5 Top Ski Resorts for Spring


(2017-03-07 17:12:16)

 

As snow continues to fall across the Alps (almost a metre in the past few days!) we look at five of the best ski resorts for your money this spring.

 

Expect high-altitude slopes where you can bounce through powder in March, carve perfect corduroy pistes with the family in April and party under bluebird skies at sunny terrace bars.

 

 

Val Thorens

 

As Europe’s highest major resort, Val Thorens is a snow-sure bet from the start of the season right through to May. It boasts glacier skiing, extensive slopes for all abilities, plenty of ski in/ski out accommodation and some lively bars for cold beers in the sun.   

 

Val d’Isère

 

Part of the expansive Espace Killy, this high-altitude gem in the French Alps has slopes for every kind of skier. There’s a nice nursery area near the resort centre, fantastic pistes for mile-hungry intermediates and challenging descents for experts (La Face, anyone?). Plus, the resort is home to top-notch ski schools and some of the best après-ski spots in the Alps.

 

 

La Rosière

 

One of the finest family resorts around, La Rosière is quieter and generally less expensive than its larger neighbours, and there are plenty of excellent accommodation options with in-house childcare. Beginners and intermediates will find nice, cruisy slopes to build confidence, and the ski area is linked with La Thuile in Italy.

 

Obergurgl

 

Another one for the families out there, Obergurgl offers a brilliant ski area for beginners and intermediates. The resort’s high-altitude maintains excellent snow conditions right through to May, and the slick lift system keeps the queues moving smoothly. As the cherry on top, the village has traditional charm and very little traffic.

 

St Anton

 

Part of Austria’s largest linked ski area – the Arlberg – the traditional village of St Anton is a haven for experienced skiers in search of challenging descents and serious mileage. The resort’s snow record makes it a solid bet for spring, and there is an army of snow guns to top up the coverage.

 

Of course, the crowning jewel of St Anton is the renowned après-ski scene. After a fulfilling day on the mountain, there’s nothing quite like large steins of cold beer as the music ramps up and people get ready to party.