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Winter goes out in style
Sunday April 24, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

More resorts shut at the weekend as snow falls in the Alps. It has been one of the best ends to the ski season in recent years with yet more snow forecast this week. UPDATED

Snow continues to fall and with cold temperature it feels more like the middle of winter than the end of April.

The Austrian resort of Hintertux is still open and the temperature up on the glacier is -18ºC.

The area has seen more snow and it snowed again on Wednesday.

Though it is perhaps not ideal for skiing and snowboarding.

Hintertux on WednesdayHintertux on Wednesday













In central Switzerland people in Engelberg woke up to fresh snow in the town with more up on the slopes.

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The French glacier resort of Tignes is also open and its lift continue until May 8th.

And this is what it currently looks like:

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Tignes, FranceTignes, France




















"Unexpected late season powder dump?  Yes please!" said PlanetSKI reader, Simon Perry from the resort.

"Its like winter has returned to Tignes! Fab deep light powder skiing & cold temps in the Motte sector today. Cold temps forecast to stay, too," added his wife, Alex Beuchert.

Val Thorens in France is also open to May 8th and this is the terrace of the Hotel Pashmina.

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Last weekend another group of resorts called it a day - Verbier, St Anton, Avoriaz, Flaine, Meribel and Courchevel were just some of the ski resorts that saw the season of 2015/16 come to an end.

Many had some fresh snow falling and there was powder skiing to be had, although there was limited visibility.

"Until the very last day, winter didn't want to leave as our last tracks were in the powder tonight. What a season!" said a statement from the resort of La Plagne in France.

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"Awesome powder day at Flaine today. Crazy that the resort is closing," said PlanetSKI reader, Paul Anderton, on Sunday.

There was some snow at resorts level in Les2Alpes.

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And on Monday morning there was snow down to the valley floor in places.

"Winter is not over yet. St Gervais this morning!" said PlanetSKI reader, Derek Tate on Monday. He runs the ski school, BASS Chamonix.

St Gervais is at 900m.

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And PlanetSKI reader, Freddie, woke up to this in Le Chable beneath Verbier. It is at an altitude of 820m

La Chable, SwitzerlandLe Chable, Switzerland
















And there was snow in Engelberg too at 1,050m.

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There has been some good skiing since April started.

PlanetSKI reported from Livigno in Italy last week and from Val Thorens in France the week before.

Livigno also offers skiing up to Sunday May 8th.

Skiing continues in the Austrian glacier resort of Stubai and this is what it looked like at the weekend.

Stubai, AustriaStubai, Austria

















And there was fresh snow falling up on the slopes of Engelberg at the weekend.

The resort says 25cm fell.

Engelberg, SwitzerlandEngelberg, Switzerland














Engelberg, SwitzerlandEngelberg, Switzerland














Elsewhere there is some skiing on the glaciers and a handful of high altitude resorts remain open:


Hintertux - Open through the summer (conditions allowing)

Ischgl - 1st May

Soelden - Glacier skiing until 8th May.


Chamonix - 28th April (some lifts open to 1st May)

Les2Alpes - 30th April

La Clussaz (La Balme sector) - 1st May

Tignes - 1st May (glacier open till 8th May)

Val d'Isere - 1st May

Val Thorens - 8th May


Cervinia - 1st May

Livigno - 8th May


Zermatt - Glacier skiing only.

See here for our last detailed snow report that contains further details of the snow and resorts closing.

Meanwhile here is a round up of a few web camera images from the Portes du Soleil on Monday:

Champery, Portes du SoleilChampery, Portes du Soleil















Les Gets, Portes du SoleilLes Gets, Portes du Soleil















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As the season ends Courchevel in Les3Vallees has made a short video thanking everyone for its season.

And the ski season is ending in a similar way over in North America.

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Breckenridge in Colorado, USA, closed at the weekend with snow falling.

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But there is still skiing to be had in North America.

Sunshine Village near Banff in Canada is open until the last week of May.

And this is what it looks like:

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In The Alps the ski touring season is continuing though the fresh snow has caused some avalanche danger and caution is urged by the authorities.

Earlier this month two hikers were killed in an avalanche at the Pic du Midi in the French Pyrenees. 

A third person survived.

Meanwhile an extreme skier from Whistler, Canada, has died while making a video.

The accident happened in the Haines Pass area near Yukon in British Columbia.

He was part of a 4-person film crew that was making an extreme skiing video.

He went over a cliff and was buried in a snow slide according to Canadian media.

It follows the death of the Swiss freeride skier, Estelle Balet, who died while filming in Switzerland.

We reported on it here and it made headlines around the world.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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