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(Last Updated:04/05/15)

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(Last Updated:30/04/15)

Please note that the snow overview is updated twice a week during the season. For more up to date information about the latest snow please visit the individual resort snow reports; which are updated daily.


A limited number of resorts were open for skiing this week, and more are set to close their lifts for the winter season at the end of Sunday 3rd May. This is the final Ski Club overview of the winter season before the summer ski season begins on Friday May 1st.

Thursday was a great day for Austria as there has been fresh snow falling, mainly in central resorts but lighter flurries were also seen in the other regions that we feature.

The French Alps began Thursday sunny, but increasing clouds throughout the day herald a big change in the weather. Only Val Thorens and Tignes are set to remain open after Sunday.

Mostly cloudy skies greeted Switzerland on Thursday, but some decent skiing remains on offer at the handful of resorts still open. Expect rain this weekend to almost all levels.

Italy had a bright and sunny day on Thursday with a few wispy clouds dotting the sky for our remaining featured resorts currently open.

Following an excellent second half to the season, all of our featured resorts in the Pyrenees are now closed for the season. Sierra Nevada in southern Spain closes for the season on Sunday.

Of our featured Scandinavian resorts only Hemsedal in Norway and Are in Sweden remain open under mostly cloudy skies. Both are set to close this weekend, with the best skiing at Hemsedal. Good skiing can still be found far north in Finland at the resorts of Levi, Ruka and Yylas.

All of our featured resorts in Bulgaria are now closed for the season.

Some spectacular late-season skiing has been had this week in Scotland, particularly at Glencoe where almost 50cm of fresh snow has fallen. Sunshine is forecast for this winter’s final weekend.

Spring skiing is the order of the day in the USA, with rising temperatures leading to soft snow conditions on both coasts. Many resorts close this weekend so get out there for some final turns.

Only a handful of resorts remain open in Canada. The pick of the conditions are in Alberta although the upper slopes of Whistler continue to offer some decent skiing.

European weather outlook

The weather in the Alps is set to take a significant turn for the worse over the coming days, as heavy rain sets in and the freezing level continually climbs upwards. Snow should initially fall on Friday to around 2,500m but will readily turn to rain up as high as 3,000m by Sunday and Monday. Current forecasts are calling for over 200mm of rain by early next week in places, so flooding may become an issue and certainly the snow conditions will deteriorate rapidly if this much rain falls.

Norway can expect great weather for its final weekend of skiing, however with cloudier skies forecast for Sweden, low light lenses might be appropriate than sunglasses.

Scotland is forecast a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend, with long sunny spells expected across the country. A few showers are possible to end the week, but come the weekend these are expected to be more scattered.

North american weather outlook

Changeable weather is forecast for western Canada over the weekend, with snow showers possible on any day. Up to 20cm may fall at Marmot Basin and Whistler may catch a nice 10cm top up by Friday before the weekend brings greater amounts of sunshine.

More unsettled weather is forecast for the Rockies in the USA, with showers forecast on most days. In Utah where the altitude is slightly less than in neighbouring Colorado, expect rain rather than snow. Expect the sunniest skies in the morning before the clouds bubble up during the day. More organised snow is expected for the middle of next week.

The east coast is forecast to remain mild over the weekend, with mid-mountain temperatures sitting around +15C by Sunday. Some spells of rain are expected, especially on Thursday night and on Tuesday, but should be interspersed with long spells of warm spring sunshine.


Andorra snow reports

All of our featured resorts in Andorra are now closed for the season.


Austria snow reports

As this is our final overview for the winter season it would seem fitting to end on a high and so we shall. Fresh snow was falling on all of our remaining operational resorts in Austria. Light snow flurries were topping up the pistes in all of our glacial resorts, providing fresh slopes and a slight powder top up off the piste.

The Hintertux (50/290cm) seemed to pick up the most snow with up to 10cm being reported, which is excellent for the end of April. The slopes will be noticeably quieter too so great conditions were available on Thursday 30th April, plus the vast majority of the Hintertux was open as 18 out 19 lifts were running.

The fresh snow that landed on Thursday has arrived at a good time as the temperature is expected to rise over the weekend which will most likely bring rain, so get out there while the fresh snow lasts.

Ischgl, Kitzbuhel and Obertauen are set to close after this weekend.


Bulgaria snow reports

All of our featured resorts in Bulgaria are now closed for the season.


Canada snow reports

Some great skiing is still on offer at Marmot Basin (120cm) as the resort heads into its final weekend of the season. Snow showers have been bubbling up in the afternoons, resulting in some light tops ups of snow – this is forecast to continue over the weekend. Sunshine Village and Lake Louise above Banff (165/170cm) both are reporting excellent conditions for the time of year, with most lifts running. Both are expected to last well into May and the good base depth bodes well for some further good skiing in the coming weeks.

Whistler (175cm) continues to have some decent skiing high up on Whistler Mountain. Around 10cm of fresh snow is forecast by the weekend before the warm spring sunshine becomes more dominant.

All of our other featured resorts are now closed for the season.


France snow reports

Good late season skiing can be found at the handful of French resorts still open for skiing. All resorts benefitted from some fresh snow this week, refreshing the slopes and providing a little fresh off piste.

Val Thorens (70/180cm) is still offering skiing from 28 of 31 lifts and on Thursday, 71 of its 79 slopes were open. 13cm of new snow was recorded through the middle part of the week, providing some great skiing conditions. Val Thorens is set to remain open until May 10th.

Tignes (22/134cm) and Val d’Isere (22/134cm) were still able to offer 67 lifts between them, with the Espace Killy link still open and 10cm of fresh snow on Thursday morning. Val d’Isere is set to remain open until Sunday 3rd May, with Tignes closing a week later on May 10th.

Skiing is also on offer on the Grands Montets above Argentiere (0/120cm) until the end of play on Sunday. 20cm of fresh snow was reported on Tuesday, providing a great late season powder day.

Sadly the weather is forecast to deteriorate during Thursday afternoon and night, with heavy rain expected to fall over the weekend. Snow may initially fall on Friday to 2,500m, but with the freezing level soaring above 3,000m from Saturday onwards, rain is expected at most levels.

All of our other featured French resorts are now closed for the season.


The Zugspitze Glacier above Garmisch (0/410cm) continues to offer some great skiing for the time of year. 15cm of new snow in the past two days has freshened up the pistes nicely and provided some decent fresh tracks. Obertsdorf (0/110cm) had four lifts running on Thursday 30th April and saw a nice 5cm top up overnight. Both resorts are scheduled to close after this weekend, bringing the 2014/2015 German ski season to an end. A wet final weekend is forecast, with rain falling on all but the very highest slopes.


Italy snow reports

For our final Italian winter report, it was a beautiful day with bright blue skies and light clouds spread across the sky. Good skiing is still available but only up high as one might expect. The glaciers of Passo Tonale (50/400cm) and Val Senales (15/320cm) still offer good base depths and better slopes at high altitudes.

Livingo (9/169cm) is one of our featured resorts still open for snow sports and there is also a good amount of skiing still available too. On Thursday 30th April most of their lifts were operating at higher altitude with 16 out of 31 running. There has also been light snow to report and this was seen earlier in the morning in Livingo with approximately 9cm falling on the higher slopes, which was followed later on by sunny weather. Most of this snow will soften quickly in the afternoon as the temperature begins to peak but the fresh snow was a welcomed treat and a good way to end our winter reporting for Italy.

The sunshine is expected to be replaced by rain this weekend and furthermore it could be heavy rain too, even at high altitude, so the slopes might not have long left.

After this weekend, only Cervinia is set to remain open – limited to weekends.


Norway snow reports & Sweden snow reports

Hemsedal (80/80cm) is our only featured Norwegian resort offering skiing still, with 11 of its 20 lifts turning on Thursday 30th April. 11cm of fresh snow has fallen this week, giving some end-of-season fresh tracks. The forecast for closing weekend is excellent, with gloriously sunny skies and pleasant temperatures expected.

Are (30/30cm) remains open until Sunday and should offer some decent snowsports on the upper mountain. 20 lifts were running on Thursday 30th April, with the best conditions in the Hogzon area. A mostly cloudy final weekend is forecast.


Switzerland snow reports

Mostly cloudy skies were in place over Switzerland on Thursday, although sadly these are expected to thicken over the weekend and lots of rain is forecast. The freezing level is expected to rise above 3,000m so rain is set to fall to all levels.

Limited skiing is on offer at Adelboden (0/70cm) and on the glacier at Les Diablerets (0/275cm). Four lifts were turning at the former and eight were running at the latter to access 9km and 22km of pistes respectively. Both are set to close this weekend, but Engelberg (0/350cm) is set to remain open well into May with seven lifts accessing a limited 20km of slopes.

For greater mileage head to Samnaun (10/180cm), where 186km of slopes remain open, including the runs back to resort. Zermatt (0/210cm) is another good option with 120km of pistes open, including the link across to Cervinia in Italy. Samnaun is closing after Sunday 3rd May, but Zermatt is set to remain open all summer.

All of our other featured Swiss resorts are now closed for the season.


USA snow reports

In Colorado, both Loveland (173cm) and Arapahoe Basin (132cm) are in great condition following yet more snowfall this week. Loveland is set to close after this weekend, but the legendary long season at A-Basin is set to last until at least June 7th.

Snowbird (185cm) remains open in Utah, with some very good spring skiing in the Little Cloud and Mineral Basin ski areas. 17 slopes are open and the weather forecast is good, with only a few rain showers popping up later in the day.

Mammoth (25/100cm) remains open, with a limited operation running from six lifts. With more sunny and mild spring weather forecast, the snowpack is not set to last much longer.

Over on the east coast, only Killlington (76/102cm) has been open throughout the week – with the Superstar Express Quad accessing 12 trails. For the weekend they plan to open as many as 40 trails served by three lifts, therefore offering the biggest open ski area in the east. It is hoped that the season will last well into May. Several resorts, including Sugarbush (30/90cm) and Sunday River (50/50cm) are opening this weekend for the final turns of the winter.

All of our other featured resorts are now closed for the season.

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