Ski areas in more than 15 countries open in May

Ski areas in at least 15 countries on four continents are open in May and a number are reporting fresh snowfall until the end of April.

About 150 ski areas are still open in the northern hemisphere and, very exceptionally, a ski area opened in South America almost two months before the start of the 2022 season, after a heavy snowstorm in early autumn .

In Europe, ski areas are open in around ten countries this weekend with around forty ski areas open in the Alps in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

More than half of them will finish their season at the end of the ski day on Sunday May 1st or Monday, May 2n/a. It’s the last weekend of 21-22 for ski areas including Adelboden (below), Andermatt, Cervinia, Chamonix, Cortina, Ischgl, Les 2 Alpes, Obertauern, Val d’Isère, Verbier and Zuspitze in Germany .

You can also still ski this weekend at resorts in Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey. Further north, ski areas remain open in Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Ski areas in Portugal and Spain had hoped to open this weekend but canceled plans to do so at the last minute.

Several dozen ski areas are still open in North America, although this weekend will be the last in centers such as Marmot Basin (Jasper), Solitude in Utah (pictured above) and Vail.

Japan has the most ski areas still open of any country, thanks to its spring ski season which usually lasts until the first week of May. Niseko and Nozawa Onsen are among the areas that are still open.

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