We are looking ahead to Easter and dreaming about sunnier slopes and sipping beers at après...

With snow falling heavily all over the world, winter base levels are building up nicely. Let’s hope they see us all the way through to spring like last year! If you are thinking of booking on to a ski trip later in the season, you might be wondering what aspects you should consider. Here are our key ingredients for an Easter getaway.

Location, location, location

There are hundreds of resorts which are great to visit in spring, but one thing to focus on is how much sun the slopes will get. Goggle tans are great, but solar exposure means that slopes get slushier quicker. When you are reading resort descriptions, keep an eye on any information which mentions the direction the slopes are facing and how that is likely to affect the snow condition. One area we love at spring is Espace Killy in the French Alps. It offers 300km of pistes, plenty of exciting off piste opportunities and a buzzing après scene. Skiers and snowboarders have the entire area of Tignes and Val d’Isère at their fingertips which means there will always be both sunny and shady slopes to alternate between. Take the funicular all the way up to the Grande Motte glacier and enjoy panoramic views from the top, or seek out some fresh powder lines over in Val d’Isère. Don’t forget your goggles, sunglasses and suncream though. Nobody likes a peeling nose.

 

Do more off the piste

There’s so much more than just pistes in Espace Killy and longer daylight hours mean more spectacular sunset views. Val d’Isère is home to the original Folie Douce, the all-singing, all-dancing mothership of après culture. After a long day on the slopes, follow the sound of booming bass until you find this famous bar and restaurant perched half way up the mountain. Think saxophone performers, singers and lots of table dancing. This is where the snowboarders will be happy about their choice of footwear because when the dancing takes hold, you’re locked in until last lift. In Tignes you’ll find even more après festivities at Loop bar and Drop Zone, where the journey home fortunately doesn’t involve skiing. The resort has also just opened a Cocorico this season where you can get your fill of pizza and parties once the lifts stop turning for the day. At night, you can continue the dancing sans ski boots in cave-like Blu Girl or sweaty Melting Pot until the early hours. 

If you’re looking for a more chilled spring ski break, there are loads of great restaurants with outdoor decking to catch rays on while you’re enjoying an afternoon chocolate chaud or sampling the local delicacies. Tignes Val Claret is a short walk or bus ride from nearby Le Lac, where you’ll find great shopping and Le Lagon, the resort’s enormous public swimming pool. The sprawling facility is free to access with your ski pass and has a huge spa area with steam rooms, saunas and plunge pools. If your idea of winding down is sitting in a jacuzzi with views of the snow gently falling outside, you’re in luck. Tignes has you covered. 

 

Melody Sky

Choose a new challenge

Spring weather usually brings good visibility to ski resorts when the biggest storms of the season have passed. With no white-out blizzards or horizontal winds to hold you back, it’s a great time to make the most of the clear skies and work on your technical skills. You may not have had lessons since you were a child, but a fresh pair of eyes on your technique and some pointers can make a huge difference. Signing up to sessions with qualified instructors will refresh your skills and iron out bad habits, making future years on the slopes even more enjoyable.

If you are competent on piste but keen to ski or snowboard beyond the groomed runs, why not try an off piste taster session with an instructor? Venturing off piste will bring a whole new dynamic to your skiing and you might find it opens doors to new experiences and adventures. It’s essential to learn backcountry skills with a trained professional because skiing in powder away from groomed slopes requires a completely different technique to standard skiing. An instructor will always ensure that people heading off piste stay within their ability level and that you have the knowledge to stay safe, advising on avalanche safety equipment where necessary. 

 

Find value for money

A late season trip is the perfect time to take advantage of deals. Often, the best value for money packages are ones that include absolutely everything, so that you have no surprise hidden costs. Many chalets offer all-inclusive deals where breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner is included in the price. This March we are running a Freshtracks trip which does just that. We know that half of the battle with booking ski trips is making sure you get a good deal, since prices during the season can vary hugely. 

Our Spring Break trip covers all the essentials and more. The £899 overall cost covers flights, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea and a three-course dinner plus €70 bar credit. The only extra on top of that is ski hire, which we are happy to help you find. If you are interested in finding out more about availability on this trip, feel free to give our Freshtracks a call on 020 8410 2015 or visit the booking page here