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WINTER IS BACK... AGAIN! - James Cove, the Tirol, Austria
Saturday May 4, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

It ain't over yet as more snow falls at the handful of resorts still open. PlanetSKI is making some final turns of the season in Austria.


And the view from the PlanetSKI office in Innsbruck this morning...

Innsbruck, the Tirol, AustriaInnsbruck, the Tirol, Austria

Innsbruck, the Tirol, AustriaInnsbruck, the Tirol, Austria








And where are we off to today?


There  is snow all the way down to resort level:

Winter is going out in typical Spring fashion - with snow falling.

And at the top of the resort?


Check out some of the images from the day.

Heading to Hintertux, May 7thHeading to Hintertux, May 7th

We weren't the only onesWe weren't the only ones

Hintertux, May 7thHintertux, May 7th







On the slopes, Hintertux May 7thOn the slopes, Hintertux May 7th















In the gatesIn the gates, Hintertux May 7th














Up in the air, Hintertux May 7thUp in the air, Hintertux May 7th














On the glacier. Hintertux May 7thOn the glacier. Hintertux May 7th














In the powder, Hintertux May 7thIn the powder, Hintertux May 7th














Yours truly, Hintertux 7th MayYours truly, Hintertux 7th May















Views from Hintertux, May 7thViews from Hintertux, May 7th















The snow followed more a few days earlier.

Here was the scene in Hintertux in the Tirol in Austria at the weekend.

Hintertux, the Tirol, AustriaHintertux, the Tirol, Austria




















Hintertux, the Tirol, AustriaHintertux, the Tirol, Austria
















Later in the week we're likely heading to the Kaunertal glacier in the Tirol that remains open until May 21st.

It has 25cm of fresh snow and a depth of 4.45m at the top of the resort.

We were there last week testing next season's skis:
Ellis Brigham Ski Tests, Kaunertal, TirolEllis Brigham Ski Tests, Kaunertal, Tirol

The snow has fallen lower down too.

In Innsbruck in the Tirol the snow has returned to the trees above the city.

Looking south from InnsbruckLooking south from Innsbruck

Looking north from InnsbruckLooking north from Innsbruck

Some areas of Switzerland saw record snowfall for May over the weekend.

Most snow fell in the central and eastern alpine regions and records were broken in lower-lying Bern and St Gallen.

The Swiss capital of Bern had 4cm of fresh snow.

The previous record for May was 1cm back in 1945.

The eastern city of St Gallen saw 19cms.

It had 12cms recorded on May 7th 1957.

Back in the mountains here it was in Val Thorens in France in Les3Vallees on the eve of its last day of the season.

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

And later in the day on Sunday 5th May...

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

The resort closed on Sunday along with the other French resorts of Orelle, Chamonix and Tignes.

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

In Italy Cervinia, Solda and Pescegello shut up shop.

While in Switzerland the curtain came down in St Moritz,  Corvatsch,  Diavolezza - Pontresina,  Adelboden and Gstaad.

And in Austria the glacier resort of Pitztal also called it a day.

With snow falling.

"Constant snowfall through the day. Slow-down towards evening," the resort said on Sunday morning.

Pitztal, the Tirol, AustriaPitztal, the Tirol, Austria

Pitztal, the Tirol, AustriaPitztal, the Tirol, Austria

PlanetSKI was in Piztal last week, check out our report here:
And there's snow down to the valley floor in the Tirol.

We're planning to go e-biking here at the end of the week.


Snow in the TirolSnow in the Tirol

But it's not all over for skiing and snowboarding with some resorts continuing.

Here's a round up of the closing dates of the resorts still going.


12th May:
  • Molltaler Glacier
21st May:
  • Kaunertal glacier
2nd June
  • Kaprun
  • Stubai Glacier

19th May:
  • Pontedilegno
  • Ghiacciaio Presena

26th May:
  • Engelberg
Zermatt in Switzerland and Hinertux in Austria, are open year-round.

And lets not forget the skiing elsewhere in Europe.

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

Thanks Thomas!

Still skiing in ScandinaviaStill skiing in Scandinavia

And if you don't fancy skiing or snowboarding then there's, er, kayaking to be had.

Here are some advenutours types in Serre Chevalier coming up with another way to enjoy the snow once the lifts close.

And as a few of us continue skiing into May others have decided to call it a day after a gruelling season.

Here's out good friend, Phil Smith, from Snoworks in Tignes. Wink

Living the dreamLiving the dream

While others are not feeling so happy as winter draws to an end.

Summer awaitsSummer awaits

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this story later as the resorts close and we head out for a spot of May skiing.

It may be over for most, but we're still skiing!

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