We may have entered April, and this may be our last weekly snow overview of the 2012-13 ski season, but ‘winter’ doesn’t seem to have got the message and heavy snowfall has been reported in both Europe and North America over the last seven days.

French resorts have seen particularly big accumulations of up to 70cm in the past seven days but there has been good fresh snow almost everywhere leaving a decidedly winter feel still. It’s perhaps also worth mentioning that Sierra Nevada in Spain, Europe’s most southerly major ski area, is the first in the world this season to claim a six-metre snow depth, overtaking Cauterets in the French Pyrenees which had claimed ‘world’s deepest snow depth’ for the past two months.

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There have been huge snowfalls in France over the past seven days, which is great news for everyone on their Easter holidays. Much of the snow was seen in the last few days of March. Alpe d’Huez still has the deepest snow in the French Alps at 430cm at the top of its slopes and has added another 55cm of cover in the past week. But there were bigger falls still at Avoriaz (75cm) and Argentiere (60cm) while Val d’Isere also added 50cm of new snow. Bases right across the country remain exceptionally good – as they have been throughout the season – typically 50-150cm on lower slopes 200-350cm on upper runs. MeribelLes Arcs and Val Thorens each received around 30cm of fresh snow just in time for the weekend.


Although many Austrian ski areas will be closing this coming weekend, and the vast majority will have ended their ski seasons by the 14th, the snow is still falling and dumps of up to 30cm have been reported in the Austrian Alps over the past seven days. Bases at resort level are continuing to thin to 20-30cm in most cases but Pitztal, one of the few Austrian areas open into early May, has increased its upper slope base to 3.8m with another 20cm of fresh snow. Fresh snow has also been reported at Obergurgl (182cm base, 22cm of new snow) and Obertauern (31cm of new snow, 2.5m base), both of which are due to stay open to the end of April.


Italy has had its share of healthy snowfall too. Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites, famed for having eight out of 10 sunny days, is having a decidedly wintery start to spring with more than 50cm of fresh snow over the weekend. Arabba, in the northern Dolomites, had 50cm of new snow. There’s been snow on the opposite side of the country too with Cervinia, open to the start of May, reporting another 30cm of snow, now with 320cm on upper slopes, which is one of the deepest in the country. That’s extra good news with it being one of Italy’s summer ski and board options later in the year too. Its base is beaten in the west by Aosta Valley neighbour, La Thuile, with a 330cm base, while Passo Tonale, another summer ski (or at least late spring) choice, still has Italy’s deepest snow at 400cm.


Swiss resorts have reported the least fresh snow in the Alps in the past week, although those that have had snow have had big falls, notably on the French side where Verbier has reported 45cm of new snow and still has a 75-275cm base. Adelboden, Murren and Saas Fee are among the other Swiss ski areas with fresh snow, around 15cm a piece. Saas Fee is one of the Swiss resorts staying open into May. Glacier 3000 at Gstaad is another and it has the deepest base in the country, and indeed the Alps, at 510cm. Engelberg, a third option into May, has Switzerland’s second deepest base at 450cm on upper slopes, so also in very good shape. 


Conditions are still good in the Pyrenees two months after some of the biggest snowfalls in a decade hit the region. Spain’s leading ski area, Baqueira Beret, is open for another five weeks and its snow depths range from 39-150cm with a temperature of -2º at the 1,800m mark.  That’s down slightly on a week ago. Spain's Sierra Nevada, Europe’s most southerly major ski area, is the first in the world this season to claim a six-metre snow depth, overtaking Cauterets in the French Pyrenees which had claimed ‘world’s deepest snow depth’ for the past two months. In Andorra conditions remain excellent with resorts hovering around the 2-3m mark for upper slope depth. Andorran resorts also report 5-10cm of new snow, the biggest accumulation at Soldeu in Grandvalira.

Eastern Europe

Snow bases are slowly starting to decline in Eastern European as no new snow has been reported and the season is nearing its end. At Bansko and Borovets in Bulgaria, cover is down from 180cm a week ago to 150cm today on upper slopes, and 30-50cm at village level. These still remain among the best in the region though. Kranjska Gora in Slovenia has a 25-60cm base and received 2cm of new snow on Sunday.


Scotland’s excellent season shows no sign of abating and slopes at the country’s five areas are in great shape for the Easter Holidays, with the problems caused by gales and too much snow blocking access roads 10 days ago now forgotten as the crowds descend. Nonetheless 5-15cm of new snow has fallen, the biggest accumulation at Cairngorm, and depths across the region are 120cm-260cm (the deepest at Glencoe).


Although there’s been little fresh snow again in Scandinavia, bases are holding up around the one-metre-mark at most major centres, almost all of which will stay open to early May. Voss in Norway has the deepest snow in the region at 1.6m on upper slopes, while Are in Sweden, has had 7cm of fresh snow and its base is 108cm.


After the heavy snow on east and west sides of Canada in the latter half of March, it has been a relatively dry week in Canada over the last seven days, with many ski areas closing this coming weekend or next. Resorts that will be open into May include Banff Lake Louise, Marmot Basin and Whistler, which all have good bases however and the hard-packed pistes offer good spring skiing conditions on the groomed slopes. Bases range from 120cm at Marmot Basin to 240cm at Whistler. Fernie still has the deepest snow of any major Canadian ski area at 270cm.  On the east coast, Mont Sainte Anne is one of the few to report fresh snow, 5cm on April 1, and has a very healthy 1.7m base.


Plenty of fresh snow in western USA again, just as many resorts near the end of their seasons. Colorado resorts have again posted some moderate snowfalls, if a little less than the previous week, with 10-15cm for resorts including Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. There have been bigger falls further north in Utah in the last seven days with 30cm for areas including Canyons and Snowbird. After fresh snow, Mammoth in California has an upper slope depth of 480cm – one of the 10 deepest bases in the world so it looks good for skiing in to May, June and possibly to Independence Day. Fresh snow in the east has been exciting newspapers in the region with tales of mid-winter conditions and extended seasons. Stowe for example has had 22cm of new snow in the past week, 17cm of that in the 24 hours to April 2.

Week ahead

A similar week to last is expected in Europe with more significant snowfalls likely in the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees as unsettled conditions continue and often low temperatures too, holding back the full-blown start of the spring thaw. Across the Atlantic although many US resorts are closing in the next 7-10 days, the heavy snowfall in states like Colorado is expected to continue and it may well be dumping down on closing day for many.

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This is the last 'where is the snow' report of 2012/13, see you next year!!!