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Top 5 Luxury Snow-Sure Resorts for Late Season Escapes

January 04, 2021  · 
Top 5 Luxury Snow-Sure Resorts for Late Season Escapes

With the ski season being pushed back in 2020 but with hope that things will ease and improve in the medium term, we’ve picked our top 5 ski resorts offering the best conditions late in the season thanks to their aspect and altitude, whilst also offering some great value. 

So, if you’ve missed out on the season so far – don’t write things off just yet, there’s plenty more to come... 

Val d’Isere - France 

With record-breaking snow falls in The French Alps you can be pretty sure that if somewhere is going to have the goods, you’ll find it in the Espace Killy ski area (of which Tignes – below – is also part). Thanks to their altitude and the convenience of each having its own glacier, these two destinations are often the last to close in the season, with summer skiing being focussed on the Grande Motte glacier. 

Val d'Isere piste map

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Chalet Caslistoga Val d'Isere France

Chalet Calistoga, Val d'Isere, France

Tignes – France 

With lifts topping out at 3456 m (the Grande Motte cable car) and running down to 1550m (Brévières village), Tignes has a well-earned place as a destination for spring and late season skiing. Terrain for all abilities is guaranteed, from beginners to experienced skiers, until early May with everything which the Espace Killy area has to offer off the slopes too. 

Tignes piste Map

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Tango Charlie Residence, Tignes, France

Tango Residence, Tignes, France

Val Thorens – France 

As the highest member of the 3-Vallees resorts (indeed the highest resort in Europe), Val Thorens sits at 2300m, ensuring that when the lower resorts start to struggle, it keeps going strong. With areas skiable well into May, the chances of being let down here in the late season are low. 

With excellent infrastructure, great restaurants and everything we have come to know and love on offer from the 3-Vallees resorts, this is possibly the most reliable and accessible of all the options. 

Val Thorens piste Map

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 La Datcha, Val Thorens, France

La Datcha, Val Thorens, France

Zermatt – Switzerland 

When you muster images of a swiss ski resort, the magnificent Matterhorn is usually the iconic symbol which we all recall. The municipality of Zermatt which is home to the Matterhorn is arguably one of the top ski destinations in the world even without its promise of late season snow, boasting luxury and entertainment like no other.  

Step into the highest cable car in Europe and step out onto the Glacier Paradise on The Matterhorn which sits on the Italian boarder – so much so that you can even slide your way down into Cervinia – just make sure you have your international lift pass with you... 

Zermatt piste Map

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Chalet Grace, Zermatt, Switzerland

Chalet Grace, Zermatt, Switzerland

Lech – Austria 

As one of the more developed ski resorts in Austria, Lech has built a well-deserved reputation. With late season skiing being reliable year after year, Lech maintains its skiable areas both naturally and with the help of snow cannons which cover 60% of its space. 

With everything you would expect from Austrian charm, Lech boasts superb accommodation and apres-ski and even a heli-ski operation if you really want to have some of the mountains to yourself. 

Lech piste Map

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Chalet Severins, Lech, Austria

Severin*s Residence, Lech, Austria

Of course, if you have any questions or if you would like to speak to a member of the team here in regard to tailoring your next dream ski trip, don’t hesitate to make an enquiry via the website or call us on +44 (0)1993 899420. 

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