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WINTER IS BACK... AGAIN! - James Cove, the Tirol, Austria
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It ain't over yet as more snow falls at the handful of resorts still open. PlanetSKI is making some final turns of the season in Austria.


TUESDAY 7TH MAY...

And the view from the PlanetSKI office in Innsbruck this morning...

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And where are we off to today?

Hintertux.

There  is snow all the way down to resort level:

Winter is going out in typical Spring fashion - with snow falling.

And at the top of the resort?

 

Check out some of the images from the day.

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On the slopes, Hintertux May 7thOn the slopes, Hintertux May 7th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the gatesIn the gates, Hintertux May 7th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up in the air, Hintertux May 7thUp in the air, Hintertux May 7th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the glacier. Hintertux May 7thOn the glacier. Hintertux May 7th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the powder, Hintertux May 7thIn the powder, Hintertux May 7th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yours truly, Hintertux 7th MayYours truly, Hintertux 7th May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Views from Hintertux, May 7thViews from Hintertux, May 7th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The snow followed more a few days earlier.

Here was the scene in Hintertux in the Tirol in Austria at the weekend.

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Later in the week we're likely heading to the Kaunertal glacier in the Tirol that remains open until May 21st.

It has 25cm of fresh snow and a depth of 4.45m at the top of the resort.

We were there last week testing next season's skis:
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The snow has fallen lower down too.

In Innsbruck in the Tirol the snow has returned to the trees above the city.

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Some areas of Switzerland saw record snowfall for May over the weekend.

Most snow fell in the central and eastern alpine regions and records were broken in lower-lying Bern and St Gallen.

The Swiss capital of Bern had 4cm of fresh snow.

The previous record for May was 1cm back in 1945.

The eastern city of St Gallen saw 19cms.

It had 12cms recorded on May 7th 1957.

Back in the mountains here it was in Val Thorens in France in Les3Vallees on the eve of its last day of the season.

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And later in the day on Sunday 5th May...

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The resort closed on Sunday along with the other French resorts of Orelle, Chamonix and Tignes.

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In Italy Cervinia, Solda and Pescegello shut up shop.

While in Switzerland the curtain came down in St Moritz,  Corvatsch,  Diavolezza - Pontresina,  Adelboden and Gstaad.

And in Austria the glacier resort of Pitztal also called it a day.

With snow falling.

"Constant snowfall through the day. Slow-down towards evening," the resort said on Sunday morning.

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PlanetSKI was in Piztal last week, check out our report here:
And there's snow down to the valley floor in the Tirol.

We're planning to go e-biking here at the end of the week.

Ha!

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But it's not all over for skiing and snowboarding with some resorts continuing.

Here's a round up of the closing dates of the resorts still going.

Austria

12th May:
  • Molltaler Glacier
21st May:
  • Kaunertal glacier
2nd June
  • Kaprun
  • Stubai Glacier
ITALY

19th May:
  • Pontedilegno
  • Ghiacciaio Presena
SWITZERLAND

26th May:
  • Engelberg
Zermatt in Switzerland and Hinertux in Austria, are open year-round.

And lets not forget the skiing elsewhere in Europe.

One of our regular readers has reminded us over on social media that there's still skiing to be had in Norway and other parts of Scandinavia.

Thanks Thomas!

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And if you don't fancy skiing or snowboarding then there's, er, kayaking to be had.

Here are some advenutours types in Serre Chevalier coming up with another way to enjoy the snow once the lifts close.



And as a few of us continue skiing into May others have decided to call it a day after a gruelling season.

Here's out good friend, Phil Smith, from Snoworks in Tignes. Wink

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While others are not feeling so happy as winter draws to an end.

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Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this story later as the resorts close and we head out for a spot of May skiing.

It may be over for most, but we're still skiing!

For the Spirit of the Mountains - PlanetSKI: Number One for ski news


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