The Crystal Ski Fest 2011 kicked off yesterday with great conditions and the X Games start tomorrow in Tignes. It’s a similar story throughout the rest of March and April with the ski calender packed full of great events and Easter falling late this year (Easter Monday is the 25th April).
With so much on offer and so much great skiing in promise, here are several events and resorts you’ll want to consider for that late season ski trip
SkiClub GB’s Dual Slalom race in Tignes 6th April
(within easy reach of Val d’Isere)
The Dual Slalom is open to anyone and sees teams of four racing one-by-one down the parallel Slalom course in a series of knock-out rounds. Last year’s inaugral event was a great success and with a full day of races, this years’ event promises another great day on the slopes. There’s also plenty of opportunity to revel in your success (or put a smile back on your face if needs be!) at the post race prize giving in the Le Coffee restaurant from 3.30pm.
The races attract a wide mix of teams – from those in fancy dress to those gunning for the title and, if you don’t have a full team or want to join in with another’s, head to the team registration where they’ll help organise a team for you on race day.
How can I enter?
You can enter whilst out in Tignes by heading to the Alpaka Lodge between the 3rd and 5th April. For non-members of the SkiClub, entry costs just €30 per team (€7.50 per person).
For more information about the event visit the SkiClub GB facebook page.
Where to stay in Tignes?
Tignes is a big resort and has plenty of accommodation to cater for all tastes. For a break down of the hotels, chalets and apartments, visit staying in Tignes.
The season ending Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl, Asutria 30th April
If you don’t fancy being caught up in the furore of the Royal Wedding next month, the Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl is the perfect way to escape to the slopes. The Killers will be the headlining act which, thanks to events in the UK, will be a bank holiday – meaning you can hit the slopes and be part of what promises to be a massive end of season party.
How to I book tickets?
In fact you don’t need to. Entry to the Top of the Mountain concert is free with your lift pass, so all that you’ll need to do is book yourself flights and somewhere to stay. Easy!
Last year Easter was almost a full three weeks earlier. However with the school holidays and weekend departures falling on the 9th and 16th April, it’s a great time to get away BUT the choice of resort becomes key. By choosing a glacier resort you’re assured of good skiing conditions as many of these resorts will continue to be open throughout the warmer months for summer skiing.
Here are some snow-sure resort recommendations for you to take a look at:
Many of Austria’s resorts are at a lower altitude than those found across the border in France, but Obergurgl bucks the trend at over 1900m. If you enjoy skiing in Austria this is the resort for you this Easter.
Saas Fee, Switzerland
Saas Fee is a very traditional Swiss resort located at 1800m and its reputation as a picturesque resort is reinforced by the fact the village is traffic free. The ski area, often between 2,500 and 3,500m, is exceptionally high making Saas Fee one of the most snowsure resorts around.
Skiing at Zermatt (and yes it really does offer spectacular skiing and photo opportunities backing on to the Matterhorn mountain) reaches almost 4,000m so suncream is a must. With excellent views across Italy and Switzerland, this is an excellent all round resort.
Les Deux Alps, France
Home to the Mont-de-Lans glacier (supposedly the largest skiable glacier in Europe), Les Deux Alpes is a fantastic snow sure resort for beginners and intermediates with almost 90 beginner or intermediate runs.
Tignes offers almost year long skiing with the Grande Motte glacier providing good skiing throughout April. There are plenty of options of where to stay as Tignes is a major resort. For more information visit Crystal’s accommodation in Tignes page.
Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens forms part of the three valleys ski area and is considered a haven for off piste skiers and boarders. It links to both Meribel and Corchevel and the Peclet glacier offers skiing above 3,000m.
Val d’Isere, France
Val d’Isere gives access to the Espace Killy ski area (which links with Tignes) and with two glaciers, ‘Le Fornet’ and the ‘Grand Motte’, can provide some great late season skiing.
Please note: Departure dates will vary from resort to resort.
Snowbombing in Mayrhofen, Austria 4-9th April
One of the biggest winter sports and music festivals is back. With headline acts such as Fat Boy Slim, Pendulum and The Prodigy, the picturesque Austrian resort of Mayrhofen becomes the resort for those seeking an action packed week. But, it’s not all about the music. With over 600kms of pistes, a 3200m+ glacier and an award-winning terrain park, Mayrhofen offers great skiing and boarding conditions.
For more information and the full line up visit the Snowbombing website.
Where to stay in Mayrhofen for Snowbombing?
The festival is sold as an accommodation and entertainment combo, but if you’d like to learn more about staying in Mayrhofen visit: staying in Mayrhofen
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