5 of the Best Resorts for Skiing at Easter
If you're planning a skiing trip this Easter here are the resorts you need to consider.
With longer days and warmer temperatures, the Easter holidays are the perfect time to enjoy a ski trip before the end of the winter season. With so many resorts across Europe keeping their high altitude slopes open until May, we have put together a selection of the best snow-sure resorts to choose from.
Located in the Rhône Alpes region in south-eastern France, Tignes is known for being one of the most snow-dependable resorts in France. With a variety of terrain and an altitude of up to 3450m, the Grande Motte Glacier is open nine months of the year for skiing. Sharing its ski area with its neighbour Val d'Isere, skiers will have 300 km of pistes to explore when visiting this resort.
Made up of five different areas: Le Lavachat, Le Lac, Val Claret and Les Brevieres, as well as Les Boisses, found lower down in the valley, skiers will have a varied amount of terrain to discover with several free lifts for beginner skiers and a good selection of pistes for intermediate skiers. For the more advanced, Tignes has a large array of black pistes with plenty of off-piste, with the route from Tignes to Les Arcs a favourite for fans of backcountry skiing.
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe making it one of the most snow-sure destinations for the whole winter season. With more than 140 km of pistes above 2000m, north-facing slopes, and the skiable glaciers of Thorens and Péclet, Val Thorens makes for a superb late-season skiing destination. In fact, Val Thorens is so sure that their resort will have snow from November to May, that they have a Snow Ski Pass Guarantee!
Experienced skiers will love the off-piste terrain in Val Thorens as well as the moguls of the Cime de Caron and La Masse. Many of the resort’s runs lead back to the resort so there is also a good variety of red and blue runs to be taken on by intermediate and novice skiers.
With its own Glacier at 3500m, Saas-Fee is a popular resort for holidaymakers at Easter with the majority of the slopes in Saas-Fee north-facing and above 2,500m. Skiers can expect reliable snow coverage throughout the season, with a ski area spanning 150 km and stunning panoramas of 18 peaks at 4,000m.
Open for skiing in the summer too, Saas-Fee has something for everyone with fans of park skiing able to enjoy the park between Felskinn and Morenia, while beginners can improve their skills on the nursery pistes in the town centre.
With its highest ski slope at 3,899m, Zermatt also has one of the largest ski areas in Europe. A great resort for late-season skiing, Zermatt has a ski area of 360 km with 52 lifts and 85% of the ski area above 2,000m. Zermatt has also installed a snowmaking system to top up the snow on the glacier so you can enjoy skiing in the summer months.
Expert skiers can partake in heli-skiing or explore the vast off-piste terrain of Zermatt, whilst beginners can practise in Wolli’s Park working towards a vast selection of intermediate red runs.
With an excellent snow record, St. Anton in the Arlberg region of Austria offers skiing from November up until early May. Located at 1,304m, St Anton has many north-facing slopes with south-facing slopes maintaining their snow through the use of snow machines. Known for its lively après-ski, the Arlberg ski area is also ranked one of the best ski areas in the world, with skiers having 305km of pistes to explore.
With varied ski terrain, St. Anton has some challenging blacks and is a resort primarily for athletic skiers. Beginners and less experienced skiers should use the Flexenbahn link in order to access Lech’s easier slopes.