Will this ski season be known as the winter that kept on giving? The start of winter didn’t get off to the best start but February, March and April have seen fantastic snowfall with many ski resorts in the Alps still open during the last week of April. El Nino has smashed records in North America with reports of increased visitor numbers thanks to the magnificent snowfall throughout winter, creating one of the best seasons in recent years. Jackson Hole in USA ended the season totaling over 10 metres of snowfall for its 50th anniversary year!
Back over in the Alps some of our leading resorts received over 8 metres of snow during the season, including St Anton, Tignes and Flaine. British skiers and snowboarders basked in the excellent ski conditions throughout most of winter.
Powder day in April in Les Arcs
Here at Iglu Ski we work with over 50 ski holiday tour operators in order to provide the largest amount of ski deals in the UK market to ensure we can find the best holiday for our customers. We currently have ski holidays available in over 200 resorts across 16 countries with thousands of ski chalets, hotels and apartment options. With this broad selection of holidays available we have an excellent insight into UK skiers and snowboarders favourite ski destinations. Here are your best-selling ski resorts for winter 2015/16: 10. Courchevel The swankiest ski resort in the prestigious 3 Valleys comes in 10th place again this winter as it attracts thousands of skiers and snowboarders every year to discover the world famous slopes. Despite its elite status, there are plenty of fantastic value chalets here including Chalet Cascades and Chalet Hotel Coq de Bruyere. View ski holidays in Courchevel
9. Les Deux Alpes Les Deux Alpes is consistently popular each season as it is one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps and is the perfect destination if you can only travel at the start or end of the season. Delight in the long hours of sunshine and party the night away in the legendary après bars. View ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes 8. Alpe d’Huez This bustling resort attracts extreme sports enthusiast all year round, but truly comes alive in the winter with it’s breathtaking alpine views from Pic Blanc glacier, it’s insane après scene and 250km of fantastic pistes including the longest black ski run in Europe! View ski holidays in Alpe d’Huez
7. Val Thorens If you are after top snow conditions then look no further than the highest ski resort in Europe. With skiing up to 3200m above sea level and access to the 600km of pistes in the 3 Valleys you are guaranteed a fun packed week in this ski wonderland. View ski holidays in Val Thorens 6. Meribel Discover one of the prettiest ski resorts in France and spend a week surrounded by charming chalets and beautiful tree lines runs in the largest linked ski area in the world. Meribel is popular due to the large variety of ski chalets and chalet hotels available. View ski holidays in Meribel
5. La Plagne This ski paradise has managed to push its way up 3 spots since last season as a result of the huge amount of ski accommodation on offer (Iglu Ski currently has 60 properties available) and the dependable snowfall (La Plagne received 839cm of snow in winter 2015/16). Head to La Plagne next winter to explore the extensive 425km of ski runs that make up the Paradiski area. View ski holidays in La Plagne 4. Les Arcs Les Arcs has secured its spot within the top 5 as it is a fantastic ‘all round ski resort.’ With spectacular views, towering peaks and connections to the equally-as-impressive La Plagne, you are always surrounded my pristine mountains vistas during your stay. Together with the fantastic ski area, choice of villages and bustling bars you are guaranteed an exhilarating week on the slopes in Les Arcs. Have you read about the new Mille 8 area?
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3. St Anton British skiers and snowboarders love après. FACT. This is why year after year St Anton makes it into the top 3. If you want the best après, you head to St Anton! Once you’ve experienced Mooserwirt and KK’s there’s no going back to anything else. Winter 2016/17 will see a brand new cable car link in the Arlberg ski area connecting Stuben to Zurs making passage between the ski resorts much easier and faster. This will make ski holidays to St Anton much more desirable and the newly connected 305km of pistes may help push St Anton up the leader board next winter. View ski holidays in St Anton
2. Val d’Isere The Escape Killy duo take the top spots as the world famous ski area attracts thousands of British skiers and snowboarders once again. The charming Val d’Isere village has over 80 ski property options including Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins, Chalet Hotel Savoie and Chalet Lo Soli. View ski holidays in Val d’Isere 1. Tignes Tignes reins at the top for the second year in a row as the most booked ski resort at Iglu Ski for winter 2015/16. With high altitude skiing available nearly all year round, it is one of the most snow dependable resorts in Europe. Totaling 876cm of snowfall this season there has been excellent skiing available most of the winter and the greatest selection of ski chalets, hotels and apartments for all group sizes. View ski holidays in Tignes
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The magnificent Val d’Isere ski resort is a firm favourite among many skiers and snowboarders. With access to the world class Espace Killy slopes, legendary après ski and a huge selection of ski chalets and hotels makes Val d’Isere a popular ski destination for seasoned riders and new comers to winter sports alike. The Espace Killy ski area is made up of 300km of remarkable pistes that surround the Val d’Isere and neighbouring Tignes villages. With 2 glaciers and heaps of skiing above 2000m, Val d’Isere and Tignes are considered 2 of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps which make them a perfect choice for early and late season ski holidays as well as guaranteeing great snow conditions throughout winter.
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In excellent snow conditions ski the Lost Valley (Vallée Perdue) down to La Daille. It’s tricky to find but it’s definitely worth the effort as there is some of the prettiest ski runs and the best tree skiing in Val d’Isere here.
Skiing down to into Val d'isere
Have an après session at the legendary Folie Douce Val d’Isere, the Mecca of the European party ski scene. If you manage to drag yourself away from Folie before the lifts close, you can ski back over to Val d’Isere and continue the party at the bottom of the slopes at Coco Rico. Otherwise you can ski down from Folie to La Daille and take the ski bus to Val d’Isere town.
Apres at Folie Douce Val d'Isere
Also known as the ‘up and over chairlift’ or the ‘scare chair,’ the Leissires chairlift straddles the mountain peak between Solaise and l'Iseran and takes you up and down the vertical mountain walls giving you a unique perspective of the gorgeous views from both angles. You must ride the chairlift both ways for the full experience!
Leissires chairlift back to Solaise
Probably the most well-known bars in Val d’Isere. Catch The Dominos at their weekly set during the ski season and party into the early hours at the English Pub themed bar. The renowned Moris Pub is located under Chalet Hotel Moris.
Iglu Ski's Scottie at Moris Pub
The Espace Killy is extremely lucky to have 2 of the best snow parks in France; the Val D’Isere Park at Bellevarde and the Tignes Park at Col du Palet. Freestyle skiers and snowboarders in Val d’Isere will love the 25 rail features and 3 boardercross tracks whilst beginners can test their new skills at the large small feature area on the other side of Bellevarde.
Val d'Isere snowpark
Get you fondue fix at La Cassarole in Val d’isere town, enjoy scrumptious alpine burgers and steaks at the mountainside La Fruitiere and sample local delicacies at the ‘Best Mountain Restaurant,’ Le Signal. (Awarded at the 2015 World Snow Awards)
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In the past few years I've turned into a bit of a fair weather rider and found myself choosing the sunny month of March over the earlier months. Peak December is too expensive, January is too cold, February too busy so I find March to be the perfect month for a ski holiday. If you can only fit in one ski holiday and need to decide what time of the season to go, choose March. By the time March comes around snow bases have built up enough over the season so the slopes are in the best condition for an excellent week of skiing or snowboarding. The days get longer in the spring so you get more ski time for your money, which also means you can take advantage of long lunches in the sunshine whilst still fitting in a few more hours of skiing after. There is also still a good chance of fresh snow, but when the snow does fall it is often just for a short period (overnight or just 1 or 2 days) so there is a good possibility of a perfect bluebird powder day during your ski week. And the best thing about skiing in March… après sessions in the sunshine!
Here are the top 5 ski resorts for skiing in March:
Austria is beautiful whatever the season, whether it's covered in a blanket of snow or the foot of the mountains and villages are surrounded my green grass and budding flowers. As many ski villages in Austria sit at a much lower altitude compared to on top of the mountain, in March you can already see spring coming to life in Mayrhofen village. This means you can spend the day up on the Penken mountain shredding the slopes up to 2500m and then retreat down the mountain to mild temperatures and pretty Austrian scenery for the evening. I was on a group ski holiday in Mayrhofen in March 2015 and had a brilliant week; we even had fresh snowfall 2 out of the 6 days!
White Lounge mountain bar at Ahorn in Mayrhofen
Alpe d'Huez is a brilliant all-round ski resort that caters for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The town sits at 1860m and the ski area peaks at 3330m up on the glacier allowing high altitude skiing and guaranteed snow. The Pic Blanc glacier is so high that on a clear day you can see one-fifth of France! There are plenty of bars and restaurants on and off the mountain for you to soak up the sunshine at any time of the day, and there is even a large open air swimming pool in the middle of town if you feel like a break from the snow.
Skiing in March is all about the beautiful weather and awesome ski conditions, and La Plagne has some of my favorite scenery in France. Sunrises and sunset views from Belle Plagne are magical and heading up the Roche de Mio to take in the vast expanse of the stunning Tarantaise valley is the best start to the ski day. On a clear day (most days in March) you can see the Courchevel and the Altiport across the valley from the top of La Grande Rochette at Plagne Centre.
Belle Plagne in the distance, the top village in La Plagne
Head to the swanky ski resort of Courchevel in the magnificent Three Valleys ski area and enjoy the abundance of mountain sun terraces. At the far end of the budget try the nautical themed Le Cap Horn next to the altiport for the best seafood and sushi in resort. Bel Air in Courchevel 1650 is located in a stunning spot on the mountain. Les Verdons is ideal for a beer break in a deckchair. Bouc Blanc has a huge sun terrace and Le Panoramic wins for the best views!
When the sun is blazing down it always encourages you to stop for a quick cheeky pint or head to an outside bar after skiing. What’s the best place for après?… ST ANTON! Ski hard all day across the epic Arlberg ski region then retire back to St Anton for a legendary session and Krazy Kangaruh or Mooserwirt.
Mooserwirt bar. Photo: Mooserwirt.at
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Here is AJ to tell you more about why his favourite time of the year to ski is March:
Meribel is one of the prettiest large ski resorts in France which is why it attracts thousands of Britons each season. Combined with its central positioning in the largest ski area in the world, its charming tree lined ski runs, abundance of alpine ski chalets and lively après scene, there’s no surprise that Meribel is one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe. Here’s the lowdown on the on the best things to experience on a ski holiday in Meribel.
Attractive village with tree lined ski runs
A trip to Meribel isn’t complete without an outing to Le Rond Point. The ‘Ronnie,’ as locals call it, is open all day long with a delicious restaurant open for lunch, a huge terrace and snack bar for afternoon beers and chilling out in the sunshine and live apres bands 7 days a week between 5-7pm. Le Rond Point is unquestionably the best apres bar in Meribel.
The bar is situated in a perfect sun trap of the slopes which makes it the best bar to be in during good weather. The fantastic piste side location allows you to ski back down to Meribel after a wild apres sesh.
Meribel is fortunate to accommodate 2 large snowparks. The Moon Park is open to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. This park is brilliant for beginner to intermediate freestylers with some jumps specially designed for beginners, and well as tables, rails and boxes for all abilities. DC Area 43 (the Plattieres Park) is one of the best snowparks in Europe. It is well maintained by a team of professional park shapers and attracts top level freestylers from around the world. The park is 1200m long, has 2 half pipes and is served by 2 lifts allowing easy access for skiers and snowboarders.
DC Area 43 Snowpark
Dance around in your ski boots at the best après party in the Alps. The vibrant mix of DJs and performers creates a unique party experience exclusive to France.
Photo: La Folie Douce Meribel Facebook
Your lips will never forgive you (even if your hips do) if you don’t try one of the infamous Montagne Burgers in Meribel Mottaret. Discover the best lunch in Meribel with the perfect combination of a burger and raclette in a bun the size of your head! The shop is located in the centre of Mottaret, next to the Sherpa supermarket.
Take advantage of being situated in the heart of the largest ski area in the world and visit neighbouring resorts Courchevel and Val Thorens. If you are an experienced skier, why not try ticking off all 8 ski villages in 3 Valleys during your ski holiday in Meribel?
If you are still wanting more after a day exploring the 600km of piste, Meribel has plenty of non-ski activities for the evenings, a day off the slopes and for non-skiers. As well as Husky sledding, paragliding, skidooing and snow shoeing excursions, the Olympic sports Centre is filled with activities to enjoy some down time. There is ice-skating, swimming, a climbing wall, ten-pin bowling, a gym and spa with a sauna, steam room and treatment rooms which offer a range of massages and beauty treatments.
Meribel is one of the best all-round ski resorts, making it an excellent options for beginners to experts, to snowboarders and groups with non-skiers.
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