Easter week has been a good one for skiing in the Alps, some resorts reporting their best snowfall of the season. Temperatures are jumping around (as is normal for spring) and snow thaws as well as falls.
Easter weekend will mark the end of the 22-23 ski season for many ski areas, whilst plenty of lower altitude resorts have already closed.
But there are a handful of ski areas that’ll keep lifts spinning for a few weeks longer, some with projected closing dates in May.
Plus, more snow is on the way. WePowder reports that wintry weather will return to the Alps towards the end of next week:
“A firm cold front from the north-west could start bringing quite a bit of snow, with the snowline dropping significantly again. Signs suggest that more snow might fall in the north-west Alps, and in the southern Alps.“
So if you’re looking to make some more turns, late-season, here’s where to ski after Easter:
- Ischgl – 1 May
- Engelberg 7 May
- Obergurgl 23 April
- Obertauern 1 May
- Val Thorens 7 May
- Courchevel / Meribel 23 April
- Cervinia 7 May
- Zermatt 30 April
- La Plagne 29 April
- Tignes 6 May
- Val d’Isère 6 May
- Hintertux Glacier is open 365 days a year
What can you expect skiing at the end of the season?
There might be reduced slopes open, but there’s certainly less crowds on the hill. The atmosphere can be great as locals and season workers unwind and enjoy the end of the season. Official and unofficial celebrations are to be found, with music, comps and parties. Pond skimming is a favourite (see image above), as is tubing. Best of all is corn snow skiing and working on that goggle tan.
Late season, ski resorts often offer discounts on lift tickets, lodging and equipment rentals to attract visitors, and it’s a pretty good time to shop and sweep up the discounts on gear and clothing as shops get rid of winter stock. And there are some good holiday deals to be snapped up.
Prime time for ski touring
It’s April, which means it’s the ideal time for ski touring. Warmer temperatures, less inclement weather, longer days and more daylight hours make for ideal touring conditions. If you’re new to the world if skinning up and earning your turns, this year might be the year to give it a go. Here are our guides to starting out in ski touring or splitboarding:
Still need convincing to squeeze in another ski trip? Take a look at the snowfall this past week in areas of the Alps: