Spring is here, and fresh snow is falling across the ski resorts of Europe. As winter 2016/17 clicks slowly by, it’s time to reflect on the reasons why Easter is the perfect time for families to enjoy a break to the slopes.
Out with bitter cold, in with bluebird skies
Picture the scene. It’s mid-Feb in Val Thorens — the school Half Term holiday. You’ve treated the kids to a week on the slopes, but blizzard conditions and howling gales are scuppering plans. Visibility is down to a couple of metres and you’re faced with the challenge of entertaining the brood away from the pistes.
Sound familiar? This scenario plays out somewhere across the Alps pretty much every February. Without wishing to over-generalise, however, during spring in the Alps it’s usually either hoofing with snow or blazing with sunshine. Grab your sunscreen and enjoy it!
Less demand means bigger discounts
Across the board, fewer people take to the Alps in March and April than in January and February. With demand for beds at a lower level, chalet companies and tour operators have to work harder to win bookings.
For the customer, that means tasty incentives such as reduced base-prices and tempting lift pass deals. Families with an open mind regarding resort choice are generally in the best position to make the most of the savings available.
Blue skies and fresh snow; spring and Easter in the Alps
Ski school and childcare availability
Parents taking the kids skiing over the February Half Term often have to consider ski school or childcare services. Demand is high though, and many people get caught out by leaving it too late.
But the Easter holidays see lower demand, so more parents find it easier to match their #1 chalet choice with the ski school or childcare services they need.
Spring in the Alps means resort authorities must work hard to maintain snow coverage and quality, but modern piste-bashers are easily up to the task — shovelling and pushing the snow where it needs to be.
Skiers in the Alps over Easter typically enjoy pristine corduroy pistes in the morning and soft snow in the afternoon. What’s not to love?
Shorter lift queues
As the winter ski season ticks on and March turns slowly to April, many people have taken their annual family ski trip and attentions turn to the summer break. But for savvy Easter skiers, that means shorter lift queues and less waiting around. Skiers can cover more ground with less delay, and make the most of their time in the Alps.
If you’re considering an Easter break this spring, drop us a line on 020 3080 0200 or get in touch via our online chat facility.