Snow Magazine snow reports in association with Inghams
Just when all but the highest ski resorts in Europe were oiling their mountain bikes and stocking their shelves with summer hiking gear, winter has returned to delight the crowds of late-season skiers revelling in powder days.
A forecast storm has rolled across the Alps, dumping falls of around a metre on the Italian-Swiss border around Cervina and Zermatt, half a metre on the flanks of the Eiger and Jungfrau in the Bernese Oberland, and around 25-30cm in the French mega-resorts of the Three Valleys, Espace Killy and Portes du Soleil.
Today, the heaviest snow will fall through Switzerland and Italy, and eventually into Austria, with even the snow-starved Dolomites getting a healthy end-of-season top-up.
And the snowfall will continue into next week, punctuated by some bright spring sunshine, creating marvellous conditions in the run-up to Easter – most notably at altitude, of course, with resorts such as Val Thorens leading the way.
La Clusaz in France was one resort to acknowledge the appeal of powder days by opening its highest slopes, the La Balme playground, from an eye-opening 7.30am this morning.
But everywhere the return of winter was being embraced by the ski resorts of the Alps, so it’s a great excuse to bring you a few photos and videos shared by the resorts on their social media…
Some great scenes in La Clusaz
This one from Val d’Isere is a long one but, enjoy!
Likewise this from Val Thorens
Swamped in Alpe d’Huez
Snowfall in Cervinia
Contrast this in Wengen
Just a few days ago…
Spring skiing in St Anton
Snow chairs in Solden
And this from Alta Badia in the Dolomites
And at one of Snow’s favourite Italian restaurants, Rifugio Bioch in Alta Badia
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