End of another ski season
It’s officially the end of the 2014/15 ski season. Most of the last remaining ski areas in the Alps closed their lifts this weekend. Frustratingly there’s more snow on the way…
Most ski resorts closed after Easter but a few remained open. This weekend most of the remaining ones closed, including Courchevel, Lech, Meribel, Obergurgl, St Anton, Verbier and Les 2 Alpes.
Just a very few ski areas remain open, including Ischgl in Austria and the French resorts of Tignes, Val d’Isere and Val Thorens.
Conditions on the pistes are still pretty good in high-altitude resorts – thanks to a top up of white stuff just before Easter and in recent days. Now with the considerable drop in temperature across Europe this week, there’s more snow forecast for tomorrow and again at the end of the week, so conditions look to remain excellent.
But sadly this week’s forecast is of little interest now: there are not enough skiers to warrant keeping the slopes open in most resorts. The tour operators have packed up, seasonaires have flown home and many bars and restaurants have closed for their annual break before the summer season begins. Skiing now in the Alps is limited to just the very highest resorts and the glacier ski areas, such as Zermatt in Switzerland, and Stubai and Hintertux in the Austrian Tirol.
For those of you who are still skiing, the slopes are deserted and the snow is good so get out there if you can for one last blast before you put your skis and snowboards away till next season!