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SNOW NEWS UPDATED 28 APRIL 2016

The clouds roll over, Sölden

INTRODUCTION Good late season skiing is available across many regions of Alps, thanks to the new snowfall and low temperatures that have affected many regions over the past week. For many resorts this weekend marks the end of the winter season and, judging by the current conditions, they look likely to go out on a high. The cloud is set to hang around over the coming days, with the possibility of yet more snow, although not nearly in the quantities seen earlier in the week.

AUSTRIA Only ten of our featured resorts in Austria remain open for snowsports on Thursday 28th April, with this weekend set to see further closures. Good late season skiing still available across many resorts, particularly across the high glacial resorts where some good snowfall over the course of the week ensuring that pistes across the upper mountain remain in good condition. The cloud affecting many resorts on Thursday is set to hand around over much of the weekend, with fluctuating temperatures seeing the possibility of some light snow and rain fall during this period.

Beautiful Champagny

FRANCE Only ten of our featured resorts in Austria remain open for snowsports on Thursday 28th April, with this weekend set to see further closures. Good late season skiing still available across many resorts, particularly across the high glacial resorts where some good snowfall over the course of the week ensuring that pistes across the upper mountain remain in good condition. The cloud affecting many resorts on Thursday is set to hand around over much of the weekend, with fluctuating temperatures seeing the possibility of some light snow and rain fall during this period.

Matterhorn and clouds, Zermatt

SWITZERLAND Following snow accumulation of up to 40cm earlier this week, the sun returned to the sky on Thursday 28th April. Temperatures have been low and slopes have been quiet, meaning there was some great skiing on offer for those that ventured out. The best conditions can currently be found at Engleberg (5/375cm); the resort received 30cm of new snow on the 27th April, providing some great skiing being served by 9 running lifts. Elsewhere, Pontresina (15/24cm) remains open despite limited cover of snow in places. Looking to the weekend, the resorts that are still open should see some cloud with the chance of the odd snow shower. Temperatures are forecasted to be around freezing level at mid-mountain, and Friday should see it get as low as -4C in Zermatt (0/220cm).

Claviere February 2016, Claviere (Via Lattea)

ITALY Only six out of twenty-eight of our featured resorts in Italy were open for snowsports on Thursday 28th April, with this weekend marking the end of the ski season for many more. Good conditions can still be found on the slopes of the upper mountains, with low temperatures ensuring that slopes have become increasingly hard packed in recent days. The cloud affecting many regions on Thursday looks set to continue over much of the coming weekend. Temperature will remain low during this period, so be sure to wrap up warm if you are looking to get in those last turns of the season.

Grau Roig Andorra last week, Grandvalira-Soldeu

ANDORRA The ski areas of Vallnord and Grandvalira are both now closed for the winter ski season.

NORWAY/SWEDEN Hemsedel (95cm) was the only one of our featured resorts still open for snowsports on Thursday 28th April. Excellent conditions still prevail across the upper mountains after 14cm of fresh snow fell over the course of the week. More snow is expected over the course of Friday so expect conditions to only further improve in the coming days. It will be a cloudy and cold weekend, with temperatures falling as low as -2C. With the closure of Salen over the course of the previous weekend, Are (67cm) remains our only featured resort open in Sweden on Thursday. Good conditions still prevail across the upper mountain currently, with 26cm of new snow falling over the course of the week to ensure that pistes remain in excellent condition ahead of the weekend. The cloud affecting the region on Thursday will continue to do so over much of the coming weekend. Temperatures will rise to around +6C, with the possibility of light rain showers as a result.

Alpspitze, Garmisch-Classic

GERMANY This weekend marks the end of the winter season for Garmisch (0/360cm). Good skiing is still available on the upper mountain, with consistent snowfall during the course of the week ensuring that pistes remain in excellent condition. Cloud will move in over the course of Thursday 28th April, with a largely overcast final weekend on the cards. There will be the possibility of some light snowfall on the upper slopes, however, with low temperatures set to continue over the coming days.

Pamporovo winter season 2014-2015

BULGARIA All of our featured Bulgarian resorts are now closed for the season.

SCOTLAND It was a day of contrast at the two Scottish ski resorts that remained open on the 28th April. In the East, Cairngorm (5/90cm) saw beautiful sunny skies on Thursday, the resort has really benefited from the snow that fell in the earlier part of the week, with some reporting upwards of 40cm accumulated. The clouds are scheduled to return for the weekend and more snow may be on the horizon. Over at the West, Glencoe(0/35cm) was experiencing heavy snow at all levels on Thursday, but still managed to operate 5/8 lifts. Temperatures have been consistently low during the week, and this coupled with the new snow should provide some great skiing for weekend visitors. Like at Caingorm, expect the weather for the weekend to be largely cloudy.

USA California has seen somewhat of a resurgence over the last couple of weeks, with heavy snow dramatically improving the fortunes of many resorts. Another 5cm of new snow on Wednesday has ensured that slopes remain in good condition ahead of the weekend. The sun is expected to shine over the coming days and into the early part of the weekend. Sunday will mark a change, however, with rain showers forecast throughout the day. Excellent skiing is currently available across Utah, after 25cm of new snow fell over the course of the week. Slopes are thus in excellent condition ahead of the busy weekend period. Cloud is expected to hang around the region over much of the weekend, with the possibility of some light snowfall during this period. On east coast, limited skiing is currently available, with the majority of our featured resorts suspending weekday lift operations. No new snow has fallen over the course of the week and many slopes are beginning to suffer, with spring conditions starting to take their toll. Sun will shine during the early part of the weekend, before rain showers move in over the course of Sunday.

CANADA The majority of our featured resorts across Canada have now closed for the winter, with only Whistler Blackcomb (181cm) and a few select resorts across Alberta still open for snowsports. Good skiing is still available across the upper slopes currently, despite the lack of recent snowfall, with low temperatures ensuring that pistes have remained firm. Both Friday and Saturday are set to be cloudy and rain is a possibility at all but summit levels. Sunday should then see the return of the sun, where temperatures are set to reach +9C at Lake Louise (66/113cm).

EUROPEAN WEATHER OUTLOOK The Alps is still very much in the grips of winter currently, with fresh snow having fallen across much of Europe over the past week. Further falls are forecast across many regions of the Alps over the coming days, although totals are expected to be much more moderate than previous falls. However, the freezing level is expected to rise over the weekend, with rain falling across the lowers slopes of many resorts as a result. Temperatures will look to return to seasonal norms during the early part of next week, with the sun also set to make an appearance.

NORTH AMERICAN WEATHER OUTLOOK It will be a predominately cloudy over much of the coming weekend across the USA, with the possibility of some light snowfall during this period. California and much of the east coast will buck this trend, with the sun expected to shine over the coming days. Cloud will begin to move in slowly over the course of Saturday, however, with rain showers expected over much of Sunday. In Canada, rain is expected to fall over the coming days. This will continue into the early part of the weekend, before the sun reappears over the course of Sunday. Temperatures will see a steady rise during this period, with highs of +14C expected by the beginning of next week. the beginning of next week.