April is the last month of the winter ski season in the Alps, and it comes with some pretty strong pros and cons. On the plus side, skiers and snowboarders enjoy wonderfully warm weather and sometimes surprisingly strong snowfall – followed by beautiful bluebird skies.

Après ski takes on a whole new feel, with sun-soaked terraces filling with thirsty skiers and snowboarders, and thumping beats rolling out across the valley in the more lively resorts.

The Easter week offers families and children a chance to escape to the mountains together, with quieter slopes and lower prices on chalets and hotels than we see over the more in-demand February half term.

On the other hand, the pistes get slushy as the day wears on – which can make things challenging. If you’re considering an April ski trip, take a look at our blog on the joys of a spring ski holiday for a few good reasons to give it a go. 

Late-season ski deals for April in the Alps

There is typically a wonderful range of tempting ski holiday deals available when April ticks round in the Alps. This final month of the ski season sees far lower demand than the colder months like January and February, and last-minute bookers with a keen eye for a deal can do really well. 

There are a few key tips to getting more bang for your buck during April in the Alps. Stay flexible on your resort choices in order to seek out the best deals available on your chosen weeks of travel. Try to keep an open diary regarding your travel dates, in order to choose from the lowest prices for each departure date throughout April. And keeping an eye on the ski holiday sales pages will give you a good idea of what your spring ski holiday will cost – and how much you could save. 

Family skiing over Easter 

The Easter ski holiday week is families’ last chance to ski together before the end of the winter ski season. As it’s a peak date, it’s more expensive that other April weeks in the Alps, but cheaper than busier peak dates like Christmas or the February half term. 

Conditions can be wonderful, though, with freshly-bashed corduroy pistes in the morning, softening as the day progresses. Wearing a number of thinner layers enables savvy skiers to regulate their temperature better, and sun cream is an absolute must-have!

Across the Alps, there’s a wonderful range of catered ski chalets and chalet-hotels with in-house childcare programmes. Here, parents can book the children into ski school or nursery for half- or full-days, and enjoy time on the slopes together. 

Resort recommendations for April on the snow

High altitude is important for April in the Alps, and some resorts fare better than others when the snowline starts to recede. 

Val Thorens is Europe’s highest major resort, and offers lively après ski alongside extensive slopes for all abilities, and lots of ski in/ski out accommodation. Also in France, Val d’Isère is part of the wonderful Espace Killy, with diverse terrain for skiers of all levels. For families and young kids mastering the basics, La Rosière is a great resort choice to make over the Easter week. 

The Swiss resort of Zermatt is where you go to indulge in stunning luxury chalets, Michelin-starred restaurants and challenging terrain. Over the border into Italy, Cervinia presents more child-friendly slopes and affordable prices – but with equally inspiring views.

The Austrian resort of Obergurgl is ideal for beginners and intermediates, and remains a popular destination for families skiing together over the Easter week. For something a little livelier, St Anton links into Austria’s largest linked ski area – with one of the Alps’ best après ski scenes. 

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