Updated: Aug 19, 2020
For a lucky few it doesn’t matter what time of year it is. The truly addicted skier can follow their passion for skiing all year round in amazing places like New Zealand, Chile, Australia and even in South Africa. If like me you’re not one of these fortunate few and find you can commit to only a few weeks of skiing a year, it’s important you get the most out of it. It’s not just the resort you choose or the instructor you decide to ski with that can effect your holiday but the period of winter you choose to travel. Throughout this blog we’ll highlight some of the pro’s and cons of different times during the season you can join us in the French Alps.
The Remarkables, New Zealand, 29th July 2019
Early season – October/Early November
Most skiers assume that the season doesn’t really start until Christmas. In fact, by the time Santa roles into town many of Europe’s high resorts have been open for weeks or in some cases months. Resorts such as Tignes provide access to glaciers from as early as October. If you don’t mind skiing the same few runs or sharing the slopes with racers it can be a great time to perfect your technique. It can also be a great time to mix skiing with a variety of other sports that the Alps have to offer.
Pros – Early chance to perfect technique, great specific ski training period, mix skiing with other alpine sports
Cons – Limited terrain, limited slopes
TTignes, November 7th 2019,
From late November a greater number of
resorts begin to open; offering far greater.
variety of runs than just the glacier.
A few examples include Val d’Isere which
opens on the 26th of November 2020 and
Val Thorens opening even earlier on
November 22nd. The biggest concern many skiers have about booking during these early periods is a lack of snow.
Thankfully due to large snowmaking facilities’ these resorts never fail to open. The slopes are quiet ensuring no lift lines, plenty of space on every run to ski and cheaper costs all round.
Meribel, 3 Valleys, 14th December 2019
Pros – Quiet slopes, low cost, great piste skiing
Cons – Only Higher resorts and not all runs open, limited off piste
Christmas and New Year
A fantastic time to bring family to the Alps. Spending Christmas in the snow can be a truly magical experience. The mountains are generally fully open for this period with good snow conditions. The holiday period is a fun, family friendly time to go skiing that offers a unique way to see in both Christmas and New Year. This is however one of the busiest times of the season. To make sure you get the lessons you need at a time that suits; you need to book early!!!!
Pros – School holiday time making it great for kids, magical winter experience, full snow coverage and lots to do in the village to help celebrate the holidays
Cons – Cold temperatures, busy slopes, early booking needed for lessons and one of the most expensive times of year to travel
Val d’Isere, 2nd January 2020
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