For serious skiers, the end of the ski season comes as somewhat of a disappointment. However, not all hope is lost! There is still time to squeeze in a late season ski holiday to soak up the last few weeks on the slopes in Europe.
The Alps are home to some world-class skiing destinations that retain excellent snow conditions well into Spring due to their high elevation. Here are some of the best, snow assured ski resorts in The Alps and top reasons why a late season ski holiday is a great idea.
Blue Skies and Warmer Weather
A spot of sunshine does wonders for your time on the slopes. There’s nothing like spending time surrounded by stunning Alpine scenery with blue skies overhead. You could even return from your holiday with a decent tan (albeit a goggle tan)! Som much more pleasant than the cold dark days of December….
Make the Most of Après Ski
The sun terrace of après ski bars become your new best friend on a late season ski trip. After all, who would say no to a restorative tipple after a long day pounding the slopes? Watch the sun go down, and the magical alpen glow, over the mountains is a must. Cheers to your good fortunate and health to be able to ski, and maybe make some new ski friends at apres ski! See our Guide to the Best Apres Ski in The Alps.
Avoid the Crowds
Another benefit to a late season skiing trip is the lack of crowds! Aside from Easter holiday, late spring the ski resorts become far less crowded, and better value for lodging too. Glide down an empty slope and get first dibs on the ski lift. We have ridden 150 passenger trams solo at Ischgl Austria, and been the only skiers for miles on entire trails in April.
Where to Ski Late Season
The key to making the most of your late season ski holiday is to pick a resort with a high altitude and North facing slopes for guaranteed snow cover.
Here are some of our favourites:
Zermatt in Switzerland
Nestled high up in the Swiss Alps, Zermatt reaches altitudes of 3900m and is home to glaciers that stay open 365 days a year. A favorite of intermediate and expert skiers, experience the magnificence of the Matterhorn, discover world-class restaurants on both teh Swiss and the Italian side – ski “cross-coutnry” for lunch in Cervinia, and bask in the traditional alpine setting. As a renowned ski resort, Zermatt gets booked up quickly, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Val Thorens in France
As part of Les Trois Vallées – the Three Valleys ski area (the largest linked ski area in the world!) Val Thorens isn’t short on variety. Altitudes of 3230m mean the resort can stay open until May. In the unlikely case of disappointing snow, the resort has modern snow making on hand as back up. The Apres Ski at this French Alps resort is as legendary as its vast ski slopes that connect to Meribel and Courchevel.
Solden in Austria
Home to the glaciers of Rettenbach and Tiefenbach, Solden is a smart choice for a spot of late season skiing. Reaching altitudes of over 3000m, you’re bound to find great snow on one of Solden’s many trails. Ski teams from all around the world train at Solden – early and late season – that’s an indication of its elevation and terrain. To get there, an easy ski transfer from Zurich airport takes you to Solden.
Book Your Late Season Ski Holiday
With growing numbers of skiers waking up to the benefits of a late season ski holiday, the best ski resorts can get snapped up fast. To experience the joys of a spring time ski trip, book a reliable ski transfer from Alps2Alps, they provide professional ski transfers that you can rely on to find the swiftest route.
See our European Ski Reviews:
Top European Ski Resorts for Family Ski Vacation
Top Austrian Family Ski Resorts
Top French Family Ski Resorts
Top Swiss Ski Resorts for Families
Top Family Ski Resorts in the World