Find Resorts With Ideal Ski Conditions for Longer
When you’re heading to the mountains to ski, one of the main factors for having an unforgettable time is the amount of snow fall. Not enough snow – or indeed, too much snow – can have a devastating effect on your skiing experience. As such, searching for a snow sure ski resort can help avoid disappointment, and ensure that you can truly make the most of your trip to the mountains. This becomes particularly indispensable if you’re hoping to ski later in the season, when taking steps to ‘weather-proof’ your ski trip is advised.
Since no one can truly predict the quality or amount of snowfall, taking into account factors such as higher altitude resorts, more sheltered, shaded slopes and snow cannon technology can make a huge difference.
The higher your chosen ski resort, more likely it is that you will encounter a good level of snow fall. As a general rule, when booking in March or April, we suggest that you try look for resorts with slopes that stretch up to at least 2000m above sea level, and avoid south-facing resorts. While south-facing resorts can usually boast glorious sun-bathed pistes, sun and snow isn’t always the best mix when the weather is mild.
Wondering which ski resorts you should consider if you are worried about snow fall? We have compiled some of our most popular resorts to give you a head start in your ski holiday research.
Known as a winter sport haven, Tignes is a must-visit for thrill-seekers and families alike. High up in the French Alps, in the Tignes-Val d’Isère ski area, Tignes boasts the highest skiable area and longest ski season in Europe.
A go-to for those seeking guaranteed snow, Tignes has excellent infrastructure, from snow cannons to ski lifts, accommodation options to transport links, you can be sure of a convenient and snow sure ski holiday in Tignes.
Les Deux Alpes
Certified as a family-friendly resort, Les Deux Alpes can be enjoyed by all the family well into the springtime. With the largest skiable glacier in Europe which extends up to a colossal 3200m above sea level, Les Deux Alpes has a unique offering for those looking for a snow sure ski resort. There are also so many other activities to be enjoyed at Les Deux Alpes, from cinema to spas, to museums and bowling. So, you can rest assured that you will have just as much fun both on and off the slopes!
As the highest ski town in Europe, at an altitude of 2300m, Val Thorens is part of the stunning and incredibly popular 3 Vallées linked ski area, with over 600km of slopes and access to the Glacier de Péclet. As such, at Val Thorens you will find a plethora of high-altitude skiing, which gives you a better chance to encounter good ski conditions throughout the ski season. Not only will you find some of the most idyllic conditions for late-season skiing, Val Thorens is also exceptionally well-located in relation to Chambéry airport.
Known for its ‘summer ski runs’ on the Grande Motte glacier, Val d'Isère is well-known as a snow sure ski resort. Officially open for the Winter season from late November until early May, and during the summer (on the Glacier Pisaillas) from early July until late August, the resort enjoys a long ski season. With 300km of diverse pistes to be explored, excellent ski schools and stunning views, Val d'Isère is an excellent choice for your next snow sure ski holiday.
As the most popular ski resort in the world, and part of the epic Paradiski ski area, La Plagne seems like the obvious choice for a ski holiday. With a collection of ski resort villages between 700m above sea level and 2100m above ski level, La Plagne offers a great opportunity for high altitude exploring. For a snow sure option, we particularly recommend Plagne Aime 2000, Plagne Villages or La Belle Plagne. That said, wherever you choose to stay, you can easily access the higher mountains via the extensive network of ski lifts.