So winter is over, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and the days are slowly getting warmer and brighter. But what if you’re not ready to say goodbye to all the crazy fun of winter? Spring is actually one of the best times of year to take your skiing or snowboarding trip. Spring break gives you a great chunk of time off, the afternoons are warm, the skies are bright blue, and the slopes are much less crowded. However, a lot of the resorts around the world simply pack up and close this time of year. But fear not, we’ve scouted out the best snowy destinations around the world, for those of you itching to get in a few last runs before summer.
This ski resort gets so much snow that it can’t even open until April. As spring rolls in, the unmanageably thick snow becomes perfect for activities, and the roads begin to clear, making it the perfect time of year to visit Mount Gassan. With tonnes of first class slopes, and over 1000 meters of vertical mountain to play with, this is one of the top destinations for skiing in Japan. Just to add that cherry to the top of the cake, this region is also known for its amazing beers, and has its own microbrewery. The perfect way to end a day on the slopes.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Not many people would associate the word Nevada with snow, but this is actually one of the best places you can go for snow in Spring. The Lake Tahoe region has seven different ski resorts, all open until May. What makes this area even more fun is that they don't just focus on the slope goers. Lake Tahoe has a wide range of other outdoor activities, amazing restaurants and shopping areas, so everyone can find a way to enjoy the snow.
Lake Louise, Alberta
When all the adverts for this resort show a snowboarder in a tank top, you know you’re onto a winner. Lake Louise boasts over 130 runs, drops of over 3,200 feet and a Spring event calendar to rival Cancun’s Spring Break Activities. Whether you want to enjoy a romantic weekend on the slopes, sipping wine from your luxury cabin, or to say goodbye to the skiing season with a bang, Lake Louise has something for everyone.
This stunning ski resort has gloriously thick snow all the way from early December to mid April. Infact, Alta not only has the highest snowfall rate of the entire Rockies, but it also keeps most of that beautiful white stuff until the end of the season. To top it all off, 53% of its slopes are north-facing, so the actual quality of the snow is second to non. Alta has also been voted the best ski resort in Utah, and pride themselves on their amazingly friendly community feel.
One of the most important things to look out for when choosing a ski resort in Europe in spring is altitude. And Chamonix definitely has that covered. This stunning ski resort is 10,000 feet above sea level, and boasts some of the most legendary runs in the world. Test out your skills on the Grands Montets and Valley Blanche slopes, and then head back to town to soak up some of that famous French culture. Most people worry about the expenses when visiting Chamonix, but you definitely shouldn’t. Prices in Spring are much lower than earlier in the season, and there are countless budget hotels and cabins that opened up just last year.