|Snow Report - 27 Apr 2015|
|Last snowed|| 11-Apr-2015|
|Fresh snow||1 cm|
|Upper slopes||240 cm|
|Piste state||Spring snow|
|Runs to resort||Closed|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes|
Snow Overview - Switzerland (snow news updated 27-Apr-2015)
Limited skiing remains on offer across Switzerland, although damp weather on Monday 27th April led to some fairly unpleasant skiing conditions. The rain that was falling is expected to fall as snow to increasingly lower levels (around 1,500m) during the night, and 30cm of powder may be possible. Further spells of snow are expected throughout the week, falling to under 2,000m for much of the time.
Skiing still remains on offer in the Engstligenalp area above Adelboden (0/70cm), although the pistes are beginning to become worn. Seven lifts were running at Engelberg (0/350cm) and five were running on the glacier at Les Diablerets (0/280cm), with 10cm of fresh snow reported here on Sunday.
The biggest open ski area in the country remains at Samnaun (10/180cm), which was able to run 38/45 lifts and had 186km of pistes open. With Ischgl’s closing concert fast approaching, it promises to be a great final week of the season for the Silvetta Arena ski area.
Zermatt (0/240cm) was also offering over 100km of ski pistes, served by 21 lifts. It is no longer possible to ski back to resort but the slopes above Schwarzsee remain in good condition as do the connections over the border to Cervinia.
All of our other featured Swiss resorts are now closed for the season.
European Weather Outlook
A return to winter is forecast for the Alps during Monday night as a strong cold front is expected to arrive and lower the snow level to around 1,500m. How quickly the freezing level drops will be key to the amount of skiable fresh snow, but current indications suggest 30cm is possible across the northern Alps. More snow is expected up until Friday, potentially as much as 30cm again, with a snow level remaining mostly below 2,000m. A return to mild, spring-like weather and a freezing level of 3,000m plus is expected for the weekend.
Scandinavia is predicted a changeable week, with some good spells of sunshine expected as well as some snow showers. Some of these may be heavy and Are could pick up as much as 10cm of fresh snow on Thursday.
A return to winter has also been felt across Scotland this week and is forecast to continue over the coming days. Expect some heavy snow showers and perhaps spells of more organised snow during the afternoons and evenings in particular.