From mid April onwards, Val d’Isère becomes really quiet but the conditions are still awesome, the weather is usually beautiful and with a good chance of spring snow this is an ideal time for a late season holiday or a cheeky short break.
This is when you find “spring snow”.
Repeated cycles of melting during the day and freezing at night lead to what some people call corn – a thin layer of coarse, granular snow that’s some of the easiest stuff you’ll even ski on. You have to time it right, between the ice first thing in the morning and slush later in the day bit if you get it right it makes pretty much anyone ski like a god.
If you need help to find the perfect conditions, there are some great instructors at places like The Development Centre, Mountain Masters, Progression, New Generation and Evolution 2 who have a great “nose” for spring snow.
The end of the season’s also great for après ski in the sunshine. The terrace at the Moris Pub or the square outside Coin des Amis rock in the late afternoon while every day from mid April onwards there’s a closing party somewhere.
Jock Dun from Snowberry told us the last day of the season last year was one of the best days he’s ever had on the mountain.
Just check out our photo, taken on 25th April!
The “mainstream” tour operators tend to finish their ski programme early (too early!) as they re-direct their flights to the sun but most of the smaller specialists continue on well into April. YSE and Le Ski are both open until 26th April, or book a self catering place and jump on a low cost flight at the last minute.