Late-season Skiing & Snowboarding

Ski Sunday abandons the season in February, the FIS World Cup season climaxes in March (this season at Lenzerheide, on 20th March) and most of the continent stows away skis and snowboards after Easter. So what for those who want to prolong the season? is there decent skiing anywhere through April and May?

The simple answer is yes. For many freeriders this is the best time of the year to tour, and for those who prefer to stick to the pistes or use lifts to get off-piste, there is still fresh snow. Essentially the very best places are high, so resorts with lifts to about 3000m are promising. The Aletsch Arena, Belalp, Val D’Annivers, and Lauchernalp are not well known but passes are relatively cheap, they are rarely crowded and make good destinations for families, beginners and for weekend escapes. All you have to do is get on the best site for sports gear on the internet, get the appurtenances, and start right away. Val D’Annivers is a little known gem, with Zinal in that area offering the most challenging off-piste and Chandolin the best pistes. Samnaun gives access to the huge Silvretta Arena which has all but the valley runs over 2000m and consistently has good snow conditions throughout April. The Jungfrau stays open until after Easter with good pistes still available down to Wengen, Mürren, Kleine Scheidegg and Holenstein through until mid-afternoon. Diovolezza in the Engadin, near Pontresina, is the highest valley run in Switzerland, with a bottom station above 2000m and lifts open until late May. Davos and Klosters should offer good skiing on the higher runs on the Parsenn until the lifts close on 1st May. The 4 Vallées (centred on Verbier), Flims/Laax and Les Diablerets have glaciers and stay open until early May this year, and Engelberg will stay open until the end of May – although I doubt the valley run will last quite that long. St Moritz, Saas-Fee and Zermatt offer the very best late season skiing, with Saas-Fee and Zermatt providing some limited glacier skiing right through the year. Once you decide on the place you are going, make sure you capture all the exciting moments. The best way to do that is using a drone. Don’t forget about radio, check this comparison to decide which one is better for you.

There are other things to do in the tail-end of the winter sports season in Switzerland. Over the week ending 20th March are the FIS World Cup at Lenzerheide, the Zinal Freeride contest and the Nissan Freeride World Tour 2010 in Verbier (on the Bec de Rosses). On 19th March the longest torch-lit downhill skiing procession in the world takes place down the 2000m, 12 km descent from Titlis to Engelberg – meeting point is at the Valley Station at 6pm with dinner on Mt Titlis at 9.30 pm.

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Areas with the Highest Runs




The Jungfrau winter sports region

25 over 2500m – full resort details at Swiss Winter Sports web site.

Area Resorts Top (m) Piste (km)
Matterhorn ski paradise Zermatt 3900 313
Saas Fee Saas Fee, Saas Balen, Saas Grund 3600 145
Verbier – Les quatre vallées Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz 3330 410
Engadin-St. Moritz St. Moritz, Silvaplana, Sils Maria, Pontresina, Celerina, Zuoz 3303 350
Skiregion Aletsch Belalp, Bettmeralp, Fiesch, Riederalp 3118 239
Lötschental Wiler (Lötschen) 3111 33
Sierre-Anniviers Grimentz, Zinal, Vercorin, St-Luc und Chandolin 3025 230
Engelberg Titlis Engelberg 3020 82
Alpenarena Flims, Laax, Falera 3018 220
Crans Montana Crans, Barzettes, Montana, Aminona 3000 200
Vals3000 Vals 3000 25
Glacier 3000 Les Diablerets, Gstaad 2971 25
Jungfrauregion Mürren, Wengen, Grindelwald 2970 213
Andermatt Andermatt, Hospental 2963 55
Disentis-Sedrun Disentis, Sedrun, Dieni 2903 110
Silvretta Arena Samnaun, Ischgl (A) 2900 200
Lenzerheide-Valbella Lenzerheide, Valbella, Parpan, Churwalden, Lenz 2865 310
Davos-Klosters Davos, Klosters 2844 427
Engadin-Scuol Scuol 2800 80
Leukerbad Leukerbad 2800 60
Savognin Savognin 2713 80
Arosa Arosa 2653 70
Les Portes du Soleil Morgins, Champéry, Les Crosets 2500 650
Anzère Anzère 2500 40

Source: http://www.swisswintersports.co.uk

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