5 Reasons to book an Easter Skiing Holiday in Val d’Isère
As the supermarkets will be sure to remind you – we are now making some real headway towards Easter. But as the seasons turn again and we head into spring, the Easter break can be a headache for many holidaymakers – it’s not quite a winter break, nor is it a summer vacation – for many, it’s the purgatory in between. In the Alps, however, the balmy weather that meets the end of winter is a sublime joy; creating what is perhaps its most exquisite time of year – especially in the high-up, snow-sure resorts, such as Val d’Isère. Great snow conditions stay consistent whilst playing host to endless bluebird days and wonderful sunny afternoons. With generous snowfall heading into February, and more on its way this month, 2023, in particular, is the perfect time take your Easter break to the mountains. If you are not already convinced, here are 5 reasons that will make you want to book an Easter Skiing Holiday in Val d’Isère.
1. Snow-sure piste, long lunches & sunny terraces: One of the best things about spring skiing are the milder temperatures, blue skies and sunshine. The perfect conditions for late extended lunches. Val d’Isère is packed with great lunch spots, but one that’s particularly worth seeking out is L’Edelweiss – based over at Le Fornet. It’s the perfect place to bask in the spring-sun after a morning spent exploring the pistes. It’s a favourite with French day skiers – which I suppose tells you all you need to know. Expect authentic, great-quality French cuisine, and fantastic service – not to mention the breathtaking views from the restaurant terrace.
2. Spring snow is ideal for younger families: Spring is probably the best time of year to head to Val d’Isère and in particular for those with younger families. In contrast to the often harsh temperatures that can be experienced during the February Half Term, which can be very uninviting for little ones and parents alike, spring weather delivers more frequent bluebirds days and sunshine. What’s more, windy conditions drop away dramatically during March – making April that much more inviting – and face masks and snoods that much less necessary. The slightly softer spring snow also tends to be more forgiving for learners and no one can complain about fewer crowds to contend with. Fortunately, the slightly warmer spring weather does not impact the quality of snow in Val d’Isère. It simply provides a more enticing day-time average of perhaps 3°C as opposed to the brutal -20°C+ temp experienced mid-season. Val d’Isère’s glacier skiing and high altitude domain deliver snow-sure pistes right through to May. With more fresh snow on the way in March, the conditions in the Alps are set to be in fantastic shape for Easter.
3. Val d’Isère’s superb variety of terrain: Val d’Isère’s piste difficulty level is renowned for being particularly high and widely considered better suited to intermediate and advanced skiers. However, this is only part of a bigger picture. Val d’Isère’s appeal is that it does in fact harbour a variety of terrain to accommodate all abilities. If you’re a complete beginner, head to the nursery areas – a ski pass is not required. Take advantage of free beginner ski lifts or just practise on the gentle slopes without even having to use a lift at all. There are seven lifts in total that are free of charge. Great for learning and developing confidence. Progressing onwards? Head for the long wide green runs extending from the top of the Borat Express and Grand Pre chair to the bottom of La Daille. For something a little more adventurous, explore the various rolling blues and more challenging reds of the Solaise. And for the fearless and brave, tackle the notorious black run on La Face de Bellevarde. Needless to say, if you are an adrenaline junkie there is some serious off-piste action to be found. Val d’Isère is a playground of some of the world’s finest backcountry!
4. Trade your skis for snowshoes: Take the Solaise bubble on a pedestrian pass and head to the top of the mountain. Off the back of where the bubble exits lies a beautiful lake, Lac de l’Ouillette. For those on skis, this can otherwise be accessed at the bottom of the Madeleine piste and chairlift. In the depth of winter, the lake is a frozen flatland of snow towered by white giants, a spectacle in itself. However, come Spring, a new beauty begins to reveal itself as life creeps back to the mountains. A lovely activity for a sunny day, going for a stroll along the path circling the lake. It doesn’t take long and makes for a relaxed walk that all ages and fitness levels can enjoy together.
5. Lower prices for Val d’Isère’s most exclusive luxury chalets: Now if all that is listed above is not enough to entice you to book your Easter Skiing Holiday now, then an opportunity to have an incredible discounted holiday in one of France’s most exclusive luxury chalets surely should. To celebrate the fantastic conditions we saw heading into February – Consensio announced a 15% off deal on all its luxury chalets and apartments until the end of the season. If you’ve been thinking about escaping to the Alps to experience luxury living this Spring – then don’t miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of this wonderful offer.
Thrice winner of France’s Best Ski Chalet: Chalet Marco Polo in Val d’Isère sleeps 10 adults and 4 children in 6 bedrooms.
Luxury Chalet Le Rocher in Val d’isère sleeps 14 adults in 7 ensuite bedrooms.
Chalet Lhotse in Val d’Isère comes with fantastic private spa facilities and sleeps 12 adults and 2 children in 6 bedrooms.