Snow snippets: 4 April

3rd April 2010, by Chris Gill

Easter brings snow to Utah

Easter brings snow to Utah

Update North America

Many North American resorts will close this week, or shortly, with some of their best snowfalls of the season. Others will happily continue theirs into May, with a much-improved late season – oodles of fresh powder to play in.

Lots of new snow has fallen in Utah and California this week – up to a metre in 24 hours for Tahoe’s Kirkwood (which closes on 25 April), and 137cm in the week for Utah’s Snowbird. Snowbird fully expects to be open until May now, following a none-too-special start to the winter.

20-30cm fresh powder fell across Park City and Brighton resorts too. And Heavenly received 45cm in 24-hours on Easter Sunday; what a way to start April out there. In Colorado, Telluride closed out the winter 2009/10 season with another 25cm of new snow for the remaining visitors. It does seem such a shame that they close so early, when the slopes are still in good shape. Another earlybird closure is Jackson Hole, also finishing the season on a snowy note.

Up in Canada, there are still plenty of resorts open for business in April: Banff’s trio and Whistler are the main ones. Both Banff and Fernie gained moderate snowfalls this week, about 20cm. Silver Star has now closed, but nearby Big White continues for another week or so. Settled snow depths there are still 230m and the sub-zero temperatures are helping to preserve snow quality.

Update Europe

It was a snowy Easter weekend for many parts of the Alps, cooler and windy too. Bank Holiday Monday brought 40cm new snow to Madesimo (155/295cm) in Italy, which already has a substantial settled snow base. In France, it was a cold and windy weekend for Val d’Isère. In Austria, St Anton reports 10-30cm new snow on Monday. The snow level on the lower slopes has risen to around half a metre again. In Switzerland, Verbier reports 5-20cm of new snow; the best of it lies above 2000m. Again the strong south-westerly winds seem to put the lifts on hold temporarily this morning.

Fresh snow for Austria’s Arlberg too. This is Oberlech on Monday 5 April.

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