Heavy snow has fallen in parts of the Alps. Easter may have passed but it seems winter in the Alps is not over yet. Check it all out in our updated snow report with the latest pictures and videos. UPDATED
Here on PlanetSKI we like to keep a close eye on the snow across the mountains - the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Rockies and beyond.
We have a main snow report each Thursday looking at current condtions and the forecast.
And we update it through the week with details from our reporters and readers around the mountains:
Friday 21st April
The latest pictures we have come from the ski journalist and PlanetSKI reader, Ben Clatworthy, who is in Soelden.
He sent them from a chairlift this afternoon
"In Solden for the Hannibal event- best conditions of the season. Bluebird, cold and hard packed pistes. Talk about going out with a bang," said Ben.
The ski resorts of Lech and St Anton have seem some of the biggest falls while the places to be are the glacier resorts in the Tirol that remain open - Kaprun, Hintertux and Stubai.
Hintertux has seen some of the best snowfall.
The forecasters are predicting another storm next week with temperatures remaining cold.
It seems winter is not over quite yet.
Tuesday April 18th
There has been up to 50cm of snow in some parts of Austria with more set to fall.
In places there could be up to a metre over the next few days as the temperature drops sharply in parts of the Alps.
"Resorts that have or will benefit from this significant late snowfall (once the weather settles down) are mostly in Austria, including St Anton, Lech, Obergurgl, Obertauern, Ischgl, Kaprun and Hintertux," said Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk.
Some resorts, including Aspen, have extended their season and a couple, Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley, are even talking about offering skiing into July.
Here on PlanetSKI we will have a report on the continuing snow in North America later this week.
Saturday April 15th
"Upper slopes in Verbier still have good snow and more coming this weekend. Looking forward to the last few weeks of the season," says Warren Smith from the Warren Smith Ski Academy.
Vanessa Fisher has sent us this photo from Grand Tourmalet in the French Pyrenees, that closes on Easter Monday.
She commented, "We spent most of our time skiing on north facing slopes, which had full snow cover, giving us plenty of options. As the week progressed more of the slopes closed down under blazing sunshine and blue skies - but each day we had enough snow to enjoy."
Grand Tourmalet - French Pyrenees closes Easter Monday
Change is afoot, however, with cold weather moving in from the north over the weekend.
There will also be some snow, chiefly across the north-eastern Alps (eastern Switzerland and Austria), where it will fall as low as 1000m in places by Sunday.
For many resorts it is too late of course, but if you happen to be in the Alps early next week you will bag yourself some powder in the likes of Hintertux or Obergurgl.
Our full and detailed snow report below, that was filed on Thursday 13th April comes from Fraser Wilkin at www.weathertoski.co.uk.
Snow cover in most low Austrian resorts is either extremely patchy or non-existent, with many areas (e.g. Ski Welt) now closed for the season.
Glaciers aside, the two best remaining options are Ischgl (0/90cm) and Obergurgl (18/69cm), where some snow is expected to fall over the weekend.
Good snow cover on the upper slopes of Ischgl – 13 April 2017 – Photo: ischgl.com
France continues to offer some good spring skiing in its higher resorts.
Two of the best options right now are Val d'Isère (50/150cm) and Val Thorens (105/160cm).
Below 2000m though cover is very patchy, with the window for good snow quality much shorter in the likes of Valmorel (0/80cm).
The weather in the French Alps will turn colder over the weekend but no more than a dusting of snow is expected in the north.
Fabulous skiing on the high slopes of Bonneval-sur-Arc today – 13 April 2017 – Photo: weathertoski.co.uk
Many low Italian ski resorts have now closed for the season, but there is still some good skiing to be had, especially (but not exclusively) in the higher resorts of the west, such as Cervinia (0/195cm) and Alagna (0/180cm).
Even here, however, expect plenty of slush on the lower slopes later in the day.
The weather will turn colder in Italy over the weekend but no significant snow is expected.
Great snow conditions on the upper slopes of Cervinia – 13 April 2017 – Photo: cervinia.it
Like everywhere else in the Alps, snow cover in Switzerland is now very patchy low down with most resorts in full spring-mode.
As is normally the case at this time of year, Zermatt (0/170cm) and Saas-Fee (10/270cm) offer the most consistent snow conditions due to their superior top height.
Lower down you can still find some enjoyable skiing in the likes of Wengen (0/60cm), but the window of opportunity for reasonable snow quality is much shorter.
It is still possible to ski “wintry” snow up top in Saas-Fee – 13 April 2017 – Photo: saas-fee.ch
Rest of Europe
There is plenty of skiing still going on in Norway, with the best conditions in Voss (75/125cm), where there was a moderate fall of snow on Wednesday.
There is also plenty of snow left in the higher parts of the Pyrenees - with 140/230cm in Andorra's Arcalis, for example, though conditions are also very spring-like with plenty of slush later in the day.
Whistler is continuing to see fabulous late season conditions with upper mountain base depths of 358cm and yet more snow falling today.
Further inland, you can also find some excellent April skiing in the Banff/Lake Louise area where base depths are 163/249cm and some light snow is also falling today.
More snow forecast for Whistler today – 13 April 2017 – Photo: whistlerblackcomb.com
Most western US resorts still have excellent snow cover though it has warmed up again, and some major resorts (e.g. Jackson Hole) are now closed.
In Colorado, Vail still has 114cm packed down mid-mountain with spring snow conditions, while Utah's Alta still has 325cm.