Good snow keeps resorts open

At a time of year when the skiing season should be coming to an end, and resorts begin to get ready to embrace the summer season, many resorts have remained open due to favorable snowfall, continuous snowfall and perfect weather conditions that have maintained the slopes. Skiing enthusiasts in Europe and in Northern America are therefore making the most of the extended winter season. Some resorts have reported up to 40 cm of snowfall in the last week, while others have maintained deep snow during their skiing season.

When looking at France, the resort Cauterets has received a wonderful snowfall, as have most resorts around the country. Pyrenees is still experiencing snowfall and in Spain, resorts such as Sierra Nevada have had such a good season that they are remaining open till at least the 15th of May 2009. Although Baqueira Beret will close as scheduled, both Masella and Boi Taull have confirmed that they will be remaining open for another month.

Scotland has been unfortunate in regard to snowfall, with few resorts remaining open and others only operating on weekends. In contrast, Canada has reported between six to eighteen feet of snow in various locations, with Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Banff benefitting from receiving blanketed slopes. Skiing conditions have also remained favorable in Italy and Scandinavia, and even though Germany and Austria have not received any new snowfall, their slopes average between thirteen to fourteen feet of snow. Switzerland has not received as much new snow as other countries have enjoyed, but is still operating with Saas Fee, Zermatt and Andermatt-Gotthard all having approximately thirteen feet of snow.

Skiing enthusiasts are recommended to get down to the nearest resort that have extended their skiing season, and make the most of this rare opportunity. Beautifully manicured slopes are waiting at resorts around the world, and with almost twenty countries being able to remain open a little longer; last minute skiing options are endless. With extended time on various resorts, skiers have no excuse, not to get onto the slopes and enjoy the thrill of snow sports one last time before summer.