Everything You Need to Know About Easter Ski Deals 2018
When is Easter 2018?
Good Friday – 30th March
Easter Sunday – 1st April
School holidays in most regions in England are from 30th March 2018 – 13th April 2018
…Meaning if you book a holiday departing on 24th March, you will see quieter slopes before schools break up, and you only need to take 4 days leave from work as the Friday is a bank holiday!
Other popular weeks this season for Easter ski deals are departing 30th March and 7th April.
Why Ski at Easter?
The lifts are open later – daylight hours are longer too, so you could have a relaxed lunch and ski for that little bit longer. The Easter fortnight is popular in some resorts, but slopes are often empty compared with peak winter dates such as February half-term.
Prices are lower – Easter is not a peak time so prices tend to be lower, especially when compared with the February and Christmas / New Year. Late March is usually as cheap as mid-January and in April some resorts also drop their lift pass prices for the Easter ski holiday weeks. You may also pick up some bargains in ski shop end-of-season-sales.
It’s sunnier – this means you have longer days to ski and can wear less layers of ski clothing. It’s also a great time to learn to ski – especially for families with young children who don’t like the cold. It’s much more enjoyable having a ski or board lesson when you’re cosy – inevitably there’s some standing around during the initial learning stages and a harsh winter’s day when the thermometer drops below zero this can be a challenge.
Al fresco lunches – wear your sunnies and T-shirts at lunchtime, splash on the the Factor 50 suncream, and take in the mountain vistas on a restaurant’s sunny terrace. If you are on a tight budget, picnic lunches become fun and quick rather than a financial necessity (allowing more time on the slopes rather than waiting for your meal in a café, if you’re keen to make the most of your time).
Bluebird days – generally there are more blue sky days, but there are also snowy days – and occasionally there are some of the heavy snow falls April. Best case is to wake up to a clear blue sky in the morning after a night of fresh snow…
When is the best Easter to go skiing for a couple of decades you ask?! This Easter! The snow this year really has been once in a ski lifetime for some, and all the signs are pointing towards one of the best Easters for snow. See the resorts we have selected below, where snow will have kept best from the early season mega-dumps.
Best Destinations for Easter Ski Holidays
Simply put, these resorts are your 3 best bets for a fantastic week’s skiing at Easter:
Val Thorens – Europe’s highest resort town at 2300 metres is one of the most snowsure from the start of the season right through to May. Hedge your bets by staying in Val Thorens, but if the late season snow is good lower down too, you have the whole 600km of the Trois Vallees ski area on your doorstep.
Zermatt – Whilst Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort village, Zermatt boasts Europe’s highest lifts, stretching up to a dizzying 3820 metres. This means access to high snow is better than anywhere else. Combine this with the ski runs on the glacier, and the excellent snow-making facilities in resort, and you are guaranteed amazing skiing any time.
Tignes and Val d’Isere – Where better to soak up some sun than on the terrace of one of the many bars and restaurants which are on your doorstep in the Espace Killy. The height of these resorts guarantees access to good skiing, and the great Spring atmosphere guarantees a good time.
Best Easter Ski Deals
See all other Easter Ski Deals here, with loads of great reductions.
Already thinking about Easter 2019? Why not check out our amazing Ski-All-In deals – you can save hundreds of pounds by buying all inclusive on your Easter 2019 holiday.