by Jennifer Lewis
Even though it may feel like summer is finally arriving, some diehard skiers might still be wishing they were back on the slopes. If you haven’t managed to make it skiing this season or you just want to go back and get some more, Austria has a fantastic selection of late opening ski resorts.
If you aren’t quite ready to store the skis away yet then you could find yourself taking a last minute ski holiday in Austria and visiting one of the high altitude resorts still offering quality skiing. The partying doesn’t stop just because the season is slowing down either. Many resorts have end of season parties and festivals that will make your late season visit extra special.
Altitude equals great skiing late season
Skiing is possible well into May at a few of the Austrian ski resorts. The season at Zell am See-Kaprun may end officially on 14th April, but lift passes then become valid for the so-called Glacier Spring. The snow conditions up on the glaciers above the resort offer excellent late skiing and summer doesn’t officially begin here until 21st May. Another May option is Obertauern – a high altitude resort of 1750 metres that normally stays open until early May.
There are plenty of skiers bordering on the obsessive who are happy to put themselves out there for most of the season, as long as they don’t receive too many knocks and spills on the ice. The more time you spend on the slopes, the greater the possibility of injury, unless you stick to safe skiing advice. If you are addicted to skiing and want to go back for second, third or fourth helpings every season then you would do well to ensure you are covered. Make sure you compare life insurance, personal injury and travel insurance to get the best possible quote. The Stubai Valley might offer you some encouragement to keep your insurance up to date because they have some of the highest slopes in Austria and it doesn’t actually close. The season never ends here and if the snow plays ball you can ski right through the summer if you really can’t let go.
Soak up the end of season party atmosphere
The skiing will go on late into April in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and the season will end in style with some traditional Austrian festivities. The resorts here come in at nearly 2000 metres so you can look forward to some pretty good snow conditions. Off the slopes they will be entertaining their late visitors with some Austrian music and traditional food served in mountain huts across the resort.
The lively resort of Sölden has a well-earned party reputation and it also offers summer skiing, so it’s attractive for a lot of reasons. If you are into your music this resort attracts some big DJ acts to liven the party scene after a long day on the slopes and the end of April sees the Maxx Mountain Festival. This resort has you covered for snow, music and partying practically all year round.
Late closing resort Lech Zürs am Arlberg currently has some pretty good snow conditions that look set to continue well into April and the resort of Ischgl is offering great late snow and a little more in the way of entertainment. Ischgl is renowned for booking world famous gigs to round off the season and this year Deep Purple are braving the cold to play at their Top of the Mountain Concert on 30th April. If you like your snow served with a bit of heavy metal then Ischgl could be the resort for your last hurrah.
When everyone else is packing up their skis and heading home you could be just arriving to start another week on the slopes by hitting some of the late opening Austrian resorts. Austria has a diverse mix of resorts to choose from and the fact that so many of them stay open late and even into the summer is a major attraction for late skiing enthusiasts. If you haven’t quite had enough then Austria has plenty to keep you entertained both on and off the slopes. You don’t need to let go of the snow just yet.
Tags: Ski & Snowbard, Winter