Whilst most resorts are rounding off their season in April, things are still going strong in Val which usually stays open through to May. With quieter slopes, awesome spring snow and the prospect of long afternoons of sunny après ski, April is a great time to ski Val d’Isere.
This is one of the best resorts in the Alps for great spring skiing conditions: over half the runs are above 2,500 metres, lots face the north (meaning good snow retention) and you can also ski the Glacier de Pissaillas which is absolutely perfect for this time of year.
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Val d’Isere usually manages to hang on to a great deal of snow through until May. April is statistically the second or third best month to ski here, with the higher terrain retaining 185cm of snow. Fresh falls of snow aren’t unheard of this late in the season either – whilst April showers fall as rain lower down, at the high altitudes, the showers come in the form of fresh, sometimes knee deep powder. Lower down near the town itself, there is still nearly a metre of snow (94cm) on average, though should any of the slopes need topping up, there are near enough 850 snow cannons with 50% of the slopes having snow making capabilities.
With average temperatures of 8.3 degrees and longer hours of daylight, April is a very pleasant month to ski - many skiers enjoy taking long lunch breaks on the slopes (Grande Ourse and Les Tufs have lovely sun terraces) and ski right up until the last lifts of the day. You shouldn’t need so many layers and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to do some T-Shirt skiing and top up that much sought-after goggle tan.
There is a huge amount of variety at Val d’Isere, certainly enough to keep you occupied for several trips, and April is a great month to discover it as many of the runs will be in open. There are plenty of decent beginner runs at 2,500m+ altitudes like the Verte, Grand Pre and Madeleine. For intermediates, there’s a whole host of challenging reds like the OK piste, which is used for World Cup Downhill events. For those who are still a bit shaky on their skis, check out the network of blues on the Solaise glacier, such as Col de Madeleine, Glacier and Plan Milet. Expert skiers will find some steep, tough runs here, including the Face run and Epoule du Charvet, which turns into a blue further down the mountain.
There are always plenty of events and activities going on at Val d’Isere. In previous years, the “Adventure and Discovery” film festival has taken place in late April, which shows off the best short documentaries on themes such as expeditions, adventures, sports and ethnic encounters. Val d’Isere has a strong alpine racing pedigree having trained many champions and hosted the Olympics, World Cup rounds and the World Championships in the past. Check out whether La Scara is taking place - a world championship for children with 1400 competitors, many of whom are champions of the future. If you’re here with kids on Easter Monday, a free egg hunt usually takes place on the slopes.
The mild, sunny weather opens up a whole host of things to do here in April. There’s nothing like kicking off the skis early for some après ski in the sunshine - if you like your après loud and wild, the Folie Douce and Le Chalet will be buzzing throughout the month.