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Heavy snow came down as the final batch of main resorts close. It is most likely the last of the winter weather and a team from PlanetSKI is out enjoying it all in Ischgl. It's a bluebird powder day! UPDATED

Saturday 29th April

It's a powder day after some of the best snow of the winter falls across the Alps.

The last few remaining ski resorts are having a treat.

Many close this weekend and it looks set to be a belter!

A team from PlanetSKI is in Ischgl and this is the view from the breakfast table at 8AM.

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It is similar elsewhere.

"Good morning Verbier! It's gonna be a good day" said our great friend Warren Smith from Verbier.

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Do check back later today for more pictures of the powder...

Here is the assessment from Fraser Wilkin at www.weathertoski.co.uk.

"There are some exceptionally wintry scenes across the Alps this morning, where some resorts are in the middle of their biggest snowfall of the "winter" so far!

Morzine, for example, has woken up to around 20cm this morning, something they haven't seen much at resort level all winter - too bad the local lifts closed nearly three weeks ago!

Other parts of the Alps have even more - with 50cm of new snow up top in Livigno and St Moritz (Corvatsch) in the last 24 hours alone.

Freezing levels have varied enormously during this storm as warm and cold air battle it out over the Alps.

On the northern side it has been snowing to very low levels - right down to the lowlands in places.
 
Today there will be further snow, heaviest in the central and eastern Swiss Alps as well as parts of Austria.

The weather will then clear up tomorrow with some truly exceptional skiing on offer in the handful of resorts still open.
 
Some good bets include Hintertux, Obergurgl and Ischgl in Austria, St Moritz (Corvatsch) and Zermatt in Switzerland, Val d'Isère, Tignes and Val Thorens in France and Cervinia and Livigno in Italy."

Friday 28th April

Good morning Ischgl!

This is the view that greets the team from PlanetSKI in the Austrian resort - seems it's going to be a powder day on our final day of the season.

Room with a viewRoom with a view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Editor James Cove is at the top of the mountain and here is his impromptu snow report on conditions.

 

He was taking time out from the powder in Ischgl as  the team ripped it up.

We will be updating the story so do check back later for further photos showing conditions across the Alps and Pyrenees.....

Hopefully more photos like this.

The photos from A-Basinin Colorado have just dropped into our inbox...

Arapahoe Basin, USAPow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arapahoe Basin, USAArapahoe Basin, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And some in Switzerland in Verbier and Murren...

30cm in Verbier - 28 April (Photo: Twitter VerbierResorts)30cm in Verbier - 28 April (Photo: Twitter VerbierResorts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-4C in Murren (photo: Twitter Murrenlover)-4C in Murren (photo: Twitter Murrenlover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there's more over in France...

In the southern Alps in Serre Chevalier:

And in La Clusaz:

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9cm in Val d'Isere this morning 28 April (photo: Twitter Radiovaldisere)9cm in Val d'Isere this morning 28 April (photo: Twitter Radiovaldisere)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Val ThorensVal Thorens 28 April (facebook)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 27th April

The forecast snow has finally arrived.

15cm fell last night in Ischgl, as well as elsewhere in the Tirol including Hintertux, with around the same due to fall again tonight.

The snow clouds came in early yesterday afternoon but it really started to fall late evening on Wednesday and through the night.

First thing 27th AprilFirst thing 27th April, down in resort 1400m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 27th in IschglApril 27th in Ischgl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27th AprilView on the mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There has also been snow elsewhere.

The graphic below from Meteociel shows the weather pattern across the Pyrenees and the Alps on 27th April.

The shades of 'pink' represent snow.....

 

Hintertux, AustriaHintertux, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tignes, FranceTignes, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See below for a video report of the snow in the Tirol:

And here is PlanetSKI's editor, James Cove, enjoying the end-of-season powder.

We have just heard from one of our readers, Rod Frazer, in Les2Alpes in France.

"The last week of the season has seen a lot of fresh snow, the forecast is for a bit more and clearing up for blue skies on Saturday, so bluebird day to finish off our season this weekend. It feels like a private ski resort this week, with hardly anyone on the hill. It's a real treat for the few tourists that are here," said Rod.

"It's funny how we get great snow late April every year but everyone acts suprised, as a couple of weeks back it was hot as, and you start to think about the beach! Then boom it starts snowing again," Rod added.

Rod and friendsRod and friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday 24th April

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See more here on the snow that fell through the Austrian Alps until 19th April...

A foehn wind - a dry, warm, down-slope wind - is to stream through the Tirol but abate on Wednesday, leading to colder temperatures in the area during the rest of the week.

Snow in Ischgl is expected down to 1,000m.

Tirol on the weekendTirol at the weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports is out ski testing the Winter 17/18 models and have reported that the conditions in recent years at the same time have been exceptional. Are we forgetting about spring skiing?!

Incredible piste skiing on offer and dozens of new season ski models to try out, PlanetSKI got involved.

Ski testing with Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, IschglSki testing with Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Ischgl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellis Brigham ski testingTesting XO skis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PlanetSKI's editor, James Cove, writes up a blog from day 1 ski testing here. And keep an eye out for more to come on next season's skis on PlanetSKI.

I was in resort mid December and the conditions are considerably better now - a comparison to highlight the current quality of skiing rather than the disappointing early season that characterised Europe.

The pistes are hard packed and well groomed with great snow coverage.

It is still possible to ski down to the village by one run, though this doesn't represent the area's skiing that rises close to 3,000m.

Ischgl April 24th conditionsIschgl  - April 24th conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile over in Kuhtai:

SNOW UPDATE:

And elsewhere in the world skiing and snowbarding is continuing too.

In fact it looks like the middle of winter in Banff in Canada where 30cm of snow has just fallen.

One of our readers, Alex Cove, has just sent us these pictures of Canada's never-ending winter:

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Banff, CanadaBanff, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And here is what it looks like in the nearby resort of Sunshine Village:

 

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