Late-season skiing means longer days, warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine – so head off in March or April to savour that last bit of slope time before the season ends. Here’s our pick of the top five resorts to ski in spring.
One of the highest ski villages in Europe at 1,930m, Obergurgl has a reputation for great snow all season – April alone gets an average dump of 160cm. The wide, gentle runs are ideal for beginners and improving intermediates to practise their turns under blue skies. And the resort’s also connected to Hochgurgl, doubling the ski area to 110km. Even if mother nature’s not doing her bit, 90% of the slopes are covered by snowmaking.
Paired with Val d’Isère to create the Espace Killy, Tignes has 300km of slopes to explore – including the Grande Motte Glacier, which is sure to have good snow cover at over 3,500m high. With tons of cruisy blues, tricky blacks and everything in between, it’s a good pick for first-timers and pros alike.
Cervinia’s often smothered with snow from November until May. Its 350km are shared with Zermatt so you can easily pop over the border to Switzerland for the day too. Intermediates will love the long red runs, sure to get the thighs burning and heart racing. And way up at 3,800m, the glacier has 23km of wide blues and reds with a good layer of the white stuff even through summer. South-facing slopes mean you can take plenty of breaks to soak up some rays on a mountain terrace.
La Plagne, France
With an average snow depth of 2.5m in March and April, La Plagne is an obvious pick for a late-season getaway. You can ski a whopping 425km of slopes across the Paradiski area – and not one, but three glaciers. The highest, the Bellecôte Glacier, tops out at 3,417m and is left ungroomed – a perfect playground to challenge experts.
Ischgl’s north-facing slopes stay out of the sun, keeping the snow in tip-top condition. There’s 300km of piste to play with across the Silvretta Arena – and with the longer days in spring, you can keep going from first to last lifts. If you fancy a change of scenery, jump on the bus to nearby Galtür, which is included in the area lift pass.
Shrug off winter and ski under the sun this season – start planning your late-season trip.