What are the best resorts for a spring ski holiday?
Going on a ski holiday at the end of the season can be a little risky, but often one that will pay back in full. Not only is skiing in April or May great fun, the conditions can also be very favourable and we’ve seen many a year where the snow gods have delivered, in a big way!
Skiing and snowboarding in the spring sometimes offers variable conditions on the mountain, but so long as your board or skiis are well waxed in case of slushy conditions, you can really make the most out of a spring holiday. Be sure to avoid the Easter holiday break so the pistes aren’t too packed and you should be set for a good time.
Generally you should find an abundance of sunshine (suncream at the ready) lift ques have all but disappeared, and the mountains take on a much more relaxed atmosphere- a real contrast to the hustle and bustle that a mid season break can offer.
Staff in resort are beginning to wind down, the weather begins to lift the mood and the end of Winter parties will going on, bars closing up shop will go to huge efforts to see the season out in style. Expect great offers on drinks, live music on sun filled terraces and fancy dress to get the party started.
So here are a few of our top picks for a spring break!
Verbier is high, which is where you’ll still find great conditions at this time of year. Stay high, (which shouldn’t be an issue with lifts up to 3300 meters) and you will still catch good conditions, plus if you know your way around, the off piste terrain is great fun to explore. The resort also has a good rep for using its snow canons too, so the base and coverage should be well maintained.
Our well loved gem actually has one of the highest average snow fall numbers in the Alps believe it or not! For spring time skiing Chamonix offers slopes up to 3275m accessed via the Grand Montet lift. There is still heaps going on in resort and with some glacier skiing in the Valley Blanche the conditions are still favourable with lifts running well into the beginning of May. (Check out our quote generator to book.)
This glacier resort is in fact open all year round, with ski areas up to 3,800 meters! With that comes good April and May conditions. They even have some of the latest snow making tech that means they can make snow even at warmer temperatures! (Ok no need to show off) (Email us for a quote!)
Tignes and Val D’isere
The Espace Killy area offers pistes up to 3455m and tends to remain open till the first week in May, with Val D’Isere closing a week prior to this. The resorts also have a fair amount of north facing slopes meaning less sun damage so this should be a good bet for a spring ski holiday. (Email us for a quote!)
See you on the slopes!