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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey All!

I understand that April may not be the greatest time of the year to go skiing as it's pretty close to the end for most resorts. However, I'm wondering from those who have been to Europe which resorts generally have good conditions around middle of April. The higher the attitude the better. I'm planning on spending 7-9 days total, so the prospective dates at this time may be either the 2nd week of April (April 11th or April 18th).

Currently on my list are:
- Tignes
- Val Thorens
- Zermatt.

From past experience do you see these resorts getting much snow in April? And what kind of conditions do you think I can expect during this timeframe?

Any other resort recommendations, I'll be taking the lady as well, so looking for something a little romantic and scenic.
post #2 of 14
I've skiied Tignes the last weekend in April a few times. If it's very hot, you'll ski until 3 then stop cause it gets slushy down low.

This is the bottom of the lowest run in Tignes, at Les Brévières (1550m) on 30/04/08
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This was from our hotel in Les Boisses (1800m) on 27/04/09
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The main resort is at 2100m, and at the top of the Grande Motte, you're at 3430m.

Mid April you should be fine, but one major point to note - the village of Tignes is not full of romantic buildings. For that you'd be better in Switzerland.
post #3 of 14
check out this thread
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/72589/arlberg-lech-zurs-st-anton-stuben

arlberg hard to match, stay in oberlech on mountain - check for closing dates though, but there usually is a ton of snow.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by dustyfog View Post

check out this thread
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/72589/arlberg-lech-zurs-st-anton-stuben

arlberg hard to match, stay in oberlech on mountain - check for closing dates though, but there usually is a ton of snow.
 


Looks like a great resort, however, I guess the biggest concern I have is the altitutde (@ 1450m for Lech and 1660m for Oberlech) whether or not there will be snow or if it's gonna be like corn-snow during the time I go in mid April.

Judging from their website it seems like April 17 thru April 25th is the last day of the season (Crystal Snow) week.
post #5 of 14
 Well, our videos were 2nd to 3rd week of april given easter was later and we stayed skiing 7 days straddling easter. snow pack was serious but it depends on the year..lech and zurs get more snow than st anton historically as per igluski and some other websites and also newspaper resort coverage, also Where to Ski and Snowboard.
post #6 of 14
Val Thorens has a repuation as the best late season skiing, being one of the highest resorts in Europe. It does lack glacier skiing, so it's not guaranteed sadly.
post #7 of 14
 verbier and zermatt for glacier skiing all through summer, and both romantic swiss towns with nice romantic wooden buildings that aren't very tall. ok verbier is not romantic but if you like beer and and clubs and celebrities and crazy nights out on wednesdays then its the place
post #8 of 14
Verbier's glacier seemed to be very limited in comparison with the Espace Killy glaciers, and is much lower down too.
post #9 of 14
I was in Verbier for a day over Easter last year, which is roughly the same time frame you're looking at. It was mush down low, snowing lightly at the top of Mt. Fort, and mixed clouds and sun (and warm) in between. Also spent a day at Portes de Soleil (lower), and it was a total slushfest.

Apart from Mt Gele being closed, Verbier was fully operational, but the bottom half or so of the mountain was better avoided. All in all it was good skiing, though.

Whether or not you'll get new snow anywhere is a crap shoot. I'd probably look at what sort of base places have now in order to have some idea if the snowpack could withstand a warmup.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by ami in berlin View Post

I was in Verbier for a day over Easter last year, which is roughly the same time frame you're looking at. It was mush down low, snowing lightly at the top of Mt. Fort, and mixed clouds and sun (and warm) in between. Also spent a day at Portes de Soleil (lower), and it was a total slushfest.

Apart from Mt Gele being closed, Verbier was fully operational, but the bottom half or so of the mountain was better avoided. All in all it was good skiing, though.

Whether or not you'll get new snow anywhere is a crap shoot. I'd probably look at what sort of base places have now in order to have some idea if the snowpack could withstand a warmup.
most of the good skiing at verbier is up top, the bottom half isnt worth skiing even during the winter except for col de mines and vallon darby occasionally on powder days. at any place during april in the swiss it can get slushy anywhere on the bottom half, especially since the alps resorts are quite low elevation so the lower runs are frequently at 10+ degrees when the lifts open in the morning. 

id suggest going where there are lots of good runs at the top of the mountain such as cham or zermatt so you can actually have fun on the snow in april
post #11 of 14
Another vote for Tignes, just had a fantastic powder week there and its snowed since. Was over 2m deep on mountain. Lots of Glaciers so you can still ski there during summer

Almost guaranteed snow. Stay in Val Claret for best ski in/out
post #12 of 14
You could consider Engelberg as well, though it skis much smaller than those other places.

Not that I'd recommend it as a real destination to anyone, but FYI, our own little mountain usually has great skiing right through the end of April, often the best weeks of the season up top.

I'd probably go to Val Thorens or the Espace Killy.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for their advice. Seems like the decision was almost equal between the 3 resorts. So I'm gonna take a chance and go to Val Thorens due to its high altitude.


 

Also decided that I'll be going the week of April 11th.


I'll report back on the conditions after I come back.

Now the countdown begins...........
post #14 of 14
Hi
Tignes will be as good or better as anywhere at Easter.
If there is no snow there there will be no snow anywhere in europe
Try the chalet bonjour bonjour Tignes- we find it great
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