If you’re craving a rush of adrenalin from skiing on fresh powder, it’s not too late to get your winter fix! December, January and February may be the main months to head out to the mountains but there are plenty of resorts that cater for late winter skiing, even as late as May! Check out the resorts we’ve picked out to see where you’d like to go for some late winter snow and après ski!
For access to mountains more than 4000 metres above sea level and a glacier that gives snow fanatics access to ski runs all year round, head to the resort of Zermatt in Switzerland. The Theodule Glacier unbelievably provides ski runs throughout the summer months and is overlooked by the imposing and magnificent Matterhorn Mountain. As well as winter sports throughout the year, the town centre is quaint and car free, giving visitors that perfect chocolate box winter holiday, all year round.
Another resort with access to a glacier is Tignes in France. Tignes has suitable conditions for skiing and snowboarding until late May and glacial skiing on La Grand Motte starts in June, meaning there are plenty of options in this resort for those who just need to be on the snow. Tignes might not be the prettiest of resorts but it does have lots of ski run options. And, if you fancy a change of scenery, head across Espace Killy – France’s largest ski area – and into the resort of Val d’Isere where lifts take you up to a height of 3400 metres and skiing is available until late May.
The winter season in Are, Sweden, lasts from late November through to early May, meaning there’s plenty of opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the snow. This resort is one of the biggest in Sweden and includes activities such as night skiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing.
As Europe’s highest ski resort, with many runs over 2000 metres, Val Thorens slopes are open until early May. This resort is also situated at the top of the 3 Valleys, which is the largest ski area in the world. With over 600km of runs to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Val Thorens for late winter skiing.
This resort may call for a longer journey but if time and money are on your side, a trip to the Whistler-Blackcomb resort in Canada is more than worth it. With access to the Horstman Glacier from mid-June to the end of July, skiiers and snowboarders can get a taste of the snow during the summer months. Alternatively, late winter skiing and snowboarding are available on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains – a place which is consistently voted the best ski resort in the world because of the range of slopes, fun apres-ski and great restaurants.
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