So the end of the european skiing season is just about at an end, after some of the best snow we’ve seen for a while.
France still has a few resorts open and several resorts inCanada are celebrating their longest skiing season having been open for 8 calendar months. More snow in Northern Europe has helped with some slopes still open.
So what now?
Well Austria is now concentrating on glacier skiing with up to 210cm of snow on the Pitztal glacier and over 130cm left on the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun.
Time to start thinking about next summer holidays and booking up next years skiing trips!
It’s also time (for some of us at least) to start thinking about getting properly into shape for the 2010/2011 season and getting into a serious training regime. Not only will it help with the skiing next year, but wouldn’t it be great to get that ‘beach-body’ into shape!
Following fresh snow in Norway and Sweden, spring skiing is at it’s best in Northern Europe at the moment.
Although this is officially the last week of the season, the recent snow fall of up to 70cm has meant that 18 resorts in Sweden are still open.
The worlds largest downhill competition takes place in Are this weekend (on April 24th) with the 3.5km course expected to see skiers of all abilities hoping to win the Audi A3 convertible prize.
In Scandinavia it seems there’s nothing holding back the snow right now. It continues to accumulate from last week causing problems for traffic and transport like buses and railways and leading to some roof collapses in the south of Sweden while at the same time adding to the great snow depths at ski resorts across the whole country.
This means there are really great conditions from the north to south of the region, right in time for the second week of Sweden’s current winter holiday period.
During the last week ski resorts further up north have had some serious amounts of snow fall as well. The small resort of Nalovardo got the most with 33cm (13 inches) followed by Branäs 27cm (11 inches), Tandådalen 17cm (7 inches) and Åre 10cm (4 inches). The forecast for the rest of the week looks really promising, especially in the north. Riksgränsen, which recently re-opened for its 2010 ski season through to June up in the Arctic Circle is expecting massive snow falls starting on Thursday.
In Scotland the weather service recently confirmed it has been the coldest winter since 1962-3, nearly 50 years ago. Still more heavy snow has left all five centres fully open, with Cairngorm needing to blast terrain above the ski area for the first time to minimise avalanche danger.
By Sally Brookes
Courtesy of skiinfo.co.uk
Well the latest news this morning is that 25 ski areas will be open in Norway this weekend. The Lillehammer Ski Region has all the resorts open, with one ski pass covering 5 centres, 92 slopes, 44 lifts and a total of 116 kilometers of runs.