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Top 10 Resorts for Spring Skiing

clock 19th March 2014 | comment0 Comments

With Springtime fast approaching and bluebird days becoming more and more frequent, we’ve put together a list of our top resorts for Spring skiing. At this time of year, the higher altitude resorts and those with glaciers are the best to visit, as snow conditions stay preserved for longer - many even offer all year round glacier skiing.


Val Thorens, France

Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 31cm
Opening dates: November - May


Val Thorens
  • Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort, standing at an altitude of 2230m, with 99% of the runs situated above 2000m.
  • The high-altitude works in its favour to preserve snow conditions for longer, meaning that the resort promises optimal snow cover throughout the season. If you can find another European ski area with more ski runs open than Val Thorens on any of the days that you are there, they’ll give you a free day of skiing as part of their Snow Guarantee.

  • Zermatt, Switzerland

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 54cm
    Opening dates: All Year Round


    Zermatt
  • Zermatt’s high-altitude provides consistent all year round skiing, with its glaciers staying open during the Summer months.
  • The resort is situated just across from Cervinia, which you can access by lift.
  • There are some great heliskiing opportunities on offer in Zermatt – expect stunning views and more challenging runs with this experience.

  • Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 46cm
    Opening dates: November - July


    Whistler
  • Enjoy spectacular views and a huge selection of runs across both the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
  • The resort has excellent snow cannon facilities, meaning that the pistes are kept in good condition year round.
  • If freestyle’s your thing you’ll find the award winning Nintendo Parks. The parks feature a special difficulty rating system so there’s something for every ability.
  • The Blackcomb glacier provides skiing through June and July.

  • Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria

    Opening dates: November - May


    Obergurgl
  • The high-altitude Obergurgl is linked by cable car to Hochgurgl, which is even higher up the mountain.
  • There are good snow making systems in Hochgurgl to keep pistes in tip-top condition.
  • Obergurgl-Hochgurgl are situated close to the resort of Solden where you can hit up some glacier skiing.

  • Lake Louise, Canada

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 36cm
    Opening dates: November - April


    Lake Louise
  • Lake Louise is situated in the stunning Rocky Mountains and is part of the Big 3 (along with Banff and Sunshine Village).
  • The resort won Canada’s Best Ski Resort last year at the World Ski Awards.
  • Snowmaking facilities help to keep the runs in good shape when snow is looking a bit thin.

  • Tignes, France

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 37cm
    Opening dates: December - May


    Tignes
  • Tignes is another of the French resorts which can guarantee good snow cover well into Spring. There are snow making facilities on those pistes that are more prone to harsh sunlight.
  • The Grande Motte glacier offers skiing and boarding throughout the Summer.

  • Hintertux, Austria

    Opening dates: All Year Round


    Hintertux
  • Hintertux is a glacier resort, which is well renowned for its year-round freestyle park, Betterpark Hintertux.
  • Powder days combined with bluebird conditions can be expected throughout the Spring.
  • Hintertux is home to Snowbombing Festival which runs from the 7-12th April 2014.

  • Cervinia, Italy

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 42cm
    Opening dates: October - May


    Cervinia
  • Cervinia is located just across the border from Zermatt.
  • The glacier, Plateau Rosà offers year-round skiing.
  • Cervinia is home to one of the longest runs in Europe running down to Valtournenche and standing at 13km long.

  • Mammoth, California, USA

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 8cm
    Opening dates: November - May


    Mammoth
  • Mammoth Mountain is home to Springfest, a festival packed full of competitions, après ski, family events and the annual pond skim.
  • Visitors benefit from the California sunshine, whilst experiencing one of the longest ski seasons in North America.
  • Occasionally, the resort opens for Independence Day skiing on the 4th July.

  • Passo Tonale, Italy

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 31cm
    Opening dates: October - April


    Passo Tonale
  • Passo Tonale is one of Italy’s highest resorts.
  • It offers glacier skiing plus Red and Black runs right through to Summer.
  • There are some great off-piste opportunities, as well as a designated snowpark for freestyle enthusiasts.


  • Breckenridge, Vail and Keystone | Laura & Richard's Adventure on the Epic Pass

    clock 17th March 2014 | comment0 Comments
    Laura & Richard enjoying the Rocky Mountains

    We were lucky enough to enjoy one week skiing in the breath taking Rocky Mountains a couple of weeks ago and visited Breckenridge, Vail and Keystone. Colorado has had record snowfall this season and we definitely caught the bug for skiing in these epic resorts.


    View from the chairlift

    Breckenridge is an old mining town with plenty of charm, set at 2926 metres you can be sure to experience the best snow Colorado has to offer. From the top of the Imperial Express super chair, the highest chair in the resort there is a great range of skiing from very wide open perfectly groomed beginner runs to the frankly ridiculous Needle’s Eye, which we enjoyed hugely and were happy to survive. On Main Street there are a variety of bars and restaurants to choose from, we came across Ollie’s Pub at the south end which offers a typical American vibe with sport, beer and burgers in ample supply.

    Vail, set just off the Vail Pass is a completely different resort with heated pavements, high-end boutiques and restaurants and has every convenience you expect from a modern ski resort, they even have WIFI on the gondola! The ski area is fantastic with plenty of tree line skiing, wide open runs to practise techniques and a huge amount of back bowls for the more adventurous.

    Keystone is a much smaller resort but has plenty to offer, we took advantage of the cat service at $5 each, taking you up the mountain and avoiding a 20 minute hike to some of the best back off-piste around.


    Laura on the mountain

    If you’re considering a holiday to Colorado book early for best deals, we hope you can make it out to the Rockies to experience what we did – it was an awesome holiday!


    Looking down the mountain

    by Laura Hester



    What's On March 2014 | Ski & Snowboard Events in Popular Resorts

    clock 6th March 2014 | comment0 Comments

    Snowboarders

    10th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 31st March 2014

    Snake Gliss – Val d’Isere, France

    This group sledging experience is great fun for both adults and kids and involves snaking down the Savonnette piste on a linked sledge of up to 10 people. The sled rides start from 5.45pm, once the slopes have cleared and they run until midnight.

    See our ski holidays in Val d'Isere


     

    13th March 2014

    Flying KM Speed Contest – Val d’Isere, France

    How fast can you ski? Race your friends and family, while testing your speed on this specially created run. The sessions will run between 10am and midday and will cost 2 Euros per turn.

    See our ski holidays in Val d'Isere


     

    13th March 2014

    Backstage in Val d’Isere - Val d'Isere, France

    Ever wondered how the lift system works? Or how fake snow is made? Now you can find out, with this behind the scenes tour of Val d’Isere, where you’ll get to explore the places which are usually off-limits to the public, such as the machine room. Pre booking is essential as there are just 20 places available and you must book before 12pm on the 12th March. The tour group will meet at 3.30pm in front of the Solaise ski pass office.

    See our ski holidays in Val d'Isere


    Ski Competition

    13th – 16th March 2014

    Momentum Ski Festival – Crans Montana, Switzerland

    This unusual alpine festival combines live music, comedy and downhill races with networking opportunities for European financial firms. There will be special guest appearances from comedian Marcus Brigstocke and Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott.

    See our ski holidays in Crans Montana

    To book a place, visit the Momentum website


     

    16th March 2014

    Moonlight Fascination Gornergrat – Zermatt, Switzerland

    Take the train to 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat where you’ll be greeted with a comforting evening meal of cheese fondue and live music. After your meal you can then choose to take a train back to Zermatt or alternatively, you can enjoy a moonlit ski tour to the Riffelalp.

    See our ski holidays in Zermatt


     

    22nd – 28th March 2014

    SnowZone – Les Deux Alpes, France

    Enjoy a week of ski and snowboard contests, DJ’s on the slopes, ski and board lessons, plus games such as snow volleyball and snow soccer. If you’re looking for some great après ski combined with some serious skiing / boarding, then this is the event for you!

    See our ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes

    For more information visit the SnowZone Website



    22nd-29th March 2014

    European Snow Pride – Tignes, France

    Head to Tignes for the Number 1 European gay sport and winter festival this March. Expect DJ’s, plenty of partying and of course, lots of snow. There will be a host of après entertainment, a welcome buffet with cocktails, live shows and the chance to try dog sledding, snowshoe hiking and ski jeering (sled’s pulled by horses). What’s more, you can also bring your non-skiing friends as the festival welcomes those who don’t wish to hit up the slopes.

    See our ski holidays in Tignes

    For more information visit the European Snow Pride website


     

    26th-28th March 2014

    Festi Val Tho – Val Thorens, France

    The end of March sees this free music festival in the popular resort of Val Thorens. With lots of DJ’s playing a range of Electro, House, Techno, Trance and more, there’s something to suit everyone.

    See our ski holidays in Val Thorens

    For more information visit the Festi Val Tho website


     

    26th – 30th March 2014

    Rock the Pistes – Portes du Soleil – France

    With your lift pass as your ticket, this large free festival is ideal for après and music lovers alike. The line-up is set to feature the Klaxons, Babyshambles, Mad Professor and more, set to a stunning mountain backdrop.

    See our ski holidays in Avoriaz

    See our ski holidays in Morzine

    For more information visit the Rock the Pistes website


    Skier


    29th March – 5th April 2014

    The Brits – Tignes, France

    Britain heads to France in this week-long festival, with live bands, a reggae BBQ and plenty of skiing/snowboarding. There will also be British Slopestyle, Snowboardcross, Skicross and Halfpipe championships, which you can register to compete in either online or on the day of the event.

    See our ski holidays in Tignes

    For more information visit The Brits Website


     

    31st March – 04th April

    Altitude Comedy Festival – Mayrhofen, Austria

    Featuring well known comedians John Bishop, Marcus Brigstocke and Al Murray, this comedy festival is definitely not one to be missed. Spend a day carving up the slopes followed by an evening of live stand up spread across three different venues.

    See our ski holidays in Mayrhofen

    For more information visit the Altitude Festival Website


     


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