The sun's shining, the grass is slowly turning green instead of brown, but somewhere in Austria they are still skiing...
If you are looking for the final opportunity to get a few turns in before packing the skis away for another season, here is a quick look at some of the main Austrian ski resorts which stay open longer in the season:
They open early and they close late - of course, an altitude of just under
2000 metres helps with that! Obergurgl is a non-glacier resort but it is
a member of the group that are the last to close. This season they are planning to go through to May 1.
More about Obergurgl skiing
Sölden is one of the main glacier resorts in the Tyrol and also offers
summer skiing later on in the year. Sölden takes some pride in being a little bit livelier than its neighbour Obergurgl (Obergurgl residents and visitors might say "brasher") and heads towards the end of the winter with the two-day Electronic Mountain Festival from April 06-07. The final winter date is April 23 although the resort then switches into Spring season mode with reduced ski area (glacier only) and tickets until May 07.
More about Sölden skiing
Another late-closing non-glacier resort
where the snow depths are looking pretty good. Lech currently plans to close on April 23 and finishes up on April 22 with the Lech Sister Resort Party celebrating links with German, Japanese and American resorts.
More about Lech skiing
Ischgl usually gets a superstar "name" to round off the season - this year it is Italian legend Zucchero who will be playing at the Top Of The Mountain Concert on
April 30. Before that, however, there is an Easter concert on the slopes on April 16 with popular German star Andreas Bourani.
More about Ischgl skiing
The Stubai glacier ski area doesn't "do" spring closing - they'll be carrying
on through into the summer, snow conditions permitting on some of the highest
slopes in the country.
More about skiing on the Stubai glacier
the province of Salzburg and their own high-level non-glacier resort of Obertauern.
Located at an altitude of 1750m they too are planning to stay open through
to May 01.
More about Obertauern skiing
above Kaprun stay open well into the spring, given good snow conditions. The official end of the winter is April 23, but the lift passes then move into a spring period which lasts from April 24 until July 23 and finally changes into a summer mode where skiing is closed until the beginning of December.
More about Kaprun skiing
Enjoy the selection of some of the Austrian ski resorts that we cover that are staying open later this year and take the opportunity to say goodbye to the winter properly!
Ski article updated: 17.02.17