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We might be deep into Spring with June approaching but the weather doesn't seem to think so - there is snow across many ski resorts with 50cm falling in places. UPDATED

The last winter ski resort to close in the Alps was Val Thorens in France back at the beginning of the month.

This was the scene in the resort on Monday morning this week - more like the middle of winter.

"Seasons don't count for anything anymore!" said a comment from the resort.

Val Thorens, Monday 23rd MayVal Thorens, Monday 23rd May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it isn't the only ski resort that's seen some unseasonal snowfall:

Les ArcsLes Arcs, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MonterosaMonterosa, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ischgl 19 May Ischgl, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a video from the freeride skier and past winner of the Freeride World Tour, Aurelien Ducroz, in Chamonix.

Another video was posted on Facebook from the Monterosa ski area in Italy.

 

And here are some more images:

Tignes this morningTignes, Monday May 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La PlagneLa Plagne, Monday May 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La PlagneLa Plagne, Monday May 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VerebierVerbier, Monday May 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been caused by a cold front coming down from the North with some heavy precipitation.

In places up to 50cm of snow has fallen at altitude.

It is good news for the summer glacier ski areas that will see their snow depths boosted - see here for a separte PlanetSKI story as we look at the 5 best resorts for summer skiing.

There is still skiing and snowboarding to be had in Zermatt in Switzerland and Hintertux and Kaprun in Austria.

A quick look at the web cameras in Zermatt and Saas-Fee show scenes more like the middle of winter:

ZermattZermatt, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saas Fee (webcam)Saas Fee, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere though hikers, climbers, cyclists and many others out in the Alps would rather see sun than snow.

And it is not just a one off.

There was some snow last week too with people skinning up to come down in fresh powder.

Here is an image from Courchevel in Les3Vallees.

Powder turns in mid-MayPowder turns in mid-May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here was Val Thorens:

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere round the world skiing is starting and finishing.

The World Pond Skimming World Cup is being contested in Sunshine Village in Canada today as we have reported here.

Sunshine Slushcup Rail jamSunshine Rail Jam... a big spash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In the USA they are out in their swimwear in Arapahoe Basin as the season continues.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, USAArapahoe Basin, Colorado, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Down Under it has been snowing heavily in New Zealand with up to 1m of fresh snow as the ski season approaches; see here for out latest report on conditions in New Zealand.

Christchurch, New ZealandChristchurch, New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from Coronet Peak Coronet Peak, New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The video below is from Arapahoe Basin in Colorado where they're still skiing in bikinis and board shorts.

Do check back as we update this article with pictures and reports as the storm in the Alps continues.

It's always snowing somewhere! Smile

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