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(Last Updated:18/04/15)

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(Last Updated:16/04/15)

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.

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An early taste of summer has been felt across the Alps this week, with valley temperatures hitting as high as 20C and the freezing level climbing well above 3,000m. Many resorts are now shut for the season, with more scheduled to close this weekend, but there is still some great skiing to be had. Head high and stick to north facing slopes for the best conditions and avoid skiing back to resort too late in the afternoon as the slopes will have become slushy and worn.

Light clouds and sunshine were seen across Austria on Thursday, there is still some good skiing available despite the closure of many of our featured resorts.

Clouds obscured the sun for the first time this week in France, slowing slightly the thaw that has been happening at a rapid rate this week. Many resorts are set to close this weekend, leaving the highest resorts as the only ones still open for the season.

Many resorts have closed across Switzerland, but at those still open expect the spring-like conditions at almost all levels. Head high for the best snow and stick to north facing slopes.

Parts of eastern Italy shared similar conditions to the neighbouring Austria, with sunny skies and light clouds. The west had more intervals of cloud but on the whole it was a nice day for spring time skiing.

All of our featured resorts in Andorra have closed for the season, but skiing is still on offer in the Pyrenees at Cauterets in France with spring conditions dominant.

Good skiing remains on offer in Scandinavia, with most resorts remaining open until at least the 26th of April. The best conditions are on the upper slopes, but most resort runs are still in decent condition.

Sunshine has been beating down on our Bulgarian resorts this week, leading to some fantastic spring conditions. Head up there this weekend as daily operations are set to cease on Sunday.

Heavy rain at the start of the week has reduced the cover in Scotland, but some good skiing still remains on the upper slopes of Cairngorm, Glencoe and Nevis Range.

Huge amount of snow have fallen in Utah and Colorado is about to get a great late-season dump of powder. The season is coming to an end in California, with one final sunny weekend forecast and on the east coast expect spring conditions over the coming days.

Most resorts in Canada are now closed, but Whistler, Banff and Marmot Basin remain open – all of which are reporting new snowfall in recent days. Mont Sainte-Anne and Tremblant on the east coast are closed this week but are due to open for weekend skiing with spring-like conditions.

European weather outlook

The mild air is set to remain over the Alps on Thursday before a weather front arrives during Friday, slightly lowering the freezing level. This is set to sadly bring some heavy rain to slopes below around 2,500m – although expect some local variations. By Saturday colder air should drop the snow level to around 2,000m but the precipitation is set to be lighter. On the upper slopes some good powder is very possible with up to 50cm of new snow expected at altitude during the course of the weekend.

Rain is expected in the Pyrenees this weekend, providing a damp end to the ski season. Some powder is possible on the very highest slopes, but lower down more snow loss is expected.

Glorious sunny weather is forecast in Bulgaria until Saturday, before the temperature drops significantly overnight in to Sunday, accompanied by some light snowfall.

Expect warm and mostly sunny springtime weather in Scandinavia over the weekend and into next week. More clouds are expected in Sweden, with a little light snow possible although there is a good chance of some nice sunny breaks too.

The clouds are set to clear from Scotland during Friday to leave a sunny and warm weekend –perfect for setting up spring snow conditions. This weather pattern is forecast to continue well into next week.

North american weather outlook

Some brilliant spring sunshine is forecast for western Canada over the weekend, with mid-mountain temperatures soaring into double digits across British Columbia. Cooler conditions can be expected in Alberta, possibly bringing the odd snow flurry, but expect some warm spring sunshine here too over the weekend.

Unsettled and snowy weather is forecast for Colorado in the USA, with as much as 50cm of fresh powder predicted to fall by the end of the weekend in places. Utah on the other hand is expected to remain mostly dry, with some good spells of sunshine in between periods of cloudy weather that may bring some light snow flurries.

Warm and sunny weather is forecast for the final weekend at many resorts. Be sure to take sunglasses and sun cream as the sun is extremely strong at this time of year.

Spring has well and truly sprung on the east coast, with temperatures set to hit double figures at mid-mountain level over much of the next nine days. Expect some rain at times – heaviest on Friday and Tuesday. Some good sunny breaks are forecast in between the rain however, especially on Sunday which is closing day for many resorts.



Andorra

Andorra snow reports

Following a fantastic season and a glorious final weekend, all of our featured resorts in Andorra are closed for the season.

Austria

Austria snow reports

We have already had a large portion of our featured resorts close for the season but you can still ski in Austria. On Thursday 16th April it was mostly sunny with patches of cloud and overall it was quite hot with some temperatures reaching up to +15C in places.

The glacier ski resorts are open and have lots of enjoyable spring time skiing available. Some of the main resorts are still open too with the likes of Obergurgl (20/130cm), St Anton (60/345cm) and Ischgl (0/150cm) all offering pleasant skiing albeit quite slushy and heavy at times but when groomed, a great days skiing is there to be enjoyed.

The higher glacial resorts of Pitztal (312/355cm), Kaunertal (288/394cm), Stubai (5/265cm) and the Hintertux (20/290cm) all have plenty of pistes open with firmer slopes at their summits and softer slopes lower down. The off piste conditions are mostly varied and there may be a few rocks poking out from the tracked cover so do take care.

Sadly there is some rain in the forecast for slopes below around 2,500m this weekend, but with most of the open resorts having slopes around and above this, there could be some fresh snow to enjoy this weekend.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria snow reports

It has been a gloriously sunny final full week of the season in Bulgaria, with warm temperatures transforming the deep snow base into perfect spring snow. Bansko (150/250cm) had all but one lift running on Thursday 16th April and is expected to run the same lifts again right up until closing day on Sunday. Borovets (250/315cm) retains an incredible base for the time of year and is set to open for weekend skiing should conditions allow once daily operations cease this weekend. Some great spring skiing is also to be expected at Pamporovo (85/105cm) to end the season. Expect the sunny skies to remain until Saturday night, when clouds are forecast to roll in – potentially bringing a wintry mix on Sunday.

Canada

Canada snow reports

There is some great skiing still in Alberta this week, with Marmot Basin (143cm) reporting 17cm of new snow in the past four days and Lake Louise above Banff (186/195cm) has picked up a massive 64cm in the past week. There is some great late season powder to be found and both resorts are set to remain open until May. Changeable weather is forecast for the weekend, with some nice sunny skies in between some light snow showers.

Whistler (205cm) is still able to offer some good skiing, although lower down there is very little snow. The top bowls are in great shape and thanks to recent snowfall some good powder days have been had – finally! Some great spring sunshine is forecast for the coming days.

Over on the east coast, both Mont Sainte-Anne (50/70cm) and Tremblant (60/120cm) are open this weekend following a week of closure to preserve the snow. Expect spring conditions under what sadly is forecast to be a damp Saturday but a sunny Sunday.

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

France

France snow reports

Following a week of very warm sunshine, clouds moved into France on Thursday, bringing the possibility of some light rain showers later in the day.

The lower slopes have really taken a hit this week and as a result expect some very worn conditions or even closed resort runs. So head high for the best skiing and the most reliable snow conditions. Resorts such as Val Thorens (110/225cm) and Tignes (76/180cm) provide two of the best options at present owing to their high altitude slopes.

Some good skiing is also available at present in the Paradiski area, with both Les Arcs (45/200cm) and La Plagne (10/180cm) reporting good conditions on the upper pistes in particular. The lowest slopes are suffering but the link remains open and both resorts are set to keep their lifts turning until April 26th.

Sadly some fairly heavy rain is forecast over the coming days, providing a wet final weekend for many resorts. The higher slopes (above 2,500m) could see up to 30cm of fresh snow in places over the weekend so head high for the chance of some powder.

Germany

Very limited skiing is available at present at our featured resorts in Germany, with only Garmisch (0/435cm) and Obertsdorf (0/130cm) currently open. That being said, the conditions on the slopes remain good although the south facing pistes are likely to show signs of wear later in the day. Sadly some heavy rain is expected on Friday and Saturday up to 2,500m, so expect some significant snow loss on the lower slopes by the weekend. Should the snow hold, both resorts are set to remain open until Sunday 3rd May.

Italy

Italy snow reports

Many of our featured Italian resorts are set to close this weekend but we do have a number that are open for weekend skiing, most notably the Milky Way. It is currently closed to preserve the remaining snow at Sauze D’Oulx (40/80cm), Sestriere (40/80cm), Cesana and Claviere (40/80cm).

Of the remaining resorts that are still open there is good skiing available in resorts such as Cervinia (30/270cm) and Val Senales (35/320cm). The high altitudes are ensuring a good base depth and that the pistes remain as intact as possible. Naturally the slopes are firmer in the morning but do get quite slushy in the high afternoon when the temperature rises. Off piste conditions are varied and mainly slush by the afternoon. Both resorts had all but one lift open so the availability of slopes is still very reasonable despite the significant increase in temperature.

Rain is also expected to high levels here over the weekend, but the upper slopes of resorts such as Cervinia could catch around 30cm of new snow.

Norway/sweden

Norway snow reports & Sweden snow reports

With most of our featured Norwegian resorts set to remain open well into April and for some May (Hemsedal), there is still some good skiing to be had this winter. For the best conditions stick to the upper slopes, although recent cooler weather has led to some firm upper pistes in resorts such as Hemsedal (90/90cm) and Trysil (142/142cm). Lillehammer (20/150cm) retains some great spring conditions owing to its slightly warmer climate, although only three of the city’s five ski areas remain open. Mostly sunny and milder weather is forecast for the weekend ahead so expect the spring snow conditions to return.

Are (71/71cm) in Sweden has caught a lot of fresh snow this week on the upper mountain, with 21cm falling in the past three days alone. Some nice fresh turns have been reported up high, but sadly lower down much of this has fallen as rain or sleet. Salen (60/80cm) has remained dry, with spring conditions reported on the slopes. Are is forecast more unsettled weather with light snowfall possible, whereas Salen is expected to remain dry but mostly cloudy.

Switzerland

Switzerland snow reports

The Swiss ski season is really winding down and thanks to the recent warmth, the snow has been melting fast. Thursday 16th April brought more clouds than of late, heralding a change that is forecast to bring rain to slopes below 2,500m on Friday.

Some of the best conditions in Switzerland are at Samnaun (35/190cm) and its linked ski area with Ischgl over the border in Austria. The resort is set to remain open into May and thanks to the great snowbase in place, this is looking likely. Some great spring skiing has been had in recent days here and expect more of the same over the weekend – possibly topped up by some fresh powder on the upper slopes.

The upper slopes of Verbier (0/260cm) remain in good condition, although the return to the resort is becoming tricky with only one run open. The itinerary runs have developed some huge bumps so hit these slopes when the sun has melted through the overnight freeze for some slightly easier and softer turns.

It is the last scheduled weekend of operation at many resorts, including Grimentz/Zinal (30/225cm), Davos/Klosters (19/185cm), Saas Fee (12/370cm) and Wengen (0/135cm). Some good skiing should still be found on the upper slopes this weekend, with the potential for a powder day on the upper slopes on Saturday.

Usa

USA snow reports

Many resorts are scheduled to close this weekend, despite the fact that snow is falling across the Rockies.

Some huge snowfall totals have been recorded in Utah in the past two days. Park City (66cm) has picked up around 30cm of new snow but was outdone by Alta (241cm) which saw 86cm of new snow and Snowbird (241cm) which clocked a massive 109cm of powder. Some great late season powder is therefore likely and the sun is expected to make an appearance over the weekend.

Snow was also falling at Colorado, but as of Thursday morning only a few centimetres had fallen. Up to 60cm is forecast by the end of the weekend at resorts such as Arapahoe Basin (104cm) and Winter Park (135cm) – so take your powder skis this weekend!

Big Sky (117/170cm) in Montana is set up for an incredible final weekend of the season, with 40cm of new snow recorded on Thursday morning. As the resort is quiet at the moment, expect the fresh tracks to last into the weekend.

It is the final weekend at Squaw Valley (45/78cm) and Heavenly (94cm) in California and the sun is expected to shine. Hopefully next season will bring an end to the run of very poor seasons in the Sierra Nevada.

It is also the final weekend for many east coast resorts, where spring conditions are now dominant following a prolonged spell of mild weather. Expect some spells of rain but also some very decent spells of sunshine. The pick of the conditions remain at Killington (76/102cm) which is hoping to ski into May.

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