It may be mid-April but we’re not about to hang up our ski boots. And nor should you
Our inner body clocks are screaming at us to stop: “It’s spring god dammit! The temperature gauge is almost at a bearable level and the sun is still shining as we tuck into our evening meal. There’s no way (no way!) that there’s enough snow to carry on skiing”. Except there is, if you’re in the right place.
Our digital editor Mary, based in Innsbruck, is still spoilt for choice when it comes to weekend ski spots, with nearby Ischgl, Obergurgl and Kühtai still open and months of glacier skiing ahead of her in spots like Stubai and Hintertux.
Frühling in den Bergen ☀️ Spring in the …
Meanwhile, publisher Dickie is currently flying over the North Sea ready for some serious touring action in the Norwegian fjords. In France, high altitude spots like Les Deux Alpes, Val Thorens and Tignes are still going strong, and several North American resorts have extended their season.
Up in Scotland the season is far from over, with three out of five ski resorts still open for business.
Glencoe Mountain has skiing on the upper, mid and key lower slopes and is boasting impressive conditions. Good news for those competing in the Junior Coe Cup, a freeride event for under 16s, this weekend.
Conor Small – Glencoe mountain resort summit this afternoon 🙂 | Facebook
Over in CairnGorm, there’s been fresh snow twice this week, with more forecast for the weekend. There’s good conditions from the top down to the middle of the mountain, with six lifts scheduled to run this weekend.
Need another reason to visit? Atomic are hosting ski demos of their excellent new Backland range on 15 and 16 April, and there’s the Ptarmigan Freestyle Jam from 11am on Saturday.
It’s the last weekend you can ski at Nevis Range, but conditions are still good with the upper mountain open, along with numerous backcountry options (head to this brilliant Facebook Group for inspiration).
Oh, and the best thing about spring skiing in Scotland (or anywhere)? There’s hardly a soul to share it with!
“It’s always the same at this time of year,” said Chair of Ski-Scotland Heather Negus. “we can offer great sliding, particularly on the upper mountains, but down in the valleys and in the cities, people see daffodils and cherry blossom and believe the ski season is over, but believe me it’s not!
“So check the conditions, forget about cutting the grass and come skiing and boarding – the season’s far from over!” Hear, hear!