We need advice about our upcoming ski trip to Europe. My wife and I are going to Vienna for a conference between 20-28 April. After the conference, we thought that we should ski for about a week or so. More about us. My wife is a strong intermediate and has backcountry touring ability (she can ski in-bounds black diamond, but struggles in difficult conditions with a pack). I am a strong in-bounds and backcountry skier, with professional avalanche experience.
We would leave Vienna on 28 April. It seems most if all ski areas on Austria are closed by late April or early May. So we thought that we would fly via Zurich and take train to Zermatt or Saas Fee. Last year, we skied in the Valle de Anniviers, on-piste and off-piste via a few huts. The ski tour from Valle de Anniviers to Zermatt was not great, given the low snow cover and avalanche hazards due faceted snowpack.
So the my question is for only a week of skiing, what are our choices. Zermatt and Saas Fee should be open during the first week of May. I'd prefer ski areas that have good off-piste skiing without crowds or party scene, but in the end we want the best snow and terrain. After a long day of skiing, we have a nice dinner with wine and get to sleep, so we can ski the following day. I assume both areas are expensive. I will bring my skis and boots, but my wife will only bring boots (we only have AT boots).
Could my wife rent AT skis, mostly because her ski boots are not compatible with alpine bindings. We will also bring day packs for probe, transceiver, and a shovel...
We will mostly ski on-piste, but enjoy hiking or use skins if appropriate. We understand hazards while skiing on glaciated terrain. What are our choices?
Thanks for the help and support. cmr