Where to find the best early/late season snow
Where to find the best early/late season snow
Where to find the best early/late season snow
Where to find the best early/late season snow
Where to find the best early/late season snow

Where to find the best early/late season snow

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Though the ski season may seem months away, we can't help but get excited about the season ahead. For those of you who are desperately seeking snow or simply cant wait there are many advantages of heading the mountains before the Christmas and New Year rush. Crowd free slopes, Christmas festivities and perfectly groomed pistes are just a few reasons, so get your turns in before any one else in our top resorts for early season skiing.

 

Here’s our pick of top ski resorts to find the best snow in December or April.

 

Zermatt, Switzerland

 

Boasting some of the highest skiing in Europe, Zermatt is a sure bet for early season skiing, with snow sure slopes from the end of November to the end of April. Much of the ski area is located above 2500m meaning that the snow tends to last longer in the cooler conditions. Head up to the highest peaks on the Klein Matterhorn lift and you will be greeted with vistas of the iconic Matterhorn and surrounding peaks at 3883m before you glide back down. Or why not ski to neighbouring Cervinia on the opposite side of the mountain for a different view.

 

If you wish, you can ski here all year round thanks to the Theodul glacier offering 21km of groomed pistes. At this level the snow never disappears meaning you can enjoy this lively buzzing resort at any time of the year.

 

>> See our ski chalets collection in Zermatt.

 

 

Val d’Isere, France

 

Part of the fantastic ski area encompassing Val d’Isere and the neighbouring resort of Tignes, this alpine playground is one of the world’s top ski areas. It was recently awarded the title of ‘European Resort of the Year’ and ‘Ski Resort of the Year’ in the World Snow Awards and rightly so! With a huge ski area at your feet there is a high altitude and varied terrain to explore.

 

Getting around the 300km of pistes is a breeze too with a modern and efficient lift system. The redevelopment of the Solaise Express chairlift means you can ascend in just seven minutes. The chairlift even has wifi and heated seats for ultimate comfort.

 

If there’s snow in the alps you are likely to find it here. With an excellent record for snow, Val d’Isere benefits from a long season and is snow sure from early December to early May due to its high altitude, north facing slopes and glacier skiing on the Pisaillas (which is also open during the summer months).

 

As the festive season approaches in December, Val d’Isere turns into a winter wonderland, the village atmosphere is magical and what better way to end the day than with a cup of vin chaud as you gaze at the twinkling lights. Picture perfect!

 

>> See our ski chalets collection in Val d’Isere.

 

 

Lech, Austria

 

A small and exclusive village with a BIG reputation for snow, the ski resort of Lech am Arlberg in Austria claims some of the snowiest conditions in the Alps, owing to its unique microclimate. It receives on average 10.6 metres of snow each winter, more than its neighbour St.Anton and double that of many of its French Rivals, making it a very reliable choice for early birds.

 

Sharing its ski area with the higher resort of Zurs, pistes extend up to 2450m or if you feel like going further afield you can easily reach St.Anton in the next valley…simply hop on the Flexenbahn lift. Newly constructed, you can now reach anywhere in the Arlbeg area on skis, making it one of top 5 biggest ski resorts in the world.

 

If you like your winter sports a tad more adventurous, then why not try heli-skiing? Lech is the only resort in Austria to allow the sport.

 

Undoubtedly one of the most glamorous resorts in the Alps, you will find a fine selection of luxury ski chalets and five star hotels dotted around Lech, and its enchanting alpine village atmosphere is hard to beat.

 

>> See our ski chalets collection in Lech.

 

 

Courchevel 1850, France

 

With its position high in the 3 valleys, Courchevel 1850 has one of the best records for early season snow in the ski area. The slopes in the Courchevel Valley reach up to 2739m and there are many north facing options, meaning that the snow tends to stick around. Groomed to perfection each night, there is an abundance of terrain here too, whether you choose to gently cruise down a blue or prefer steeper slopes to put your technique to the test.

 

The ski season runs from mid December to Mid April and as part of the Three Valleys, the largest linked ski area in the world, you will have access to a staggering 600km of pistes and a sleek and efficient lift system. The 3 Valleys ski area extends to an altitude of 3420m with a huge amount of skiing to be found above 2300m. The range on offer means that there is always good snow somewhere.

 

Courchevel 1850 has a well-respected international reputation for being a highly exclusive and glamorous resort with an abundance of luxury ski-in/ski-out chalets, Michelin-starred restaurants and designer boutiques to match. It is the ultimate glamourous alpine paradise.

 

>> See our ski chalets collection in Courchevel 1850.

 

 

Tignes, France

 

Tignes shares its vast ski area with the neighbouring resort of Val d’Isere, offering 300km of slopes served by a sophisticated lift system of 78 lifts.

 

The resort is made up of five villages at varying altitudes, with the main three residing at 2100m with most of the skiing above that – it’s no wonder Tignes is regarded as one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps.

 

Tignes benefits from the Grande Motte glacier, which rises to about 3400m where the highest slopes are even open in summer so you can certainly expect a soft and wintery snow cover in December.

 

>>See our ski chalets collection in Tignes

>>See our ski chalets collection in Tignes Les Brévières

 

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