The sun shines a bit brighter, the days are getting longer… and the lure of après stronger
By Chris Taine
There are myriad reasons why spring is many skiers’ favourite time of year. Some of the reasons are directly related to nature; the promise of a late-season snowfall and untracked powder, the lure of smooth sun-softened corn snow, or at the very least the guarantee of a solid snow base. But for others, the allure of spring skiing is what happens off the snow; après-ski sessions on sun-drenched terraces, or the growing number of world-class events and festivals that take place in-resort throughout the spring.
And the Austrian Tirol can certainly boast its fair share of those primetime spring events, with Snowbombing in Mayrhofen, the Freeride World Tour calling in at Fieberbrunn, Ischgl’s legendary Top of the Mountain concerts, or St Anton’s annual ‘White Thrill’ mass-start downhill race.
Sure, there is plenty going on up on Tirol’s glaciers during the spring too – especially towards the end of the typical spring skiing time – but here are my picks for the best places to be during that magical March timeframe… when both powder days and perfect spring snow and sunshine are possible!