Most people may have already forgotten last winter sand are perhaps beginning to look forward to the 2008-09 ski season, but
, Europe's leading snow reporting and forecasting service, is still reporting on a dozen European ski centres that opened for winter 2007-08 way back last autumn, and are still open today!
And the great snow that has made this winter such a memorable one, is still falling, with more likely over the coming days!
Skiinfo reports that the
had 10cm (four inches) of fresh powder on May 20th. Snow depths are over eight feet with more snow expected over the next few days. It is currently has nearly 30 miles of runs to choose from. It is one of five Austrian ski areas that Skiinfo is reporting as still open - more than any other country.
Above Kaprun the
with its famous terrain park is open with just under ten feet of snow built up and fresh snow forecast by Skiinfo's Snowfinder service over the next few days. It has 11 lifts serving 25km of trails open.
near Ransau has 20 feet of snow accumulated and currently has three lifts running, serving two kilometres of piste.
has eight feet of snow on its slopes, with five lifts serving 20km of runs.
The final Austrian area is the
close to Mayrhofen and a short transfer from Innsbruck. The glacier area has marginally the most terrain open in Austria, just ahead of Stubai, with 30 miles of runs and over 11 feet of snow base.
Elsewhere in Europe, there are no ski areas open in France at present and Norway actually has the second most number of ski areas to choose from, after Austria, with three small glacier areas, each operating one or two long drag lifts and ski runs.
are all open.
In Switzerland, Engelberg had its last day of the season on May 25.
, with a four foot base is reported to still be operating two lifts, serving five kilometres of runs. However the main destination is one of the world's few remaining year-round ski resorts, with Europe's highest ski lifts,
. This currently has a six foot base at the top and five lifts serving 7km of runs.
In Italy only the
above Passo Tonale is still going from winter 2007-8, with two red and one black runs over a 12 foot base. It will be joined by
which opens this weekend for the summer.
Europe's most fully open is
in the far north of Sweden which is now blessed by 24 hour skiing allowing for midnight skiing. All 16 runs are open.
More ski areas are due to open for the summer over the next few weeks. Check
if you'd like to be kept informed. Summer snow resort news is included in a free fortnightly newsletter you can sign up for and there is also a free-to-use chat room, Skier's Lounge, to communicate with fellow snow fans all over Europe.