Choosing to take your winter break late-season can seem like a risky choice...

But, with stellar snow records and investment in off-snow activities, spring skiers headed to the resorts listed below needn't worry.

Snow levels alone do 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 longer. Of the resorts still open, we pick out a few that have tickled our fancy this spring.

Make the most of your time on snow this Spring with The Ski Club. Why not try one of our trademark Leader and Instructor-Led Guiding sessions, or maybe book on to a last-minute trip to the mountains with Ski Club Freshtracks.

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens is the highest ski village in Europe, but the categorisation of '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 into 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 aerial daredevils all day. And that is all in the Val Thorens valley, upgrade your lift pass to cover all of Les 3 Vallées, the worlds biggest ski area, and you will be overwhelmed by the amount of skiing on offer in the extensive area.

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.

Join a Freshtracks trip to this lofty French retreat this season.

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 snowparks dotted all over the mountainside are some of the best in the Alps and in spring these playgrounds come alive. The P60 park alone is packed with over 90 features suitable for all abilities, and the mountain is also 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.

Mammoth Mountain, USA

Epic powder days are common in Mammoth, which is California's loftiest alpine resort. The resort is also renowned for its world-beating terrain parks and family-friendly cruising pistes. Even though the resort boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, it somehow manages to attract enough snowfall to remain open through to the 4th of July, and often even further beyond that! A season as big as its prehistoric namesake animal, with a snow record to match. All resorts stateside have had a great 2018/19 season, but Mammoth boasts a snow depth of 5.8m at the summit with 4.1m covering resort (correct on 18.03.19), just check ot the photos above, all of which are from March 2019.

Steep blacks at the top of resort give way to expansive terrain parks and tree-lined glades that on a powder day are a playground for all, while sticking on piste there's something for everyone. Where Mammoth does slightly fall behind other resorts is with its low amount of off-snow activities. However, with plenty of ski in, ski out accommodation options and skiing through most of the summer, we don't mind that too much. 

The long travel time from the UK combined with the time difference and a lengthy transfer mean that a trip to Mammoth is best enjoyed for more than a week. But, with several attractions nearby, like the iconic Yosemite National Park and several bustling cities, it's easy to make the trip worthwhile!

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 aplenty.

Wide open pistes that are packed with ski schools in peak season empty out towards the end of spring, 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' annual end-of-season snow-down 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 a lured by 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 stone's 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

Looking to head to one of these resorts? Make sure you have explored the different ways you can ski with the Club this Easter!

Article updated 18/03/2019