As the sun shines for longer each day, even with warmth at times, many people’s thoughts will turn from the wintry slopes to the summer. It’s not time to pack away the ski gear just yet though, as late season skiing brings not only warmer weather, but also quieter slopes and lower prices.
When to go… March Vs April
Austrian ski resorts typically remain open until around mid-April. This is of course dependent on snow.
Skiing in Austria in March…
While it’s impossible to predict the weather Austrian condition’s in March are generally good. After all it is still peak season.
However, if you’re a little on the cautious side then go glacier.
Or alternatively keep your option’s open, keep an eye on early season conditions, see which resort gets a bucket load of the fresh stuff and you’ll know there’s a good base that should see it through even the warmest of March days.
SKIING IN AUSTRIA IN APRIL…
There’s no need to worry that winter is leaving us and spring is right on the doorstep because ski resorts make every effort to keep conditions excellent into April. However it’s always a good idea to make sure that you aim your trip to be early April and you’re flexible with your resorts. That way you can pick and choose based on current conditions.
If you’re looking to book early then there’s two things you need to look out for. You either want a resort that has excellent snow making coverage or you want a glacier resort.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR RESORT…
While ensuring good snow coverage is nigh-on impossible, there are a few tricks to optimise your chance of great piste conditions late in the ski season.
Firstly, head to a resort that’s had lots of snow that season. The more snow that has fallen and built up, the longer it will remain and the more time it will take to melt.
PICK A HIGH ALTITUDE SKI RESORT
Visit a high altitude resort. The higher above sea level a resort is, the colder temperatures will be. Again, these colder temperatures help to maintain whatever snowfall exists, and also increases the chance of fresh snow.
Some of the highest resorts in Austria are:
- Kuhtai at 2,020m
- Obergurgl at 1,930m
- Ischgl at 1,400m
Ischgl Piste Map
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR GLACIER RESORTS IN AUSTRIA
Keep an eye out for glacier resorts. The slopes on the glaciers remain open from late September to early summer ensuring the perfect late season conditions for your Austrian adventure. Although, there’s still an element of caution to be had as the pistes below enjoy a slightly shorter season.
These three glaciers are usually a good bet:
- Solden Glacier
- Stubai Glacier
- Hintertux Glacier
SNOW CANNONS AT THE READY
Many of the resorts lower down the mountainside have snow cannons to bolster the snow depth on lower slopes.
Temperatures remain cool in these spots, but they sometimes miss out on the big dumps of snow.
Resorts such as Söll have really embraced this technique with snow making facilities on a whopping 75% of slopes.
So there you have it. These are our top tips for late season skiing in Austria. Skiing isn’t just for Winter though, there are popular resorts for spring skiing all over Europe so you don’t have to miss out.
Late season skiing doesn’t take your fancy? Then you can always check out some of our Top Resorts For Early Season Skiing.