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SPRING SKIING & SKIS - Katie Bamber, Meribel, Les3Vallees
Wednesday April 10, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

The season is certainly not over yet. The question is how to deal with ski choice during the changing snow conditions. Easy.

 

 

Spring skiing is some of the best skiing.

It's April and, sure, there's been a long few months of skiing and riding behind.

But it certainly isn't over.

The weather is warmer, the sun comes through and snowfall is just as likely as any other time.

Just look at this crazy-good spring in the Alps or Rockies...

The crowds have gone, the vibes are good and there's some of the best riding to be had.

And after all the riding, it's party time down in resorts as bars, restaurants and locals say farewell to another season.

Soelden, Tirol April 12thSoelden, Tirol April 12th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Conditions

Do you think slush when you think Spring in the mountains?

Or of the rock solid pistes first thing in the morning before the sun works its stuff on the night freeze?

How do you play this changeable snow on skis?

Here's how: Intersport.

Why spend a huge amount of money on a new pair of skis that after a few years won't be top range any more?

Why lug planks around from home to airport?

Why pay the added costs of sports equipment (both ways) on your cheap April flights to the Alps?

Why confine yourself to one pair of skis when you can interchange at Intersport, using the best for the weather or your ski-mood?


A pair of carvers in the morning to charge around the bullet proof pistes, frozen overnight by the low temperatures, to grip and rip...

Getting softer by 11?

Head to the Intersport at the bottom of the ski hill (in some resorts there are even Intersports at stations on the mountain) and trade these heavy guys in for a wider underfoot freeride ski to float through the slower snow.

Ski on or off piste, depending on the fresh snow situ, and notch up the width the deeper off piste you plan to go or the deeper the snow.

That's our spring suggestion and you'll be laughing under the April sun as you pay less and really get the best out of the season.

Winter 1920 Salomon ForceWinter 1920 Salomon Force

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intersport rental is also the clever way to test out skis you might be looking to buy.

One model to look out for next winter, whether renting for a holiday or just wanting to test out some top range skis, are these Salomon S Force.

It's an advanced on-piste ski with top-notch stability and speed in my opinion.

Carve your way through all snow conditions on these and take on any slope.

I skied these all through a classic spring day and they performed so well in the conditions.

The were light and easy to handle, pushing through short turns and opening out to wide, long carve turns.

I'll be looking for these first thing next winter at Intersport.

Intersport has packages where you can rent the whole gearshabang for just a little each day.

Red package is standard, Gold is for its best skis.

Kids and teens have their own prices as well and it can be as little as (or less than) €10 a day, depending on the date and resort.

Meribel in the Les3Vallees this week coming - Easter week - is offering boots, skis and pole rental for €220 for 7 days on a Gold Package.

That's €31 a day.

An adult's Red Package is €168 for 7 days - €24 a day...

Kids are looking at €18 a day for the full rental during Easter week.

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If you're a snowboarder, the same goes.

Intersport also has ski touring skis, popular at this time of year if the sun's out and conditions are safe.

(Book your Intersport Skis and Snowboards on this link, use code Planetski18 for 10% discount in French ski areas.)

Check out PlanetSKI's tour in Le Tour, Chamonix last month where Intersport hooked us up:

And for more on skiing and riding at this wonderful point of the season:

If you are still considering a last minute ski trip to the Alps or even further afield, check out our deals piece to get you out before the season has closed:

Remember, out here it's all fancy dress, goggle tans, pond skimming, music, empty slopes and friendly vibes.

We're certainly not done with it yet, especially with the skis sorted for spring conditions.

If you're interested in skiing Meribel, and like the idea of staying in a luxury chalet, check out Purple Ski.

Purple Ski runs the finest luxury chalet holidays in Méribel and Les3Vallees.

Read more here to find out just how lovely these chalets are: A New Colour This Winter

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