welcome for the Easter days.
France’s high altitude resorts are coming in to their own for the last few weeks of the season with Alpe d’Huez claiming the deepest snow on upper slopes at 1.8m. Chamonix, Les 2 Alpes and Tignes are among those also open in to early May but conditions are getting closer to summer skiing – hard and icy first thing, stodgy by mid-afternoon.
There’s been little new snow in Italy in the past week, the most at Breuil Cervinia which has reported 10cm of new snow and still has pistes open over 1,800 vertical metres to resort level – just. The country’s summer ski areas are starting to come in to their own including Val Senales and the Presena Glacier above Passo Tonale which has the country’s deepest snow at over four metres and will be open at least to June.
In the last week several Swiss ski resorts got new snow up to 32cm of new snow. Lötschental, Saas Fee, Gstaad and Laax were very lucky to measure snowfall between 20 and 30cm. Other resorts like Zermatt got 10-15cm new snow during the last seven days. There is still good snow at the mountains and ski conditions are good for April. More than 30 resorts are still open. The highest peaks have a snow depth from 200-250 cm. Engelberg has the deepest snow depth with 370cm. The next days are going to be very warm though with temperatures get up to 25 degrees.
There’s been no new snow for a month in the Pyrenees and it’s definitely feeling like the end of the season in Spain, but Andorra’s upper slopes still have a metre of snow on them .
Snow is still falling in Norway, in the north at least, with Narvik reporting 10cm of fresh snow earlier this week. The country’s summer ski areas at Stryn and Folgefonn are ready to open with up to 7 metre bases and the big Mayday festivities are coming up at resorts including Hemsedal in Norway and Are in Sweden.
Spring skiing is the order of the day in Canada where Lake Louise, Sunshine and Whistler are good choices for the end of the season – all open in to May.
In the USA most resorts have now closed but the snow is still good at those that haven’t – including Squaw Valley and Mammoth in California, open until the end of May and into July respectively. Loveland in Colorado has reported the most snow in the past week with 90cm of new snow. Mountain high in California rounds off its season on Easter day with a Meet Miss Mountain High: Christina Lopez session, a BoxZilla session on the resort’s giant 100 foot long funbox and a $299 Anytime Season Pass Sale where guests can purchase an adult Anytime Season Pass to Mountain High for next winter for just $299 - less than the cost of 5 visits.