A guide to late season skiing
It’s been another fabulous powder-filled season on the slopes but as the wintry Alpine wonderland begins to melt and the landscape changes, those clinging on to the bitter end of the après party need look no further than these late season ski spots
Saas Fee, Switzerland
This Swiss resort is one of the highest in the Alps, with most of its slopes north-facing which mean the snow generally stays in the shade and away from any threatening sunlight. The lift system can whisk you away to an epic 3,000m and there is a funicular to Allalin which takes you up to 3,500m, at which height you can expect to still find snow even in late spring.
An iconic 1960s ski resort characterised by its imposing concrete-style apartments, what Flaine loses in traditional Alpine charm it makes up for with plenty of snow. With the resort nestled at a staggering 2,500m, Flaine is a focal-point of the Grand Massif and one of the most snow-sure hot spots. Visitors also have the option to travel to even higher peaks where great snow awaits as well as brilliant runs with staggering 360 degree panoramic views.
Made up of a multitude of ski areas, no two days skiing in Chamonix are the same and there is real variety and plentiful sweeping runs to pick from. With a top lift at 3,842m and a skiable glacier that lasts even through summer, Chamonix is a great option for year-round skiing. The town centre has a different feel to typical ski resorts, with world-class restaurants, designer shops and its picturesque mountainous backdrop luring tourists who aren’t there for winter sports, so come summer you’ll still find a thriving resort centre.
St Anton, Austria
North-facing St Anton boasts a unique combination of great powder snow, strong spring sunshine and bright blue skies ideal for on the piste drinks in glorious sun. For the best chance of good snow, head out early in the morning and catch the colder hours before the beating sun creates slush and mogul conditions. The resort is well-known for its apres scene and revellers can find a fun night out in the apres bars well until April, with live music nights and clubs open until the early hours.
Val Thorens, France
At 2,300m, the resort of Val Thorens is one of the first to be covered in thick snow and conditions last right the way through until May. As the highest ski resort in Europe, the resort certainly feels far removed and high up, surrounded by imposing peaks that remind you of the sheer altitude. Visitors can enjoy ski-in-ski-out conditions and so time spent lugging heavy ski equipment around is minimised. The resort is so confident in the quality of its snow that it offers the possibility to book a winter sports holiday with a unique snow guarantee.