We come to the end of the ski season in the Alps but not yet the start of the trekking season. In the UK, Easter - whether in March or April - traditionally heralds the tourist season and much more life in the centres. Keswick, Fort William and other towns start to see their Summer trade!
Weather in the Alps
To take the Austrian Alps as an example, the ski resorts - St. Anton, Mayrhofen, Kitzbuhel, Lech and hundreds more both famous and locally known - will see warm temperatures and perhaps genuine heat! However, much snow still remains and the ski areas will stay in business until a week, or two or three, into April. Across in the Western Alps and taking Chamonix as an example of resorts with higher ski areas, the season can last throughout April and in some cases into May. Even after ski runs close, much snow remains higher up on trekking cols and in corries above, so we enter the period of transition from Winter to Summer. Trekking remains a long way off.
Weather in the UK
Generally warm conditions continue in the fields; on the hills, the snow melts in the higher corries, in the Highlands and the Lakes perhaps leaving patches that neatly define the ridge lines.
Our UK recces continue, there now being no impediment to clear walking except some crisp and sharp mornings! We grow more busy in preparation for Summer, the bulk of our info packs being sent out around now.
Month April 2007 Place Mamore Forest, Scotland Links in with our West Highland Way trek in the Highlands, on the last stage into Fort William Taken by Simon