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8 Best Late Season Ski Destinations in Europe

Sestriere in Italy is one of the best places in Europe for late season skiing

Not booked your trip to the mountains yet? Don’t worry, there are plenty of great destinations for late season skiing in the Alps or across Europe.

Although there are no guarantees of fresh snowfall as we move into the spring, for example beyond April and May, some of these Euro ski resorts keep their snow a bit later. Many of these resorts are also pretty snowsure, so you can usually ski or snowboard right up until the last minute.

As a general rule, the best places to find late season ski deals in Europe tend to be in the Alps, and specifically in Austria, France, Switzerland and parts of Italy.

1. Zermatt, Switzerland

As far as chocolate box ski resorts go, you’ll find it hard to beat Zermatt. With over 360kms of snowsure terrain open until late April, and a glacier open until the summer.

Although it’s car free, Zermatt is easy to reach from a number of major international airports including Geneva, Zurich and Milan. It’s not the cheapest on this list, but late season ski deals will be much more affordable – so you can ski world class Zermatt for less.

Check out Sunweb’s late season ski deals in Zermatt.

2. Les Deux Alpes, France

Les Deux Alpes is one of the highest resorts in France, and is another great resort for skiing into the summer. With the largest skiable glacier in Europe (open until around June), you’ll find some excellent late season ski deals at this fabulous Alpine destination.

If you’re looking for late season ski deals in Europe, you’ll probably spot L2A as well as neighbouring Alpe d’Huez – although Huez does close sooner.

Check out our review of Les Deux Alpes on our partner site Gone Travelling.

Les Deux Alpes is perfect for late season ski in Europe
Les Deux Alpes, France

3. Mayrhofen/Hintertux, Austria

Although Mayrhofen, nestled at the end of the Zillertal valley, closes up the resort in late April – nearby Hintertux is open all year round. There is a ski bus linking Mayrhofen to the glacier, but some end of season apres in this action packed Austrian resort is guaranteed to be great fun.

Another great thing about Mayrhofen is it’s ease of access from Innsbruck, with a regular and affordable train service making it accessible. If you take a private transfer, it’s even quicker!

4. Sestriere, Italy

Home of the Turin Winter Olympics, Sestriere has earned a reputation as a great base to explore La Via Lattea (the Milky Way). Being reasonably high up it’s also snowsure until late April, so if you’re looking for a ski trip with an Italian flavour, Sestriere is a solid choice.

A short hop from Turin (or Milan – a bit further), Sestriere does see snowfall into April meaning you can get some great late season ski deals here too.

Sestriere in Italy is one of the best places in Europe for late season skiing
Sestriere, Italy

5. Val d’Isere/Tignes, France

The Espace Killy ski region has some of the highest terrain in the French Alps – meaning better chances of late season snow. You’ve also got two glaciers to explore making it very much a solid choice for end of season skiing – even into the spring. Espace Killy usually closes in early May.

Both Val d’Isere and Tignes are also some of the more expensive options in the French Alps, but you get what you pay for. With over 300 kms of pistes to explore, you’ll get your moneys worth for sure.

6. Ishgl, Austria

One of Austria’s highest resorts, and most popular, Ishgl offers some of the latest season skiing in the Alps. With most of the terrain above 2000m, you’ll find ample snow cover into May, which is when the resort closes.

Another option for high altitude skiing in Austria is Obergurgl. But Ishgl offers more terrain, at around 240kms – so if mileage is your thing that’ll be the deciding factor.

7. Trysil, Norway

Heading away from the Alps, there are option to enjoy some late season skiing in Scandanavia. Norway is less mountainous than the Alps, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots to explore and enjoy.

Trysil is one of the most popular resorts in Norway and is usually open until late April, although May is sometimes an option on a good year. You’ll find over 100kms of terrain to explore, but the selling point is more the Norwegian hospitality and atmosphere.

8. Saas Fee, Switzerland

Back in the Alps, Saas Fee offers late season and even summer skiing. You’ve got the glacier plus a high proportion of terrain above 2500m, making Saas Fee a solid choice for late season skiing.

Although not the cheapest option on the list, or with the biggest terrain, it does have a solid snow record. So if you’re looking for a ski resort that won’t be slushy in late April, Saas Fee, and neighbouring Zermatt, will offer some of the best spring skiing options in Europe.

Finding the best spring skiing deals in Europe

Finding a late season ski deal in Europe also means some of the most bargain prices for the season. If you’re heading to top end ski resorts like Zermatt or Val d’Isere, you can get some huge discounts on accommodation – meaning you can experience these epic resorts for less.

And just because its the spring doesn’t mean that the snow cover will be bad. Many years there is a late snowfall, meaning you could even end up with a top quality ski experience.

Our favourite place to book, by far, is Sunweb. We’ve booked various trips to European ski resorts using Sunweb for a number of reasons.

  • They always include the lift pass in the package price.
  • They’re usually the best deals online for ski packages.
  • Adding on ski hire is easy and usually very affordable.
  • Customer service is top notch.

So if you’re looking for any kind of European ski deal, late season or early season, check out Sunweb.*


*Yes, this article does contain affiliate links. That means we have included links that will pay us a small commission (at no extra charge to you) if you book through them. Also you’ll get a great deal! So it’s win win 🙂

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