The end of the season is our favourite time for a ski holiday! The days get longer so you can cram in more skiing, temperatures warm up so you don’t have wear so many layers, and you can bask in the sunshine outside at lunch making the most of the spectacular mountain views and fresh air.
Snow conditions may not be the best at this time of year so make the most of the skiing in the morning, but in the past few seasons there have been fresh snowfalls in leading resorts during the last few weeks of April (we had an epic powder day on 14th April 2016 in Les Arcs last year!) Snowboarders tend to favour the slush conditions more than skiers but the spring snow can be fun for all riders. If worse comes to worse, you can always kick off après earlier and party in the afternoon sun instead.
Many resorts now host events and festivals throughout March and April, such as Snowbombing in Mayrhofen, The Great British Celebration in Les Arcs, Zermatt Unplugged festival and Dutch Week in Val Thorens, not to mention all the end of season parties in local bars. Look out for the Folie Doue parties in Meribel, Courchevel, Alpe d’Huez, Val Thorens and Val d’Isere, these are legendary!
If you can’t spare a full week away on the slopes, the end of the season is also a perfect time for a last minute short break. Iglu Ski have a huge selection of short breaks and ski weekends so you can always squeeze in one more adventure to the mountains.
Longer days means longer lunches in the sunshine!
1. Tignes, France
Tignes has one of the longest season’s in Europe and it is often the ‘last resort standing’ at the end of the season with skiing still taking place on the glacier into May. Tignes is the most reliable resort for snowfall, making it the best option for spring skiing and an end of season holiday. With the huge variety of accommodation there is always a great deal to be had. Best snow + best deals = Tignes.
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Skiing up to 3456m in Tignes on the Grand Motte glacier
2. Zermatt, Switzerland / Cervinia, Italy
These two mighty ski resorts share the same incredible ski area allowing riders to ski between the 2 villages and make the most of two resorts for the price of one! As one of the highest ski areas in Europe snow is guaranteed in this corner of the world with one of the most exceptional mountain views on the planet, the Matterhorn.
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The famed Matterhorn mountain from the Zermatt side
3. Mammoth, USA
Mammoth has had the most incredible winter this season. The resort has received over 13 metres of snow already and there is still snow in the forecast! Mammoth currently has the highest snow base in the world with 838 cm on the top slopes and 431 cm on the lower slopes and has extended its closing day until 4th July!
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Iglu's Josh (middle) at Mammoth in March 2016
4. St Anton, Austria
The Arlberg ski area currently boasts over 300 cm on the top slopes making it one of the snowiest resorts in the Alps. As slopes become slushy in the afternoon sun it’s time to head to Mooserwirt or Krazy Kanguruh to experience the best après in the world! After your first afternoon of dancing on the tables you’ll be skiing straight to the bars from 2pm for the rest of the week to do it all over again!
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Iglu in St Anton in March 2016
5. Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe so ideal for that spring ski holiday. The Three Valleys ski area offers 600 km of piste, with 85% of the ski area placed above 1800m and 2189 snow cannons covering 49% of the pistes, meaning guaranteed great snow well into April. Those wanting to keep high on their holiday can stay at Chalet Caron, the highest chalet in Europe with fantastic views and great access to the slopes.
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Iglu in the afternoon sun in Val Thorens