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TOP RESORTS FOR SPRING SNOW


Craving some late-season snow but don't know where to get your fix? We've got your back. Whether you're seeking stunning views and picturesque sunsets, some quality late season backcountry turns, world-class freestyle parks or a little bit of everything, these are the resorts we’ll be hitting this spring.

Courchevel, France

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The most famous of the Three Valleys resorts, Courchevel has over 60 lifts and a total of 600km of ski runs in addition to four glaciers. That means deep-season skiing and snowboarding for snow lovers of all ages and abilities. With free chairlifts operating in the beginner areas, state-of-the-art magnetic safety vests on chair lifts for children and all the après-ski options you could wish for at your disposal, Courchevel is a great destination for spring skiing with the family.

Courchevel has something for everyone, and die-hard powder hounds are no exception. With the launch of the Creux Noirs Freeride LAB, you can find the ultimate freeride and backcountry skiing and snowboard terrain more easily than ever. Access to the Freeride LAB comes from two ways; the laid-down ski touring/split board track or an approximate 600m hike with your kit - which is more than worth the effort. The area is split into two zones; one for beginners (with no equipment) and one for experienced skiers and split-boarders with their own avalanche safety equipment.

Explore safe in the knowledge that your equipment is up to scratch with an avalanche transceiver checkpoint installed at the summit, beeping as you approach to let you know your equipment is working as intended. Never has it been easier to enjoy a bit of backcountry spring skiing!

Fonna Glacier, Norway

Home of some of the most picturesque skiing and snowboarding in the world, Fonna glacier in Norway operates on an abnormal business model which makes it ideal for brilliant spring skiing and snowboarding. If you haven’t heard of Fonna, it’s possible that you’ve seen it before. With the resort and it stunning summer sunsets featuring heavily in the films Golden Hour and the closing segment of the seminal 2013 film Supervention, Fonna features an iconic golden hue in the afternoon juxtaposed with the phenomenal crystal blue lakes that form all around.

 

If you’re thinking “what do you mean summer sunsets?" - you heard us right. Fonna is situated on the Folgefonna glacier in the heart of Hardanger, Norway. The short (or sometimes non-existent) daylight in winter means the resort is shut throughout the majority of the “regular” season, allowing for snow dumps to fall and fall uninterrupted ready for their opening in Spring. In an ideal season, the lifts keep turning right the way through summer into September before shutting down in preparation of the next season.

 

Featuring comparatively mellow runs as well as a superbly-maintained freestyle park, ski racing facilities, pond-skimming in glacial lakes and unmatched natural beauty, Fonna is quickly building a reputation of a must-go skiing and snowboarding destination.

Flims Laax Falera, Switzerland

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Perhaps best known for its world-class super-pipe, Laax in Switzerland is home to some of the biggest freestyle skiing and snowboarding competitions on the world tour calendar. But it’s a lot more than just that. It's a year-round destination that thrives with crossover for sports and activities in the warmer spring months.

 

If the 224km of slopes, 4 terrain parks and 28 ski lifts aren’t enough for you, there's a nearly endless choice of activities to choose from at Laax. Yoga, Pilates, curling for beginners, night sledging even art classes and workshops for those interested; there’s never a shortage of things to do. This on top of the countless bars, clubs, music events and festivals going on make Laax a must-go location for those who want to combine their ski holiday with vibrant social scenes and atypical ski holiday activities. 

Absolut Park, (Shuttleberg) Austria

Freestyle nuts: Absolut Park is the place for you. One of the most famous park locations in Europe, Absolut is divided up into seven areas which drill into each discipline of freestyle riding, extending over 1.5km and equipped with over 100 features for their park runs. The professional shaping team work year-round to keep a lot of the park open, although some areas shut over the summer.

 

Absolut also features “The Stash”, a project originally started by the late, great Jake Burton and all-round snowboard legend Craig Kelly. There are only 6 of these hidden “stash” parks in the world, with American artist Bob King being commissioned for the hand-carved features and obstacles. The Stash is built in the summer, with wooden features and obstacles set down in the warm weather to be supplemented by the natural snowfall. Th result is a unique combination of natural powder riding and freestyle creativity.