What is so good about spring skiing? A late season ski holiday is for some, the only time to go skiing. That could be due to work commitments, school holidays or just because you know (like us) that the all-round conditions are the best of the entire season. If you want to know more about why Spring Skiing is worth waiting all winter for, then read this blog.
1. The best skiing weather
If you’ve been skiing in the Alps in the deep winter months of December and January, you’ll be all too familiar with the amount of layers needed to stay warm on the slopes. Your toes go numb, your fingers won’t warm up no matter how many pairs of gloves you wear and we’ve all tucked our frozen chins deep into our jacket to keep out the bitter wind.
Spring in the mountains is much more pleasant. Less layers of clothing to ski in for starters. By the afternoon you’ll be at après in just a t-shirt soaking up the sunshine. The days are longer and there’s more chance of overnight snow meaning the chance of a bluebird powder day on your ski holiday is much more likely.
2. The most snow falls in spring
Contrary to some beliefs, the mountain snow doesn’t all melt in spring. The snowpack can begin to thaw in the day, but overnight the temperatures are still plenty cold enough to stabilise and re-freeze for the morning. This can create what’s known as ‘hard-pack snow’ conditions for your first few runs – not ice – but usually by mid-morning its softened into the ideal snow conditions for skiing – slick but forgiving.
With the spring weather an increase in storms is common, but due to the warmer days, precipitation usually falls at night. That means you’re more likely to wake up to a blanket of fresh powder snow in spring (even as late as June) than during the colder months.
3. More mountain entertainment
The extra hours of sunlight extend the opening hours of the ski lifts at many resorts which means a longer ski day, that’s better value for your lift pass. In addition, you’ll often find that the on-mountain bars and restaurants that used to close by 3pm start to stay open into the evening. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cold beer on a sundeck with the view of snowy mountains under an alpenglow sunset! But if you need a bit more entertainment you’re more likely to experience outdoor events in ski resorts during the spring weeks in late March and April. Either a big-name DJ or band, or maybe a big freestyle ski and snowboard contest. Most resorts have details for these events on their websites.
4. Spring ski holidays are cheaper
As the peak winter season begins to wind down, many suppliers start to reduce the prices of their stock in order to sell out for the season. This means cheaper prices for you across the board. Ski Holidays themselves are often cheaper, especially if you book a Last Minute Ski Deal (the only exception is possible Easter when demand is high). In addition, many resort’s lift passes start to move into off-peak pricing which will save you money. If you’re in a shopping mood, you’ll find loads of deals and sales in resort shops on all kinds of equipment, from skis and snowboards to gloves and body protection. Just be sure to leave some room in your bag for the homeward trip!
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