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SPRING & SKIING AT ITS FINEST - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Friday March 29, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Warm weather, sunshine on the slopes, long lunches, blue skies, long days. What could be better for a break in the mountains?

Spring has sprung.

In the UK the daffs are out, the sun is here and not many are thinking about snow and skiing.

Which makes it the perfect time to go.

Skiing solo on ski slopes, under the sun, out in the mountains...

What could be a better way to say goodbye to winter?

Our editor, James Cove, is out in the Austrian Alps reporting first hand on the current skiing:
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It is also a long wait until next season.

There's plenty of time left in this one.

So, how about heading out to the hills to get some of the best of the season's skiing?

"Spring skiing is definitely our favourite time of year," says owner of chalet company Mountain Heaven.

"We especially recommend it for families as the days are a little longer for skiing and the lifts shut later.

"There are usually great snow conditions - especially in the morning and early afternoon.

"All this combined with long lunches, a nice cold beer sitting in the sun on a deck, with perhaps another at the top of the mountain before a last run down, makes the whole skiing experience wonderful," Nick finishes.

We'll second that!

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We've been asking around, to get some intel:

"Snow conditions in La Plagne last week were fantastic, bright blue skies and sunshine every day," siaid VIP SKI's Naomi says.

"The pistes were quiet and we jumped on every single lift with no queuing.

"It's definitely wise to head out early and make the most of the fresh mornings.

"We skied right down to Plagne Montalbert at 1350m and whilst a little softer late in the day, snow coverage is still good even at this lower altitude."

The mountain snow doesn't all melt in spring.

The snowpack can thaw during the day, but overnight temperatures are still plenty cold enough to re-freeze for the morning.

This is what creates hard-pack snow conditions for the first few runs of the day.

Usually by mid-morning it's softened to ideal snow conditions.

"Slick but forgiving," our friends at Skiworld describes this spring snow as.

Spring weather means storms are likely, but due to warmer temperatures during the days, precipitation usually falls at night.

"That means you're more likely to wake up to a blanket of fresh powder snow in spring (even as late as June) than during the colder months," said Skiworld.

SkiworldSkiworld likes Spring skiing

Due to warm temps the snow can become slushy through the day.

After a long morning on the slopes - yes, we advise getting up and out early - we say that's the time to stop the activity and switch onto your next one.

Whether that be taking out your sunnies, rolling up your sleeves and parking yourself on a deck.

Or unclipping from skis or a board and trying out tobogganing.

Switch your practice and get into the mountains by ski touring, now being the ultimate time of the season for it.

Head into town for a spa or swim.

Basically try all those activities and spend time in resort that, up on the slopes all day you miss out on.

And with the longer days you have more time in the evening, if you forgo apres, to do all these added activities as well as a full day's skiing.

So pick high, pick right, and you'll be laughing (at everyone else not come to join the fun).

The White RoomThe white room

What else is there that makes Spring skiing the best?

It's great value.

As the peak winter season begins to wind down, many suppliers start to reduce the prices of their stock in order to sell out for the season.

This means cheaper prices for you across the board.

Ski Holidays themselves are often cheaper, especially if you book a last minute ski deal.

Many resorts' lift passes move into off-peak pricing.

And, Skiworld reminds us, if you're in a shopping mood now is the time to get your gear.

The sales in resort shops are fantastic as they clear out their stock so save it 'til the end if you're looking for equipment, from skis and snowboards to gloves and body protection.

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The festivities:

Spring skiing is also about the fun and festivities:

Easter celebrations, music festivals and end of season parties.

Spring is when the ski resorts let their hair down, as if they could get more chilled, and hell do skiers and snowboarders know how to party.

All with the best mountain backdrops.

Snake gliss and pond skimming are favourites.

Where do you go?

Ischgl in the Tirol is famous for its Top of the Mountain closing party with the best ever history of headliners, from Tina Turner to Elton John, and this year with Lenny Kravitz ending the season.

Les3Vallees always has a good atmosphere.

The Enduro race is a fun and competitive competition for all skiers covering the entire Le3Vallees, one which we'd recommend for anyone to throw themselves into, having had a go ourselves last season:
Val Thorens is a great base to ski the area from, full of restaurants, bars, spas and well, everything...
Snowbombing, Mayrhofen is a festival running from 8th - 13th April.

The lively Austrian resort will be full of colourful ski outfits, thumping pop, electronic and urban music as well as enchanted forest parties.

Line-up includes: Stormzy, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Bicep, Groove Armada, George Fitzgerald  Denis Sulta

Thinking of really going out with a bang?

How about Whistler, Canada for the World Ski & Snowboard festival.

Running from 10th - 14th April it's the busiest winter celebration in North America.

It welcomes the world's top athletes competing in events, art, film and photography showcases as well as live bands and DJ's.

Spring skiingSpring skiing

Have you waited all year for your ski trip?

Make it a good one.

Just think again of enjoying a cold beer on a sundeck.

One with a fine mountain vista.

And a live band playing those same covers that we all secretly love out in the mountains.

Picture an alpenglow sunset.

Don't forget your sunnies.

Ski SolutionsSki Solutions

Ending with some good option spring skiing options...

Ski Solutions recommends the following resorts:

Val d'Isere-Tignes

These two resorts go hand-in-hand, both on this list and in space - Espace Killy.

They are situated at a fantastic height of 1,850/2,100m, so very snow-sure.

The skiable slopes in the famous Espace Killy range from 1,550m all the way up to 3,455m, offering almost 2,000m of vertical skiing.

Another bonus is the majority of its slopes are north-facing.

There are two superb glaciers with skiing above 2,500m.

Plus, both resorts, especially Val d'Isere, are very lively and full of atmosphere during spring time.

Val Thorens, Les3Vallees

Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe at 2,300m.

And part of the biggest ski area in the world.

The skiing goes has an enormous vertical of 2,650m.

Val Thorens also has great après-ski - there's a theme here with Spring - as well as fantastic restaurants and nightclubs that rival Val d'Isere easily.

And you get to ski to the lively neighbour resorts of Meribel and Courchevel. 

If you do get there, check out our top 5 runs to ski in Les3Vallees:

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