The most important factor to help you make the most of your ski holiday is SNOW
Whenever you plan to take your skiing holiday, you will need to consider where and which ski resort is going to be best for you. Some resorts open as early as the end of November to the middle of December and skiing holidays are possible at this time of year at some great prices, however some destinations may not have had an ample snowfall.
To avoid a lack of snow on your skiing holidays, stay clear of the low European resorts such as Bulgaria, Andorra or Some Austrian resorts. An ideal resort height to look at this time of year is approx 1500 metres or higher; you will find many of these resorts in France, Switzerland or Italy. This will also apply to the end of the season (mid March to April) when spring Arrives and the snow turns to slush as these areas warm under the spring sunshine.
The resort itself does not have to be enormously high to ensure good snow conditions – north facing slopes and the situation of the valley can also play a role in providing good skiing conditions, as well as areas that glacier skiing. For more ideas on where to go for your skiing holiday see our Skiing Holidays Tips
If you can only travel at the beginning or end of the season or are working to a tight budget, then you could bag yourself a really good deal for your skiing holiday as usually these are the cheapest time of year to ski. Most villages now have snow making machines (snow cannons) so skiing should still be possible, or look for guaranteed snow resorts that are mainly glacier skiing or high altitude resorts.
Another alternative to consider is choosing a resort that has a lower village but take the bus or ski lifts to a more snow sure resort on a daily basis, an area lift pass will help you achieve the best the slopes have to offer and let you ski a linked mountain range such as the Milky Way, Three Valleys, Paradiski or Espace killy.
If you don’t fancy getting on the bus, or a short walk to the lifts, ask about hotels that are ski in, ski out with these properties you can literally ski to the back door!