It’s no secret that this season resorts have not struggled for snow, in fact there has often been too much snow.

But accumulation of snow alone does not make a resort prime for late season skiing. As the snow starts to recede, resorts compete to build the best snow-parks, off snow activities increase and of course après  spots come alive.

Nailing down a definitive list of late season big hitters is tough, this list could easily be much be longer. Of the resorts still open, we pick five that have particularly ticked our fancy this season.

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens is the highest ski village in Europe, but village doesn’t quite do the resort justice. The extensive town has everything you could ever need and more from a high altitude getaway, the skiing isn’t half bad either.

Nestled high in the Tarentaise, Val Thorens keeps its lifts turning well in to May. Topping out at over 3200m, the French resort caters for all kinds of skiers. Well groomed pistes of varying difficulty keep those looking to accumulate piste miles grinning from ear to ear, whilst a sprawling terrain park will amuse arial daredevils all day.

One thing that Val Thorens does particularly well is après ski. On the mountain, Bar 360 and La Folie Douce are the first ports of call for tabletop dancers, whilst those in search of a more chilled out affair will find a plethora of bars and restaurants in the town.

Stubai, Austria

Stubai is home to one of the best glaciers in the Alps. Every season snow lovers flock to the high altitude haven to enjoy all kinds of snowsports. Piste peddlers, park rats and backcountry explorers will discover a high altitude playground. The large glacier keeps the resort open long after the closing date other resorts in the region and the ice base keeps the pistes in tip top condition.

The Ski Club visited the resort in the Tirol to see what all the fuss was about:

7in7: Stubai

 

Laax, Switzerland

The main town may be less than half the altitude of Val Thorens and it may not boast the longest season, but don’t let that faze you. The resorts slopes top out at over 3000m with a good variety of high alpine terrain, however it isn’t the pistes that keep many coming back for more each year.

The snowpark is one of the best in the Alps and in spring it comes alive. The P60 park is packed with over 90 features suitable for all abilities, and the mountain is Alsop home to the worlds largest superpipe, a freestylers paradise! Professional skiers and snowboarders regularly grace the slopes and parks late in the season.

Joe Troman

The town sits within a rich forest housing hundreds of mapped walks for those who prefer non snowsports pursuits. The modern resort also contains a world class indoor trampoline and airbag centre, the Freestyle Academy, which is perfect should spring not deliver those bluebird days we all dream of.

This season Laax was one of the few resorts to extend their season to capitalise on the fantastic conditions. The resort also hosts The BRITS each year, where the UK’s best freestyle skiers and snowboarders compete for the national title.

Tignes and Val-d'Isère, France

Another area in the Tarentaise that lends itself to end of season shredding is the Espace Killy. Encompassing Tignes and Val d’Isere the extensive area boasts high altitude and snow sure terrain a plenty.

Wide open pistes that are packed with ski schools in peak season empty out towards the end of the season, allowing those with the drive to unlock the area. The off piste and touring possibilities leave any backcountry adventurer satisfied.

A favourite with Ski Club members and the wider British ski crowd, the extensive pistes are only the tip of the iceberg with this resort. The skiing is so good and the snow that consistent that Freshtracks trips run to the resort all the way until the last week of April.

Check out Freshtracks' 'Last Blast' trip here.

Ruka, Finland

What Ruka lacks in vertical it certainly makes up for in season length - the resort boasts a mega 200 days of snow per year. The length of the season means that while many head for the beach, you can grab your skis and head to Finland. The hill is best suited to adventurous families but will leave experts wanting, freestyle aficionados are well suited.

The pedestrianised resort is a bustling purpose built town with all amenities within a stones throw of the accommodation. If you are looking for a late season family holiday off the beaten track then this could be the resort for you!

Lappikuva - Jani Kärppä