Foto: Hemsedal Skisenter, Hemsedal_ski4fun_aksel_lund_svindal
Norway still has 12 ski resorts open, but seven of them will be closing up this weekend. Snow is expected in many parts of Norway this weekend, so there are good prospects for a memorable season-ending.
Aksel Lund Svindal and the rest of the Norwegian World Cup team are currently skiing in Hemsedal after participating in the last World Cup race of the season. Hemsedal is throwing their somewhat legendary "end of season" party on Saturday 1st May and over 6,000 ski enthusiasts are expected, as that many took part in last year's celebration. It has the most slopes open with 42 runs.
Voss received a foot of new snow in the past week and has the country's greatest snow depth with a two metre (6.7 foot) base.
Sweden has 12 ski resorts open through to the 2nd of May and Björkliden will be open another week until 9th May and Riksgränsen right through to 27th June with its famous midnight-sun skiing coming up in May.
The snow coverage is generally still good with Spring skiing at most resorts (except for Riksgränsen and Björkliden) which added another 5cm (two inches) of fresh snow yesterday.
The season ending is celebrated with a Hot Dog Challenge in Scandinavia's most popular resort, Åre. Here there will be live music at the top station in Ramundberget and a lot of other events/competitions on the resorts. In Åre, the summer season kicks in as Åre Bike Park opens some trails this weekend.
At Cairngorm in Scotland you can still ski top to bottom although lower runs are getting narrow and thin in places. The centre is currently operating the Ptarmigan, Ciste, Cas, M1, and West Wall lifts along with the train. The slopes will be open daily to 3rd May and then every weekend in May, conditions permitting .