The Late, Late Snow

If it takes you a few ski trips to really get into your ski stride, or you’ve been disappointed by this season’s warmer weather, then never fear, there’s still plenty of skiing time left, and now is a great time to book a late season ski break.


March and April may mean the snow is patchier, but it also means the days are longer and there are fewer people on the lifts, so by choosing the right resort you can pack a lot of last minute skiing into each day.

If in doubt aim high. The higher the altitude the more chance you have of a thick blanket of snow. And you’ve got an even better chance if your chosen resort has north facing slopes - at above 2000m.

Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort at 2,300m, and its lifts take you up to 3,100m, to access beautiful Mount Vallon’s north facing slopes. It’s also got some of the most spectacular scenery in the Three Valleys region and extremely varied terrain.

Val Thorens

Zermatt’s lifts up the Matterhorn go up to a dizzying 3,899m - which is the highest drop-off in Europe - unless you go by helicopter! And they’re open all year for glacier skiing. Zermatt itself is right at the foot of the Matterhorn, so the scenery is awe-inspiring, there’s also great après-ski and plenty of other sports on offer.

Saas Fee has the Allalin Glacier to keep it cool, and the ski runs run right beside it, starting at 3,500m. And if things get a little watery they just bring out the snow cannons.

Chamonix, Verbier, Obergurgl and on the other side of the world, Vail, are also worth considering for late season skiing. Or, if you need more advice, please contact one of our friendly Gurus.

Written by  Kat Parr Mackintosh, posted Saturday, 9th January
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