8 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 to 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 8 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 that last to après-ski. 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.

    1. 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!

    2. 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!

  1. 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.
  2. Easter Egg Hunt: Head to the Savonnette nursery slope for an ‘eggstra’ special sledging egg hunt on the 22nd April 2019. Try to grab the delicious chocolate treats as you glide on a ‘snake gliss’ down the slope. *For children under 12 years old only.
  3. Alpine Easter Mass: For something a little different on your Easter skiing holiday, join Val d’Isère’s local community at the 11th-century baroque church. In the heart of the village, they will be celebrating Easter with a traditional Easter Mass at 8pm on April 20th, 2019. The beautiful sounds of a choir and alpine horns will echo through the mountains ringing through the air with the happy sounds of Easter.
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    The Fantastic snow conditions in Val d’Isère March 2019

  4. Val d’Isère’s International Adventure and Adventure Film Festival: A showcase of short documentaries featuring at least one of the following themes: adventure, exploration, ethnic encounters, sport or expeditions. Eleven of the best will be shown throughout the week (23rd-26th April) to be judged by a jury of well-known adventurers and by the public. Entry to the films is free and each one is followed by a debate with the film-maker. It is a real shared experience that grows in popularity and diversity year on year. The festival has been running annually since 1996 and goes from strength to strength each year. Worth checking out.
  5. Fantastic deals on 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. Fully catered and staffed, these magnificent residences are destinations in their own right featuring everything from swimming pools, private spa facilities, grand pianos and biathlon laser shooting ranges. For the remaining weeks of this Easter only, we’re offering flexibility with shorter stays, reduced party sizes and prices per person as low as €1,400 for the full week(*conditions apply). See Consensio’s available Val d’Isère chalets below. Find out more about chalet reductions and easter ski deals here.

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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.Chalet Montana, ski in ski out, bluebird ski day, chalet on the piste

Chalet Montana in Val d’Isère sleeps 10 adults and 5 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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