Warm and sunny weather has dominated across Europe for the past week now, providing excellent spring skiing across the board. However this week should be a colder week and there could be some fresh snow higher up in parts of France, Switzerland Italy and Austria. Last week's spring weather in Colorado has been replaced with very snowy weather once more. Breckenridge received 38cm of fresh snow on Monday and it was -14C in the morning. The Canadian resorts may not have receive the fresh snow that has fallen in America but the spring skiing is very good and some fresh snow could fall over the next week.
European Weather Outlook
The weather this week across the majority of European resorts is for mostly sunny weather before clouds build on Easter Sunday. Any snow that does fall next week will be on the higher slopes as the freezing level will be around 2,500m. Austria is the exception though as cloudy skies are expected to dominate this week. The good news is that the freezing level could dip down to below 1,500m this week so fresh snow could fall. Next week will see it climb back above 2,500m and the precipitation will be mostly wet.
Fine, sunny weather provided great visibility for the majority of Austrian resorts on Monday 14th April, with spring snow softening quickly during the morning. Head high for the best snow conditions, with the likes of Hintertux (30/400cm), Solden (0/301cm), Kaunertal (293/333cm) and Pitztal (236/315cm) offering some of the best skiing in Austria at the moment on their upper slopes. Hintertux reported a dusting of fresh snow over the weekend, along with Obergurgl (30/108cm) and St Anton (15/120cm). The forecast is for clouds to build at the end of Monday bringing a chance of fresh snow over the next few days before the weather brightens up for the start of the Easter weekend. Clouds could then move back in from Easter Sunday.
Excellent spring riding conditions exist across the open French resorts this week. Bright sunny weather blessed skiers on Monday 14th April, and similar weather is expected for most of this week. Clouds could move in as we move into the Easter weekend. The deepest base depth of our featured French resorts is reported at Cauterets (310/410cm) in the Pyrenees. The skiing is very good at Cauterets and at Bareges/La Mongie (90/300cm) due to the excellent snowfall the Pyrenees has received this season. St Gervais and Chamrousse both closed for the season over the weekend, joining Font Romeu, Foux d'Allos, Notre Dame de Bellecombe and Villard de Lans.
Most Swiss resorts remain open this week with good spring skiing higher up. Saas Fee (38/328cm) was almost entirely open on Monday 14th April except for a few lifts on wind hold. Head above 2,500m for the best snow, but this isn't to say that skiing beneath that is bad. If you like skiing slushy snow then you'll have a great time. St Moritz (20/140cm) remains open too, although skiing is only possible in the Diavolezza and Corvatsch areas. Lower areas are quite bare now but they've kept some runs open still. Further up it's much better. Colder weather is on the way for Switzerland later this week which could bring some fresh snow with it.
Warm and sunny weather continues to dominate in Italy. As always the higher resorts have the best of the snow. Cervinia (35/295cm) has great spring snow on its upper slopes. It's still completely connected with neighbouring Zermatt, in Switzerland and they also have great spring conditions. Another area with good skiing at the moment is Passo Tonale (60/600cm). Their upper base depth, on the Presena Glacier, is fantastic and ensures they'll be skiing well into June up there. Lower down the snow is typically spring-like but you can still ski back down into the town.
Excellent spring riding continues across the Andorran ski areas, with bright skies on Monday 14th April. The base depths have dropped a little over the weekend. The upper base depth at Soldeu (40/140cm) was 180cm on Sunday 13th April, dropping to 140cm for skiing on Monday. Sunny weather will dominate this week before clouds move in for Easter, bringing the chance of wet and snowy weather.
Hemsedal (155/170cm) received an impressive 21cm of fresh snow last week on Wednesday 9th April, which is excellent for the time of year. It's a bit heavy low down but higher up the snow cover is still of nice, dry powder thanks to quite low temperatures for the time of year. It was below freezing at base level on Monday 14th April. A few more centimetres of snow fell at Salen (80/90cm) in Sweden on Monday 14th April. Their whole ski area is still open and the fresh snow means there's excellent skiing across the whole mountain.
It was a very sunny weekend in Germany. Garmisch (0/250cm) and Oberstdorf (10/170cm) are the only German resorts we feature to be open on Monday 14th April but both offer good spring skiing on their upper slopes. There could be some fresh snow coming towards the end of the week.
Cloudy skies dominated at Borovets (30/100cm) and Pamporovo (25/55cm) on Monday 14th April, although the snow was very soft underfoot. The clouds are expected to remain all week and the good news is that fresh snow could fall, and Borovets could receive almost 40cm over Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th April. Bansko is closed for the winter ski season.
For live, up to date conditions please visit Ski Scotland. All of the available Scottish ski centres were open on Monday 14th April. There was a dusting of snow higher up at places like Nevis Range (15/250cm) over the weekend too, but most of the mountain received rain. Cairngorm (25/200cm) has good conditions too although strong winds were affecting the lifts on Monday morning. The forecast for the week ahead is quite mixed, so expect good skiing between any suspended lift operation spells.
North American Weather Outlook
This week should be cold and sunny in Colorado, with freezing levels expected to hover around 2,500m. This is the base of most resorts and temperatures towards -10C can be expected at times further up the mountain at Breckenridge and Winter Park. A mixture of rain and snow is expected on and off all week for most places in Canada. Whistler is still open and offering good skiing. Their upper mountain should receive some fresh snow through the week and the lower slopes will get rain.
Last week's brief blip of spring weather in Colorado is once again just a distant memory, after heavy snow fell at many resorts in the state. Skiers and boarders at Breckenridge (257cm) woke up to 38cm of fresh snow on Monday 14th April, which is one of the biggest dumps of their season so far. It was also very cold for the time of year with a temperature of -14C in the town. Nearby Vail (188cm) received a load of fresh snow as well. Although not as much fell at Vail as at Breckenridge, a 23cm powder day in the middle of April is a big bonus and ensures their last week of the season will be a superb one.
The heli-ski operations at Skeena and Chilcotin have both now ended for the season, and Fernie enjoyed the last day of their winter season on Sunday 13th April. The skiing is still great at the remaining open Canadian resorts although, as you may expect in April, spring conditions dominate. Big White (233/262) has the deepest base depth of our featured open Canadian resorts and the skiing is excellent as a result. Of the open resorts, Whistler (241cm) has the greatest amount of snow forecast of the open Canadian resorts, with 14cm expected to land at mid-mountain level by Tuesday 22nd April.