As the weather starts to warm up, the sunshine can be a welcome sight - but unfortunately, it also means that the amount of snow at many of our favourite resorts will start to disappear.
While the melting snow and the approaching end of the ski season can be disappointing, the good news is that there are several spots across the Alps where you can find late-season snow. In fact, if you head high enough into the mountains, you can find skiing pretty much year-round. You just need to know where to look.
So, where can you go to find great pistes in the run-up to summer? Here are some options to consider:
●Obergurgl - At an altitude of 1,930 metres, this Austrian resort is known for its snow-sure conditions, and is also popular for those who enjoy the apres-ski scene as much as the snow. The number of more difficult runs are limited, especially in the late season, but it's a great spot for intermediates and beginners who can't get enough winter sports.
●Zermatt - Located in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,620 metres, this is one of the most iconic resorts in the Alps, and it offers breathtaking views of the Matterhorn. As a car-free resort, it has a more relaxed atmosphere compared to many other resorts, and there are electric buggies to help you get around. The slopes are mainly a combination of advanced and intermediate runs, and the glacier pistes are open year-round.
●Tignes - Situated at an altitude of 2,000 metres, this French resort once offered year-round glacier skiing, but that's no longer the case. Still, Tignes offers one of the best snow records and longest seasons in the Alps - thanks to the fact that around 60 per cent of the runs are above 2,5000 metres.
●Val Thorens - Another French resort, this one has an altitude of 2,300 metres, and it usually has plenty of snow when the season ends at the beginning of May.
●Alpe d'Huez - This French resort at 1,860 metres has a wide range of slopes above the treeline, and its south-facing slopes are usually full of sunshine.