As the holiday rush begins it's looking like most places in Europe will be having a chilly, wet Easter. Not so great if you're going to the Lake District but excellent if you're heading to the mountains.
Snow is forecast for most resorts across Europe for the weekend, providing a good top up to the already generous snow depths we have. Late season snow can be quite different to the early season variety - a bit wetter and heavier generally, and doesn't hang around for as long on roads and warmer slopes.
Next week's forecasts look as though the weathermen could be hedging their bets a bit - a mix of snowy showers, sunshine and cloud. It does appear that temperatures will gradually be creeping up towards the end of the week - so there is a chance that you'll return with those fashionable tell-tale ski and snowboard holiday tans. Check out the forecasts on Netweather or Meteoblue.
We've said it before but this season has been a record - it feels like the snow hasn't let up that much since early December and as we head towards April, conditions are exceptional. There are still very few rocks to be seen, and snow depths are extremely healthy. On a ski trip to the Portes du Soleil this week, CD staffers were amazed that even in late March the run down to the bottom of the cable car at Les Prodains in Morzine was still perfectly fine and skiable, albeit a bit slushy in the late afternoon sun.
So next week could be a bit of a mixed bag - a bit of this...
and a bit of this...
Either way it looks like this year's spring skiing will be truly exceptional. There are some amazing deals to be had for now to the end of the season - take a look the Last Minute offers.