Catching the last of the snow
It’s been a terrible couple of years for ski trips, with Covid casting doubt on any long term planning. France pretty much shut down for the start of the 2021/22 season, so it’s not surprising that there’s a surge in bookings for the end of the season, but where can you be snow sure? We investigate some of the best places to grab a bit of late season snow.
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Tignes is a cosmopolitan resort made up of five villages and is connected with Val d’Isère to form the huge ski area know as Espace Killy. Ski in Ski out is possible into early May and the resort closes 2nd week in May. This is possibly the best option for late season snow for all abilities as there’s plenty of easy terrain at high altitude. There’s plenty of scope for more adventurous skiers too including the DC snow park for freestylers.
Once you’re off the slopes there’s loads to do with plenty of live music and great cuisine. There’s also the Pala’fou luge track for a bit of fun off the slopes.
Connections are around 2h40 from Geneva airport.
There’s accommodation options for all group sizes and budgets, check out our mates at SkiYodl for accommodation ideas.
Zermatt is officially the highest resort in Europe, so it’s a good bet for late season snow. It’s height and proximity to the dramatic Matterhorn peak makes for some exceptional views.
It potentially lacks some of the beginner slopes that Tignes benefits from, but for intermediate and experienced skiers, Zermatt is pretty hard to beat for late season skiing. 1 hour from Zurich also adds to its appeal for shorter trips.
Another high altitude resort with plenty of snow sticking around for the duration provides a great base for some late season snow fun.
There’s plenty to do off the slopes too with lively après ski. The Big 3 Rally (50km tour) is well worth tackling, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best panoramic viewpoints from the resorts three peaks.
This is a resort perfect for boarders and intermediate skiers with a great snow park. It’s also the location of the James Bond film Spectre, so you can imagine being chased down the slopes by armed mercenaries if that’s your cup of tea!
Val Thorens, France
Back to France for our last suggestion from the 3 valley resort of VT. Again it’s altitude provides some certainty of snow into early May and it’s mix of great nursery slopes and more challenging terrain on the doorstep make it the perfect destination for groups of mixed abilities. It’s also got a party vibe and has historically been a resort popular with a younger crowd. That’s not to say it’s only a party spot, as there are plenty of up-market accommodations and restaurants. You’ll find us in the Rhum Box once the sun sets!