Spring is around the corner but it doesn’t mean you have to tidy away your ski gear. From the start of spring each year, 26 French resorts across most mountain ranges (Alps, Pyrenees, Vosges…) take part in the France Montagnes organised initiative ‘Skiing into Spring’. Skiing in spring is the key to good weather, good quality snow, ultra-competitive prices, fewer people on the slopes and a wide range of non-skiing activities.
What’s the weather like for skiing in spring?
Some resorts, like Tignes are open until early May. It’s a great time to go especially if you are making your first turns on the slopes. The daylight lasts longer giving you more time to enjoy the good weather. At this time of year, the snow is softer and becomes a dreamy playground for beginners. The few extra degrees give you the chance to take off some layers of clothing to move more freely.
A 2-for-1 offer for the beginners
Long weekends and short stays in the mountains are popular in Spring and you’ll find ski lessons and other mountain activities are a lower cost at this time of the year.
The French resorts participating in the ‘Skiing into Spring’ offer a great deal for first-time ski holidays: for every ski package purchased, you can get an adult beginner package completely free. These offers, based on a 3 to 6 days stay include:
Ski passes (for beginners, the resort may define a specific perimeter)
Half-day or full-day ski school classes according to the local agreement (group lessons for beginners)
Equipment rental: alpine or nordic ski + poles + boots + helmet or snowboard + boots + helmet
Although French resorts are very popular during the Christmas and half-term holidays, there’s a decrease in holidaymakers during spring, especially at Easter half-term. With slopes less crowded, suitable for all levels and with dedicated areas for newbies, get your skis on!
More on skiing in France: en.france-montagnes.com