Best resorts for Easter skiing - our top tips
Ski Adaptable have a large proportion of groups choosing to ski during their school Easter holidays, many seasons in fact we have more groups skiing at Easter rather than the traditional February Half Term. Read on to find out more about our top picks and nuggets of advice for Easter school skiing.
Why choose Easter skiing?
For starters, Easter is one of the most cost effect times of the season to ski. You can often save over £200 per student by choosing Easter over February Half Term. Add to that better availability and choices for accommodation, quieter slopes (so less queuing) and usually sunnier, more child friendly weather conditions and it’s easy to see why so many schools choose to take their school ski trip during their Easter break. Easter means more time skiing and less time queuing, less harsh conditions for children to endure, and potentially leave the trip viable to more children as it is a more cost effective. Ski Adaptable school ski trips start from as little as £499 during Easter holidays 2017!
Will there be snow?
Of course there is plenty to consider when choosing a ski resort and no doubt if considering organising an Easter school ski holiday, your first question will be – will there be enough snow? Not all resorts are suitable for Easter holiday skiing, simply because they do not have enough quality snow at this time of year. However…there are plenty of resorts that year after year have more than enough snow to run through until the end of April and beyond. Better than that, Ski Adaptable will only ever quote a resort for Easter if it has a good snow record April onwards each year.
Is altitude of resorts everything?
The automatic assumption is that the higher a resort, the more snow there will be. To some extent this assumption is correct. Head to resorts where the majority of skiing is over 2,500m and the snow is usually good at Easter. Some resorts fitting this criteria would include Vallnord and, Grandvalira in Andorra, Sierra Nevada in Spain, Zell-am-See in Austria, Les Sybelles and Alp-d’Huez in France. However, altitude isn't everything, and even some higher resorts can suffer as they are south facing, have poor snow-making backup or lack of runs near their top quoted piste height. Other factors also need to be taken into consideration. Although some areas will be lower in altitude, some resorts such as Chatel in the Portes du Soleil, do benefit from natural snowfall brought in by a natural weather system generated by Lake Geneva. On the East Coast of the USA, resorts are much lower than that in Europe, yet on average receive more snowfall than many high European resorts. Resorts including Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine and Loon in New Hampshire open October – May each year, and have some of the world’s best snowmaking to supplement mother nature.
Don’t concentrate on the top altitude for beginners
One factor to consider is where is the beginner’s area in the resort? Although the ‘top’ height of a resort is often the quoted figure, beginner areas are often at the lowest point of the ski area, meaning these can suffer first later in the season. If your group has beginners, we recommend checking that the ski area is well looked after all season long. Again, Ski Adaptable always only offer resorts where we are confident this is the case, indeed many of our resorts are geared up for beginners and as such have some of the best beginner areas season long, such as Alp-d’Huez with one of the world’s largest and best beginner areas, or Vallnord with blue runs reaching over 2,600m. US resorts including Sugarloaf and Sunday River have easy runs running from the top of the mountains and the same height as expert runs, meaning beginners have as much of the mountain available to them as experts, all season long.
Many resorts offer glacial skiing, and as such offer a guaranteed backup of there being snow. However, all glaciers are different so it is worth considering just how much suitable skiing takes place on the glacier for your group and what the access to the glacial skiing is like. If a glacial resort has just 1 black run on the glacier serviced by an old, steep drag lift, this is of little use to a primary school with children who are new to skiing. If choosing a resort with a glacier backup, then its worth checking out what skiing takes place on the glacier, and how you access the glacier. Passo Tonale is home to the Presena Glacier, towering over 3,000m above the resort. The fantastic aspect of Presena Glacier and Passo Tonale is it has blue, red and black runs in addition to a brand new two stage gondola taking skiers and foot passengers atop the ski area. Zell am See is also another firm favourite for our groups, with the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier in Kaprun having recently upgraded their glacier lift system, offering extensive skiing from autumn until May each year. Alp-d’Huez is also a popular choice amongst our ski groups, with the Sarenne Glacier and other high altitude runs providing excellent ski options season long.
Our top-tip - speak to Ski Adaptable. We have huge numbers of groups travelling to resorts at Easter each year and so are well places to advise what to look for and what to avoid.
Here are our top-picks for snow-sure ski resorts for Easter holidays 2017 school ski trips:
Contact Ski Adaptable today to start organising your next school ski trip, and take advantage of prices from just £499 per student!