European Ski Areas Seeing a Late Surge of Activity

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We Love to Ski is reporting that, with growing snowpack, many ski areas in Europe and beyond are experiencing some of their best conditions of the season in early to mid-April. We Love to Ski says:

With a number of ski resorts enjoying the best conditions of winter over the past few weeks, it’s a shame to see so many closing for the season. Especially as there’s more snow on the way… But there are still plenty of resorts with lifts spinning for spring turns.

The freezing level will drop from a weekend high of 3,800m Tuesday evening into Wednesday bringing below freezing temperatures and snowfall above 1,500m across much of Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Among the resorts expecting more snow, according to We Love to Ski:

  • Stubai and Hintertux glacier resorts in Austria are expecting as much as 20 cm of new snow during the week;
  • Twenty five to 30 cm of new snow is likely to fall on France’s Val d’Isère and Val Thorens ski areas, “while further south Isola 2000 could see 40-45 cm;”
  • Italy’s Cortina ski area could receive 30 cm or more of fresh powder and Cervinia Valtournenche could see 40 to 45 cm of new snow;
  • The Swiss ski “resorts of Andermatt, Engelberg, Saas Fee and Zermatt could see 40 -55 cm of new snow through [April 11];”

Snowfall is also expected to be widespread from midweek through the weekend across the French and Spanish Pyrenees mountains, in Norway and Sweden, in Georgia and Turkey above 2,200 meters, and even on some of Scotland’s higher ski slopes.

Although it seems warmer weather is settling in across much of the United States mountain west, We Love to Ski reported that 30 to 45 cm of new snow fall across ski areas in parts of Utah, Colorado, and California over the first weekend in April, extending the ski season for resorts there.

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