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Europe in April

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I´m planning a ski trip to Europe which is great, the downside is that due to work commitment the first week of April is the earliest I can manage. I´m ready to travel to Italy, Switzerland, Austria or France. I would appreciate tips on where the conditions are best at this time of the season so I can start planning. Many thanks.
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Your two best bets are:

Val Thorens (part of Les Trois Vallees) in France, which is the heighest resort in Europe (and where I will be from the 19th-26th April this season) - conditions often remain good into May, although the usual problems with some slushy afternoons/icy mornings are possible anywhere in Europe moving through April.

Another excellent bet, also in France, is the Espace Killy (Val d'Isere and Tignes). Tignes would probably be the better bet due to Val d'Isere's village being somewhat lower. As well as a huge amount of high altitude terrain throughout the domain, Tignes additionally has a glacier which is used virtually all year and is a favourite for national ski teams in the autumn.

Whilst it wouldn't be top of the list snow wise anyway, avoid Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria that week as the British Universities Championships (and huge holiday) is going on that week - i.e. thousands of drunk British students crammed into a relatively small resort... Although it does apparantly have the best lap-dancing club in skidom (according to a magazine I bought yesterday).
post #4 of 7
Skiing is still great in St Anton , Lech (Arlberg) in April . Some of the best skiing of the season can be had at this time. this year will be particuarely quiet due to the early Easter so I cant wait
post #5 of 7
April can still be very prime in the Alps. I'd shy away from the Dolomites or the eastern part of Austria, though.
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The last few years I've been skiing in the beginning of April.. Find places with most area above 2000metres - Ischgl has more than 90% above 2000metres if I remember correctly, there's both great snow and slush at that time of year..
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Depends on exposure rather than mere altitude. Choose resorts with mainly NW - NE faced slopes like Tignes, Serre Che, Courchevel, Andermatt, Obergurgl ect. A web research will bring it all up.
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