If you’re considering your first ski holiday and aren’t sure where to start, a good first step would be to pick the time of year.
If you Google “when is the best time of year to go skiing in the Alps?” you’ll get the common answer of: “ski season in the Alps is from the end of November to the end of April.”
If you’ve never been skiing or snowboarding before, or want to take the family (and your kids) on their first snow holiday, you might want to consider booking for “late” in the ski season, which is March/April.
At this point you might be asking yourself “Why should I go toward the end of the season? Will there still be snow that late in the season?”
Here’s why a snow holiday in March/April is a great idea, especially for beginner skiers and snowboarders, and a few tips to bear in mind when planning and booking your snow holiday with us.
November-January is winter in the Alps. This means that it’ll be pretty chilly at that time of year – but great for experienced skiers. From February onward it starts to warm up a little, and so by the time March and April come around you’ll have more sunshine and sun. There’s no reason to give up the sun in exchange for the cold – you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Fewer people mean fewer queues
While you’re enjoying the sun, you can also expect fewer people on the slopes. This means you get extra special care from your ski instructor (which is covered in your package booked with us at all Club Med ski resorts), and there are less queues to get through. You’ll feel like a real VIP.
Enjoy the atmosphere
In the evenings, you can take full advantage of the snowy wonderland you find yourself in, and cozy up to a fireplace whilst you enjoy the charm of everything that comes after a day on the slopes. We refer to this time of day as ‘après-ski’. Think mulled wine, crepes and pastries. On a good day, perhaps even a sun-downer.
Pick high-altitude snow resorts
To ensure you have the best share of the last ski-runs of the season, you should consider high altitude resorts that have enough snow allowing you to ski well into May.
The best option for late in the ski season is Val Thorens. In the Valley des Belleville, at an altitude of 2,300 metres (located in the 3 Valleys ski domain – the largest in the world, with over 600 km of ski runs), Val Thorens is the highest ski region in Europe. Club Med Val Thorens Sensations is the ideal winter sports resort for families or couples looking for total indulgence. This Club Med Resort combines everything for a perfect holiday – exceptional skiing, impressive architectural design with a panoramic view, active après-ski, ski-in ski-out, and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Club Med Arcs Extreme, also a ski-in ski-out resort, is ideal for an intensely sporty holiday in the mountains of Savoie. With snow sports as varied and fabulous as they come, and 200 km of ski paradise at the tip of your skis, this is a great resort to consider for a March/April snow holiday. Once off the slopes, the festive spirit takes over, with surefire ambience as the temperature rises thanks to guest DJs, alternating with live music, themed evenings and shows. An exceptional winter experience for over-18s – couples, singles and friends – for nights that are as fabulous as your days.
Our Club Med Chamonix Mont-Blanc resort is sitting pretty at an altitude of 1,035 metres, with a fabulous view of Mont Blanc! One of the most legendary resorts in the Alps, this one should be on your list as a first time skier or snowboarder where you’ll get to experience one of the most renowned ski areas in the world.