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more up to date information about the latest snow please visit the individual resort
snow reports; which are updated daily.
European weather outlook
Cloudy skies will dominate over the weekend and next week in Europe. For skiers this is good news though as fresh snow is forecast. The greatest snowfall is predicted to hit resorts in Switzerland and Italy, with well over half a metre expected at the likes of Verbier, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Cervinia and Gressoney-la-Trinite. While less snow is expected to hit Austria and France, there should still be enough to provide some excellent late season skiing conditions.
North american weather outlook
It could be a reasonably snowy weekend in Colorado for the last weekend of many resorts’ seasons. 15cm of fresh snow is forecast for Breckenridge over Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April.
It’s similar in Canada, with colder than average weather expected into the weekend and through next week at Whistler. Blackcomb Mountain remains open until May 26th and this colder and snowier weather should help ensure it’s a great final month.
Excellent skiing is still available in Europe even though this is the last week of winter operations for many resorts. Although predominantly sunny weather has dominated this week, the forecast is for a change in the weather that could see almost a metre of fresh snow hit parts of Switzerland. Italy, France and Austria should also receive fresh snowfall over the weekend and next week.
The resorts still open in the Dolomites, such as Cortina have limited terrain but excellent snow conditions on offer for the time of year. It’s been a fantastic late season for them, culminating in a closing day of 1st May at Cortina.
30cm of fresh snow fell at Timberline in America earlier this week, bringing far more wintry conditions than you’d expect for the end of April. Many Colorado resorts will be open for their final weekend this weekend.
Fresh snow has fallen at the remaining open resorts we feature in the west of Canada and more snow is expected to land over the weekend.
Andorra snow reports
All of the Vallnord and Grandvalira resorts in Andorra are now closed for the season.
Austria snow reports
Some excellent skiing conditions are available at the remaining open Austrian ski resorts. It is mostly the high altitude resorts that remain open and due to their height the snow is still well preserved.
Kuhtai (60/90cm) is Austria’s highest skiing town and although it does not have the deepest base depths in Austria the skiing is excellent this week. Make the most of it though as they close for the season on Sunday 27th April.
Good skiing can still be enjoyed in the Arlberg ski area, especially on the upper slopes. This is the last week of the season for this area too.
Cloudy weather is forecast over the weekend and into next week. This is expected to bring rain to many locations, but snow could land higher up. Kaunertal (305/343cm) and Pitztal (239/322cm) are forecast the most snow, with over 60cm predicted to land at mid-mountain level by the end of next week.
Bulgaria snow reports
The three Bulgarian we feature are all now closed for the season.
Canada snow reports
A dusting of snow has fallen this week at the three open Canadian areas we feature in the west; Marmot Basin (136cm), Lake Louise/Sunshine Village (140/224cm) and Whistler (195cm). Whistler may only offer skiing on Blackcomb Mountain at the moment but they have extended the season to 26th May. Further snowfall is forecast over the weekend and the first few days of next week.
This is the last weekend of skiing at Mont Saint-Anne in Quebec, which will close for the season on 27th April.
France snow reports
This is the last week of winter operations for a number of resorts across France, including some of the larger ski areas.
Meribel (10/65cm) and Courchevel (46/122cm) in the Three Valleys ski area are both scheduled to close for skiing on Friday 25th April, along with Les Saisies (26/102cm). The Paradiski area, which includes Les Arcs (26/160cm) and La Plagne (0/215cm), closes for the season on Saturday 26th April, as does Montgenevre (50/70cm). Isola 2000 (55/265cm), Risoul (20/60cm), Vars (20/60cm) and Cauterets (150/250cm) should all then close on Sunday 27th.
The state of skiing at the open resorts is good at the moment, with the best snow conditions high up. The Grands Montets ski area at Argentiere (65/205cm) in the Chamonix area reported 10cm of new snow in time for the lifts opening Thursday 24th April at 3,275m.
Fresh snow could fall at all of the open ski resorts over the weekend, with heavy clouds forecast and a drop in freezing level to below 2,000m
Of our featured resorts in Germany, only Oberstdorf (15/120cm) was available for skiing on Thursday 24th April. Their upper slopes are in fairly good condition for the time of year after fresh snow over the Easter weekend.
Garmisch closed for the season after the Easter weekend.
Italy snow reports
Around half of our featured Italian resorts remain open after the Easter weekend. Alagna (40/200cm) will be closed through this week but then will reopen again for 25th, 26th and 27th April. They’ll then close again before reopening for the final weekend of the season at the start of May.
Passo Tonale (0/500cm) has skiing on its upper slopes and the Presena Glacier available. There was quite a lot of fresh snow over Easter up high and the glacier looks in fantastic shape for the time of year. Fresh powder can be found off piste in most areas.
Norway snow reports
& Sweden snow reports
The Easter weekend was a good one in Norway with excellent snow conditions at all the open resorts. Geilo (61/89cm) had 10 of its 20 lifts running on Thursday 24th April and great snow on and off piste. They’re expected to remain open until 27th April before closing for the winter.
Are (43cm) and Salen (70/90cm) in Sweden were both open for skiing on Thursday 24th April, with good spring conditions. Are should stay open until early May and there’s still a good amount of snow left on the mountain, especially the upper portion.
Switzerland snow reports
Good spring snow can be found across our featured Swiss resorts. It’s been fairly cool this week with no significant fresh snow.
Perhaps the biggest news is the weather forecast, with almost a metre of snow expected at many central Swiss resorts like Saas Fee (15/293cm). Spring conditions dominate there at the moment but loads of snow is expected over the weekend and it should transform their ski area.
The same can be said for Zermatt (0/250cm). The skiing on the upper slopes was great on Thursday 24th April and the fresh snow that’s coming from Saturday 26th April onwards should further enhance the skiing and give them a very wintry end to the season.
USA snow reports
American ski resorts still open are generally in great condition at the moment with plenty of snow left on their mountains. Breckenridge (213cm) is a good example, with a great base depth for the time of year. 2013/14 has been a good season for them, having so far notched up more than 11 metres of snow. They close for the season at the end of this weekend and it should be a great last few days.
Timberline (403cm) in Oregon is the place to go at the moment if you want to ski fresh snow. They received around 30cm of snow on 22nd April which boosted their base depth to over four metres.