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Europe in April

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
My son and I might like to ski in Europe this April during his school vacation. We ski in the East and are going to Beaver Creek in February to get some more elevation. Assuming good snow, where should we consider going. We are solid intermediate skiers but are comfortable with steepness (Walking Boss on Loon for example). I travel considerably overseas so we have all the air miles we need and know our way around most countries, but not their ski resorts.
post #2 of 18
Think high.

Many areas in the lower elevations are closed (or should be) in April.

You are best off picking the area by elevation and if it a bad ski year you may want to pick a resort that has a glacier.
post #3 of 18
Not a problem. I lived in Europe for a few years and we always took a family ski vacation in April due to the school holiday schedule. The key is to vacation at a resort with a high altitude and good snow preservation. Tignes is a very reliable April ski destination. It is connected to Val D'Isere (together they are referred to as L'Espace Killy) and has some nice glacier skiing to rely upon even during low snow years. Don't think you can go wrong there. I'm attaching a link to the place we stayed..ski-in/ski-out, nice pool, good family atmosphere, etc.

http://www.vmontana.com/
post #4 of 18
High is what you want, no doubt about that.

Bear in mind that Easter is later this year and thus it is likely that European schools may be on holiday at the same time as you, which will translate into busy slopes etc.

In the UK for example most schools will break up at the end of March for maybe a 3 week break. The upside is the resorts should still be fully operational (snow permitting)

Post a similar request on www.snowheads.com (or do a search there) and you will get a lot of info.

Tignes certainly has a snowsure reputation- a lot of those who run courses use it for early and late season skiing. It has a reputation for being a very ugly place ie little Alpine resort ambience, but great access to a lot of skiing. Tignes may be a long transfer if you are flying into Geneva.

You could also look at Cervinia or Zermatt (they link together). I think you can access either of them from Geneva, but certainly you can get to Cervinia without great hassle from Turin.
post #5 of 18
they key is to find a resort that has most terrain high up. that count more than a lonely high lift.

ischgl has 90% between 2000 and 2900 meters. ischgl stays open till may, they have great grooming and don't get sloppy at this late season like many others. the french have no particular good reputation for grooming efforts, really.

grooming will be important if thaw-freeze cycles dominate! if it snows, ischgl is killer anyway.

my usual suggestion, davos, is not as good late season, as many runs go down lower.

hintertux in austria could also be an option. large glacier on top, huge vert right into may, but not as good skiing as ischgl.

but hey, if conditions are okay, you will find good skiing in many, many places in europe in april.
post #6 of 18
I ski in St Anton every April sometimes into May. The snow is never a problem up high & you can still ski to the town till the last day of the season Around May 1st 2nd . Ive had some of my best powder days in April !
post #7 of 18
Some pretty reliable suggestions for April besides the ones already mentioned based on personal experience:

Austria:
Stubai, Oetztal, Pitztal, Nauders, Arlberg (except St. Anton, lower slopes are often short of snow from mid April on); Heiligenblut

Italy:

Madesimo, Cervinia, Courmayeur, Alagna/Gressonay (on the higher slopes only), Sestriere

Switzerland:

Arosa, Disentis, Engelberg, St. Moritz, Samnaun (common ski area and ticket with Ischgl), Andermatt, Mürren, Verbier, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Val d' Anniviers

France:

Trois Vallees, Paradiski (Les Arcs/La Plagne), Alpe d'Huez, Les Deux Alpes, Serre Che, Puy St. Vincent, Haute Maurienne (Mt. Cenis, Bonnevalle sur Arc), Vars/Risoul, Pra Loup, Auron, Isola 2000

Have fun with your choice.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
This looks really nice. I think I need to pay a "test" visit there sooner...

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Originally Posted by TBay
Not a problem. I lived in Europe for a few years and we always took a family ski vacation in April due to the school holiday schedule. The key is to vacation at a resort with a high altitude and good snow preservation. Tignes is a very reliable April ski destination. It is connected to Val D'Isere (together they are referred to as L'Espace Killy) and has some nice glacier skiing to rely upon even during low snow years. Don't think you can go wrong there. I'm attaching a link to the place we stayed..ski-in/ski-out, nice pool, good family atmosphere, etc.

http://www.vmontana.com/
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by snowdan
they key is to find a resort that has most terrain high up. that count more than a lonely high lift.

ischgl has 90% between 2000 and 2900 meters. ischgl stays open till may, they have great grooming and don't get sloppy at this late season like many others. the french have no particular good reputation for grooming efforts, really.

grooming will be important if thaw-freeze cycles dominate! if it snows, ischgl is killer anyway.

my usual suggestion, davos, is not as good late season, as many runs go down lower.

hintertux in austria could also be an option. large glacier on top, huge vert right into may, but not as good skiing as ischgl.

but hey, if conditions are okay, you will find good skiing in many, many places in europe in april.
I'll vote ischgl indeed and Tignes - Val d'Isère (where the grooming is fine actualy...).
post #10 of 18
Tignes is the obvious choice for good snow conditions.

I have seen it dump down on the last days of April

Nothing comes near it in my view.

I tried Les Deux Alpes once in April -one side of the resort was closed and the rest was a huge disappointment. It was the year 'Rain Man' was a big film in the cinema.
post #11 of 18

Chamonix?

What about Chamonix in April? What are the odds of them having snow?
post #12 of 18
Lu, there'll be snow, but it won't be great.
post #13 of 18
Colin above mentioned www.snowheads.com
They are planning an "End Of Season Bash" in Val Thorens, which is a hig resort. It's 22-29th April.
Here's the details:
http://snowheads.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=9948
post #14 of 18
There can be good snow in Alpe d'Huez at the end of the season - I have friends who are seasoning over there so you could contact me closer to the time and they will report on the snow conditions if you want
post #15 of 18
If you wait until shortly before you go and check the webcams it's best to base your decision about the final destination upon best coverage at that point. However be somewhat flexible with the choice on lodging and willing to commute a bit in the morning/evening since the Eastern school break here is around mid April as well.
post #16 of 18
All of my experience was in Austria.

Hintertux is a sure bet. I've skied there in every month of the year except August. Decent skiing and a fun place. If there's good snow there's great off-piste. If there's not much snow, you'll still have decent groomed skiing on the glacier, which IMO is the best glacier skiing in Austria. If you're looking for a party, just look for the hotel that has the bus from the Netherlands in front of it....

Ischgl is also great. One of the lures is the ability to ski into Switzerland if you want to. Not sure if the snow will be good enough to get to the bottom on the Swiss side. Only did day trips here, so the nightlife is unknown.

Don't overlook the Arlberg - St. Anton, Lech, Zurs, St. Christoph. I've been to St. Anton and Lech well into April and have always forund decent snow. St. Anton is wild after hours, Lech and Zurs are very high end and tamer.

Don't bother with Innsbruck or Kitzbuhel - much lower elevations and rarely have snow in April.
post #17 of 18

Zermatt/ Arlberg

Take a look at Zematt. Pros: high..most skiing done above 2200 metres, awsemome scenery, best mountain restaurants in Europe, great night life for all ages . Cons: expensive, you need to know the resort to get best out of the skiing. 5 hours from Geneva by train (goes from the airport).

It is linked with Cervinia but the Matterhorn doesnt look like the Matterhorn from the Italian side.Skiing is cruisy reds/blues.

Agree that best to wait if you can to see what conditions are like. Opens up a whole load more resorts if snow is good.

100% agree on Arlberg. It is low by higher resort standards (highest elevation Lechabout 2400 metres St Anton 2800 m ) but has great snow record. I will be in Lech this April with my kids. Quieter than St Anton but has avg 8ft snow for season vs 5ft at St Anton . Great off piste in both resorts..new snow lasts longer in Lech as generally better skiers in St Anton and gets skiied out. Takes 2hrs Taxi from Zurich 3 hours Coach. (much closer if you can fly to Innsbruck)

Webs: www.lech-zuers.at and www.zermatt.ch
post #18 of 18

Tignes/Val d'isere

Echo the recommendation for tignes/val d'isere. We were there in april this year and it was still dumping snow.Glaciers virtually guarantee your skiing anyway.
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