Spring: the other ski season

Spring is a great time to go skiing for multiple reasons. Longer, sunnier days, clear tracks, hot deals and a slew of events... the period from mid-March to late April provides relaxed, sociable ski breaks. There are ideal conditions for beginners, freestylers, ski touring addicts or for those who want to enjoy the mountains in other ways. So be smart and postpone your holiday till a bit later – you won’t regret it.

Is there snow at the end of the season?

Let’s get the burning question out of the way first: yes, there’s still snow in the Alps in spring. It’s also not rare to see lovely fresh snowfall from 1500m upwards during this period. Under the tips of your skis is the famous spring snow which, having frozen overnight, is transformed into a perfect white carpet by late morning or early afternoon, depending on the slopes. It’s a versatile surface, giving good support to beginners while allowing off-pisters to carve perfect turns. And with winter packed up, you can swap your thick jacket and goggles for a little fleece and sunglasses. The real joy is in skiing light.

Free beginner package for every ski package purchased

What’s better than getting something free? This is what many resorts think, such as Chamrousse, Rosière, Châtel and Alpe-d’Huez who are offering a great incentive for spring: buy one ski package and get a beginner package free. So if your child, spouse or friend gets a package (lessons + ski hire + lift pass), you’ll enjoy the same benefits without paying a penny. The only condition is that they’re a beginner. It’s a great opportunity for novices on the quiet pistes, far from the hustle and bustle of the peak season. Off you go – the mulled wine will be waiting on the terrace!
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Fancy a festival too?

Springtime in ski resorts is also once massive party – and it’s difficult to offer an exhaustive list of events. For fans of DJ sets and live concerts on the slopes, we can mention ‘Rock the Pistes’ at Portes du Soleil (March 15-21), the ‘E-Wax Festival’ in Valmorel (April 10-12) and Live in Tignes by Francofolies (21-23 April). Families and freestylers love the LCZ Freestyle show in La Clusaz (March 13-15) and the ‘Freeski Playoffs’ in La Rosière where you can admire the world’s best talents, but there’s also the ‘Sublicimes’ in La Plagne (April 9-15), ‘Le Septi Contest’ in Samoëns (April 18), ‘Les Jeux Aeriennes aux Saisies’ (March 21-22) and ‘Glisse au Coeur’ at Le Grand Bornand (March 20-22).

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The best season for ski touring

March and April are probably the best months for ski touring – even the aficionados agree. Why? Because spring snow has an even consistency, it gives good grip underfoot for ascents, and it’s flexible for the descents to resort. There’s something for everyone in ski touring: the edgy cardio gym bunny, the contemplative nature-loving hiker and the experienced mountain climber who loves a challenge... it’s fun for all levels. No more excuses!