For the first time since 2019, Brits can spring ski in North America, but there too the winter has been strange. There was little snow anywhere until Christmas, when massive storms buried western ski areas several meters deep. It’s been mostly dry since then, but it’s still 6-12 feet deep at Mammoth Mountain in California, usually open until June or July. In Canada, ski areas around Banff, open until the end of May, have seen regular snowfall since November.
Overall, the picture for spring skiing in 2022 looks very positive. Not only are destinations easing travel restrictions, but there has been plenty of fresh snowfall through late February in addition to now well-established bases. This looks reassuring and promising for the last months of the season. As tour operator Ski Beat claimed when unveiling its late-booking offers this week, “Easter is the new Christmas! »
By Patrick Thorne
If you want to make the most of every last minute of this winter, here’s where to go for your end-of-season fix of snow. Prices are per person, including half board, flights and transfers unless otherwise stated, and subject to availability.
High altitude at a reduced price
At 2,300m, Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe and has one of the longest and snowiest seasons, usually lasting until May. If you’re planning your stay in mid-April, you can save on a six-day ski pass which drops to €297/£248 (from €330/£275) for the final weeks.
How to do
Erna Low (020 7584 2841; ernalow.co.uk) offers Le Hameau du Kashmir, a four-star ski-in, ski-out residence with two restaurants and swimming pool, from £545 to rent, based on four stays in an apartment of two rooms, including the crossing of Eurotunnel. Leaving April 16.