Continuing on the Ultimate Bucket List this week, we are following on from Gavin’s Top 10 Mountain Restaurants and taking a look at some of the Best Mountain Activities you can do in France and Switzerland before you head to those stunning restaurants for some delicious gourmet food and fine wine.
Less layers, goggle tans, quiet slopes and fantastic deals… this can only mean one thing – spring skiing! The days lengthen and the temperatures are warmer, leaving more time to really enjoy the snow and the sun. All of the reasons above, and more, make spring one of the best times to go skiing. Here are some other top reasons to go on a spring ski holiday…
Forget thermal layers, forget about wearing a snood and you can certainly forget about those hand warmers! When you go skiing in the spring, it’s usually warm enough for just a t-shirt under your ski gear and a lot of the time, you’ll even want to ski with your jacket open. No more frozen fingers and numb toes, with spring skiing you’ll be basking in the beautiful sunshine on the chairlifts and will need a lot less hot chocolate stops to warm up!
Sunbathing in the Snow
Just because you’re surrounded by snow, doesn’t mean you can’t sunbathe as well. Gone are the days of desperately trying to find a table inside of a mountain restaurant so you can warm up. In the spring you will be desperate to claim that deckchair on the terrace and try to even out that goggle tan… just don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!
Longer days mean longer après – who can argue with that? Sip on a refreshing glass of bubbly whilst soaking up the beautiful sunshine and the fabulous atmosphere! It’s not just après ski that you can enjoy for longer in the spring, the longer days will also give you a chance to discover more activities in the afternoon and into the early evening. Why not try the thrilling experience of parapenting? Or explore the mountains with a dog sled ride? With so much to do in resort and with longer days to enjoy it, you’ll fall in love with spring skiing even more!
With many resorts open well into April, you’ve still got time to make the most of the rest of the ski season and the fantastic snow conditions. That being said, you’re best to go to a high-altitude resort to guarantee good snow in case there isn’t a late season dumping like last year. Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe and the lifts rise to 3,200m so still have a great snow coverage even in the spring. Zermatt has the highest ski resort lift access point in Europe and guarantees some fantastic late season skiing! Tignes has high-altitude skiing on its Grande Motte glacier allowing it to remain open nine months of the year!
No queues for the lifts and the whole piste to yourself – absolute bliss. In the busier months of the ski season, like January and February, this is usually rare. However, when you go spring skiing you can expect this nearly every day of your holiday! Spring is also a great time for beginners and families as they will have the whole slope to play around on without having to worry too much about other people flying past.
Springtime in the mountains usually brings live music and lots of partying. There’s nothing quite like a music festival on the slopes! Some of the best mountain festivals this year include Chamonix Unlimited Festival in Chamonix during April and Zermatt Unplugged in Zermatt also during April. Both of these festivals have an incredible lineup and will not disappoint!
Great Ski Deals
Let’s face it, we all love a good ski holiday deal, and with the season coming to an end, the slopes are generally quieter, and you’re much more likely to get a fantastic late ski deal when skiing in the spring. We still have some beautiful luxury chalets for Easter in resorts across the Alps, so give us a call and one of our Ski Specialists can help you find the perfect spring ski holiday.
If you’ve been persuaded by these reasons to go spring skiing, contact the team today and we’ll help you find the perfect chalet to match this perfect time of year! Call us on +44 1202 203653 or send us an email.