Where To Ski In April: Our Top Ten

Easter Ski Holidays

 

A couple of months into the working year, the skier’s thoughts turn to where to ski in April. The best late-season skiing results in fewer people on the runs or waiting for the lifts, warmer temperatures for young families, who want to avoid the cold, and less expense involved, with great ski deals as the resorts compete for your custom. You’ll also enjoy more time on the slopes or doing other daytime activities as the days are longer in April.

However, the decline in snow quality means that, when picking where to ski in Easter, you should choose a high-altitude spot (it’s colder the higher you go, meaning the snow lasts longer). The best Easter ski resorts will guarantee lots of the white stuff.

 

With more likelihood of warmer temperatures and clear blue sky’s it adds another element to the ski holiday; lounging on a deck chair, surrounded by stunning mountain views, sipping on a Gluvine – bliss.

 

Easter Ski Holidays

 

We have drawn up a list to guide you through the very best of late-season ski resorts. Remember always to check the snowfall records and the weather nearer the time.

Where to Ski in April?

 

  1. Zermatt, Switzerland.

This famous name always comes near the top of the best ski resorts at Easter, especially in late April, when snow is almost certainly guaranteed. There is also all-year-round skiing on the glaciers, Triftji is revered for its moguls, and the Snowmaker is of the highest quality. Only Val d’Isère/Tignes rival Zermatt for the sheer amount of Alpine high-altitude skiing on offer, but the southern Swiss resort boasts Europe’s highest ski-lifts. Best suited to intermediate/advanced skiers.

Height: 1,600-3,900m (Klein Matterhorn)

Average April temp: 2 deg C

 

  1. St Anton, Austria.

Among the very best late-season resorts, the “cradle of alpine skiing” boasts an excellent snow record, thanks to an abundance of north-facing slopes and the use of more than 50 snow machines on the south-facing runs. There are reduced prices on lift tickets during Snow Crystal Week in early and late season, and the resort is (in)famous for superb après-ski.

Height: 1,300-2,810m

Average April temp: 6 deg C

 

  1. Verbier, Switzerland.

This lauded resort has a fine record for late-season snow, although its slopes face south. The key is a strong commitment to innovative snowmaking, especially on the lower runs. There is always the Mt Fort glacier for excellent late-season snow. Split into four ski areas, – Medran, Les Savoleyres, Mont Fort and Bruson – it is one of the world’s best off-piste resorts.

Height: 1,500-3,300m

Average April temp: 7 deg C

 

Easter Ski Holidays

 

  1. Méribel, France.

This resort forms the central part of the Three Valleys, which is handy for access to good snow in April. It hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics. Méribel has 76 well-groomed runs, with the Altiport and Yeti Park perfect for beginners. The Rond Point is a hugely popular après-ski spot, perhaps the finest in the Three Valleys, with the Méribel Folie Deuce as entertaining back-up.

Height: 1,500-2,950m

Average April temp: 11 deg C

 

  1. Lech, Austria.

This stalwart ski village boasts the finest conditions in the Arlberg region in late season; it is common for at least 7m to have fallen by late March. The north-facing runs at Warth mean this accumulation of snow sticks around into late April. For adults, the Eisbar has a peerless reputation for open-air parties in the evening sun, while the kids can expect free treats from the Easter bunny.

Height: 1,400-2,800m

Average April temp: 10 deg C

 

  1. La Plagne/Les Arcs, France.

These are two of the very best late-season ski resorts. The slopes in the Paradiski area reach up to 3,200m and cover some 425km in total, so you can ski with your heads literally in the clouds. Skiers have a huge choice, from Alpine sorties among the trees to glacier runs at high altitude. The villages near the top of each resort are the best if you want to guarantee snow.

Height: 2,000m

Average April temp: 11 deg C

 

 

  1. La Rosière, France.

This resort enjoys good snow in late season, although it is smaller than its neighbor Val d’Isère, with 150km of runs. However, l’Espace San Bernardo (which includes a long lift to La Thuile in Aosta Valley in Italy) covers all abilities, so this, and its quietness, makes it very family-friendly. In April, try skiing on the top towards Italy because snow holds for a bit longer on the predominantly north-facing slopes.

Height: 1,850-2,650m

Average April temp: 3 deg C

 

  1. Val d’Isère/Tignes, France.

Both areas in L’Espace Killy possess huge strengths: Val d’Isère has many north-facing slopes, and Tignes’ 3,400m Grande Motte glacier is open for nine months a year. There are 300km of runs in total, providing something for everyone, and good snowfall in late season is guaranteed.

Height: 1.850m/2,100m

Average April temp: 3 deg C

 

  1. Andermatt, Switzerland.

This resort comes into its own in spring, with a microclimate that is perfect for snow and an assortment of lofty north-facing pistes hidden from the fiercer sun. Even advanced skiers will find the Gemsstock a challenge, but there’s the friendly Nätschen area anyway, and both offer excellent off-piste options.

Height: 1,450-2,950m

Average April temp: 6 deg C

 

  1. Val Thorens, France.

This is the highest major resort in Europe and offers a snow guarantee, since most of its runs are above 2,000m. It is a part of the Three Valleys ski resorts stretching out across 600km, but only Val Thorens is open into May. The nursery slopes are very easy to reach and to navigate.

Height: 2,300-3,200m

Average April temp: 8 deb C

 

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