Here’s why it’s worth skiing in April in Europe!

16 May, 2018 in Europe by Tim Jenkins

When it comes to hitting the European slopes, the late season is often overlooked, but heading away for an Easter ski trip can offer a wealth of advantages and rewards. Although it may not be peak snow season, if you choose the right resort you could be shredding some late season snow that will certainly tick all the boxes. There’s also some pretty convincing advantages of heading away over Easter - here’s a few;

Bluer skies and sunnier days

The warm may not be top on your wishlist on a ski trip, but when the season’s been snow-strong you’ll be in for longer days enjoying the snow, easier ski conditions (thanks to less harsh winter days) and you can cut down on the amount of bulky ski wear. But, don’t go unprepared, some of the biggest and best snow days can grace the mountains during the Easter period. Also, if your students are new to the slopes, lessons will be more enjoyable as they’ll be able to take a break and enjoy the sun! Some resorts even extend their opening hours with the longer days, so you can get even more time on the slopes!

Quieter on the slopes

Although you won’t have the slopes to yourself and the Easter holidays can still be a popular ski time, it’ll be considerably quiet than the peak February half term week. This is perfect for your school group, giving them more space to practice their ski skills and build their confidence.

Save, save, save!

Prices tend to be more budget-friendly at Easter compared to the main February half term week. This provides the perfect opportunity for opening your school ski trip up to all of your students, increasing the number of sign-ups and seeing more students benefit from a school ski trip.

Where to go skiing in April in Europe?

Choosing your ski destination for an April school ski trip means you’ll want to find a destination that’s going to have a decent level of snow. So it’s not just a case of picking the highest resort out there (of course it helps), you definitely need to consider ski areas that boast above-average snowfall. Here are our top recommendations for your late season ski school trip.


Sauze d’Oulx

Thanks to its privileged location on the Italian side of the Milky Way, Sauze d’Oulx offers a wide range of slopes for all abilities, including beginner slopes at over 2000 metres. With Milky Way passes on offer, your group will have access to over 400 km of snow-sure slopes, so they’ll be no shortage of snowy pistes for your group to practice and improve their skiing.

Passo Tonale

As one of Italy’s highest resorts, Passo Tonale is a firm favourite for those looking for late season snow. Based at 1800 metres, the resort boasts a number of ski lifts that can take you and your students as high as 3010 metres! The resort also boasts one of the few skiable glaciers in Italy and at just shy of 2000 metres, snow is practically guaranteed, with good years seeing snow right up till June. There’s also an impressive 300 snow cannons, ready to top up whatever nature has to offer.


Salzburger Sportwelt

Part of the incredible Ski Amade region, schools heading to Salzburger Sportwelt won’t leave disappointed. School groups can benefit from a ski pass that covers the enter Amade ski region, totalling over 800 km of piste to explore. Covering Salzburger Sportwelt, Schladming, Gastein, Hochkönig and Grossarl, there’s an immense amount of choice available to suit all ski levels, which lifts going as high as 2200 metres.


Grandvalira and Vallnord

We’ve recently added Andorra to our ever-expanding list of resorts and it definitely doesn’t fail to impress! Grandvalira is Andorra’s biggest ski area, boasting 210 km of combined piste and offers skiing up to 2640 metres - so shortage of snow will not be an issue. Vallnord consists of the combined resorts of Pal and Arinsal and enjoys the best snowfall record in the mountains of Andorra.


Les Menuires

Part of the legendary Three Valleys ski area, Les Menuires makes a great destination for those looking to head on a school ski trip in the late season. With the Three Valleys ski pass, you and your group will be able to take advantage of 600 km of slopes, including Val Thorens - Europe’s highest ski town, with lifts going up to 2850 metres. Combined with our Clubhotels, Les Menuires makes a great venue for a school ski trip over the Easter period.