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End of the Alpine Season?

Well as the Alpine season nears it’s end in the lower regions, snow is still falling in many areas despite a slight rise in temperatures.

Although there have been some good snowfalls, the rise in temperature means that it does get a bit sticky a bit earlier. With temperatures set to hit 20C in some places this weekend, the situation can only deteriorate.

There’s been little snow in France with 5cm in La Plagne and 10cm in Chamonix. There may be some snow on the very highest slopes but increasingly the valley runs are closed.

Austria has had some good snowfall recently with Pitztal, Zugsoitzplatt and Solden getting falls of between 15 and 25cm. Most popular resorts are still open but with weather forecasts pointing to warmer temperatures this weekend there could be limited snowfall left. having said that, the Molltaler Glacier has the deepest snow in the country at around 3.1m with Kaprun-Kitsteinhorn having a snowbase of 2.1m

Although more than a dozen resorts in Italy have snow levels in excess of 2m, there has been now new snow in the last 7 days, with warming temperatures. Bormio, Livigno and Madesimo are still looking good though with the Presena Glacier having 5.5m coverage – possibly the deepest in Europe!

Switzerland still has 6 resorts with snow levels aver 2m, including Engelberg with 360cm. Several resorts received 30cm over the last week and the 20C temperature still allows for some good skiing on the upper slopes.

Giorgio Rocca retires in Livigno

Giorgio Rocca, Livigno’s champion skiier, will be in the resort for the final weekend of the season to celebrate his retirement from the sport by skiing with his fans. Livigno is organising a huga party with many guests invited from atheltes, journalists and friends.

The giant Alpine Slalom also takes place and is open to everyone, who must register in advance and pay the 20 euro fee. Money raised during the event will be donated to the “Comunità 24 Luglio Handicappati e non” Onlus of Aquila for the construction of a new building. More Details

Livigno is currently running a Free Skipass offer through to the final day of the season on May 2nd for holidaymakers who book 7 nights in and apartment or 4 nights in a hotel.

Ski Free In Livigno

From this Saturday, April 17, for the last fortnight of the ski season to May 2nd, Livigno is offering a free lift pass when guests book a hotel stay of at least four nights or seven nights in an apartment.

Ski Free in Livigno
Ski Free in Livigno

This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy skiing in the “Little Tibet” of Italy, at 1816 m above sea level, with 115km of perfectly prepared slopes, modern mountain railways, one of the biggest snowparks in Europe at the Ski Area Mottolino,” said a resort spokesman.
Prices start from €150,00 per person for four nights bed and breakfast in a hotel. Half board and full board stays as well as apartment holidays (minimum seven nights) are also available. Book direct and ask for the SkiPassFree offer.
Children aged up to seven (born in 2002 or later) don’t pay for a lift ticket at Livigno all seasonand receive a free lift pass on purchase of the same ticket by the accompanying adult (from 3 to 21 days).
Livigno also now has a new snowpark at the Skiarea Carosello 3000 for every level and age. Snow is guaranteed thanks to the resort’s extensive snow-making system which assures the coverage of 80% of the slopes.
“Livigno has a lot to offer for a wonderful winter holiday with your partner, your friends or your family: good snow, traditional Italian food and a genuine atmosphere, surrounded by a breathtaking Alpine landscape.” said the spokesman.

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By Patrick Thorne
Published: 12.04.10

Courtesy of skiinfo.co.uk