April ski holidays reward skiers with plenty of sought-after bluebird days, a calendar packed full of end of season events taking place in resort, and a notorious helping of late season snow showers that grant more than a few surprise powder days. We have put together a handy guide outlining the best places to ski in April, ranging from high-altitude resorts with unbeatable snow records, to the hotspots you should head to for the liveliest après, to family-friendly ski villages that are perfect for the Easter holidays. Find out where to ski in April, and then get in touch with our experts today to get the ball rolling with your holiday plans.
This famous Austrian resort is notorious not only for its foot-stomping après scene, but also for the impressive snow record that it holds. A combination of north facing slopes and a top up from snow machines on the southerly facing runs makes St. Anton one of the best places to ski in April. The resort regularly welcomes skiers and partygoers all the way through the spring, with the promise of legendary off-piste territory to explore across the vast 305km of varied terrain. State-of-the-art lifts link the local area with Lech and Zurs across the Arlberg ski region, meaning there is plenty of choice if you are on the hunt for the freshest powder. When it comes to seeing off the season in style, St. Anton pulls out all the stops with its famous choice of slopeside après bars. Enjoy a beer at the Mooserwirt or Krazy Kanguruh as the sun goes down, and tuck into hearty plates of local delicacies at one of the many traditional eateries in the town.
Stay at: Mini Gabl, one of our favourite luxurious catered chalets in a prime location near the slopes.
La Plagne is the best place to go skiing in April if you are looking to spend Easter on the slopes with all the family. The resort is comprised of 11 villages, with the highest village Belle Plagne regarded as the best centre for families. There is a large choice of ski-in ski-out accommodation, meaning skiers can enjoy quick and easy access to the slopes and to the high-altitude Bellecote glacier that sits just above the resort, which offers snow-sure runs throughout the season. All abilities are catered for, with the accessible Paradiski area providing everything from nursey runs to snow parks, Europe’s longest funslope and even a toboggan run. Children under the age of 5 can claim a free lift pass, whilst advanced skiers can try the black runs and off-piste territory. Get stuck into the 425km of slopes, and then pass leisurely, sunny evenings dining at the resort’s family-friendly restaurants, which serve up hearty Alpine dishes in a classic rustic setting.
Stay at: Chalet Iris Bleu, a luxurious apartment with spectacular views of the Paradiski slopes.
If you are choosing where to ski in April, and would like to try somewhere a little off the beaten track, then the scenic resort of Geilo in Norway should be at the top of your list. This picturesque ski town is renowned for its huge offering of late season snow – which, when combined with its blissfully quiet slopes, makes for a magical experience. By April, Norway’s shorter winter days have stretched out to provide daylight up until 7pm, and the temperatures are typically wonderfully warm and inviting. The greatest snow depths of the season often occur around this time too, which can be enjoyed across a range of pistes to suit all abilities between the two main ski areas of Vestlia and Slaatta. These slopes also give way to breathtaking views of the surrounding National Parks. As one of Norway’s most popular health and wellbeing destinations, Geilo’s choice of spas and nourishing restaurants could offer the perfect opportunity to indulge in a little R&R as the season draws to a close.
Stay at: Geilo Cabins and Apartments, which offer cosy lodgings with incredible views of the Hallingskarvet Mountain.
Purpose-built to occupy a prime, high-altitude location with unparalleled access to the Espace Killy ski area; Tignes is one of the best places to go skiing in April for an abundance of snow-sure terrain. With 300km of slopes reaching up to a peak altitude of 3,456m at the skiable Grande Motte glacier, this varied ski area offers something for every type of skier, with many hailing April as the month that offers the best skiing of the season. The resort is so confident in its late season snow that it typically schedules to stay open until around May 10th, serving up the longest season of any resort in Europe. Down in the town, you can expect a lively après scene that also shows no signs of slowing down towards the end of the season, with parties taking place in both Tignes and the neighbouring connected resort of Val d’Isère.
Stay at: Residence Le Lodge des Neiges, a modern apartment block in a prime ski-in ski-out location.
If you are wondering where to ski in April in Italy, then Livigno may well be the perfect choice. Regarded as one of the most snow-sure resorts in the country, this charming village offers one of Italy’s longest ski seasons thanks to its reputation for very cold winter months. This helps to preserve a fantastic base of snow for the spring, which can be enjoyed across 115km of runs that are perfectly suited to beginners and intermediates. Much of the town’s accommodation is ski-in ski-out, making for easy access to blissful days enjoying the fresh powder. Skiers can also enjoy the option of packing two destinations into their April ski holiday, by taking a day trip over to the neighbouring glamorous Swiss resort of St. Moritz.
Stay at: Hotel Livigno, a classic Alpine family-run hotel with a restaurant serving South Tyrolean cuisine.
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