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Spring time may see the winter drawing to a close but it is far from a last gasp of a fantastic, snowy season. In fact, spring may even be the best time of the year to ski. With the sunnier, warmer weather ski resorts everywhere hit their stride combining some of the most exciting festivals and celebrations in the mountains with incredible skiing.
We’ve listed just a few of the things that we think make skiing during spring a highlight of the year. So whether you’ve not had a chance to go skiing yet this year (and are wondering if you’ve missed your opportunity) or are considering a sneaky second ski break, check out our list of excellent reasons to go spring skiing.
The spring time heralds the beginning of the festival season across many ski resorts in Europe and North America. From traditional festivities celebrating Easter to massive music festivals attracting big name musicians, this time of the year sees the serious ski resorts letting their hair down to earnestly pursue the sport of partying alongside the sport of skiing.
Highlights of the spring festival calendar include the Snowboxx music festival in Avoriaz, France and the Horizon music festival in Arinsal, Andorra. Each has an eclectic line-up of DJs and electronic artists from across the world. You are also just as likely to experience traditional Easter parades and huge Easter egg hunts in resort, which brings us onto our next point…
We’re all familiar with the concept of going skiing during the Christmas and New Year holidays. And yes - those are excellent times of the year to visit a winter paradise, but with more daylight hours and sunnier weather, we think Easter is a much underrated time of the year to ski.
Alongside spending the day skiing, many celebrations and events are held especially in European resorts where there is a strong Catholic tradition. Easter egg hunts such as those hosted in Courchevel are a great way to spend time with the family. And, of course, with not one but two Bank Holidays you can minimize the time you take off work while maximizing the time you spend on the slopes.
Did we mention the weather yet? Well, we are British so we’ll risk mentioning it again: spring skiing means better weather! Obviously we can never guarantee your holiday will be all bluebird days and sunbathing – but travelling at the end of season you increase your chances of a sunny holiday.
This means you can take your jacket off while you sit on the terrace of your favourite mountain restaurant. It even means you can ski in your t-shirt, if you’re that way inclined. However, we would recommend packing sun cream. It’s open for debate whether a goggle tan looks good in a ski resort, but back home in your suit and tie you’re guaranteed to get weird looks on the way to work.
You might be thinking that all this excellent sunshine and warmer temperatures will mean a succession of slushy and icy ski runs. Thing is, the past couple of years has had an excellent snow record, and the end of March and the beginning of April have seen snow conditions comparable to what we would expect in mid-January.
High altitude resorts in particular, such as Tignes and Val d’Isere, have had an excellent snow record the past couple of years. And with glacier skiing and an army of snow-cannons these resorts have a snow-sure reputation even late into the season.
Image courtesy of Vail Resorts
At this time of the year the much maligned and under-appreciated sport of pond skimming enters skier’s imaginations in the most garish and insane way possible. Pond skimming is almost exclusively a spring-time sport and early season visitors are unlikely to witness this unique form of entertainment.
Essentially the art of trying to downhill ski on water - a lot of water – this ‘sport’ frequently ends in a large splash, much to the amusement of the crowds of onlookers. Costumed participants are judged as much on their ability to entertain as their ability to ski and the whole spectacle provides endless joy to visitors in resort.
Ah spring! The season of true love. There must be something in the atmosphere but no-matter where you are, spring is assuredly the most romantic time of the year. And what could be more romantic than a ski resort? Not only are the mountains a breath-taking sight certain to excite passionate romantics everywhere but a host of special activities from relaxing by a log fire to a horse-drawn sleigh ride for two are perfect for loving couples.
Image ©Angus Elliott
Taking photographs and making films of your skiing and snowboarding adventure becomes a bigger part of the traditional ski holiday with each passing year. Technology is constantly improving and so too do the affordable prices. An action sports camera such as a GoPro is no longer just the preserve of professional filmmakers.
As any photographer or filmmaker knows, the craft is dependent on lighting. And the sunnier weather, and longer days of spring make it even easier to pursue your creative passions and capture stunning images on the slopes. We’ll keep an eye out for your film at the next IF3 event!
This is just a tiny sample of the many reasons to take a ski holiday this spring. So why not check out our latest spring time deals and get yourself up into the mountains? An exciting springtime adventure awaits….