Morzine is at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, a vast ski area with statistics to dwarf other resorts. There are 650km of groomed runs – the largest linked ski area in the world – taking in 12 traditional towns and villages across both France and Switzerland. The unique selling point of the Portes du Soleil is the on-snow experience.
Les Gets is one of the prettiest villages in the Alps — chic and stylish — both in the town and on the mountain. This is a fantastic place; not just to ski, but to relax with family and friends. The pistes run right back to the heart of the village where bars and restaurants meet the slopes, making this an ideal location for family ski holidays.
Méribel lies at the heart of The Three Valleys ski resort and is an extremely popular village, not only because of its excellent location and access to snow-sure skiing, but also it’s lively yet laid-back atmosphere. Ideal for families, friends or corporate groups alike, the variety of pistes suits beginners through to experts.
It’s easy to forget Easter as a ski destination for your holidays. But Easter often knocks the snow-socks off the rest of the ski season. Here are six reasons we think it is always better to Ski Easter.
1. MOUNTAIN PICNICS
Everyone loves a long lazy lunch up the mountain, but dining in restaurants, especially during the kids holidays, can be a headache with crowded restaurants, long wait times and some overly expensive sub-standard grub. Switch to Easter and you can enjoy mountaintop picnics in total seclusion. Pack a lunch, wander through alpine forests or take a short walk from the top of a chair lift and you can create the perfect private spot for an amazing sunny mountaintop picnic.
2. SKI LONGER
As we roll into spring we are well passed the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, with April offering longer days to ski. The pistes stay open up to an hour later than December giving you more time to ski and the lighter evenings offer plenty of poste-piste time for village strolls, mountain walks and open-air crêpe eating until at least 9pm!
3. WARMER WEATHER
It can be hard to bear the cold of a winter ski holiday. Even as adults cold toes and freezing fingers can push our resolve to have a good time to the limit. Add little ones to the mix and it is not a match made in heaven. Which is why Easter Skiing can be a better option for families. With warmer temperatures kids can enjoy the snow without feeling the cold. Sunny skies offer a kinder environment when learning a new snow sport and who doesn’t love a bluebird powder day? Just remember to pack your sunscreen.
4. IT’S MADE FOR KIDS
Easter in the mountains seems to be geared up for families. In resorts like Morzine and Les Gets the tourist office runs month-long kids festivals offering different activities each day, all completely free. Kids can enjoy magic shows, creative workshops, frozen treasure hunts, carpentry for kids, huge inflatable assault courses, crazy pong and model-making to name just a few. There is even a cheese rolling competition where you have to race around an assault course rolling a large Thom cheese. I promise, you’ll be jealous!
5. THE MUSIC
There are music festivals galore over the months of March and April, with free open-air concerts on-piste and amazing evening events in-resort. From Jazz, to Electro, to good old-fashioned Rock n Roll you are spoilt for choice for music in the mountains over Easter. Check out SnowBoxx and Rock the Pistes in March or look at the Easter events calendar for your resort of choice.
6. SNOW SURE
Ski resorts have been closing mid/end of April for the last few years but the local residents have enjoyed fresh powder and empty mountains for up to a month after, skiing well into late May. April has been sunny yet snow sure for years. It’s the perfect last outing on your skis before the seasons close.