Latest snow reports: Where has the best conditions for the end of the ski season?
Two big milestones were reached on either side of the Atlantic this week. Snowfall on higher slopes in the Alps finally took the deepest snowpack in Europe – passing the 4-metre mark in Tignes. While over in California, Mammoth Mountain passed the 8-metre base depth mark on its upper slopes this week, the deepest reported anywhere in the world for several years.
The news is reassuring for the last remaining weeks of the season. Skiers who aim for resorts with terrain above 2,000m in Europe should be able to see out the rest of winter with fine conditions. In western North America, a growing number of resorts plan to keep lifts turning until late spring, even summer.
It has been a week of mixed fortunes in Europe though, much of it dependent on ski area altitude. Fresh snowfall arrived in the Alps as forecast at the weekend but it was rain at times on lower slopes, causing an increasing number of lower-lying areas to announce early closures.
There are similar issues, but less fresh snowfall, in the Pyrenees, and Scottish centres still have just a few runs open for the Easter holidays. Scandinavia continues to look good for April skiing however, with temperatures still quite cool and fresh snow falling at these northerly latitudes.
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The Easter holidays are looking more promising than we might have hoped at France's high-altitude resorts, after the coldest and snowiest week for some time. Flaine, La Plagne, Avoriaz and Les Arcs are all posting around 3 metres of snow lying on upper slopes and most larger areas still have 70-80 per cent of their terrain open.
It will remain cooler with more snowfall as we move into April. Snow depths on high slopes in France are the best they’ve been all winter, which is good news for the final weeks of the season.
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Austrian ski centres have reported a mixture of fresh snowfall on higher slopes (for example in Ischgl and Obergurgl) and rain, followed by thawing of the remaining thin snowpack in the past week. The latter led St Johann in Tirol, where the top of the lifts reach just 1,600m, to confirm an early end to its season last Sunday.
It's a matter of altitude for the final weeks of the season in Austria, with very little choice for any remaining snow below 1,800m. There are healthy numbers at higher resorts like Sölden, St Anton and Kaprun, all of which report snow at least 1.8m deep on the highest slopes.
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It has been a week of very mixed conditions across Italy with snowfall right across the country’s ski slopes – including the Dolomites in the east, but much heavier in the west. The Milky Way region, including high-altitude Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx, reports plenty of fresh snow up high and over 230km of slopes still open.
Further snow showers are forecast in Italy but the amount of terrain open at each resort is slowly decreasing. It's still at 85 per cent for the Cervinia-Zermatt ski area – a good bet for spring skiing, thanks to having Europe's highest lift-accessed slopes.
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Swiss slopes have seen plenty of fresh snowfall this week, especially up high – so much fell in Verbier that the final to the Freeride World Tour was cancelled earlier this week. Saas-Fee is posting the deepest base in the country at over 3 metres and is in good shape for Easter. The 4 Valleys around Verbier still have more than 300km of slopes open, the most in the country.
It’s currently looking like the weather will remain wintery into the start of April with sub-zero temperatures and more snow forecast, the most accumulating will be in resorts like Zermatt.
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Fresh snowfall has been reported on ski slopes in Alberta and British Columbia as well as Quebec in the east as temperatures remain close to freezing across Canada’s ski regions. Tremblant says it has had the most snow ever this winter (627cm) and has extended its season by a week to April 23.
Staying cool into the start of April, but many Canadian resorts will close by Easter weekend even with the snow sitting metres deep. Banff, Jasper and Whistler will all be open into May.
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Even though it’s the end of March the snow keeps falling and the season totals are now some of the biggest since records began in the US. All this means that resorts in the western US are a good bet if you want to keep skiing late into spring, even summer. California’s Heavenly has extended its season by three weeks to May 7, while The Palisades and Mammoth will both be open at least until Independence Day on July 4. Mammoth reported on Tuesday it had set a new all-time record for snowfall in a season of 17.65 metres. In Utah, Alta has reached a 5-metre base and in Colorado Breckenridge is open to the end of May and Winter Park will be staying open as long as the snow lasts.
It is getting a little warmer and the snowfall is supposed to be getting a lighter, but the showers will continue into April, mixed with sunny spells.
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