|Snow Report - 30 Apr 2015|
|Last snowed|| 30-Apr-2015|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Lower slopes||22 cm|
|Upper slopes||134 cm|
|Runs to resort||Spring snow|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Good skiing on well groomed pistes|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 03-May-2015)
Good late season skiing can be found at the handful of French resorts still open for skiing. All resorts benefitted from some fresh snow this week, refreshing the slopes and providing a little fresh off piste.
Val Thorens (70/180cm) is still offering skiing from 28 of 31 lifts and on Thursday, 71 of its 79 slopes were open. 13cm of new snow was recorded through the middle part of the week, providing some great skiing conditions. Val Thorens is set to remain open until May 10th.
Tignes (22/134cm) and Val d’Isere (22/134cm) were still able to offer 67 lifts between them, with the Espace Killy link still open and 10cm of fresh snow on Thursday morning. Val d’Isere is set to remain open until Sunday 3rd May, with Tignes closing a week later on May 10th.
Skiing is also on offer on the Grands Montets above Argentiere (0/120cm) until the end of play on Sunday. 20cm of fresh snow was reported on Tuesday, providing a great late season powder day.
Sadly the weather is forecast to deteriorate during Thursday afternoon and night, with heavy rain expected to fall over the weekend. Snow may initially fall on Friday to 2,500m, but with the freezing level soaring above 3,000m from Saturday onwards, rain is expected at most levels.
All of our other featured French resorts are now closed for the season.
European Weather Outlook
The weather in the Alps is set to take a significant turn for the worse over the coming days, as heavy rain sets in and the freezing level continually climbs upwards. Snow should initially fall on Friday to around 2,500m but will readily turn to rain up as high as 3,000m by Sunday and Monday. Current forecasts are calling for over 200mm of rain by early next week in places, so flooding may become an issue and certainly the snow conditions will deteriorate rapidly if this much rain falls.
Norway can expect great weather for its final weekend of skiing, however with cloudier skies forecast for Sweden, low light lenses might be appropriate than sunglasses.
Scotland is forecast a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend, with long sunny spells expected across the country. A few showers are possible to end the week, but come the weekend these are expected to be more scattered.