Where is the snow? 28th Mar 2017
The sun has been shining and it's starting to feel a lot like summer, let alone spring. With the temperatures on the rise flexiski set out for a photo shoot on the slopes of Morzine and Avoriaz. Capture that spring skiing atmosphere; full of afternoon drinks basking in the sun, playing on the slopes and we even got lucky with a little fresh snowfall mixed in with the blue skies. It was a few days of very mixed weather and a great time to be on the slopes.
With days getting longer, sun cream is a definite necessity. Yet as always in the spring you can get lucky and hit some fantastic snowfalls with empty slopes and no lift queues.
France's temperatures are hitting balmy heights, get out and reserve your deck chairs after lunch. The snow gets heavy later in the day so it's time for long lunches with an Aperol Spritz or three. Yet I've heard from a colleague out in Val d'Isere (and Tignes) that they have some fabulous conditions - 60cm of snow fell in the last few days, it's now blue sky and powder conditions. Val Thorens is also looking good and with a top up forecast over the weekend these are the resorts to book up for some late season skiing.
Austria is in full on party mood. The sun is out all week so pack you sunglasses. The snow is slushy in the afternoons but with over 20cm forecast to fall at the weekend in Obergurgl, St Anton and Lech the season soldiers on.
Switzerland is looking damn fine with Verbier reporting excellent piste conditions and Zermatt is the pick of the Alps at the moment; great pistes and even some off piste to find if you look hard enough. A further top up is due over the weekend.
As you may expect, being just across the border from Zermatt, Cervinia is also making the most of the spring snow, with fresh dumps falling as recently as Sunday (50cm) and more on its way - our safest bet for snow in one of our favourite resorts.