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!
35 more ski resorts are scheduled to close in France this weekend but others will be open for two or three weeks more.
Bonneval sur Arc will close on the 1st of May, Val d’Isère on the 2nd and Chamonix Mont-Blanc, where the upper slope snow depth is currently the deepest in France at 3.8m (12.6 feet), as well as Tignes, Val Thorens and La Grave la Meije are open another week to May 9th.
Next Monday there will still be fifty ski resorts open. The snow remains very good for the season and it is below freezing in many resorts still, so the snow is good quality snow. It snowed yesterday in the Alps where there were three powder alarms for up to 40cm (16 inches) of new snow in the southern resorts of Devoluy /La Joue du Loup which has France’s second greatest snow depth at 3.3m (11 feet). It has re4ceived 60cm (two feet) in total in the past week, the most in the country, however they reported that the avalanche risk is high.
By Virginie Bernat
Courtesy of Skiinfo.co.uk
The snow has kept falling over the last week, another 25cm fell on Sunday alone. The forecast is for more snow during the week and clearing on Friday for a fabulous weekend with plenty of sunshine!
If you are lucky enough to be able to get away for one last trip of the season you are in for a real treat. Our staff are reporting great skiing as low at 1600M and claim to have found untracked powder higher up. If you are tempted to spend a whole season in the Alps why not apply for a job early.
Meribel 80-178cm – up to 232cm in Val Thorens
Chamonix 82-400cm – The ultimate high mountain resort
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It has snowed a lot on the French mountains throughout the past week, with the heaviest snow leading up to the weekend. The snow is continuing today and is expected to continue for the next few days. Up to 60cm (2 feet) has been reported over the last week with resorts like Meribel, La Plagne and le Grand Bornand all reporting big falls.
The Vosges region, one of the lower mountain area for ski resorts in the country has received a particularly notable covering of up to 50cm (20 inches) at 1,200m. At Gerardmer, one of the region’s leading ski areas, Fabrice Clair, manager of the resort, told Skiinfo,
“It has snowed more than 50cm on one day, greatly increased the snow depth which had been very thin at the beginning of winter. It’s now 1.2m (4 feet) in place thanks to artificial snow, but there is an average layer of natural snow from 50 to 60cm over the entire ski area.”
Across France as a whole Chamonix Mont-Blanc has the top snow depth of 4m (13.3 feet) with Oz en oisans and Vaujany below Alpe d’Huez at 3.2m (10.6 feet), Flaimne and La Clusaz have 2.9m
By Virginie Bernat
Courtesy of skiinfo.co.uk