Snow still falling in the Alps

19th May 2013, by Abi Butcher

Engelberg last week, before the snow and bad weather blew in

Engelberg last week, before the snow and bad weather blew in

A handful of ski resorts in the Alps are still open this weekend, and Engelberg (pictured here on Tuesday), closes on 26 May. This weekend skiers have enjoyed an unexpected treat after 15cm of fresh snow fell on Friday to add to its incredible base depth of 470cm.

Also open is Zermatt, which is now into its summer season with glacier skiing. The resort had also fresh snowfall on Friday – illustrated very well by this photo taken at Riffelberg by ski patroller Philipp Imboden on Friday morning.

Pontresina and Engadin in Switzerland are also open, as are the Hintertux Glacier, Kaunertaler Glacier, Stubai Glacier and Kaprun in Austria.

The snowpark and lifts are due to stay open on Glacier 3000 in Gstaad-Diablerets every weekend during May, though lifts have been closed this weekend due to a storm.

There are no resorts open in France. Last week, 250 skiers and snowboarders took advantage of some sudden off-piste availability at the Pic du Midi above Barèges in the Hautes-Pyrénées. The Pic du Midi opened from 6 to 12 May for the first time in history thanks to record-breaking levels of snow.

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