The Best Places to Ski in April
With longer days and more chance of sunshine, April is the perfect time for a ski holiday. Most high altitude ski resorts stay open until May. April is also the best time for spring snow, where the snow thaws during the day and freezes again overnight, creating a surface that is soft and easy to ski.
Where to ski in April: the best ski areas and resorts
1. Val Thorens
When planning an April ski holiday, you need to think about altitude. At lower levels, snow can turn to slush before midday in the warm spring sunshine. Val Thorens, Europe’s highest ski resort, is one of the best places to ski in April, offering superb late-season skiing for all abilities. With five lifts all taking you up to over 3000m and many north-facing slopes, you are guaranteed excellent snow for an Easter ski break.
2. Les Grands Montets, Chamonix
While many Alpine ski resorts are winding down by mid-April, Les Grands Montets at Chamonix is a notable exception. The resort’s north-facing slopes rise to almost 3300 metres and with Chamonix's extensive glacial areas, it’s possible to access deep powder snow all year round.
3. St Anton
Thanks to several north-facing slopes, the pretty resort of St Anton boasts some of the latest snow in Europe. Snow machines keep the south-facing runs in good condition right through to May. With plenty of opportunities for freeskiing and a lively apres ski scene, St Anton offers all the ingredients for a memorable ski holiday.
If you're looking for a traditional ski holiday experience, the charming old resort of Gstaad is a perfect choice. While Gstaad itself is not particularly high, its north-facing slopes and Glacier 3000 ensure that snow lingers late into the season. Beginners will find excellent tuition here while advanced skiers can explore off-piste -the glacier offers vertical descents of more than 2000 metres.
5. La Plagne
La Plagne is an excellent choice for a late-season skiing break. The resort offers uncrowded, high altitude skiing for all abilities, from gentle baby slopes to skiing above the clouds on the glaciers. Opt for a village higher up in the resort if you want to ski top-to-bottom in April.
Ski accommodation and hotel rental offers in April
1. Fitzroy Hotel 5*
Enjoy a traditional Alpine vibe at the idyllic Fitzroy Hotel 5*, located right at the foot of the ski slopes in Val Thorens. Ski-in and ski-out before relaxing in the spa, hammam or sauna. A delicious all-day dining experience and a relaxing bar with an open fire ensure a memorable mountain escape.
2. Club Med Chamonix Mont-Blanc 4*
With three restaurants, 249 rooms, two bars, a spa and a heated outdoor pool from which to admire fabulous views of Mont Blanc, the Club Med Chamonix Mont-Blanc is just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Chamonix. Offering international cuisine with a refined ambience, the Club Med is the ideal base for couple and families alike.
3. Hotel Post St Anton 4*
Offering luxurious accommodation in a picture-postcard Tyrolean chalet, the Hotel Post St Anton is the perfect place to unwind amidst the region’s natural beauty. After a day on the slopes, enjoy a drink on the sunny terrace or relax in the elegant spa before sampling the hearty Austrian cuisine in either the buffet or a la carte restaurants.
4. Gstaad Palace 5*
Tucked away above the town of Gstaad, the majestic Gstaad Palace 5* offers breathtaking Alpine views and unparalleled levels of service and hospitality. The rooms are decorated in rustic mountain style and guests can choose from five restaurants, two bars offering snacks and live music, and a nightclub.
5. Lagrange Prestige Residence Les Chalets D'Edelweiss
The two or three-roomed apartments at Lagrange Prestige Residence Les Chalets D'Edelweiss enjoy a privileged location right at the foot of the chairlifts taking skiers up to Plagne Centre. The residence boasts a heated indoor pool and sauna as well as a communal lounge with an open fire where guests can relax after a day on the slopes.
Snow conditions in April
While snow conditions in spring might not be quite as reliable as in mid-winter, April can often bring significant snowfalls to many resorts, especially those at higher altitudes. And as the snow thaws in the late morning sunshine and then refreezes again as night falls, it offers some of the best skiing of the year.
The Voyage Prive travel expert's opinion on ski holidays in April.
While April might not be the first month that comes to mind when planning a ski holiday, a late-season holiday offers several advantages, whether for a romantic break or a family ski trip. Prices are lower and as long as you avoid the local school holidays, the slopes are quieter and less crowded. Aim to ski between 9 am and 1 pm, to avoid the early morning ice and before the snow thaws too much - this is also the perfect time to enjoy a drink and lunch in the sun.
Practical information about ski holidays in April
- What to pack for your ski holidays and how to dress?
Choose a lightweight base and flexible mid-layers. Water-resistant, stretchy trousers and jacket are essential as if it snows, the flakes are likely to be large and wet. You’ll also need ski boots, socks and gloves. Don't forget sunglasses and sun cream.
- What budget to plan for ski holidays in April?
April is low season for ski resorts so by booking a ski holiday at this time, you can take advantage of offers and discounts offered by hotels. Shop around and compare prices to ensure you are getting the best deal. You will also need to budget for a lift pass - usually around 250 - 300 euros per week.