You may never have considered skiing over the Easter holidays, but if you pick your resort wisely, we think you will find it to be one of the best times of year to ski!
Profit from the mild weather and long ski days and beat the February crowds by opting to ski a little later in the season.
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Think You Can't Ski at Easter? Think Again!
When the Easter holidays roll around, you may find yourself defaulting to poolside vacation plans or hitting the beach, but if skiing is your passion, it could actually be the ideal time to go.
February may be one of the most popular times for families to ski, but have you every considered going over the Easter holidays? For many resorts in the Alps, it’s absolutely not too late to hit the slopes, and it can be the perfect way to avoid the February crowds. Not only can you find a calmer and more relaxed atmosphere on the slopes, since we are no longer in the peak season you could even make significant savings.
In 2020, Easter Sunday is on 12th April. The dates of the school holidays will depend on where you live, but most will fall between 4th April and 19th April. As such, you will be able to look at family ski holidays that leave on 4th, 11th or the 18th April, depending on your school’s vacation dates.
There’s a misconception that April is a bit too late in the year to really make the most of a ski trip. But that’s far from the truth! It’s certainly possible to ski over Easter, you just need to keep in mind a few tips and tricks to give yourself the best chance to benefit from the joys of skiing in springtime.
One of the biggest tricks of the Spring-skiing trade is simply knowing where to go. And the best place to start your research is with high-altitude ski resorts.
High-altitude Ski Resorts
If you head a bit higher up into the mountains, you will find resorts with more reliable and longer-lasting snow coverage. Some can even boast year-round snow! The reason for this is that the higher you go up into the mountains, the thinner the atmosphere gets which results in colder temperatures. And that can often mean more snow.
Some great examples of high-altitude ski resorts that you may wish to visit during the Easter holidays include:
One of the oldest ski resorts in France, Chamonix is nestled within the huge Mont Blanc Massif mountain range in the Alps, An area of mountains that include the famous Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in Europe at 4,810m above sea level).
Right in-between three countries - France, Italy and Switzerland - the high altitude of the skiable area around Chamonix makes it the perfect option for those looking to ski over the Easter period. The Grand Montets area has wonderful conditions in April, with its shady north-facing slopes and altitudes of well above 3000m.
Les Deux Alpes
Snow-capped mountains are abundant in Les Deux Alpes. With the magic mix of high altitude and glaciers, Les Deux Alpes guarantees natural snow, even in Summer!
Tignes & Val d'Isère
La Grande Motte is a large glacier in the region of Tignes, which stands at a colossal 3,653 metres above sea level. With a ski lift that takes you up as high as 3453m, a visit to Tignes gives you easy-access to snow sure slopes that you can ski on even in July and August.
Val d’Isere has gorgeous north-facing slopes which helps to shade snowfall in the springtime; which teamed with their high altitude makes them ideal conditions for late-season skiing.
These resorts stay open until early May, so it’s no problem at all to book yourself an Easter ski break in the Espace Killy ski area.
Part of the World’s largest ski area Les 3 Vallées (600km of skiing heaven!), and home to the legendary Glacier de Pécle, Val Thorens is a fantastic option for Easter skiing.
Open for skiers well into May, Val Thorens is well-known for its late season skiing. It’s Europe’s highest large resort, so you can be confident that you will find exceptional ski cover even over the Easter period.
Sunshine and Snow
Not only will you be able to tackle the slopes in these pleasant quieter conditions, you’ll gain a completely different perspective on the mountains. Due to the longer Spring days, you’ll also be able to enjoy the sunshine on the slopes for much longer. That means longer skiing days, and the ability to capitalise on all the non-skiing activities that your chosen resort has to offer.
No Snow Insurance
If you’re still hesitant about heading off to the slopes during the Easter holidays, think about quelling those doubts by covering your backs with our ‘no snow’ insurance. From just £20 per reservation, should the snow forecast leave little to be desired on your dates of travel, you will be entitled to a 100% refund up until 48 hours before depature. So, you can book with peace of mind.
Webcams and Snow Conditions
If you’re planning a more opportunistic approach to booking your Easter ski holiday, and want to try make the most of last minute deals, many resort websites have webcams which show a live view of the current ski conditions. That way you can keep tabs on what the snowfall is like in your chosen resort, and book your trip knowing what kind of conditions you can expect on arrival.
So, if you are daydreaming of a relaxing après ski in the sunshine with your nearest and dearest, make the Easter holidays your new time to go skiing!
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