The PlanetSKI snow report – PlanetSKI

We are in the mountains enjoying spring skiing. We had some turbulent weather in the French Alps followed by a bonus dump of late season fresh snow. We are also in Norway and Sweden deep within the Arctic Circle. UPDATED

sunday april 24

In the Alps, there were new snowfalls.

In Les2Alpes in France, where our chief reporter Jane Peel is spending the last days of her ski season, winter is well and truly back.

There is exactly one week left before the resort closes for the winter season and there has been a heavy snowfall.

Even the south-facing slopes at station level that were completely bare yesterday were dusted again on Sunday morning.

Les2Alpes, France – photo © PlanetSKI

“I was optimistic on Saturday evening when heavy rain at the resort turned to snow after dark,” says Jane, “and by this morning the mountains were white again, even up to 1,600 metres.”

“The high winds yesterday meant some of the runs had windblown snow with a hard pack just below the surface, but others had fabulous powder, almost knee deep in places.

Powder snow at Les2Alpes – photo © PlanetSKI

“It’s definitely cooler than before but it’s not cold in the winter so it was quite heavy down there but overall not a bad situation for April 24th and that’s certainly a real bonus for skiing powder on the last morning of my 2021-22 season.

View from Les2Alpes, France – photo © PlanetSKI

Val d’Isère/Tignes in France, Cervinia in Italy, Zermatt and Saas-Fee in Switzerland are other resorts still open and which have benefited from this late snowfall.

We have more information on the situation in the Alps later this week in a moment in this report, but we turn our attention further north first.

Much further north.

PlanetSKI editor James Cove is in the Arctic Circle and has temporarily left Norway to cross the Swedish border.

And that’s why James is at Riksgränsen:

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden.  Image © PlanetSKI

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden. Image © PlanetSKI

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden.  Image © PlanetSKI

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden. Image © PlanetSKI

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden.  Image © PlanetSKI

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden. Image © PlanetSKI

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden.  Image © PlanetSKI

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden. Image © PlanetSKI

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden.  Image © PlanetSKI

Snowmobiling in Ryksgransen, Sweden. Image © PlanetSKI

Riksgränsen is 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.

The ski season runs from February to June, while from the end of May the ski lifts operate under the midnight sun.

One of the tracks crosses the Norwegian border and then returns to Sweden.

Ryksgransen, Sweden.  Image © PlanetSKI

Ryksgransen, Sweden. Image © PlanetSKI

Ryksgransen, Sweden.  Image © PlanetSKI

Ryksgransen, Sweden. Image © PlanetSKI

So what about later in the week in the Alps?

“The next few days will see the weather in the Alps remain relatively cool and choppy, with further bits of snow possible just about anywhere, although generally in modest amounts,” said alpine weather expert Fraser. Wilkin of weathertoski.co. UK today.

“That said, anyone lucky enough to be skiing in the Alps next week should be able to find good snow conditions at the end of the season, especially if they take advantage of a break in the weather.”

Fraser adds that the best places to ski in the Alps at the moment are Val Thorens, Tignes, Val d’Isère, Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Engelberg, Cervinia, Livigno, Ischgl, Sölden or one of the Austrian glaciers (for example Hintertux, Kaprun).

As mentioned, James is currently skiing in the Arctic Circle, but will soon be back in the Alps when he visits Val Thorens for his closing weekend in May.

The 2021/22 season is not yet over for PlanetSKI – not by a long shot.

More soon…

Saturday April 23

Our content editor, James Cove, reports from Narvik:

Narvik, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

More Norway after hearing about the Alps.

At Les2Alpes in France, our chief reporter, Jane Peel, witnessed almost every type of weather possible today on her second day of skiing in the resort.

Rain, snow, high winds, low visibility, good visibility, high clouds and even the occasional brief sunshine.

And all this in the space of 3 hours.

Les2Alpes on Saturday – photo © PlanetSKI

“It looked quite promising as we left the resort at 1650m at 9.30am this morning as the snow started to fall,” says Jane.

“It was quite wet snow and didn’t give much more than a light dusting on the slopes, but it was enough to soften the hard layer and it was surprisingly pleasant with few people on the slopes .

“Inevitably it was super muddy as we skied back down at lunchtime and it was raining heavily in the town that afternoon.”

Back in Norway, it was expected to be sunny on Saturday and fresh snow on Sunday according to James.

At 7:30 am in Narvik, there was not much sign of the sun expected from the PlanetSKI accommodation overlooking the town.

Narvik, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

An hour later, at 8:30 a.m., things were starting to look up.

Narvik, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Narvik, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

And around 10 a.m….

James describes it as one of the most scenic flights to a ski destination he has ever taken.

Snow remains for much of the length of Norway.

Direction the Arctic Circle, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Direction the Arctic Circle, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

Direction the Arctic Circle, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Direction the Arctic Circle, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

Direction the Arctic Circle, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Direction the Arctic Circle, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

Direction the Arctic Circle, Norway.  Image © PlanetSKI

Direction the Arctic Circle, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI

See here for his full report with lots more photos and a preview of what’s to come:

More soon…

friday april 22

PlanetSKI Chief Journalist Jane Peel continues her April skiing in France and is now in Les2Alpes.

The weather in Les2Alpes and beyond is about to change, but with snow – and rain – on the horizon.

“The clouds started to thicken shortly after I filed this snow report, sending us a message of what we should expect around the next day or so,” Jane said.

“The forecast for Saturday calls for some snow on the glacier and on the higher elevation slopes, but precipitation is expected to fall as rain lower down – and almost certainly at station level, which is around 1,650 meters. .

“Sunday morning, there could be snow all the way to town. Let’s hope so.

“I’m certainly happy that we made the most of the good weather and good conditions today.”

Les2Alpes, France.  Image c/o PlanetSKI

View of the superb conditions on the 2Alpes glacier – Photo © PlanetSKI

Around 60% of the pistes in Les2Alpes are still open with just over a week to go until the end of the winter season.

It’s very bare on the lower slopes.

However, it is still possible to ski into town.

There is only one open track – the blue Jandri 1 – which splits into two at the bottom.

Ski back at the resort level in Les2Alpes – photo © PlanetSKI

Last week Jane was in Tignes and before that in some of the lesser known resorts around Grenoble.

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Elsewhere in the Alps there is still plenty of skiing and events to organize as the 21/22 season draws to a close.

As mentioned, there is snow in the weekend forecast for the northwestern Alps.

A weather system known as the “Return from the East” is expected to absorb moisture as it passes over the Mediterranean and cause snow as it hits the Alps.

Earlier this week there were forecasts of up to 1m in elevation in places but this has now been reduced.

We will wait to see what happens and report back.

Meanwhile, PlanetSKI editor James Cove is currently traveling north.

A long way north.

It is heading towards Norway and into the Arctic Circle

He will report over the weekend and beyond.

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