The 3 best European ski resorts for Easter vacations

Easter is a fantastic time to enjoy a ski break, whatever you skills on the slopes and whatever the location you’re looking to ski in. From the French Alps to Lapland, Revelstoke to Zermatt there’s plenty of fantastic ski resorts to choose from. Of course, the key with skiing in April is to make sure you opt for somewhere that still has great snow. Here are some of the best resorts if you’re considering booking a ski trip at this time of year, based purely on our personal experiences:

Best for après ski: Chamonix

It’s one of the best known ski resorts in the world and that makes the opportunities for partying here pretty extensive. Whether you’re keen for a post slopes beerfest as the sun sets, sophisticated cocktails or dancing the night away, this is one of the best Easter ski break options in which to do it. Chambre 9, La Terrasse, Monkey Bar and The Vagabond are just some of the after dark locations to look out for.

Chambre 9

Best for slopes and snowfall: Val Thorens

If your trip is purely about the time on the slopes then Val Thorens is a perfect resort to choose. All the slopes are open in April and are very well covered, everything you would expect from Europe’s highest resort where more than 140km of the slopes here are above 3,000 metres. As most of the runs are north facing the snow here late season is some of the best in the world and the resort even offers a snow guarantee that at least 70% of its lifts will be open. If they’re not then there is free skiing on offer for a future date. As Val Thorens is also part of the Trois Vallees, there is plenty of other choice in the immediate vicinity if you get bored in Val Thorens itself.

Val Thorens

Best resorts for non-skiers: Zermatt

For the kind of resort where there is plenty to do even if you are not there exclusively for the skiing and snowboarding, Zermatt is ideal. With 111 restaurants in the resort itself and another 56 further up the mountain, as well as year round shopping, spas and an ice rink there’s lots to do here for visitors of all ages. Snow kiting, sleigh rides, paragliding and even a cinema complete the range of activities and there’s also a pretty healthy après ski scene.

Zermatt chalet

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  1. Julie VB says:

    Awkward. Val Thorens does not offer “more than 140km of slopes above 3,000 metres” at all. It claims to have a little over 140 km pistes in between 1800m and 3200 metres. The resort itself is located in between those numbers at 2300/2400 metres. The parts of the resort above 3000 metres are very limited and only include the absolute tops of Peclet, Funitel de Thorens, Cime de Caron and Pte de Bouchet. You’re welcome for this correction.

    You miss Espace Killy – Tignes / Val d’Isere which offers more high altitude skiing than Val Thorens.

    Chamonix has skiing, but it’s not for everyone.

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