Don’t pack up your winter jackets just yet – there is still plenty of late spring skiing to be had. With Easter now passed, the slopes are quite empty and in those higher altitude resorts, the snow is sticking around and so are we. Keen to bask in the sun whilst extending your ski season just a bit longer? Here are our top resorts for that late-season skiing.
Late Spring Skiing
Tignes Closing Date: May 5, 2019
As the season draws to a close in many resorts across the Alps, Tignes still has over a month of snow to enjoy. With lifts closing on the 5th of May, the ski season is far from over. Despite a warm week with sticky, wet snow (and even a spot of rain!) temperatures are dropping again towards the weekend and into next week, bringing some fresh snow with it. A top up of snow and the welcome fall in temperatures should provide any late holidaymakers with some great conditions to see out spring.
Along with free live concerts, the Francofolies from 16-18 of April and Black Boots, the annual Telemark celebrations at the end of the month there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a ski holiday yet. Long ski days, après in the sun… what’s your excuse?!
Val d’Isère Closing Date: May 1, 2019
Spring is here and the snow still is as well! The majority of pistes remain open with some great spring skiing in the morning. The pistes are well groomed and soft first thing, but do turn a little slushy and bumpy in the afternoon with the heat of the day and Easter traffic. Apparently we just a hint of the Sahara with us. The strong winds have bought sand particles from Africa and have dusted the snow with a beige tinge.
There has been a few large wet avalanches, one moving down Piste L for a full kilometre! So respect the closed pistes signs, they are shut for a reason.
Finally, the marmots have arrived! Hurrah! A few have been seen under Palafour lift, the cutest, doziest stars of the springtime in Espace Killy.
Val Thorens Closing Date: May 5, 2019
Today skiers from across the Three Valleys enjoyed blue skies above the clouds in Val Thorens. Morning runs were in good condition with a topping of fresh snow but snow quality decreased as it got soft and bumpy in the late afternoon. Now is the time to enjoy morning skiing and late afternoon relaxation.
Temperatures for the next week are forecast to stay below freezing at resort level and as low as -11 on the high runs. With an existing snow base of 1.4m at 2300m and 2.6m at 3200m and 10 cm of fresh snow falling over the next three days with low winds the outlook is great!
It may be spring in the valley but don’t pack away your thermals just yet- winter is stubborn in Val Thorens and we are going to be keeping her company!
We’re just not ready for the season to be over yet, and lucky for us we are sticking around until the snow totally melts. Headed our way? Find an instructor in Tignes, Val d’Isere or Val Thorens who will show you around the mountain – spring skiing style.