As the winters come to an end, for all us regular people, so does Skiing. But what about the rich? Have you ever wondered why you don’t see them skiing much during the winters? Here’s the secret- they ski in the spring!
It’s no longer a myth, savvy skiers have long understood the benefits of late-season skiing and snowboarding, what they find in their exclusive escapades is empty slopes (excluding the Easter holidays), sunny weather and longer days on the mountains.
We’ve come to your rescue, you can now experience the elusive spring time skiing at these exclusive locations. Get ready to find the best Alpine resorts to visit in spring 2017 according to snow conditions, luxury chalet rentals and things to do off the slopes.
- Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt is made for late season skiing with its high altitude that boasts the highest runs in the Alps at above 3,000 meters. The Klein Matterhorn area is best suited to advanced and intermediate skiers with the longest ski run extending over a distance of 21 km and 2,279 vertical meters down to Zermatt.
Zermatt’s centre is car-free and cutting-edge architecture and trendy bars harmoniously blend with traditional farmhouses. Chalet Les Anges was designed by Magali de Tscharner and it’s a good example of the ultra-luxurious architecture of Zermatt. The 7-bedroom chalet is filled with light from huge windows that provide guests with some of the best alpine views in the world.
St Anton guarantees snow until the end of April thanks to its high-altitude slopes and exceptional snow cover. Even the Arlberg region’s lower pistes have an underlay of man-made snow which makes it a mecca for skiers and boarders. The easily accessible and varied terrain, dramatic scenery and endless freeriding possibilities make it almost impossible to resist.
For those who want a big spring get together of friends, the huge Chalet Eden Rock can accommodate up to 20 guests across three spacious luxury chalet apartments, so it’s a great way to bring the extended family together.
Despite the well-groomed slopes of Gstaad closing in mid-April, Glacier 3000 will be open until 7th May 2017. It is one of the most popular freeride areas in the Bernese Oberland because snow is guaranteed on the various runs between 1,200 and 3,000 metres
The glamorous resort is full of luxurious accommodation, but for a truly ‘Heidi’ experience, Chalet Riedsunne is the ideal alpine bolthole for your spring skiing holiday in Gstaad. The 5-bedroom property has been converted from a barn into a contemporary home standing in acres of its own farmland, so it oozes Swiss charm. Gather your friends and family around the roaring fire in the spacious lounge and share stories of your snow sports exploits4.
- Val d’Isere and Tignes, France
These two resorts are closely linked and combine to form the popular Espace Killy ski area. The high slopes make this area one of the most reliable for late season snow with an altitude of 1,550m-3,450m. Val d’Isere is equally impressive and offers the infamous black run ‘La Face’, for skiers in search of a formidable challenge.
Both resorts offer modern facilities and some fantastic ski schools for beginners and children. They also have a lively apres-ski scene that continues into spring; bars are plentiful and there is always a party going on somewhere. When you’re ready to crash, there’s nowhere more appealing than the sumptuous surroundings of Chalet Black Pearl in Val d’Isere. The 5-bedroom property was designed by internationally renowned architect Philippe Capezzone and it is the embodiment of contemporary chic.