It’s a given: skiing in the spring probably maximises your chance of enjoying good weather. The sun is stronger and the temperature is warming up which makes outdoor activities even more enjoyable. What is the best thing about it? Your equipment gets lighter: fewer layers means greater freedom of movement and more comfort. Ideal for taking those first turns!
And for those worried about the quality of snow, Charlie Tistounet, ski instructor, has these reassuring words:
“Snow is more changeable in spring but it refreezes during the night so skiers can enjoy superb conditions between 9am to 2pm, once the slopes have had some sun exposure.“
The days take on a different pattern! You ski until early afternoon followed by a short break in a mountain restaurant where you can relax in the sun, rest your weary limbs, and enjoy a well-earned rest after your morning’s efforts.
And a bit of extra advice?
Don’t dress as warmly but take a small rucksack to store a mid-layer, sunglasses, head covering and sun cream so you can enjoy the sun but avoid looking like a lobster!
Springtime skiing also means fewer people on the slopes, a more relaxed atmosphere and a quieter ski experience. It’s quite a contrast compared to Christmas or February school holidays! Nonetheless, don’t leave your helmet at home: it’s still recommended whatever the snow conditions or however busy the resort.
There’s also plenty to do if you like off-piste skiing or ski-touring. Charlie Tistounet is right to remind us: “conditions change quickly in the spring. Safety equipment (shovel, avalanche beacon, probe) is still essential and we recommend that you engage the services of a mountain professional so you can enjoy the best possible snow conditions...with maximum safety!”
Spring skiing is often described as more physically demanding. It’s an urban myth that frightens beginners... But Charlie Tistounet seeks to reassure: “Spring skiing is not really more physically demanding; it all depends on your level and what you want. When you’re a beginner, it’s important to follow the sun so you can enjoy optimum conditions.“
You adapt as conditions change! You ski from 9am to 2pm and then indulge in some apres-ski: sunbathing on the terrace, a walk by a frozen lake, shopping etc. And if you want to enjoy skiing and avoid injury, Charlie Tistounet has another bit of advice: “To prepare for your ski holidays, you just need to do some fitness training (a few stretches, balance exercises or running) so you’re ready to hurtle down the slopes.”
So, overall ...What better way of learning to ski than in the sun, without having to brave the cold January weather?