The Scottish ski season has come to an end, two months earlier than last year due to a lack of snow. Cairngorm Mountain, which has seen a healthy total of more than 130,000 skiers and snowboarders descend its slopes over a five month season since last November was the last of the five British ski areas to close, on Monday.
There has been little no snowfall in the last week in Austria where about 25 ski resorts are still open. Only Sölden reports 12cm snowfall for the last seven days and the Stubaier Glacier had 5cm. Temperatures are going down in the next days and the snowline will be at 1700m. Open areas include the Mölltaler Glacier (300cm), Hintertuxer Glacier (255cm) and the Stubaier Glacier with 200cm snow depth at the mountain. In St. Anton/Arlberg (150cm) the skiing in continuing as well possible in the warm conditions as it is in Obertauern with 65cm snow depth. In Ischgl there's 90cm snow at the slopes, this ski resort celebrates end of season with the famous Top of The Mountains Concert, on April 30th with The Killers performing.
About 30 ski areas are still open in France including many of the best known centres. The deepest snow is reported by Les 2 Alpes with 1.7m on upper slopes. La Plagne has reported 10cm of new snow in the past week, while Tignes got 5cm.
Snow depths have dropped in Italy where about 20 ski areas remain open, but are still at 2-3 metres at the glacier areas of Val Senales and Presana. Livigno has half its lifts open and 1.5m of snow on upper slopes .
High temperatures pushed every cloud away over the past week Switzerland got only 2cm new snow in Saas Fee. But there are still the deepest snow depths and the most open slopes in the Alps here. Around 30 ski resorts are open and bring skiers with ski lifts up to the top. Engelberg with a mountain station at 3000m has a phenomenal snow depth from 360cm, the deepest in the country. The glaciers offer the best ski conditions while summer starts in lower areas. As well as in Saas Fee and Andermatt snow depth are really good between 230cm and 241cm and Zermatt measures 90cm at the top.
The ski season ended over the Easter weekend in most of the Pyrenees. Baqueira Beret reported business for winter 10-11 was up slightly at around 750,000 skier days and that snowfall totalled 5.5m during the 149 day season.
Norway's summer ski areas aren't open yet but a dozen or so of the country's top resorts are still operating, albeit with bases down to a very thin 10-30cm in some cases, including Hemsedal which traditionally stages a big Mayday Festival next weekend. Voss continues to have some of the country's best snow with a 2.5 base on upper slopes.