The Easter ski holidays are typically the season’s finale and we think one not to miss. Typically warmer, but don’t be surprised if you a day or three of spring powder, with good sunshine. This a fortnight to ski in the morning, continue until mid afternoon, and as the slopes soften, the sunshine rises high in the sky, to find a table on the terrace, remove the ski jacket, and enjoy the sunshine, a good lunch with fine wine, or a beer or three.
Younger members will also love the more relaxed, somewhat decadent approach to skiing, playing endlessly on sledges and in the snow in front of the restaurants before the last ski home and a fabulous dining at your catered ski chalet.
One of the best times for family skiing in our opinion, especially for younger children learning to ski. Where as other times, particularly earlier on in the season, can be a little cold on the younger ones, most Easter holidays are warm and with good sunshine. No hanging around on cold slopes this fortnight for younger members of the family. As a consequence, it is a fabulous time to introduce ‘new recruits’ into the world of skiing. Older skiers will love the relaxed approach, great skiing in the morning, easing off early afternoon, and then relaxing and play (restaurant, sledging, climbing, whatever takes their fancy).
High Altitude Ski Resorts
The adage, higher the better typically applies during the Easter Ski Holidays, but there are caveats to this (see our Lower Altitude Section). Many of the high altitude ski resorts stay open well into May, with some open all year round on the glacier, and those that do close often leave behind plenty of residue snow, so here there is a snow sure element o your holiday vacation.
For its sheer abundance of high altitude ski slopes and extensive variety that suits all abilities, the Three Valleys in France has to be high on anyone’s Easter ski holiday shopping list. For out and out style and luxury, Courchevel 1850 tops the list but is closely followed by Courchevel 1650 and Meribel Mottaret. Elsewhere in France, the Espace d’Killy, home to Val d’Isere and Tignes provide a wide variety of high altitude slopes. If atmosphere and style are high on the agenda, Val d’Isere gets the call, but Tignes at 2,050m wins slightly on the height statistics.
Also worth a mention in France is Chamonix (3,275m on-piste and 3,842m off-piste skiing), as well as Alp d’Huez (3,600m), and the Les Deux Alpes.
Ester skiing in Switzerland is very well covered by Verbier and Zermatt. Both are superb luxury ski resorts with world class skiing on and off the piste. Zermatt tips the scales for height at 3,820m, but 3,330m it doesn’t make too much difference. This said, Zermatt super high (glacier) skiing is better suited for early intermediates and intermediate skiers whereas Verbier’s leans more towards competent intermediates and advanced.
In Austria, the glacier skiing in Kaprun provides skiing year round and although not as high as its French and Swiss cousins, St Anton also has an excellent ski record throughout the season, Easter holidays included.
Low Altitude Ski Resorts
Having read our High Altitude Ski Resorts section, you may have felt it is an open and shut case against the lower ski resorts. Far from it, whilst we would strongly advocate looking for ski resorts with skiing ideally above 2,000m, there are some good merits in selecting lower, particularly if the family are not mileage junkies and prefer gentling skiing, half a day and an hour in the afternoon before lunch and what to sample some stunning alpine scenery, some alpine walking, climbing, swimming, dining, or any of the other fabulous activities that spring Easter ski holidays allows but winter doesn’t.
Chamonix, FranceChalet Baby Bear
Val d'Isere, FranceApartment Pierre
Meribel, FranceChalet Arbe
Meribel, FranceApartment Chamois
Chamonix, FranceThe Retreat
Chamonix, FranceChalet Sanaz