6 Reasons to book an Easter Skiing Holiday in Val d’Isère

Easter is one those holidays that seems to creep up and catch you off guard. The season that has people ‘umming and ahhing’ over where to go and what to do. Spring is one of the most glorious times of the year in the French Alps and Easter is all too often overlooked when planning a skiing holiday. Yet higher ski resorts, such as Val d’Isère in the l’Espace Killy consistently deliver snow-sure pistes and stunning bluebird days. And given that we have had some fantastic snowfall over the past month, this year, in particular, is an idyllic time to head to the mountains. If you are not already convinced, here are 6 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 on a recent trip, we tried lunch at the L’Etincelle restaurant located at the bottom of the Solaise gondola and the slalom stadium. A fabulous spot to watch the world go by, the restaurant has a massive outdoor terrace ideal for a late lunch or après-ski beverage. All we can say is arrive hungry and make the most of all L’Etincelle has to offer. It is a great addition to Val d’Isère’s culinary scene! Open every lunchtime and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. *Private of room & wine cellar available for exclusive use. Booking recommended.

For the ultimate traditional experience, head to La Peau de Vache (AKA ‘The Cowhide’) at the top of the Bellevarde Express chair. With a cosy and inviting ambience, this place is renowned for its epic burgers and hearty Savoyard cuisine. For something lighter, opt for the goat’s cheese salad. As spring approaches, a BBQ is set up on the terrace. Complemented perfectly with a cold beer, watch the brave and fearless skiers tackle La Face of Bellevarde from this great vantage point. Booking is essential, and be prepared to consume plenty of Génépi and be there all afternoon till sunset! Open daily for lunch, snacks and drinks from 09:00 to 23:00.

2. Spring snow is ideal for younger families: Spring is the 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. The slightly softer spring snow 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  opposed 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. Given there is currently a 2.5m base and February has brought even more snow, if there was ever a season to hit the Alps for Easter, it is now!

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 misleading. 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 where 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 Ouellette. 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.

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5. Lower prices for Val d’Isère’s most exclusive luxury chalets this Easter only:  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. Benefitting from a safe, contactless service by dedicated chalet teams, these magnificent residences are destinations in their own right featuring everything from swimming pools, private spa facilities, grand pianos and biathlon laser shooting ranges. Due to the necessary reduction in service this year to accommodate safer practices, all our chalet prices have been reduced by a whopping 25%.

6. Flexible Booking conditions: As the global landscape continues to evolve, Consensio is committed as always to offering an exceptional tailor-made bespoke holiday experience when booking one of our world-class ski chalets or apartments. With the current challenges, we are adapting both our service and payment/cancellation terms so you can book with enhanced peace of mind. You can now book your property with a simple 10% deposit, with remaining 90% balance payment only due 28 days before resort arrival when a further 90% balance payment is due. We have a comprehensive COVID cancellation policy which will allow you to cancel or change your booking if a COVID event occurs. marco polo val disere

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.

Click here to see Consensio’s full range of luxury catered ski chalets and self-catered apartments in Val d’Isère.

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