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Snow depths in Swiss Alps passed 7 m (23 feet) mark


Snow depths in the Alps have passed the 7m mark for what is believed to be the first time in many years. Snow reported by Engelberg so far in 2017/2018 winter season has hit 740 cm (24.27 feet) on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Engelberg in Switzerland, which reported snow depth somewhere above 6 m / 20 feet in March, reported 145 cm (4.75 feet) of snowfall at end of March / early April, and now records its upper slope base at 7.4 m (24.27 feet).

Image credit: J2Ski.com

Engelberg conditions in April 6, 2018Image credit: snow-forecast.com

The resort is open for snow sports to mid-May.

A snow depth of 5.2 m (17 feet) has been reported at Avoriaz in the French Alps too, the first 5 m+ (16.4 feet) base in many years.

Due to high amounts of snow, Les Arcs ski resort has stated that it will open its glacier for summer skiing.

This winter has been exceptional, as it’s unusual for snow depths to keep building into April. Usually levels peak in early March before the Spring thaw starts to slowly melt them.

Featured image: Toby Parkes / Flickr



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