It’s one of the snowiest springs for years in the Pyrenees and Vallnord in Andorra has the deepest base at 3m (10 feet) at Arcalis. It’s also received another 50cm (20 inches) of fresh powder in recent days.
Always one of the most snowsure ski destinations in the Alps and prepared to invest huge sums in snowmaking to open up 80km of slope if it needs to as last November, although with 1.8m (six feet) on its slopes it doesn’t now.
Whistler just announced it will be open to late May – extending its season by a fortnight – after record March snowfall.
Ruka endeavours to have the longest ski season of a non-glacier ski resort in Europe – from October to June. It was delayed by warm weather for more than a month last autumn but is currently looking good with temperatures below freezing and all 30 runs open.
Chamonix has had one of its snowiest ever season and set snowfall records in January. With more than 3.6m (12 feet) of snow on its slopes at the start of April it has France’s deepest snowbase and another six weeks of the season left through in to May.
Passo Tonale, Italy
It’s been warm in Italy in recent weeks but the deepest snow is to be found on the Presena Glacier above Passo Tonale which currently has 3m (10 feet) lying and normally keeps a couple of advanced level runs open at least to June.
Coastal Voss has been among the three resorts reporting the deepest snow in Norway, and in fact all of Scandinavia, for most of winter 2011-12. It’s currently top of the pile with a 3.4m (11+ feet) base and it’s snowing again in Norway.
Baqueira Beret, Spain
Baqueira Beret is having a good season with 2.1m (seven feet) of snow on its slopes and benefitting from some of the biggest fresh falls of snow in Europe of recent weeks. All 120km are fully open and all 33 lifts operating.
Are in Sweden in Scandinavia’s biggest winter sports destination and gets in to party mood (even more than usual) with the long sunny days of spring at its northerly latitude. The season here continues in to May.
Engelberg has topped the table as the resort with the deepest snow cover in the world for much of winter 2011-12, moving above 6m (20 feet) on two occasions and only overtaken by Mt Baker in Washington state towards the end of winter, has announced it still have two months of its ski season yet to run and still has more than 5m of snow on upper slopes.
Northstar, California, USA
Despite California having one of its most challenging seasons on record, it has returned to normal and is currently posting the biggest snowfalls in the world for March with nine feet (3m) falling in the past week or so. Northstar has announced it will extend its ski season to end of April.