Top ski resorts for spring skiing in France
SKI RESORTS MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE: AVORIAZ, CHAMONIX, COURCHEVEL, LA CLUSAZ, LA PLAGNE, LA ROSIÈRE 1850, LES 2 ALPES, ARCS, VAL THORENS, VALMOREL
Winter has had a taste of too little and you want to make the fun last all the way? Rely on the spring season now, the temperatures are milder, the sun is often present and the pistes less crowded; Ideal to enjoy! Here is a selection of the best ski resorts that are available for you to play the extra time to push back even further the end of the ski season in the French Alps.
Top ski resorts in France for spring skiing:
For skiing in the spring, Val d’Isère is a good choice with 300 km of slopes, 1,900 m of altitude difference (3450 m / 1550 m), and a situation that will guarantee quality snow until 1st May. It does not stop there because the resort celebrates the arrival of spring with a great offer of special offers “Last traces Spring skiing” until May 1, ideal for those who want to mix skiing, relaxation and après-ski parties!
The reputation of the resort for spring skiing is no longer to be made. Ideally located between 1550 m and 3450 m, with 300 km of pistes, the pleasure of skiing is guaranteed until 8th May on the ski area of Espace Killy Tignes-Val d’Isère. Of course, it is also an excellent choice for the many unusual activities available in parallel like ice diving, snowmobile raids, ice-riding … Difficult to get bored!
Perched at 2300 m of altitude in the area of 3 Valleys, Val Thorens is ideally located for you to enjoy spring skiing. The highest ski resort in Europe offers a ski area 99% above 2000 metres high. Even at this time of year, the snow is still abundant and of quality. While the other resorts of the 3 Valleys usually close at the end of April, the ski area of Val Thorens remains open one to two more weeks until mid-May. In addition, the resort celebrates the end of the season with the “Apotheose Days”, an event that alternates spring skiing in the morning, après-ski entertainment and evening concert for everyone to enjoy.
Open until 22 April, the ski area of La Plagne offers the possibility of finding quality snow at any time of the day. In addition, 70% of the ski area is located above 2000 metres of altitude so the conditions for skiing there are generally very good including in April. It should be noted that this year La Plagne again offers you the opportunity to meet its iconic peaks during the “Subli’Cimes” operation (5 to 18 April), which is full of emotions and sensations: 6 summits accessible to all skiers from Paradiski which will enrich their experience of Spring skiing.
Linked to La Thuile in Italy, La Rosière is the only ski resort in the Northern Alps to offer an international ski area with 160 km of slopes: Espace San Bernardo. Snow cover is guaranteed. The adventure begins at the top of the slopes with a temptation to glide to nearby Italy for a ski trip in the heart of preserved landscapes: the Petit-Saint-Bernard Pass, the Mont Blanc Massif, the Ruitor Glacier, Mont Rose, Matterhorn … Between Savoyard and Valdostan gastronomic breaks, new slides (snowkiting, speed-riding, …), softer activities (snowshoeing, wellness) and après-ski (bowling, discotheque, skating rink …) to enjoy in the family (the ski resort is is labelled Famille Plus Montagne), in a couple or among friends. La Rosière will offer you unforgettable moments of relaxation!
The Valley of Chamonix, it is a grandiose spot to enjoy spring skiing with exceptional snow! The ski area is divided into 4 ski areas: Les Grands Montets, Brévent / Flégère, Domaine de Balme and Les Houches. Only the Grands Montets ski area is open until 1st May. Located between 1235 and 3300 meters of altitude, it allows you to ski some of the biggest descents in the world at the heart of the high peaks, close to the glaciers. The slopes on three mountainsides (Argentière Glacier, Lognan and La Pendant) offer multiple choice of pistes and grand horseshoes.
LES 2 ALPES
Make room for spring skiing, in Les 2 Alpes, until Saturday 29th April. The snow conditions are generally excellent for the season and the high peaks at 3600 meters guarantee skiing on natural and quality snow until the closing of the pistes. The ski area extends over 410 hectares (89 tracks) and offers great skiing between 3600 and 1300 meters. To end the season in style, do not miss the Junior Foliz festival (April 17-21) and street shows, workshops open to all, animated tales, musical events …
With its high altitude ski domain located between 1200 m to 3250 m, the resort of Les Arcs is a safe destination for skiing in spring. From December to April 22, snow conditions are optimal, as is the quality of snow with 70% of the pistes above 2000 m. It is also a great opportunity to enjoy the many events that take place towards the end of the season at the heart of the ski resort with the “Spring Final”, but also to save money. For example, children under 12 years of age are free of charge for every adult reservation (lodging, half board, ski pass and rental of ski equipment). Many discounts are also made on rentals and ski passes.
Located at 1,850 meters above sea level, at the heart of the 3 Valleys, Les Menuires enjoys an exceptional geographical situation. Between gentle slopes and more technical slopes, this “ski-in, ski-out” ski resort welcomes the last skiers until April 21st. During this spring period, Les Menuires offers a good amount of atmosphere and activities. Just so that you take advantage of it, the ski resort offers preferential rates on accommodation but also on the packages with -20% for the last weeks of the season.
The resort of Les 3 Vallées is ideal to come to end the ski season until April 23rd. The quality of snow is for you to enjoy because 80% of the ski area of Courchevel is located above 1800 m. For the rest of the skiing, you can glide between 1100m and 2738 m of altitude at the top of the Saulire peak.
And to celebrate the end of the season in beauty, what better than the “Féria Blanche” (two days of festivities, in a crazy atmosphere)? See you on April 16 and 17!
The ski resort will be open until 23 April! Spring skiing enthusiasts can enjoy the pistes in the morning and relax in the Aquariaz in the afternoon, immersed in water at 30 ° C in the midst of lush vegetation. Moreover, the “Ski Aquariaz” package is at your disposal at a preferential rate: Ski + Aquariaz ski pass 6 days. As a bonus, children under 12 years of age are entitled to free adult ski passes and adult tickets purchased from Aquariaz. You can also enjoy the après-ski with a big atmosphere on the various terraces, from 3 pm until sunset with singers and different rock bands.
The La Clusaz ski area is located on the northwest side of the Aravis mountain range. This ideal exposure ensures a consistent snowpack even at 1860m. In other words, La Clusaz offers all the favourable conditions to enjoy the joys of spring skiing until April 29th. And just so that you end the season well, the “Défi Foly” will take place on Sunday, April 23! It is the unavoidable event that closes every year the winter season in La Clusaz, for the last 28 years!
This ski resort located at the heart of the Massif de la Tarentaise in Savoie is ideal for spring skiing. Valmorel has this time on the piste, for the purchase of a 5-day package, the sixth day is offered. In addition to the animations that make this last week really fun, it is an opportunity to attend the film festival of the mountain sports enthusiasts “Mets D’la Wax”, from 14 to 16 April. A friendly and free event with daytime demonstrations and initiations to various forms of gliding. Every evening, free concerts and of course, film screenings.