The warm weather this week is set to stay for the weekend and into next week, where it could get even warmer still. However, there could be some fresh snow for high altitude resorts in Switzerland and northern France on Friday 4th April. It won't amount to much and will only fall above around 2500m, but it will nicely refresh any slopes above that. Anywhere beneath approximately 2500m is likely to receive light rain, which isn't uncommon for the time of year. Next week is likely to be sunnier and the temperature is also expected to rise further. The freezing level will rise to 3400m in most of France and Switzerland, giving double figure temperatures in most resorts.
Spring conditions continue to dominate across the open Austrian resorts, with clouds building on Thursday 3rd April. The forecast is for further cloudy weather as we head into next week, with a change of snow, sleet and rain. The skiing is still generally very good at the open resorts, and typically spring like as you would expect in April. The deepest base depths exist at the higher areas, and especially at the ski areas with a glacier such as Hintertux (30/400cm), Kaunertal (317/355cm), Neustift (35/350cm), Pitztal (263/315cm) and Solden (0/283cm). A number of resorts are now closed for the season including The SkiWelt resorts, St Wolfgang, Seefeld, St Johann in Tirol, Loferer Alm, Filzmoos and Bad Kleinkirchheim. Wildshconau and Waidring are scheduled to close this coming weekend.
Excellent spring riding conditions can still be enjoyed across France, and with clouds building on Thursday 3rd April fresh snow could fall over the coming days, especially on the higher slopes. Fresh snowfall was reported on Thursday at Cauterets (330/430cm) and Bareges/La Mongie (140/320cm) in the Pyrenees, adding a light dusting to the slopes. The fresh snow was a nice addition for skiers at Cauterets as the resort was open following the temporary closure of lift on Wednesday due to strong winds. However, it was raining down on the town at Cauterets on Thursday. Notre Dame de Bellecombe (50/155cm) has patchy snow cover on the lower runs and the resort will close for the season on Sunday 6th April. Switzerland
It was a very settled week in Switzerland with very little change to report since the last update. Excellent spring skiing was enjoyed at many resorts, especially those with higher slopes like Saas Fee (68/340cm), which are in excellent condition. Light snow is expected at some high resorts in the country on Friday 4th March but it will fall as rain below around 2300m. Next week is expected to be warmer still with freezing levels rising up to 3400m in many areas and temperatures in double figures on the slopes.
Spring weather continues in Italy with excellent conditions on offer at most resorts. The lower slopes are all soft or slushy in the afternoon. Cervinia (50/300cm) has great snow on its higher slopes. The sun softens them after they've frozen overnight, making for excellent skiing. All the links over into Zermatt were open on Thursday 3rd April. Places like Cortina (80/200cm) have lots of snow and the whole ski area it is part of is open with fantastic skiing on offer. Most lower and south facing runs have slushy snow from the word go but this is to be expected as we're almost in April and this snow is still lots of fun to ski.
The weather changed in Andorra for Thursday 3rd April, with clouds moving in delivering snow up high and rain down below. Pas de la Casa (100/200cm) in the Grandvalira area had all lifts closed, and links between the areas of Grandvalira were closed due to the weather conditions. It was possible to ski in Soldeu (70/180cm) but across the whole domain you could only ski on the middle and lower areas. As a result only 57 of a possible 118 runs were open. In the Vallnord area there was only 11 runs closed on Thursday, so there was a greater percentage of the ski area open- 58 open out of 69 runs. The weather is forecast to remain predominantly cloudy through the coming week, with further wet spells.
Spring conditions dominate across the majority of Norway but there's still plenty of snow in most places, particularly inland. It was 2C at Hemsedal (160/183cm) on Thursday 3rd April, providing excellent conditions from top to bottom. The lower areas and bits exposed to the sun have softer snow but this is expected for the time of year. There was a dusting of fresh snow again at Are (45/68cm) on Thursday, helping keep the snow in great condition again. It's also a little colder than their neighbouring Norwegian resorts so spring conditions exist only at the very bottom.
It's been a very warm week in Germany and this has taken its toll on the snow conditions and skiing available. Feldberg (4/12cm) has very little snow left but they still managed to run four of their 35 lifts on Thursday. It could be that, given the forecast, they close for the season very soon. Higher resorts are better though and Garmisch (120/270cm) has an excellent snow base, especially higher up. The Zugspitze Glacier had all of its lifts running on Thursday 3rd April and is definitely the pick of the German resorts if you prefer your snow more wintry.
This is the final week of skiing at Bansko (0/130cm) for this season, and you cannot ski back to the town due to the absence of snow on the lower half of the mountain. There is still top to bottom cover at Borovets (30/120cm) and Pamporovo (35/60cm).
It was another mixed week as usual in Scotland, with some areas having high winds. This was the case on Thursday 3rd April, when Nevis Range (40/330cm) was closed for the day again. Strong south easterly winds made operations too difficult and dangerous. They should reopen again when the wind dies down. Nearby Glencoe (90/395cm) remained open, due to a slightly different aspect mountain. Good cover remains across the mountain but lower slopes are getting quite patchy. The Lecht is still closed due to a lack of snow but will reopen if they get sufficient fresh snow.
North American Outlook
Fresh snowfall is forecast across the North American resorts over the weekend and into next week. In America the greatest amount is expected in the west at resorts in Colorado, which should receive around 20cm of new snow by Tuesday 8th April. It is a similar story in Canada with the heaviest snowfall forecast on the west. British Columbia should receive the most snow although a good amount, around 20cm, could fall at the Quebec resort of Mont St Anne in the east.
Spring still seems a way off in America, with lots of fresh snow at many resorts in Colorado and California. 25cm fell on Thursday 3rd April at Winter Park (229cm). It's been quite a snowy week for them and they've racked up a lot of snowfall this spring so far. 19 of their 25 lifts were running on Thursday, which is usual for midweek skiing. Conditions are excellent with a mid mountain temperature of -6C and deep fresh snow. Jackson Hole (292/359cm) in Wyoming received fresh snow too. They've got a fantastic base depth, the deepest it's been so far this season and powder can be found in most areas off piste. This is the last weekend of the season though as the resort will close on Sunday.
The skiing conditions are very good across Canada this week with snow bases well maintained due to low temperatures and a top up of new snow at all resorts over the last seven days. Further snowfall is expected over the coming week too, with over 20cm forecast to land at Whistler (274cm) in British Columbia. Fernie (396cm) reports the deepest snow base of Canadian resorts this week, and as you may expect the skiing conditions are fantastic at the moment. Packed and groomed snow can be enjoyed on the marked slopes, with variable snow to ski away from these slopes. Conditions in the Skeena area are excellent and again fresh snow is expected, making a great week to see out the season.
It's been a hot and sunny week in the Alps, with high temperatures but excellent spring snow on offer in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. However some light fresh snow is expected at higher altitudes over the weekend, which will freshen things up a bit. Meanwhile in the Pyrenees there was fresh snow falling on Thursday 3rd April, giving a very welcome top up to the pistes. Strong winds kept some of the links closed.
It's been a rather snowy week for the time of year in America, with many resorts in Colorado receiving more than 50cm of fresh snow. Californian resorts have received even more than that, with over one metre in a few places. It may be April but the skiing is far from over in Canada with excellent snow bases topped up by recent snowfall, with more expected over the weekend and into next week. The low temperatures help to maintain the snow cover and in general it feels more like winter than summer.