The snow’s beginning to melt and we’re well into spring. But, it’s not too late to book a last minute ski holiday. Many ski resorts still have plenty of snow with more snowfall on the horizon and now that school holidays are over, you can score some fantastic deals.
When you’re planning a late season ski holiday, you want to choose a high-elevation ski resort as these resorts are often open well into mid-April or early-May and are likely to have fresh powder. Here are some of our favourite resorts for the best late season skiing in Europe.
As Sweden’s largest ski resort, Are has three individual ski areas that are open well into April. Sweden has long daylight hours and warmer temperatures during the spring months, making it a popular destination with British skiers. Here, you’ll find some great beginner and intermediate terrain with plenty of blues and greens. The mountain is particularly well-suited for children as there are special areas on the slopes for children and kids under seven receive a free lift pass if they wear a helmet. There’s also an excellent selection of off-slope, kid-friendly activities like dog sledging, tobogganing and ice skating.
Best for: A late ski season family holiday
Chamonix, one of the most popular ski resorts in the Alps, is known across the world for its excellent trail network, off-piste skiing and stunning scenery. With a height of over 3,500m, it’s also the perfect destination for late season skiing. Chamonix is more suited for advanced skiers wanting to hit waist-deep powder in the backcountry, than those learning to ski, and its high-altitude glacier trails, like Vallee Blanche, is best in April. At the end of the season (26th to 28th of April, there’s also a pop-rock festival.
Best for: Advanced skiers looking to ski high-altitude glaciers
With 99% of pistes above 2,000m and slopes up to 3,230m, Val Thorens, in the French Alps, is the highest resort in Europe. Its high-elevation means that you’re pretty much always guaranteed snow. Most of the time, Val Thorens is open until at least early May. From here, you can also access the rest of the Trois Vallees region with its fantastic range of slopes suitable for all levels.
Best for: Guaranteed snow on slopes suited for all levels
Tignes has many high-altitude slopes: its main village has an elevation of 2100m and trails reach up to 3456m. There are also 12 miles of glacial trails. Its high altitude makes Tignes one of the most dependable French ski destinations and sometimes you can even ski year-round on the glacier. Beginners, intermediate and advanced level skiers will find plenty of trails to meet their needs and make for a fun, fantastic day on the slopes.
Best for: Year-round glacier skiing
While most of Austria’s ski resorts are at a lower elevation, St Anton often has record-breaking snowfall allowing it to remain open from late November to early May. Even when there’s plenty of sunshine, St Anton’s north-facing slopes protect the snow from melting or turning into a slushy mess. At the end of the ski season, discounts on lift tickets are often available.
Best for: Skiing the backcountry and screaming deals well into May
Head to Ischgl for late season skiing in Austria. At over 2,872m, Ischgl is often open till early May and retains great skiing conditions mainly due to its north-facing slopes. The end of the ski season is particularly special here as each year Ischgl hosts one of Europe’s largest spring parties! You can catch the legendary Top of the Mountain Easter Concert at the end of April.
Best for: An end of season party
Andermatt makes the list for the best resorts for late season skiing due to its status as one of the snowiest resorts in the Alps. Last year, these conditions allowed the mountain to stay open daily till May 1st and on weekends till May 21st. Andermatt features over 74 miles of trails perfect for skiers of all ability levels.
Best for: Skiing an extensive trail network well into May
Grab your ski and boot bag and head off on one last late ski holiday before the season ends. It’s never too late to hit the slopes at some of the best spring skiing resorts in Europe. Check out our article on items to pack for your next ski holiday.