Where to Ski Late Season: A Helpful Guide

Alpine ski resort in spring

The end of the ski season can be a sombre time for skiing nuts. However, the end of winter doesn’t have to spell the end of skiing.

Plenty of European ski resorts offer amazing skiing conditions all the way through until May! With the added bonus of longer days and quieter slopes, a late season ski holiday could be just what the doctor ordered.

Not ready to give up the powder just yet? Here’s our guide on where to ski late season with all the best picks of the late season ski resorts and closing dates in one handy place.

Why You’ll Love an End of Season Ski Trip

Before we get started on where to ski, we thought we’d explain what we love about late season skiing.

Quiet, Open Slopes

One of the best things about a late season ski trip is the lack of crowds! Waiting just a few weeks after peak ski season can drastically cut ski lift queues and will give you full reign of the slopes.

Sunny Bluebird Days

Spring skiing brings with it longer, sunnier days. Catch a tan and enjoy the slopes far longer into the afternoon.

Lower Prices

Off peak skiing means low-cost prices. The amount you can save on a late season ski holiday means you can splash the cash elsewhere.

The Best Late Season Ski Resorts

The best late season resorts in Europe enjoy a high elevation and north facing slopes. If you’re worried about snow quality, picking a resort with an altitude of anything above 2500m is a safe bet.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best end of season ski resorts in Europe which stay open well into the warmer months;

Late Season Skiing, France

France is home to some world-renowned ski resorts open later into the season. Here are some of our favourites;

Val Thorens in France

Resort closing date: 5th May 2019
Peak altitude: 3230m

Nestled in the magnificent Three Valleys ski area, Val Thorens is the place to go for a spot of world class skiing. Explore one of the many runs in the biggest connected ski area in Europe and rest assured that snow makers are on hand for back up.

Val d’Isere in France

Resort closing date: 1st May 2019
Peak altitude: 3456m

A modern lift system, varied slopes and reliable snow make Val d’Isere in France a popular ski destination for all levels of skiers. Luckily, later on in the season sees less visitors, meaning you can explore the mountain in peace.

A transfer from Geneva airport to Val’dIsere takes less than three hours, and is even quicker during off-peak periods.

Tignes in France

Resort closing date: 1st May 2019
Peak altitude: 3456m

With some of the highest slopes in the Alps, Tignes is a great late season ski destination. Enjoy breath-taking Alpine scenery, multiple trails and impressive glaciers at this picturesque resort.

Get there in under three hours with a transfer from Geneva to Tignes.

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Late Season Skiing, Italy

Although Italian peaks aren’t as lofty as those at other European ski destinations, there are still a couple of high calibre resorts with later closing dates. Here’s three of the best;

Cervinia in Italy

Resort closing date: 5th May 2019
Peak altitude: 3480m

A great choice for beginners and families, Cervinia’s peaceful slopes are open late into the season thanks to its position high up in the Alps. It may not be a looker, but for serious skiing addicts that shouldn’t be a problem.

Livigno in Italy

Resort closing date: 1st May 2019
Peak altitude: 1820m

Good snow coverage makes Livigno a great spring skiing destination. Excellent après ski and Italy’s largest snowboard park are sure to be a hit with thrill-seekers.

Champuloc in Italy

Resort closing date: 7th April 2019
Peak altitude: 3550m

The pretty ski resort of Champuloc is close to some of the Alps highest peaks, meaning there is an adequate amount of snow for some great late season skiing.

Italian alpine view

Late Season Skiing, Austria

High altitude and north facing slopes make Austria a great choice for an end of season skiing break. Here’s our top picks;

Solden in Austria

Resort closing date: 1st May 2019
Peak altitude: 3000m and above

With loads of high altitude routes to choose from, Solden is a popular late season option for skiers in the know. The glaciers Rettenbach and Tiefenbach offer great ski and reliable snow long past peak season.

The easiest way to get to the resort is grabbing a transfer from Zurich airport to Solden.

Ischgl in Austria

Resort closing date: 1st May 2019
Peak altitude: 2872m

State of the art snow cannons mean that the ski resort of Ischgl is snow sure well into spring. Varied pistes and a very lively après ski scene guarantee a fun-filled ski holiday here.

Obergurgl in Austria

Resort closing date: 28th April 2019
Peak altitude: 2872m

North facing slopes and a guarantee of 100% artificial snow coverage make Obergurgl in Austria a safe choice for some last of the season skiing. With runs for all abilities and stunning cross-country trails, Obergurgl is a clever choice.

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Late Season Skiing, Switzerland

Switzerland boasts a generous handful of resorts with long seasons. Here’s are just a few of them;

Zermatt in Switzerland

Resort closing date: The glacier ski areas are open all year round!
Peak altitude: 3900m

The staggeringly high village of Zermatt enjoys excellent snow conditions long past peak season. Particularly well suited to intermediate and expert skiers, Zermatt isn’t the cheapest option, but it’s definitely one of the best.

The typical transfer time from Geneva to Zermatt is around 2 hours and 40 minutes, perfect for a last-minute getaway!

St. Moritz in Switzerland

Resort closing date: 5th May 2019
Peak altitude: 3303m

Elegant St. Moritz is known for luxury, attracting skiers from around the world. Reliable snow cover and a whole host of sporting activities on offer makes St. Moritz far more than a rich skier’s playground.

The great thing about travelling from Zurich to St.Moritz at this time of year is that the famously busy route is a lot quieter.

Saas Fee in Switzerland

Resort closing date: 22nd April 2019
Peak altitude: 4000m

The ultimate in Swiss charm, the ski resort of Saas Fee is home to some extraordinary glaciers reaching heights of 4000m! Award winning, family friendly and perfect for late season skiing.

Late Season Ski Deals

Not only does late season skiing give you more time out on the mountain, it’s a lot kinder on the wallet too!

Off peak, late season ski deals are abundant at this time of year, making it easier to nab a bargain.

Alps2Alps offer midweek and off-peak deals on ski transfers of up to 50%. Traveling outside of peak ski season also means there’s less cars on the road, resulting in shorter transfer times.

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Cheap Late Season Skiing with Alps2Alps

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