With the skiing season drawing to a close in the coming weeks, many fans of the piste may be looking into locations where they can enjoy a late break where snow is still present.
However, because of lots of timely snowfalls over the winter, an article in the Daily Mail highlights that many destinations across Europe can be taken advantage of before the warmer weather of spring causes the final thaw.
France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, alongside other countries further afield outside of Europe, are all still providing excellent skiing opportunities.
Val D'Isere and Tignes are rated as the top destinations in France, "where perfect groomed runs are complemented by 'go anywhere' spring snow conditions off-piste".
Furthermore, it is suggested that snow on the lower slopes is set to become heavier over the course of the coming days to make an experience even more pleasing.
Visitors to Val D'Isere can also expect to take advantage of fine facilities off the slopes, with the central town being cosmopolitan with a host of bars, restaurants and clubs.
Young adults may opt to take in one of the hectic nightclubs after a taxing day on the slopes, while others may prefer chilling in a sports bar or listening to live music to relax.
Meanwhile, Tignes may suit the more advance skiers, with countless black runs and off-piste challenges sure to keep minds ticking over.
However, beginners have the choice between several free lifts and long sweeping runs to help develop their skills.
In addition, guests can benefit from a modern sports centre in Tignes, which features a sauna, the chance to play squash and aerobics classes, while a bowling alley and cinema are only a short walk away.
Val Gardena is suggested to be smart choice for those considering heading to Italy, with snow at a premium across much of the country and slush filling many of the pistes.
"In Val Gardena, blue skies and wonderful pistes have combined to provide exceptional ski conditions," the publication notes.
Meanwhile, reasonable conditions are said to exist in Andorra despite the recent absence of any snow, while skiers are encouraged to stick to the groomed areas in Switzerland to benefit from the best of what is on offer.
Written by Chris Smith