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SKIWEEKENDS' TOP TIPS FOR SPRING SKIING


The winter sports team from our partner SkiWeekends share their top tips for Easter skiing in the Alps.

1. Choose your resort wisely

Many European resorts hold their snow over April - in fact, some ski resorts have more snow depth over 1800 metres in April than they do in January. Our best resorts for an Easter skiing break are:

 

France:

Alpe d’Huez, Avoriaz, Flaine, La Plagne, Reberty, Tignes, Val d’Isère, Val Thorens

 

Austria:

Ischgl, St Anton, Sölden, Mayrhofen 

 

Switzerland:

Engelberg, Verbier, Zermatt

 

Italy:

Courmayeur

 

Andorra:

Pas de la Casa, Arinsal

2. Make the most of modern solutions

Ski resorts are increasingly using artificial snow to keep the lower slopes open up until the end of the season. This means the quieter Easter season is the perfect time to enjoy luxurious ski-in-ski-out accommodation!

3. Time it right

Choose the right time, such as over the Easter holidays, and the benefits for some families are endless, including lower prices than other school holidays like Christmas or half term, quieter slopes and warmer weather.

4. Know your snow

Generally speaking, during April when there’s a freeze-thaw cycle (snow melts a little on the slopes during the day, re-freezes again at night), you will experience harder packed snow in the early morning and softer, sometimes slushy snow after 2pm. The period in between normally provides the best conditions. If you don’t like hard-packed snow or slushy slopes, you can look forward to those lie-ins and après ski drinks in the sun!

 

But, during a freeze-thaw cycle, some of the very best snow can be found off-piste. After two or three days of the cycle, the snow consolidates and during a key window, normally between 10am and 1pm, that snow produces what is sometimes known as ‘Spring Corn’. This snow is a delight to ski or snowboard on and is surprisingly easy to handle. Of course, you might also get a huge dump of fresh snow and end up skiing powder for a day too. 

5. Choose your gear wisely

Getting your skis right during the spring season can make a real difference to your holiday. A narrow set of old carvers (or even worse, old style straight skis that have been in the garage for 15 years) could really hamper your performance. A modern all-mountain ski with waist width of between 80 and 90mm will provide the kind of versatility to deal with the changing conditions underfoot. If you have previously struggled with softer snow, a wider ski would be very helpful. 

6. Handy clothing and equipment

  • A decent pair of goggles for on the slopes, and sunglasses for après, are essential for protecting your eyes.
  • Always bring and wear gloves, even though it may feel warm enough to ski without them.
  • Bring a complete layering system (base layer, mid-layer and shell) so you can dress according to the conditions. Many people choose to hit the slopes in just a base layer and shell, but in these cases make sure you have a small backpack with you to carry a mid-layer - be prepared for fast-changing conditions!
  • Always bring sun cream. It may seem counterintuitive but the snow can reflect and strengthen the sun's rays up on the mountains. 

Feeling inspired to book an Easter getaway? Book your skiing holiday with SkiWeekends and receive 15% off at Snow+Rock, in-store and online. T&C's apply.