Luxury Easter Skiing Holidays in France & Austria
Easter is a hugely popular time of the year to hit the slopes. We all know spring skiing = blue skies, warmer weather, long lunches and happy people! The UK celebrates Easter on the Sunday after the first full moon that occurs after the first day of spring. Easter dates can therefore vary massively from year to year, Easter can fall as early 22 March to as late into spring as 25 April.
Easter bank holidays include Good Friday and Easter Monday so invariably you only need to take 4 days holiday from work to enjoy a week in the mountains.
We will of course endeavour to serve traditional Easter fare so you can enjoy a hot cross bun or two, Easter biscuits and chocolate eggs. Our nannies will undoubtedly organise an Easter egg hunt in the snow for our younger guests.
One of our favourite things about Easter skiing has to be al fresco dining at lunch time. There really is no greater pleasure after a morning skiing than stopping for lunch, stripping down to your t-shirt, slapping on the sun cream and admiring the breath-taking mountain views.
Where to ski at Easter
Some people may worry about the snow conditions when considering an Easter ski holiday, but in recent years the April snowfall has been surprisingly plentiful. Indeed, many French resorts have closed in May with an abundance of snow on the pistes. We shouldn’t forget either, that all of our French resorts have made significant investments in snow making over the years, and they are experts at preserving snow fallen over the season to ensure skiing can be enjoyed over Easter. Of course, it’s still a good idea to look for a high altitude resort, and one with above-average snowfall, such as Arc 1950 or Val d’Isere.
Many Austrian ski resorts tend to be much more traditional than their French counterparts, so are a great choice for Easter skiing if you’re looking for quaint villages, picturesque resorts, and friendly locals. Our resorts of Lech, St Anton and St Christoph are all linked in the Arlberg ski region, and offer high altitude skiing and lots of it. Lech is known to have its own micro-climate, with records of more snow than almost anywhere else in Austria, often boasting one of the best snow reliability records in the Alps.
Family Ski Holidays at Easter
Easter holidays are a fantastic time to spend long, sunny days on the slopes with your family. The weather at this time of the year is usually much milder which many parents and children prefer over Christmas ski holidays or February half term skiing. The days are also longer, with the lifts staying open later so you really can make the most of each day.
The sunnier weather makes for a much more relaxing experience, especially for young children, and lessons seem so much more fun when children are warm.
Check out our tips below for the perfect family Easter ski holiday;
Suncream is expensive in resort, so remember to bring it from home. Children need easily applied sun block and a lip salve with a sun screen. Don’t forget you will need a separate one for you and the children if they are in childcare or have ski school.
Sunglasses & goggles
The sun’s rays are strong and reflect off the snow, so children need sunglasses for being out and about, as well as goggles for skiing (sunglasses can hurt under their helmet).
A happy time in ski school, whether you are 6 or 60, will make for a happy holiday. We work closely with a number of ski schools offering a variety of tuition options. Please pre-book as early as possible, it may be too late if you wait until you get to resort.
A great idea with the milder spring weather. Just pick your spot and enjoy lunch, quite literally, on top of the mountain!
Easter ski deals
- Don’t be tempted to look for the cheapest deals if you’re looking to ski around Easter, make sure you choose a high resort and one with a glacier for better snow conditions.
- Some resorts offer reduced price lift passes for the Easter ski holiday weeks especially if Easter falls in mid-late April.
- Many resort shops offer end of season sales so look out for bargains on ski kit at this time of the year.