Snow depths in the Alps have passed the 7m mark for what is believed to be the first time in many years.
Engelberg in Switzerland, which has reported the deepest base in the world for much of winter 17-18, somewhere above 6m/20 feet, reported 145cm (just under five feet) of snowfall in the past 7 days, again the biggest total for the Alps this week, and now reports its upper slope base at 7.4m – nearly 25 feet.
The resort is open for snow sports to mid-May.
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Posted by Avoriaz 1800 on Saturday, 31 March 2018
A snow depth of 5.2m has been reported at Avoriaz in the French Alps too, the first 5m+ base in that country for many years also.
Meanwhile Les Arcs has gone against a two decade trend of ski areas stopping to offer summer glacier skiing that has seen the number of resorts doing so drop from more than 40 at the end of the last century to less than 20 doing so now, by saying it will open its glacier for summer skiing this winter due to all he snow it has.
It’s unusual for snow depths to keep building in to April as usually levels pea in early March before the Spring thaw starts to slowly reduce them. But this winter has been exceptional.