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SKIING INTO MAY - James Cove, The Tirol
Tuesday April 30, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

PlanetSKI is in the Tirol making some turns while it's been bikiinis & speedos in the Aosta Valley. See here for where you can still ski.

First we look at conditions in Pitztal in the Tirol.

It closes this weekend, and we're on its slopes enjoying the final few days of its epic season.

Conditions could hardly be better.

Pitztal, Tirol, AustriaPitztal, Tirol, Austria

Pitztal, Tirol, AustriaPitztal, Tirol, Austria

Pitztal, Tirol, AustriaPitztal, Tirol, Austria

There is more snow in the forecast for the coming few days in the Tirol, but in the meantime it's wall-to-wall sunshine with plenty of skiing to be had.

Pitztal, Tirol, AustriaPitztal, Tirol, Austria

Pitztal, Tirol, AustriaPitztal, Tirol, Austria

So, will I be wearing my speedos for Pitztal's end of season this weekend?

They were in Cervinia in the Aosta Valley in Italy the resort as it held its swimwear parade on May Day (the resort also closes this weekend, May 5th).

May Day in CerviniaMay Day in Cervinia

May Day in CerviniaMay Day in Cervinia

May Day in CerviniaMay Day in Cervinia

May Day in CerviniaMay Day in Cervinia

May Day in CerviniaMay Day in Cervinia

And if you are wondering what Cervinia was like earlier in the season then check out our visits:
In Austria the resorts that closed on Wednesday included the Dachstein Glacier, Soelden, Kitzbuehel, Ischgl and Obertauern.

Ischgl saw off the season of 2018/19 in its usual musical style.

On Tuesday Lenny Kravitz gave it his all at the Top of the Mountain closing concert.

Lenny Kravitz, IschglLenny Kravitz, Ischgl

Lenny Kravitz, IschglLenny Kravitz, Ischgl

Here was the snowy scene ahead of the concert:

It has now shut up shop and brought the curtain down on its season.

And Kitzbuehel closed on Wednesday with people out in their lederhosen:

Spring skiwear in KitzbuehelSpring skiwear in Kitzbuehel

In France Val d'Isere is also now shut.

In Italy it's Livigno, Cortina d'Ampezzo and Prali closing their lifts for the final time.

The Swiss resort of Samnaun, a neighbour to Ischgl, also shut on May 1st.

So, what are conditions currently like?

Earlier this week PlanetSKI was in Kauntertal in the Tirol in Austria with plenty of fresh snow coming down.

Kaunertal, Tirol, AustriaKaunertal, Tirol, Austria

We were putting next year's skis through their paces at the Ellis Brigham Ski Tests.

There was some snow first thing on Monday morning.

And no report on Kaunertal is complete without mention of the 40-minute road journey up from the valley floor.

Especially in Spring snow.

Beautiful to start with:


And then things get a bit narrower on the small single track road by the lake.

You need to breathe in if a car comes in the opposite direction:

One the way up I counted 22 hair-pin bends and then gave up as I needed to concentrate on the driving.

The road to KauntertalThe road to Kaunertal

The road to KaunertalThe road to Kaunertal

And at the top, deep mid-winter at the end of April with hardly a soul around.

Winter is backWinter is back

See here for our earlier snow report includig other of our resort visits in the past few days :
It's a similar scene in other parts of the Tirol.

Here is Hintertux that remains open for skiing.

Hintertux, the Tirol, AustriaHintertux, the Tirol, Austria

Hintertux is open year round.

So, which other resorts are open and when are their closing dates?


5th May:
  • Pitztaler Glacier
12th May:
  • Molltaler Glacier
2nd June
  • Kaprun
  • Stubai Glacier

5th May:
  • Orelle
  • Val Thorens, Les3Vallees
  • Chamonix
  • Tignes

5th May:
  • Cervinia
  • Solda
  • Pescegallo
19th May:
  • Pontedilegno
  • Ghiacciaio Presena

5th May:
  • St Moritz
  • Corvatsch
  • Diavolezza - Pontresina
  • Adelboden
  • Gstaad
26th May:
  • Engelberg
Zermatt in Switzerland, like Hinertux in Austria, is open year-round.

Here at PlanetSKI we are staying out in the Tirol until mid-May so if you want to see how skiing continues well past when many people think it ends, then do check back for more.

There is great snow and plenty of turns still to be made.


And one of our regular readers has reminded us over on social media that there's still plenty of skiing to be had in Norway and other parts of Scandinavia.

Thanks Thomas!

Still skiing in ScandinaviaStill skiing in Scandinavia

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