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SKIING TO THE BITTER END - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Monday April 16, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

A number of big name resorts close this weekend but there's still a few weeks left in the season if you know where to go... UPDATED



It is definitely spring in the Alps as we have reported in our latest snow report.

But there is still plenty of snow at altitude after the huge falls this winter.

Many resorts are closing with significant amounts of snow still left.

These latest pictures come from Solden in the Tirol in Austria and were taken this weekend.

Solden, Tirol, AustriaSolden, Tirol, Austria
















Solden, Tirol, AustriaSolden, Tirol, Austria
















The resort still has some skiing left - it closes on May 1st.

And it's looking good in France.

Skiing also goes into May and it looks like  a team from PlanetSKI is heading to Tignes and Val Thorens this week - we're just finalising details. Cool

And Val Thorens looks like the place to go.

"There are huge amounts of snow still on roofs here. It's the last week for seasonaires so night life is still good!" said PlanetSKI reader, Jo Vizard, this week from the resort.

"The warm weather means it's a bit slushy at end of day but all round it is excellent for time of year."

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France


















And if you want to squeeze in a few final turns in Val Thorens the UK operator Erna Low is offering a great deal:

Departs 28th April

High altitude Val Thorens stays open until 8th May giving a full week of skiing possible in one of the best season's snow for many years.

1 x studio for up to 4 persons in the Silveralp Residence in Val Thorens costs £587 including return Eurotunnel crossing.

Just £147 per person   - see here for further details.

Here is a photo from Tignes comparing this spring to last year.

Tignes comparisonTignes comparison












A team from PlanetSKI is currently in Innsbruck in the Tirol:

This weekend is a big one for many European ski resorts.

It'll see the lifts stop turning in these favourites:

20th April

La Rosiere

21st April

Andermatt in Switzerland and Alpe d'Huez in France is where to be this Saturday.

22nd April

St Anton, Courchevel, Obergurgl, Avoriaz, Cauterets in the Pyrenees, Flaine, Meribel, Serre Chevalier, Crans Montana, Murren and Stuben.

And for Norway, Geilo and Høgevarde Fjellpark.

Drop everything, pack the skis, remember your sunnies and get yourself to the slopes.
Nearby Lech-Zurs on closing dayNearby Lech-Zurs on closing day 15th April














27th April

Les Menuires

28th April

The French brigade that'll own this closing day :

La Clusaz, La Plagne, Les 2 Alpes, Les Arcs

29th April

Go big on this Sunday in Verbier or close it with a different kind of ski trip to Trysil, Norway.

Tignes 16th AprilTignes 16th April














1st May

Big name resorts are owning May Day.

Get to Chamonix, Val d'Isere, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Livigno or Ischgl for what are sure to be memorable celebrations.

Prali, Solden, Hemsedal in Norway and Sierra Nevada in Spain will also bring out the winter in style today.

6th May

A tough decision to make on where to spend the 6th with top resorts from France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria closing:

Tignes, Cervinia, St Moritz, Kitzbuhel.

The Pitztaler Gletscher and Tyin-Filefjell in Norway will stop the lifts on this date too.

Trysil groomer on 15th AprilTrysil groomer on 15th April













8th May

Val Thorens

13th May

Molltaler Gletscher



You can ski all summer on a handfull of Europe's glaciers.

A few PlanetSKI favourites:

Zermatt and you can access the glacer from the Italian resort of Cervinia too.

The year-round Austrian glacier resort, Hintertux.

Kaprun's Kitzsteinhorn - open until 22nd July.

Stubai Gletscher will stay open through 3rd June.

Hintertux Glacier 14th AprilHintertux Glacier 14th April





















1. Zermatt and Cervinia

With 20cm fresh fall on 13h April and a 435cm snow depth at summit, it's looking great.

2. St Anton

Packed powder from an epic season will see St Anton end of its Winter 171/8 run on a high note.

3. Val Thorens

We started our season here and will most likely finish it here, too. The resort has one of the lastest closing dates: It's high, it's bound to be good.

The Matterhorn, Zermatt looking fine this springThe Matterhorn, Zermatt looking fine this spring
















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