Fresh April Snow on Alpine Glaciers

Fresh April Snow on Alpine Glaciers
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As might be expected for this time of year, the best snowfall of the past few days has been falling on Europe's glaciers.

This is good news for altitude resorts that have another month of the season left through top early May – such as glacier 3000 near Gstaad and Tignes and Chamonix in France, all of which have reported 20-40cm of fresh snow on higher slopes, but even better news for ski areas that stay open to June or July.

In this latter category the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, pictured above this morning, has more than three months of its season left, closing on July 24th. It declared a powder day today.

Other resorts reporting big snowfalls in the past few days include Saas Fee and its neighbour, the year round ski area of Zermatt which has seen repeated forecasts of huge snowfalls all winter from some snow forecasting organisations fail to materialise on the scale projected, but did start April with a powder day on Sunday.

The high altitude snowfall is in contrast to rain and thawing at lower elevations, which at least in April, can be counted as normal weather. The rain and thawing earlier in the year was a little less normal.
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