How to Keep Your Ski Dreams Alive in May
You may think that skiing in May is as likely as finding a unicorn on the slopes, but you’d be surprised by how many ski resorts are still open and ready to welcome you in late spring.
Skiing in May is not only possible, but also awesome. You can enjoy cheaper deals, fewer crowds, longer days and sunnier skies. Of course, skiing in May also comes with some challenges, such as finding the right resort, choosing the best time of day and adjusting to the changing snow conditions. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some of the best places to ski in May, both in Europe and North America, and we give you some handy tips on how to have a blast on your spring ski holiday.
Where to Ski In May: Snow Report
The Best Resorts
If you want to ski in May, you have to look for ski resorts that are either high-altitude, have glaciers, or have good snowmaking facilities. There are still some ski resorts that are open in May, both in Europe and North America, but you have to be flexible and plan ahead. Some of the ski resorts that are open in May are:
Hintertux Glacier in Austria
This is one of the few ski resorts that are open all year round, with skiing up to 3,250m and a terrain park. It also hosts various festivals and events throughout the spring season.
Whistler Blackcomb in Canada
This is one of the most popular ski resorts in North America, with skiing up to 3,480m and over 200 runs. It also has a world-class terrain park and a lively après-ski scene.
Stubai Glacier in Austria
This is the largest glacier ski area in Austria, with skiing up to 3,210m and over 60km of pistes. It also has a fun park and a panorama terrace.
Breckenridge in Colorado, USA
This is one of the highest ski resorts in the US, with skiing up to 3,914m and over 180 runs. It also has four terrain parks and a historic town center.
Banff National Park in Canada
This is one of the most scenic ski destinations in the world, with three ski areas: Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mt Norquay. It also has stunning wildlife and natural attractions.
Ischgl in Austria
This is one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in Europe, with skiing up to 2,872m and over 230km of pistes. It also has a reputation for its lively après-ski and its end-of-season concert.
Verbier in Switzerland
This is one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the Alps, with skiing up to 3,330m and access to the 4 Valleys ski area. It also has plenty of off-piste opportunities and a chic village.
Zermatt in Switzerland
This is one of the most iconic ski resorts in the world, with skiing up to 3,899m and views of the Matterhorn mountain. It also has year-round skiing on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise area.
La Plagne and Les Arcs in France
These are part of the Paradiski ski area, which has skiing up to 3,250m and over 400km of pistes. They also have plenty of snowmaking facilities and family-friendly activities.
Val Thorens in France
This is the highest ski resort in Europe at 2,300m and part of the 3 Valleys ski area. It also has guaranteed snow cover and two glaciers.
Tips For Skiing In Spring
Skiing in Spring can be a lot of fun if you follow some simple tips:
- Check the weather forecast before you go. The weather can change quickly in spring, so make sure you pack accordingly and be prepared for any conditions.
- Ski early or late. The best time to ski in May is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the snow is firmer and less slushy. Avoid skiing around midday when the sun is strongest and the snow is softest.
- Choose your slopes wisely. The best slopes to ski in May are those that are north-facing or shaded by trees or rocks, as they tend to hold their snow better than those that are south-facing or exposed to the sun.
- Wear sunscreen and sunglasses. The sun can be very strong in spring, especially at high altitudes and on reflective snow. Protect your skin and eyes from sunburn and glare by applying sunscreen and wearing sunglasses or goggles.
- Enjoy the après-ski. One of the best things about skiing in May is the après-ski atmosphere. You can relax on a sunny terrace, enjoy live music, join a barbecue or a pool party, or simply soak up the views and the vibes.
- Try something different. Skiing in May is also a great opportunity to try something different, such as snowshoeing, hiking, biking, rafting, or even water skiing. You can also explore the local culture, cuisine, and attractions of your chosen destination.
Skiing in Spring may not be the same as skiing in mid-winter, but it can be just as fun and rewarding. With some careful planning and some flexibility, you can find some great snow conditions and enjoy the slopes in late spring. So don’t put away your skis yet, and book your spring ski holiday today!
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