Spring Skiing Tips
Springtime skiing is both uniquely rewarding and challenging in equal measures. On one hand, you most certainly are not guaranteed the same kind of high quality snow you may be used to at the peak of the season. But at the same time, you have a much greater chance of having the slopes almost entirely to yourself.
And then of course there’s the bonus of your chosen luxury ski chalet in France being considerably less expensive out of season, which is never a bad thing. Luxury chalets in the Three Valleys tend to be exponentially more affordable toward the end of the season, when availability opens up and lift lines dwindle to a trickle.
But in terms of the action itself, what can newcomers to springtime skiing expect? Or more importantly, what kinds of spring skiing tips should be followed by those looking to make the most of the conditions?
Professional Skiing Tips for Spring
1 – Timing is Everything
Well, first of all it is important to resist the urge to head out as early as possible in the morning to make the most of the virgin slope action. In the springtime, all that lovely slush that gathers in the daytime has a habit of freezing to solid ice during the night time, which doesn’t exactly make for fantastic early morning skiing opportunities. Instead, you need to be extremely strategic with your timing, ensuring you give your chosen piste as much time as necessary for the snow to sufficiently soften.
2 – Aim High
The very best snow during the springtime can always be found at the highest locations you can get to above the valley floor. If you can ensure that you are at least a few thousand metres up, there’s every chance you will have no trouble whatsoever in finding some seriously outstanding snow to play with. This is therefore something that should be factored in while planning your trip – try to choose a resort that offers excellent access to plenty of high pistes.
3 – Quit Early
It’s largely inevitable that at a pace much faster than you probably expect, the afternoon sun will turn decent enough snow into your worst nightmare. Suffice to say, finding yourself dealing with absolutely hideous conditions an epic distance from home really isn’t in your best interests, for obvious reasons. As such, experts generally advise springtime skiers to get into the habit of quitting each day a little earlier than they might, simply for the sake of safety and convenience.
4 – Check Your Gear
This is one of the most important spring skiing tips. You might also want to remember that the type of skis you use and their condition might make skiing on slushy snow about as appealing as getting the job done on sheets of sandpaper. Unless you have factored in the conditions and selected your equipment appropriately, you may find yourself struggling.
5 – Make The Most Of It
Last but not least, the springtime may not exactly be synonymous with the most fabulous skiing opportunities of the year, but it does nonetheless have its perks. Along with beautifully quiet conditions, the wonderfully warm weather makes for perfect picnic opportunities in some of the most stunning locations on Earth. There really is something uniquely breathtaking about springtime in the mountains, so you might as well make the most of it!
Now you’ve read the spring skiing tips and hints it’s time to put it all together! The 3 Valleys is one of the most amazing places in the world for quality skiing, and with Alpine Infusion you’ll be able to enjoy an unforgettable trip. With so much to do besides skiing, such as luxury shopping in Courchevel or visiting tasty restaurants in Meribel, we have no doubt that this will be the holiday of a lifetime.
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