Where to Ski : March & April 2021
SPRING SKIING IN AUSTRIA
There will be a ski season of some description this Winter however, with a question mark hanging over early Season skiing (Will the resorts be open? Can we travel without a two week quarantine on return?), we are focusing on where to ski later in the season when we can realistically expect travel restrictions to have relaxed.
We love late season skiing: For most resorts, upper slope snow depths peak around mid-March, prices are keener than high season February (Hotel prices and lift pass prices are lower with some resorts including child pass offers), there is still every chance of fresh snow (spring showers) PLUS, when the sun comes out, long, late terrace lunches round off a fantastic day’s skiing!
If you’re planning on skiing in March or April this season, take a look at our top tips on where to head to.
WHEN TO GO
The high season European Holidays extend until the 28th February 2021 this Winter and Easter Sunday falls on 4th April with most resorts open until at least the Easter Weekend. March will be quieter than the Easter weekend with great conditions in all resorts although you may wish to avoid lower resorts by late March. Post Easter, higher snow-sure and glacier resorts are the best bet although Hotel prices will remain higher here.
SKI CIRCUS :: SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM-LEOGANG-FIEBERBRUNN
Fieberbrunn has the best snow record in the Kitzbuheler Alps and enjoys its own micro-climate with north-facing slopes which hold the snow well in to April (do not be put off by the altitude). The whole of the Ski Circus plans to be open until 11th April and there are FREE lift passes on offer for children under 15 from the 27thMarch when parents buy a lift pass for 4 days or more. ‘White Pearl Mountain Days’ - a FREE programme of live DJ’s, brunch stops, live music and gourmet hut food tasting – takes place from 13th March until 4th April. Fly to Salzburg, Innsbruck or Munich.
Kitzbuhel has a scheduled closing date of 18th April although, by this time, only a handful of lifts will be open. Again, don’t be put off by the altitude: Most of the skiing lies in the 1,200-2,000 metres range and more snow falls at a lower altitude in the Eastern part of the Alps – altitude is not everything!
Expect to take the lift back down to resort level by early April but the flipside is some great rates on top 4* Superior Hotels and some great cafes in the atmospheric and historic resort centre to while away sunny Spring afternoons. Fly to Salzburg, Innsbruck or Munich.
Austria’s largest glacier resort boasts over 115 kilometres of snow-sure skiing and is open from October through to late May. You can expect a significant snowbase by March with guaranteed snow and skiing. It is a very short transfer (30 minutes) from Innsbruck to the main resort village of Neustift in the middle of the Stubai Valley. One of the best snow parks in the Austrian Alps (Stubai Zoo) and FREE lift passes for children under 10. Fly to Innsbruck.
One of Austria’s big party resorts (up there with St Anton and Ischgl but expect après-ski to be a low-key affair in Winter 20/21), Solden offers skiing up to 3,000 metres and lift access from the resort centre (most Hotels are within walking distance of the 2 main lifts). Their main season runs until the 25th April. Fly to Innsbruck.
The glacier on the Kitzsteinhorn Mountain (3,029m) offers guaranteed snow and skiing until May and the NEW K-onnection lift links the resort centre directly with the glacier ski area via the local Maiskogel mountain. Plenty of hotels offering flexible stays and excellent value for money. Fly to Salzburg, transfer time 1.5 hours.
MAYRHOFEN - ZILLER VALLEY
OK, so it's going to be green in the valley but all the skiing in the Ziller Valley - and there is 500KM+ of it! - is in the region 1500-2400 metres and skiing will still be excellent higher up later in the season. Explore Hochzillertal (Kaltenbach-Hochfuegen), Zillertal Arena (Zell am Ziller - Gerloss), Mayrhofen and others PLUS great late season skiing up on the Hintertux Glacier at the end of the valley. Fly to Innsbruck and Munich.
Austria’s premier resort and largest lift-linked ski area (305 km of piste!) lies at 1,304 metres with skiing up to 2,800 metres and a ski season that extends to the 25th April.
The main season runs until 5th April and reduced price lift pass prices are on offer from 6th April to 25th April. If you have tried to get in to St Anton for a short break in the main season and failed (most hotels are full Saturday-Saturday) then April could be the window you’ve been waiting for. Fly to Innsbruck for the 1.5 hours transfer to resort.
MORE INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS
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