PA #17: More fresh snow for the Alps

By meteomorris on 28 April 2016 · 1

Winter won't leave the Alps alone. It is a typical 'Janvril' as the French call it. It's cold, it's snowing heavily from time to time and there aren't a lot of people around in the ski resorts. Winter is trying to make things work again after a lousy start of the season. But have one look at the empty slopes and you'll see that most of the riders are not interested in riding powder anymore. That's too bad, because there's more snow on its way. If you are traveling to the Alps the next couple of days and you want to support wePowder and this forecast, book your accommodation using this link. We receive a small percentage of every booking made through this link and this helps us a lot to improve wePowder and advice you even better. Thanks in advance! In this forecast:

  • Lots of freshies in the high alpine
  • Current turns to the northwest again
  • Higher temperatures coming in?
  • Lots of resorts are still open
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Lots of freshies in the high alpine

It snowed heavily from time to time in the northwest and north of the Alps since last Saturday. The conditions above 2000 meters are excellent in those regions (way better than during Christmas). A picture like this from Engelberg says it all.

Engelberg was deep
Engelberg was deep

One look at the snow map of Switzerland confirms this image. There's a base of around two meters above 2500 meters in many places and locally there's even more snow.

And this won't be the last snow that will come down in the Alps this spring. The air remains unstable and storm depressions will find their way to the Alps.

New storm coming up
New storm coming up

Current turns to the northwest again

A storm depression is heading towards the Alps on Friday. The wind will come from the southwest to south at first, but later cold air from the north will find its way to the Alps again. The wind will turn to the north and it will het colder in the Alps again.

Wind from the southwest at first, from the north later
Wind from the southwest at first, from the north later

The most snow is expected in the night from Saturday to Sunday and it might also snow a little on Sunday, but the details might change a little bit. It would be perfect when the front arrives a bit early on Saturday, so that we can ride powder with blue skies on Sunday.

Higher temperatures coming in?

The current will probably turn to the south at the beginning of next week and King Winter will finally be forced to leave the Alps.

Temperatures will rise
Temperatures will rise

Lots of resorts are still open

The lifts are still open in a lot of resorts. Which ones? Check out the list below (keep in mind that not all the lifts in the resorts are open).


  • Ischgl (closes after May 1st)
  • Obertauern (closes after May 1st)
  • Hintertux
  • Kaprun
  • Sölden
  • Stubaier Glacier
  • Kaunertaler Glacier
  • Pitztaler Glacier
  • Mölltaler Glacier


  • Samnaun (closes after May 1st)
  • Corvatsch (St. Moritz) (closes after May 1st)
  • Diavolezza (St. Moritz) (closes after May 22nd)
  • Les Diablerets
  • Engelberg (closes after May 22nd)


  • Bonneval sur Arc (closes after April 30th)
  • La Clusaz (closes after April 30th)
  • Les 2 Alpes (closes after April 30th)
  • Chamonix (closes after May 1st)
  • Val d'Isère (closes after May 1st)
  • Tignes (closes after May 8th)
  • Val Thorens (closes after May 8th)


  • Breuil Cervinia (closes after May 1st)
  • Livigno (closes after May 1st)
  • Passo Tonale (closes after May 1st)
  • Val Senales (closes after May 8th)
  • Prali (closes after May 31st)


There is plenty of snow and fresh powder is on its way. Thanks to the front that will kick in on Saturday it will be a turbulent weekend, but chances are that the sun will come out from the west on Sunday. If not, then Monday is the day. Unfortunately, there are not that many resorts open. This just might the last lift-assisted powder of the season! Thanks for booking your accommodation with this link!

Stay stoked, Morris


  • DWF
    DWF op 28 April 2016 · 14:22


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