Spring ski holidays 2014
Spring Ski Holidays
Wherever you choose to go, head for the slopes this spring!
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or pro, you'll know skiing is one of the great joys in life; and if you've never been, you'll know it's something everyone should try. But which slopes to choose in the spring? The Alps are a sure bet for great snow conditions, and Austria, Switzerland and France are well known for excellent après-ski. The US and Canada, meanwhile, promise breathtaking landscapes and new adventures.
Wherever you choose to go, finding the right accommodation is important. Whether you want a luxury lodge complete with hot tub and sauna, or a tranquil chalet in the midst of nature, your holiday's that bit better when in comfortable, beautiful lodgings. That's why we have a range of holiday rentals in the world's best ski destinations: we want to ensure you have the time of your life, wherever you decide to stay.
Top spring ski holiday destinations
Austria - Salzburg
Austria is perfect for spring ski holidays, particularly sophisticated Salzburg. Thousands of enthusiasts take to the resort's slopes every year, whether for skiing, sledging or snowboarding! Winter sports have been rooted in Austrian culture since their inception, so expect nothing less than skiing holiday perfection. You're promised picturesque valleys and excellent conditions in the Alps, with the season running from December to March. One of Salzburg's foremost attractions are its natural, hot springs, which can be found near Zell am See, a beautiful town in the Pinzgau region.
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France - The Three Valleys
The Three Valleys, or Les Trois Vallées, are excellent for spring ski holidays. With areas spilling into the Vanoise National Park, they make up one of the largest skiing resorts in the world, covering 600 kilometres of spectacular slopes, linked to each other via networks of ski lifts and runs. The area's eight resorts include Courchevel and Saint Martin de Belleville, two of the best destinations for unparalleled panoramas. You could choose a chalet close to Mont Blanc in the north, or Les Écrins in the south - wherever you choose to stay, you're guaranteed a fantastic holiday.
Switzerland - Graubunden
Graubünden is in south-east Switzerland, where German is the predominant language and yet Italy inspires the culture. An eclectic and fascinating skiing region, it boasts over 2,200 kilometres of piste, 40 skiing areas, and peaks over 3,000 metres high. Graubünden is also one of the best destinations for guaranteed snow, due to the high average altitude of its resorts: Arosa is located 1,800m high; the slopes of Laax are above the tree-line; and Davos is the highest winter city in Europe. Of course, the breathtaking backdrop of snow-capped mountains also provides the perfect opportunity to relax: enjoy a sauna or jacuzzi, before indulging in Swiss hot chocolate.
USA - Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is home to the High Sierras, and the world-famous Mammoth Mountain. Traditionally one of the world's first ever ski resorts, Mammoth Lakes receives over 400 inches of snow every year, and enjoys the impressive backdrop of Yosemite National Park. There are over 3,500 skiable acres and 150 named trails here, each connected by the advanced network of lifts and runs. The biggest challenge skiers face is jumping off the cornice, but there are a range of suitable slopes for beginners and intermediates too.
Canada - Whistler
Whistler is one of the best skiing destinations in the world, and ideal for spring ski holidays. It boasts over 8,000 acres of skiing areas, a mix of high open slopes and woodland trails, and some of the most impressive vistas in Canada. A fantastic challenge for advanced skiers, it also provides a range of runs for intermediates and beginners, with the season lasting from mid-November to May. One of the area's best-loved resorts is Whistler Village, a pedestrian-only town with everything within walking distance. The village begins to buzz with excitement in the evenings, and tourists consider après-ski to be one of the best parts of their holiday!
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The Lombardy region of northern Italy is fantastic for spring ski holidays, particularly the Sondrio province and its historical, picturesque capital. There are so many ski resorts to choose from here, but Aprica and Livigno are two of the best. Aprica is a favourite with beginners, located 1,200 metres high and boasting wide, gentle slopes. But not to worry: there are a range of blue, red, and black runs to challenge the more advanced. Livigno, meanwhile, is located 1,816 metres high, and is known for its plentiful sunshine in spring. With over 100 kilometres of impressive slopes, it's yet another ideal destination for all levels of expertise.
Finding bargain ski holidays is never easy, especially with lift passes and ski hire, but choose the right time to go and you'll make considerable savings. Book a private chalet or apartment during the spring, and you'll find some of the best value deals. You could enjoy your very own hot tub or swimming pool, or simply save more for après ski!
Whether you want a luxury chalet in the Three Valleys or a humble lodge in Whistler, you'll find the perfect accommodation when you book through HomeAway.