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If you’re still not ready to let go of winter and all the snow that comes with it, then you might consider a late season ski holiday. However, it is always best to know where to ski so you get the best snow. With warmer temperatures and longer days, skiing in the springtime has many advantages. Naturally, the higher ski resorts are best for late season skiing, so we’re here to tell you which ones you should consider before booking your holiday.
Les Arcs, France
Sitting at 810 to 3226 metres, Les Arcs has some fabulous skiing for the late season. Situated in Paradiski, it is regarded as one of the original French ‘mega-resorts’. Its ski area is linked to that of the neighbouring La Plagne. It has a conveniently large number of pistes spanning 425 kilometres, so this resort does not disappoint. Snow reliability is good, with many runs over 2,000 metres and lots of snowmaking.
Les Arcs’ slopes are remarkably varied, with a great range for all standards of skiing. There are some seriously steep black runs, but also some cruising blue and green slopes. Therefore, you can get involved with both tough and leisurely ski runs. The lift systems are modern, comfortable and fast, having been regularly updated.
Les Arcs has a reputation for being a little quiet at night which is undeserved. It’s not on the scale of Val d’Isère but there are some lively bars. Arc 1800 is the liveliest of the bunch and much of the noise comes from the Red Hot Saloon in the Villards quarter of the resort. It has long happy hours, live music, dancing and fast food. Most nights, there is live rock or pop music at L’Ambiente Cafe from 10pm. Earlier on in the evening the bar runs après-ski happy hours from 4 till 6pm when you get a pint for the price of a half. If you want to dance till the morning, your best bet is Le Carré.
If you are looking for a chalet in Les Arcs then Chalet Himalaya is a beautifully restored luxury 17th Century farmhouse ski chalet with a Swedish sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi. It is perfect for families and large groups, with 6 en-suite bedrooms, sleeping a maximum of 19 guests. With fast access to the high altitude Paradiski ski area, there are 425 kilometres of pistes only 250 metres from the chalet doorstep.
Val d’Isère, France
The French resort of Val d’Isère is perfectly situated for late season skiing, with high altitude runs and north facing slopes. There are also plenty of snow canons to maintain the snow levels, so the resort can stay open all the way up to the first of May. If you’re also looking to party on your holiday, Val d’Isère is notorious for its après-ski. Val d’Isère is 1850 metres above sea level, and offers an abundance of smooth slopes between 2,300 and 3,400 metres. Therefore, if you’re looking for a sunny ski holiday in the spring, Val d’Isère is perfect.
Val d’Isère is also a fantastic ski resort for intermediate and advanced skiing. Anyone who enjoys roaming across a large area and discovering new slopes every day will love skiing here. There are plenty of challenges too: the legendary Face de Bellevarde black run, created by Jean-Claude Killy himself, was used for the downhill skiing competition at the 1992 Olympics.
Of course, one of the great things about Val d’Isère is the après-ski parties. In the springtime the sun will be shining, the music will be pumping, and you’ll be boogieing. In the mid afternoon when snow conditions start to get a bit slushier as the sun shines down, La Folie Douce is the place to be. It creates the atmosphere of a huge open-air nightclub, whilst you’re surrounded by beautiful towering mountains.
We have some lovely chalets in Val d’Isère on our website. One is Chalet Grand Pares, which is a beautiful ski-in/ski-out chalet directly on the blue piste and right by the cable car. With direct access to the high-altitude ski area of the Espace Killy, Chalet Grand Pares is located in the most sought-after area of Val d’Isère. It sleeps twelve people in six en-suite bedrooms. The chalet features a living room with comfy sofas and a flatscreen TV and a separate dining room which boasts spectacular views on the glacier and ski pistes.
The ski area of Sölden centres around three main peaks, each over 3000 metres in height and offering some fantastic snow conditions. With two glacier ski areas, 144 kilometres of perfectly groomed slopes, and artificial snow cover of approximately 76% of the slopes, there is plenty to do for both skiers and snowboarders alike. Scenes from the 2015 James Bond film Spectre were shot here, so if you’re wanting to look like 007 as you glide down the slopes, then this is the place.
The ski area can be accessed by two gondolas, which are also served by free ski buses. The pistes suit good intermediates, but there are also easy blue slopes for beginners. The views from the top of the glaciers at over 3,250 metres are stunning and there are dramatic suspended viewing platforms for making the most of them.
Sölden is also known for its après-ski, with lively bars, pubs and clubs pumping tunes well into the night. There are also restaurants up the mountain too if you fancy stopping for a drink or a bite to eat. If you’re looking for something else fun to do apart from skiing, the five tobogganing tracks in the area include one which is 5 kilometres long, and every Wednesday a floodlit run is open till 9pm. Therefore, Sölden has plenty to do when you’re not cruising down the mountain.
If you’re looking to book accommodation in Sölden then why not try Chalet Roman. This chalet is in an excellent location in the beautiful city centre of Sölden. The chalet offers 14 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Within a one minute stroll you’ll reach the Giggijochbahn, which takes you in 9 minutes to an altitude of 2283 metres. This is an excellent location to start off your day of skiing.