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TOP TIPS FOR AVOIDING THE CROWDS
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Easter slopes are busy as the season draws to a close. So, how do you get away from the masses? Easy if you follow our advice...



The season of 2018/19 has seen some superb April snow.

Some of the best Spring conditions we can remember.

And we are not the only ones who have noticed.

The crowds are out.

If you want to have the slopes to yourself (almost), avoid long lift queues, get a seat for lunch and hit the best snow then read on...

Much is basic common sense, but it bears repeating.

We've been skiing a few of the resorts in the Tirol in Austria the past week and putting into practice our tried & tested theories.

Ischgl, Stubai, Soelden & Schlick 2000 so far.

Hintertux, Obergurgl and St Anton are to come over the Easter weekend itself.

There are basically only two factors factors in play here:

  • When you ski
  • Where you ski

That's about it really.

WHEN YOU SKI

Ideally set off early to get the first lifts.

Others will be in bed or having breakfast so you will be among the first on the slopes.

It may be a bit of an effort but it WILL be worth it and you'll be ahead of the crowds.

Here was Soelden after we took one of the first lifts up:

This was just to the side of piste in Ischgl in mid-morning this week after we got ahead of the crowds (but not all of them):

Our preferred option is the lift at 9AM and then a small early lunch at 12AM or so when there will be plenty of space in a restaurant.

It will likely be packed an hour or so later.

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And as the crowds turn up for lunch then click into you skis for some empty(ish) runs.

Here we are in Stubai this week after our early lunch.

You then ski through the traditional time for lunch, so that while others are fighting for table space you are one of only a handful in the lift queue.

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Like a pudding and coffee for lunch?

We do.

And we have it at 3 o'clock or so when the lunchers have headed back to the slopes - apple struedel with vanilla sauce and a strong coffee taste so much better mid-afternoon after a second skiing spell.

I promise.

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And then there is the final hour or so as many people have got tired and headed down.

OK the snow may be a bit slushy at this time of year but get some fat skis and surf it.

Now if you can't bear an early start then, no worries - hit the slopes late morning after the rest have headed up and have a late lunch.

You'll still be avoiding what the masses are doing.

Then use our tried and tested formula of where to ski and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, which lifts to use.

This strategy applies to an early start too.

It is said timing is everything.

Maybe, avoiding the crowds and where you go is the crucial factor.

Quite simply do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.

It may sound obvious and it is.

Humans are herd animals and basic instincts take over as we follow the obvious route on the piste map and head where everyone else is going.

Generally the emptier slopes will be away from the main ski area.

In Ischgl this week it was packed at the main area of Idalp.

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We headed as far away from the heart of the resort as possible. 

And had this on the way down to Samnaun.

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We looked at runs that seemed out on a limb.

And found this.

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Choice of lifts is another crucial, and very overlooked, factor.

Go for T-bars and old lifts.

Few will be on them, and that means empty slopes.

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Try lifts that take you to a spot that have several runs off the top so the numbers will be split.

And avoid places where several lifts deposit people in the same place.

This run in Stubai has the T-bar, another chairlift top left and another slighty out of view higher up.

Hence why it is so busy.

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5-minutes away is this chairlift that is out of sight from the main slopes.


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And here is the slope down.


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With just a little bit of thought it really is possible and simple to escape the crowds.


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