It’s mid-march, and spring skiing has arrived with a vengeance. The days are longer, the afternoons sunnier and resorts across the Alps are enjoying the concerts, competitions and testing days that come with the last month or so of the ski season. In recent years, high, snow sure resorts have been more popular than ever and never is that more valid than during spring skiing season.
Although there are a number of high altitude resorts across the Alps that stay open late into April and early May, some of them are more popular than others. So if you’re thinking about buying a ski property, take a look at our top five resorts for spring skiing in the Alps.
Home to sun terraces, excellent restaurants and some of the highest slopes in Austria, this glitzy resort stays open until May most years, making it one of the best choices for late season skiing. The resort has a chilled out vibe, an attractive Tyrolean centre and a small number of luxury apartments for sale. If this seems like your cup of tea, the Majestic Apartments are an excellent choice.
Another resort with high, snow sure skiing, Tignes and Val d’Isere are open well into the spring. They’re home to some of the best known après ski in the Alps, with the Folie Douce offering a sunny terrace to enjoy the late season sunshine. Both the Vanoise Apartments and Le Lavancher developments boast central locations in Val d’Isere, with great access to the slopes and the lively après ski scene.
Famous for its end of season blow outs, with Snowbombing taking place in early April, Mayrhofen isn’t open for quite as long as some of the others on this list. This is, however, one of those European resorts that really knows how to do spring skiing in style. Handily, Mayrhofen is also only a 20 minute drive from the year round glacier skiing at Hintertux, so anyone looking at buying in the Mayrhofen Apartments will have access to sure fire snow.
Switzerland’s only year round ski destination, Zermatt is a natural choice when it comes to spring skiing. Its high slopes and superb restaurants are perfect for those who enjoy relaxing outside in the sunshine after a few runs. With strict rules that make Zermatt one of the most exclusive resorts in the Alps, there are a number of luxury chalets and apartments on offer, including the superb ski in, ski out Chalet Bergdistel.
Whilst not the highest of the Three Valleys resorts, Courchevel does have an unparalleled array of mountain restaurants, each with a sun trap terrace that almost certainly has table service. Courchevel 1850, 1650 and 1550 are all high enough that the skiing will still be fun in April, and there are ski in, ski out properties like Reve de Pistes and Chalet Le Blizzard available for property hunters in the Trois Vallees.