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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.

Soelden, AustriaSoelden, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soelden, AustriaSoelden, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


See here for our story on the Hannibal event in Soelden - it is quite a spectacle!

And here is what it looks like lower down in Austria as snow fell well below 1,000m

 

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Meanwhile PlanetSKI reader, Mark Neville is in Les3Vallees.

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Thursday April 20th

Well, well, well.

Who'd have thought it?

1m of snow in the second half of April!

The huge snow storm that has hit parts of the Alps has ended but cold temperatures remain and more is set to come.

The animation below by Meteociel highlights the cold weather across the Alps over the next week, and through to 29th April.

 

Austria has received the most, with more in parts of Switzerland.

Take a look at glacier resort Kaprun over the last 24 hours:

Here are some pictures posted by one of our readers, Lindsey Cairns, who lives in Austria.

It is snowing below 1,000m.

Powder hound at playPowder hound at play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powder hound at playPowder hound at play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ischgl in the Tirol was live on Facebook this morning showing off its perfect conditions for an end-of-season ski:

LechLech 20th April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lech is having one of those top-season days at -3° with fresh snow and a bluebird sky.

Views of Arosa, Switzerland after yesterday's snowfall:

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Arosa Switzerland 20th AprilArosa Switzerland 20th April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in the Engadin Samnuan region it is currently -8°. Tomorrow looks to be a pure sunshine day and a few degrees warmer.

Take a look at the web cam pictures from Samnaun at midday - Alp Trida Sattel at 2.488m:

Samnaun 20th AprilSamnaun 20th April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And through much of France there are beautiful blue-sky ski days.

La Plagne early morningLa Plagne early morning - perfect touring conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To get a part of this French ski and sun, check out the Ski Amis chalets in France.

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.

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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.

See here for further details.

Here are the latest pictures and videos of snow, with Austria and especially resorts in the Tirol receiving an unseasonal amount...

Hintertux GletscherHintertux is hosting avalanche training in the snow, 18th April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hintertux is experiencing extreme temperature drops of more than 20 degrees: Mid-afternoon -15°C

Lech currently is -3°C and expects between 15-25cm of snowfall from 17th through to Wednesday 19th evening.

The last day of the season in Laax (below), looked like the middle of winter with substantial fresh snow.

 

 

LechSnow covered Lech, 18th April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

StubaiMore than a dusting in Stubai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stubai is even colder at -16°C with no expectations of the snow letting off until later in the week.

It's also currently snowing a fair amount down in the city of Innsbruck:

Some of the heaviest has fallen in St Anton.

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Its snowing in Ischgl too, see the Snow Report from Ski Total below:

Snowfall in Lech, too - below:

The sun will return later in the week but more snow is forecast for next week.

It seems winter is not over yet.

Meanwhile over in France there are bluebird days and suncream is needed!

Iglu Ski's Krystelle is making the most of the sunny conditions in Val d'Isere:

Iglu Ski's Krystelle is enjoying the sun in Val d'IsereSunny lunches and apres in Val d'Isere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do check back later for more pictures and information.

Sunday April 16th

The snow continues to fall over in North America as the ski season winds down.

In Canada Sun Peaks in British Columbia closed at the weekend with another 24cm of fresh snow for skiers and snowboarders to play in.

Sun Peaks, CanadaSun Peaks, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PlanetSKI was in the resort earlier this month - see here for our article.

Inland the conditions remain good at Sunshine Village in Alberta where skiing continues well into May.

"We have had yet another snowy weekend in a winter that just keeps on giving - so much snow!" said one of our readers, Alex, who works in the resort.

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Meanwhile Jackson Hole in the USA has closed after a record-breaking season.

It has made this video to celebrate the winter of 2016/17 and it has been shared by the specialist operator to North America, Ski Independence.

Check out our report from Jackson Hole as our editor, James Cove, swung through on his 4-week multi-resort road trip in the USA and Canada.

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.

Verbier, SwitzerlandVerbier, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 MondayGrand Tourmalet - French Pyrenees closes Easter Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See here for Vanessa's full report from the French Pyrenees

Thursday April 13th

Most of the Alps have been enjoying warm and sunny weather this week.

There have been a few showers here and there, but no notable snow, and freeze-thaw cycles have generally been the order of the day.

Low down and on slopes exposed to the sun this means a lot of slush later in the day.

Only north-facing slopes above 2600m or so have managed to offer firm "wintry snow" all day long.

We have been following the weather this week including news of the first snowfalls in Australia - see here for our earlier report.

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.

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Austria

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.comGood snow cover on the upper slopes of Ischgl – 13 April 2017 – Photo: ischgl.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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France

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.ukFabulous skiing on the high slopes of Bonneval-sur-Arc today – 13 April 2017 – Photo: weathertoski.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Italy

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.itGreat snow conditions on the upper slopes of Cervinia – 13 April 2017 – Photo: cervinia.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Switzerland

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.chIt 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. 

North America

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Canada

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.comMore snow forecast for Whistler today – 13 April 2017 – Photo: whistlerblackcomb.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USA

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.

For daily weather bulletins  from Fraser then follow it all at www.weathertoski.co.uk.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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