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The first question we always get asked from guests considering skiing at Easter or April is 'Will there be any snow?' The answer has always been 'yes!' The average snow depth on the upper slopes for the last 11 years has been an impressive 296cm for the first week of April and 289cm for the second week. With the lower slopes receiving an average of 74cm for the first week of April and 76cm for the second week.
Spring is a fantastic time of year for your skiing and snowboarding holidays to Samoëns and the Grand Massif. Our snowy micro-climate and many north-facing slopes means there is always plenty of skiing and snowboarding to be enjoyed, right up until the end of the season. As well as great conditions for skiing and snowboarding on the mountain, there are a number of warm-weather activities to enjoy off the mountain. The village itself is a hive of activity, especially during the Easter holidays, and the beauty of our valley in the springtime is something else not to be missed. If you fancy a skiing or snowboarding holiday to the Alps in Spring, then look no further than Samoëns and the Grand Massif. You won’t be disappointed.
Samoëns and the Grand Massif may not be the highest altitude ski area, but it is one of the most snow-sure. In fact, it is one of only a few resorts in the Alps that consistently experiences above-average snowfall. The snowy micro-climate is a result of our resort’s close proximity to Mont Blanc, the Alps’ highest mountain. Storms generally hit the Alps from the northwest, which means we are first in line for the snowfall they bring. But don’t take our word for it. To see just how good average snow depths are in Samoëns, check out this Historical Snow Report. You’ll be happy to see that average annual snow depths in March and April especially, have remained high over the past 11 years.
Another reason why the snow in the Grand Massif stays so good for so long is the resort’s large number of north-facing slopes, staying colder for longer. Don't worry it is still sunny when you are on the slopes, but the angle of the sun means the snow doesn't melt quickly here! The lift company are constantly investing in changing the rocky mountain pistes to grassy ones ensuring skiing on thinner snow depths later into the Spring.
For the best skiing and snowboarding take advantage of the earlier lift-opening times in the Spring and hit the slopes first thing. Then, after a few hours skiing and boarding enjoy a long and leisurely lunch on a sunny, slope-side terrace. Lose the layers and work on your tan! In Spring, the warmer temperature throughout the day means T-shirt skiing is on the cards. And Mums and Dads will agree that the warmer weather also makes for happier children. Ski school in the sun is always a hit with the little ones. Happy kids, happy parents!
The ski schools also tend to be quieter during Spring. Some guests have commented that even during the Easter holiday period ski schools are much quieter than at other times in the season. Guests also love the shorter lift queues and enjoy the variety of skiing and snowboarding that springtime weather brings. As temperatures rise, the firm groomed pistes of morning become soft with slushy bumps by early afternoon. This makes for hilarious fun on the slopes for the second part of your day. Or why not pack up your skis and boards for the afternoon? Head down the mountain and make the most of what is truly a two-centre holiday destination.
A Spring skiing or snowboarding holiday is a winter and summer holiday rolled into one. The Grand Massif ski domain reaches heights of 2480m but the villages of Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt sit between 700m & 800m. And when Spring has sprung, down in the valley there is a vast array of other activities to enjoy. Imagine skiing in the morning and white-water rafting in the afternoon. Or starting your day with a mountain bike ride along the Giffre river or a game of tennis before heading up top with your snowboard. Or simply relaxing at any time of the day by the ‘Lacs aux Dames’, Samoëns’ gorgeous lakes with their surrounding parks and recreation facilities. Lac Bleu in Morillon is also ideal for a springtime chill. Enjoy an aperitif at lakeside bar, La Covagne. The high ropes course and adventure park at the lake officially opens mid-April, but when the weather’s good it’s been known to open sooner.
Samoëns has a truly fabulous springtime vibe – on and off the mountain. Toward the end of the ski season a number of special events begin to take place. Samoëns village often hosts live music events. Likewise, the mountain restaurants turn up the tunes and dust off their BBQs for special outdoor lunches. The annual Septi-Contest at Samoëns 1600 is always great fun, as is the Dupraz Happy End Banked Slalom, an all-ages snowboarding event in Morillon.
To read about even more of the great things on offer during a springtime holiday to Samoëns, take a look out our Springtime in Samoëns blog.
Easter in Samoëns is a whole lot of fun. Celebrations usually kick off on Good Friday, with free games for all the family in the town square. Easter weekend is also the official start to the end of season stocktake sales. While not quite as grand as the summer sales, there are still some great bargains to be found - a new pair of skis at half price perhaps? It’s quite usual for an impressive live music event to also take place during the Easter holidays. For Easter 2016 it’s the Samoëns’ Blues Festival.
The biggest highlight of the Easter holidays, especially for families, would have to be the ‘Great Easter Egg Hunt!’ Visitors of all ages can participate in this fun event, which is held annually and in both weeks of the Easter holidays. To participate collect your ‘treasure’ map from the village square where your search begins. Decoding the riddles on your map will lead you to the secret stash of treats. The Samoëns tourist office assures us that hidden around the village is plenty enough for everyone. But for the best hunters, there are three giant chocolate eggs up for grabs! For exact dates and more information about the annual Easter egg hunt be sure to visit the Samoëns Tourist Office.
Here at Alps Accommodation we often have some great last minute deals and availability for the Easter holiday period. We can help you find your perfect accommodation all throughout the Spring, and year-round. For more information, be sure to check our Special Offers page regularly, or contact us! Give us a call or drop us an email. We are always ready and eager to help you find your perfect holiday accommodation in Samoëns and the Grand Massif.