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Much of the Alps is covered in thick cloud. The trick, if you can, is to rise above it. PlanetSKI gets high. UPDATED

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 12TH APRIL

There's a lot of cloud around but, if you're lucky, you can get above it and conditions are great up high.

In fact better than great.

Utterly brilliant!

The PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, is in Soelden in the Austrian Tirol and has sent us this report:

And here is what first tracks looks like:

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And there is a bit of powder to be found too, high up above the clouds.

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"There remains huge amounts of snow here in Soelden and with the main ski area closing at the end of April and the glacier remaining open into May, then this is currently one of the best ski areas in the Alps for late season skiing in my opinion," said James.

And who are we to disagree?

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Elsewhere Zell am See in the Salzburg area of Austria is also sitting above the clouds:


Meanwhile out in Les3Vallees, senior news reporter Katie Bamber is still among the clouds in Meribel.

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We've got a look at the snow coverage in Serre Chevalier this week.

Take a peek:

Katie Bamber will be heading here for the start of the Easter holidays to ski and enjoy the sun (fingers crossed) on what Katie claims are the best sun decks in the mountains.

Quite a claim, keep checked in...

THURSDAY 11TH APRIL

A few centimetres of snow here and there this week in the French Alps is expected, with glimpses of sun.

No heavy snow is expected.

If you're heading to Les3Vallees for Easter, you can expect some light powder falling through this week, hopefully keeping the scene white.

Val Thorens looks at 6cm of fresh stuff today with sun on Saturday, light snow again Sunday.

Serre Chevalier further south, likewise, is expecting clouds and flurries of snow for a clear say Saturday, with more of the same weather starting Sunday.

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"Thanks to the relatively chilly weather, snow conditions remain pretty good for mid-April across the Alps," Weather To Ski's Fraser Wilkin reports.

"... especially at altitude in the central/northern Alps where base depths are generally above average."

And in the Pyrenees it is still snowing.

We have just received this images from Cauterets in the French Pyrenees.

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The resort closes on April 22nd.

WEDNESDAY 10TH APRIL

PlanetSKI's senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, has just arrived in Meribel in Les3Vallees.

"It's warm here in Meribel - around 7C - but luckily last week a metre or more fell so there's lots of snow around," Katie reports back.

Friday was claimed to be one of the best days of the season in the Meribel - La Tania ski area of Les3Vallees after so much powder.

Cloud will hang over Les3Vallees for the rest of the week but the sun is to shine through on Saturday, for Easter arrivals.

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TUESDAY 9TH APRIL

The temperature has risen in the Alps with some mixed weather across the mountains.

Our editor, James Cove, is in Stubai in Austria, where it looks like winter has returned.

And here are some images from the resort.

Stubai, the Tirol, AustriaStubai, the Tirol, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And other images and information of the April snow conditions comes from our reporter, Vanessa Fisher, who is in Les Menuires in Les3Vallees in France.

"Spring skiing at its best. About 10-15 cm+ fresh snow overnight & cool temps this morning, given way to warm sunshine this afternoon," said Vanessa.

"Pistes on Les Menuires all well covered and fun powder around this morning. Quite a lot of people around for the first main week of the late Easter hols but no lift queues."

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Here on PlanetSKI we will be updating later today...

MONDAY 8TH APRIL

Snow has returned to parts of the Alps.

It is, though, nothing like the storms of the middle of last week and is just bringing small amounts of fresh snow.

It has also brought rain to some of the lower slopes in ski resorts as the temperatures remain warm.

We will have more details later.

PlanetSKI was skiing in Axamer Lizum near Innsbruck in the Tirol.

"It was icy in the morning and then the sun softened the snow up as expected at this time of year," said the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.

"The resort goes up to more than 2,200m and with huge snowfalls this winter there was hardly a bare spot around."

With some schools starting their Easter holidays in the UK then the crowds will be out in some resorts."

"At the moment the April skiing is superb - some of the best I have seen in recent years."

The view is supported by our resident snow expert, Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk

"Snow conditions in the Alps are generally very good for early April," said Fraser.

"The benefit of fresh snow can be short lived at this time of year, at least lower down, but snow cover remains very good across most of the central/northern Alps."

"It is even exceptional in places, such as Engelberg where the base depth on the Titlis glacier is over 7m."

See here for an earlier PlanetSKI feature on skiing in Spring:

At the weekend the slopes of Axamer Lizum, where James was skiing, were near deserted.

Axamer Lizum, Tirol, AustriaAxamer Lizum, Tirol, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And here in PlanetSKI on the pistes:


The resort is where many of the advanced off piste skiers in the area head to after a snowfall.

Axamer Lizum, Tirol, AustriaAxamer Lizum, Tirol, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the views were rather special too:

The resort is above Innsbruck where the temperature was 15c in town - Spring has arrived with the snowline creeping up the mountains.

Innsbruck, the Tirol, AustriaInnsbruck, the Tirol, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And we have just been sent an image of the snow from outside the Alps - the Scottish Highlands to be precise.

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It was posted by our Scotland reporter, Rod Frazer.

He has just achieved a remarkable skiing challenge.

SUNDAY 7TH APRIL

The Sabbath is a day of rest and today we will be strictly adhering to it.

A religious observance if you like.

Well, actually we're going to be skiing.

But just not posting, videoing, reporting etc... about it all.

A day of rest.

Just skiing powder.

There's plenty to read below anyway about conditions out in the Alps and beyond as we're hit by a massive April snowstorm.

See ya Monday!

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SATURDAY 6TH APRIL

With well over 1m of snow in a few select places and with plenty of snow elsewhere across France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria it is one of those special April powder days.

Here at PlanetSKI we are out skiing it.

Our editor James Cove has been in the powder in Obergurgl in the Tirol in Austria on Saturday.

See the video below for a report on the day, and the forecast.

And guess what?

There's more snow on the way.

And out in the powder...

While here are a few images from the day.

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Our chief reporter Jane Peel, was up and out early in Laax, Switzerland, on Saturday:

The views are pretty special too, after the snow.

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And staying in Switzerland our great, great friends over at the Warren Smith Ski Academy seem to be ripping it up too:

If you are lucky enough to be in the mountains or coming out this weekend then have a good one. Cool

Here are some of the latest images we have:

Ischgl, the Tirol, AustriaIschgl, the Tirol, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Arrived in Courchevel yesterday in Les3Vallees to the welcome sight of plenty of fresh snowfall," said PlanetSKI reader, Seren Harbon from Destination Ski.

"The conditions in Courchevel/Meribel this morning were absolutely fantastic. Pristine slopes, blue skies and fresh powder just to the side of the piste."

For anyone wishing they were on the slopes this Easter there is still time to book, Destination Ski have some great deals for the French Alps and Andorra: see here for full details. 

"Brilliant snow conditions, fantastic weather and bluebird skiing in the Three Valleys, spring skiing is here to stay." Seren added.

As we said earlier, do check back later for more...

FRIDAY 5TH APRIL

Snow news, videos and pictures will roll out today as resorts have seen some seriously good powder.

First an update from PlanetSKI's editor from Kuhtai in the Tirol:

"Looking good in Kuhtai today in the Tirol with 15cm of fresh snow and the sun is out," James Cove reports.

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Our chief reporter, Jane Peel, is in Laax Switzerland where there has been some fair snowfall.

Check out these lines:

Warren Smith and his Ski Academy have updated us with the powder conditions in Verbier, Switzerland today.

"Some of the best pow of the season so far," they say.

Andermatt in the Swiss Alps recorded a good metre of snow yesterday up in the Gemsstock ski area.

So today'll be the day to ski there.

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The heavy snow caused road and traffic problems through Switzerland.

Andermatt this morning was only accessible by rail.

This was due to avalanche risk.

The Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) has issued level 4 & 5 avalanche warnings in areas.

stating that the avalanche risk will be "high" (level 4 of 5) in some areas on Friday.

Temperatures are to increase tomorrow, on the weekend.

Val Thorens in Les3Vallees has had 10cm of snow in 24 hours, and 35cm in 48 hours.

During the day today it'll be overcast and with some snowfall.

-8 degrees celcius in the morning to -7 a few hours later.

Winter is back in Les3Vallees.

The sun has come out in Saas Fee, Switzerland for a special ski day today.

The snow is due to come back this evening, Friday 5th and continue through the weekend.

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La Clusaz in France opens its Massif de Balme today after it took 50cm yesterday.

It's a sunny day there for the lucky skiers in town:

La Clusaz after the snow storm, Friday 5th AprilLa Clusaz after the snow storm, Friday 5th April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Engelberg reports the snow depth on the Titlis glacier has reached 7.3m.

Today 68cm of fresh snowfall was recorded.

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Gressoney in the Monte Rosa area of Italy in the Aosta Valley has had a huge dump.

A few more cm to fall tomorrow, Saturday 6th, but a further 70cm over the next week could come.

GressoneyGressoney today, Friday 5th April after big snowfall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We will be updating this rolling snow report from the Alps through today.

Our editor, James Cove, is in Austria and our chief reporter, Jane Peel, is in Switzerland.

Check out below for their reports this week.

Jane woke up to this today:

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And up on the mountain, above the clouds, the slopestyle course was looking good for the ski and snowboard competitions at The BRITS, which had to be postponed yesterday.

Slopestyle course in LaaxSlopestyle course, Laax - photo Kenny Craig, The BRITS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We've also heard from Europe's other main mountain range - the Pyrenees

"As you can see, after a 20 cm dump of snow conditions are great with very few people around," said PlanetSKI reader, Ian Anderson, from the French Pyrenees.

He is in the town of Ax Les Thermes.

But time is running out to enjoy as the pistes close on Sunday.

Ax Les Thermes, French PyreneesAx Les Thermes, French Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PlanetSKI reporter Iain Martin was in the French Pyrenees last month, see here for his report to discover more about the area:

And snow has fallen in Andorra too.

Vallnord and Grandvalira received around 30cm of fresh snow on Thursday giving a great powder day on and off piste in all resorts in Andorra.

"In Arinsal the weather stayed blue bird for most of the day with temperatures keeping cool with the help of no clouds and a light breeze," said Rebecca Crawford from Andorra Resorts.

"The snow kept in great condition all day even with the sun staying out. With some clouds rolling in from the horizon later in the afternoon, this hopefully offers more snow to come."

"In Grandvalira it was one of the most beautiful days of this season with untouched slopes, white trees, blue skies, and of course, lots of snow! Which it made it an incredible power day."

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With more snow forecasted over the weekend in Andorra, the next few weeks should be a great end to the season in Andorra and other parts of the Pyrenees.

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As we said check back later for more from the Alps...

THURSDAY 4TH APRIL

The greatest snowfall totals are expected in an area east of Zermatt, including in the resorts of Saas-Fee, Cervinia, Monte Rosa and the Aletsch Arena.

The Swiss resorts of Andermatt and St Moritz, Passo Tonale in Italy, and Obergurgl in Austria could see 50 to 80cm fall.

The French Alps and the Dolomites in Italy should have between 20 and 60cm by Friday morning.

Our chief reporter, Jane Peel, is in the thick of it in Laax in Switzerland.

And here are some more scenes from Laax:

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These pictures of the snow come from Zermatt - the area seeing some of the greatest falls.

More than 1m is forecast in places and here is the scene in town.

They come from Ed Mannix at Matterhorn Chalets.

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According to one of our readers 30cm has fallen in Murren.

And in France winter has returned too.

Here's Val Thorens in Les3Vallees:

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And lower down Les3Vallees:

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And elsewhere in the French Alps:

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There's also been snowfall in Cumbria and Northumberland, and also the Scottish Highlands.

We've attached a couple of photos below of the Nevis Range and Cairngorm Mountain.

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Do check back later as we update with more pictures, information + videos of the snow.

WEDNESDAY 3RD APRIL

April showers this month mean snow in the mountains.

A huge snowstorm has started in The Alps with heavy snow through to Thursday and Friiday.

In places 1m or more is forecast.

Our editor, James Cove, is in the thick of it as the storm gets underway.

 

This is the warning put out for Thursday by the Laax ski resort in Switzerland where our chief reporter Jane Peel is attending The BRITS snowboard and freeski championships:

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And here is the forecast from Fraser for the rest of the Alps.

He said on Wednesday morning that a wide area of the Alps would benefit from snow with falls of up to 1.5 metres in places by the end of Thursday.

A snow sandwich' will develop with the main storm producing snow in the Italy/Switzerland border area and intensifying Wednesday evening and overnight.

"At the same time the main weather fronts to the west of the Alps will move slowly east, reaching the French and western Swiss Alps tonight, but earlier in the western foothills," Fraser said.

"Everything is set to meet up tonight bringing heavy snow to the western Alps. This will move further east to reach the western Austrian Alps by Thursday morning."

"Later on Thursday/Thursday night the band of precipitation will finally cross most of Austria, although it will be weakening by then."

For all the up to date snow news check out weathertoski.co.uk

Fraser is a co-founder of the snowsports travel agent ,snow-wise - if you want to be guided to the resort with the best snow then check out snow-wise.

AndermattAndermatt this morning, Wednesday 3rd April, before the storm rolls in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday will look to clear up so if you're headed to the Alps this weekend, you're in luck.

We'll be reporting closely this week, so keep tuned in.

And here at PlanetSKI we’re pleased to report it's been snowing in Scotland too.

There's been fresh snow in Glencoe, Scotland.

More snow is to come this week with a fair weather window expected on Friday.

So get yourselves up there for a piece of this:

Where Stags Roar Cairngorms Co. Where Stags Roar image, Glencoe Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Stags RoarCairngorms Co. Where Stags Roar image, Glencoe Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 2ND APRIL

The weather is changing today.

The clouds are rolling in from the west striking France and parts of Switzerland & Italy, with some rain and snowfall.

Our editor, James Cove, is currently further east in the Zugspitz Arena in the Alps on the border with Austria and Germany.

He is on a Spring Ski Safari in the Tirol.

Now those of you that know the area well may have noticed that James got his geography (and lift pass) slightly wrong Wink See here for more!

But back to the current snow and the forecast.

"More widespread precipitation is expected across the Alps on Wednesday and Thursday, heaviest close to the Swiss-Italian and Italian-Austrian border regions," said our resident snow expert, Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk

"The rain/snow limit will be highly variable depending on location but will tend to lower across the board, and many places will see snow to below 1000m on Thursday."

"Snowfall totals from this upcoming storm will also be highly variable, but over 1m of new snow is possible by Friday at altitude close to the Swiss-Italian border (i.e. roughly east of Zermatt and as far north as the Loetschberg tunnel and Andermatt."

Other parts of the Alps will see around 20cm.

PlanetSKI is out in Laax in Switzerland where some of the heaviest snow may fall.

Our chief reporter Jane Peel has arrived for The BRITS, the British Snowboard and Freeski Championships.

On Monday it was warm and spring-like with snow forecast for later in the week:

Since Jane filed that report has come news that Laax could be hit by between 60cm and 1 metre of fresh snow on Wednesday night and Thursday.

It could all be an exaggeration, of course, but we'll keep you informed.

Meanwhile our editor, James Cove, is in the Tirol in Austria.

Here is his report from Monday April 1st as high pressure dominates.

While here is his video report from the weekend in the Tirol in Austria.

As James mentioned it was warm at the base of the ski area in Alpbach with some bare patches.

Ski Juwel, Tirol, AustriaSki Juwel, Tirol, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way up in the gondola the south-facing slopes were green and a small amount of snow remained on the low altitude north-facing slopes.

But in the distance the peaks were covered.

Ski Juwel, Tirol, AustriaSki Juwel, Tirol, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And at the top of the Ski Juwel ski area?

Astonishing amounts of snow remain.

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James has just posted a piece on the joys of spring skiing.

All that is set to change with the forecast arrival of fresh snow.

Here at PlanetSKI we'll be keeping an eye on things and reporting on the new snow as it falls.

Stay tuned...

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