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The ski season is far from over. Many of the main resorts stay open right until the end of Spring, you if you're craving the thrills of the piste or a snowboarding high, all you need to do is a bit of research about the destinations that are most likely to have good snow at this time of year.

Late Season Plus Points

There are several things to recommend booking a skiing holiday later in the season. It is likely to be considerably cheaper for one, with both accommodation and lift pass costs significantly less than their mid-winter peak. It will also be a great deal quieter on the slopes, reducing the likelihood of those long lift queues, thus giving you more time to actually get down the runs. The weather is another major plus point, as generally speaking the later in the season you visit, the warmer and sunnier it will be. This means longer days on the slopes and, more importantly, more pleasant après-ski conditions! However, the weather is of course at best unpredictable in snowy climes so you need to ensure you come prepared for all eventualities, including some hard core sun block to protect your skin.

Where to go?

The rule of thumb for those seeking some great late season skiing is simple. Aim High. The higher you go, the colder it gets, therefore the best chance of good, long lasting snow increases. In an ideal world, try and get to a location that is at least 2000m high. Resorts built around glaciers are an even better bet, as this keep conditions good enough year round ski fun, although admittedly this may be restricted to somewhat shorter pistes and a necessarily more limited terrain.

Weather Eye

The depth of snow in all regions can vary considerably from year to year, so it is imperative to keep a weather eye on the websites of the resorts in which you are interested. A particularly heavy winter can have a positive knock on effect on the season, prolonging it for several weeks, or maybe even a couple of months. Conversely, weak or limited snowfall can bring the season to an abrupt halt. If you are able to book at short notice, it can be well worthwhile holding on for a late deal, once you have ascertained that the snow depth and general conditions will be up to scratch.

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