Spring skiing: 6 top resorts for end of season snow
Europe's ski season is coming to an end, and many of the resorts are closing their lifts to both holiday makers and seasonnaires. However, with variable weather conditions, and unexpected April snowfall across the Alps, there is still plenty of places to find your last winter tracks! Here’s 6 top European destinations for end of season snow.
If you’re heading to the French Alps, Tignes in the Tarentaise Valley stays open longer than most other resorts. With the high Grand Motte glacier, links to Val d’Isere and extensive touring opportunities, Tignes remains a firm favourite for late season snow. With around 20cm of snowfall over the past 5 days, Tignes still has good coverage down to 2100m and 66 of 77 lifts remain open.
Riksgransen Webcam: 28/04/16
1400km North of Stockholm and 250km inside the Arctic Circle, Riksgränsen benefits from the Northern Arctic Ocean as a snow-blower, bringing large amounts of fresh snow to the area. Though the resort is too dark to ski until February, large snowfall allows the resort to stay open until June, where skiers can enjoy a run in the midnight sun because of the 24 hour daylight. With 29 pistes, and a hugely variable terrain for off-piste and heli- skiing, Riksgränsen is ideal for those wanting to exploring the backcountry.
One of the obvious locations for spring skiing are Europe’s glaciers for their high altitudes, permafrost and wealth of well-groomed runs. Austrian Hintertux Gletscher has a remarkable top ski elevation of 3250m and spectacular views of the Zillertal valley, as well as a great snow park. Hintertux received 30cm of snowfall yesterday, topping up the already large base of 285cm on the upper slopes.
Receiving a staggering 30cm on Wednesday this week, Engleberg has recently become a powder mecca for late season skiers. Offering numerous descents of varying difficulty for skiers and snowboarders, and a huge spring snowpack of 450cm on the upper slopes, Engleberg is definitely a favourite this spring. The resort currently has 47km of groomed pistes open, as well as a terrain park and half pipe for those up to the challenge.
Who’d have thought Scotland’s resorts would have powder days in April?! Yesterday, the Cairngorms received 20cm of snow and as it continues to fall, the resort is yet still to announce a closing date. So if you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway, look no further than your own back yard…
Remember though, large spring snowfalls often come with risks, so always prepare for the mountain with the right knowledge and kit for the conditions. Stay safe out there!