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Thursday April 14, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

There are still some good conditions at altitude in the Alps and there has even been a bit of fresh snow. However many resorts are closing as the season draws to an end.

There was some fresh snow on Thursday and conditions are generally good on the north facing slopes of the high resorts such as Tignes, Obergurgl, Val Thorens and Zermatt.

Here is what it looks like above Tignes in France.

The French AlpsThe French Alps












And here is the scene in Val Thorens, France.

Spring skiing - Val ThorensSpring skiing - Val Thorens
















Val Thorens is the highest resort in the Alps and it is open into May.

Elsewhere on PlanetSKI we have a report from VT from our reporter, Lisa Tyrrell, see here if you want a flavour of what Spring skiing is all about.

Things are winding down too in North America but some resorts remain open with good conditions.

"Here in Sunshine Village near Banff there is good coverage across all the runs but it is icy first things and can be slushy in the afternoon," said the PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove, from the resort.

There was even a little bit of fresh snow on Wednesday, just a dusting though.

Sunshine Villagem BanffCloud at Sunshine
















Sunshine Village, Banff, CanadaGood coverage remains
















It is one of the last resorts to close in North America and shuts in the last week of May.

James is currently touring a few resorts in Canada - see here for his latest photos from the journey as he drives the 232km Icefields Pathway between the resorts of Lake Louise and Marmot Basin.

There are more photos from Canada at the end of this report.

Our full and detailed snow report below, that was filed on Thursday 14th April, comes from Fraser Wilkin at

It may be mid-April, but there is still plenty of good skiing to be had in the Alps if you know where to look.

In fact many parts of the Alps have seen some fresh snow in the past 24 hours, especially (but not exclusively) at altitude and in the north.

That said, it still pays to select your ski resort carefully if you are planning a trip to the Alps over the next week or two.

Many low resorts are already closed (particularly in Italy and Austria) and most others will follow over the next couple of weeks.

Fluctuating temperatures and an increasingly strong sun also mean that you should try and pick a resort with plenty of north-facing terrain above 2200m, preferably even above 2500m.

Examples include Val Thorens, Val d'Isere, Zermatt, Sölden and Obergurgl.

In North America ski resorts are also closing down for the season, with just a handful of big names still likely to be open by next week, mostly in California, Colorado, Utah and Canada...



Most of the low Austrian ski resorts are now closed, but you can still find plenty of good skiing in Austria, and even some fresh snow at altitude.

Glaciers aside, some of the best options right now are Ischgl (0/75cm), Obergurgl (10/100cm) and Lech/Zürs (40/135cm). 


Good snow cover still on Ischgl’s upper slopes - Photo: ischgl.comGood snow cover still on Ischgl’s upper slopes - Photo:

















Come mid-April, France (as ever) has some of the most extensive and varied terrain still open, with Val d’Isère/Tignes (80/165cm) and Val Thorens (130/245cm) as good a bet as anywhere right now.

Quite a few lower ski resorts, such as Megève (0/130cm), are also still operational, though not surprisingly snow cover and quality is much more variable.

Still plenty of good snow at altitude in Les Arcs - Photo: plenty of good snow at altitude in Les Arcs - Photo:
















Most low Italian ski resorts are now closed for the season, but a handful of higher ones remain open and offer decent skiing.

 Cervinia (60/215cm) is perhaps the best bet in Italy right now, but, further east, Livigno (0/120cm) is another good option.


Excellent snow conditions up top in Cervinia - Photo: cervinia.itExcellent snow conditions up top in Cervinia - Photo:

















On the whole, Switzerland has a greater percentage of its resorts open than the other Alpine countries, even if snow conditions are now highly variable lower down.

 At altitude, however, there is some excellent skiing still to be had - even some fresh snow today - with Zermatt (0/230cm) and Engelberg (0/375cm) two of the more attractive propositions right now. 

Fresh snow this morning up top in Gstaad, though most of the area is now closed - Photo: gstaad.chFresh snow this morning up top in Gstaad, though most of the area is now closed - Photo:













Rest of Europe

Most Pyrenean resorts, including those in Andorra, have now closed for the season - Cauterets in France (0/310cm) being one notable exception.

Bulgarian ski resorts are also mostly closed or closing, with just Bansko (0/160cm) still open this week, with spring-snow conditions.

Not surprisingly, there are more options still available in Scandinavia, with Norway’s Hemsedal (95cm mid-mountain) as good a bet as anywhere.

The snow in Scotland is now quite patchy, but you can still ski on the upper mountains of both Glencoe (0/30cm) and Cairngorm (0-30cm). 

Struggling on in Scotland’s Glencoe - Photo: winterhighland.infoStruggling on in Scotland’s Glencoe - Photo:
















North America



Many Colorado ski resorts are now closed or in their final few days, despite reasonable snow depths for the time of year.

Breckenridge currently has 183cm mid-mountain, while Vail has 168cm.

 Mammoth (218/510cm) in California, and Snowbird (249cm mid-mountain) in Utah will carry on for some weeks, however, despite the protracted period of mild weather. 



Many Canadian ski resorts are now closed for the season, but Whistler is carrying on with a very respectable mid-mountain base of 277cm.

Expect spring snow conditions, though, with freezing levels rising to 3600m on Sunday.

 It’s also turning very mild in Banff, after a brief cooler interlude.

There’s plenty of snow though, with mid-mountain base depths at around 130cm. 

Plenty of snow in Lake Louise, despite the recent mild weather - Photo: skilouise.comPlenty of snow in Lake Louise, despite the recent mild weather - Photo:














Alberta, CanadaLake Two Jack, Banff
















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Sunshine Village, photo c/o Daniel ParishSunshine Village, photo c/o Daniel Parish













Sunshine Village, Alberta, CanadaSunshine Village, Alberta, Canada
















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