THE BEST PLACES TO SKI IN SPRING

In the Ischgl Samnaun ski area, the lifts are still open up to 1 May. So there’s still some time left to savour skiing in the spring – and it’s especially good fun on these four slopes. Why? Trisanna has the answer.

If you go skiing in the spring, generally speaking you’re firstly something of a pleasure-seeker, and secondly, you should occasionally listen to common sense. Which says that it’s not a bad idea to go out on the slopes early, as the warmer it gets in the course of the day the softer the slopes will be. So it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on where the sun is and ski in the mornings in the sun, in the afternoons in the shade.

 

Up to the Greitspitze
Afer you’ve skied around the Alp Trida, you can go up to the Greitspitze, the highest point of the ski area. Depending on your level of skill and what you fancy, you can take the red piste No. 70 or the black piste No. 72. Both lead down to Alp Trida Eck – and both lie beautifully in the morning sun. Presuming there is any, of course.

 

Over to Velillalp
Descent No. 7 looks a bit off the beaten track on the map of the slopes. The way it goes through the Veillia valley makes it one of the most beautiful slopes in the ski area, though, particularly on a spring morning. Carvers who also have an eye for mountain landscape will especially enjoy it here.

 

Up in the shade
In the afternoon, the shady side comes into its own. If you have relaxed properly in the midday sun, you might be ready for the black pistes, No. 20 and 21, which lead from Palinkopf down into Höllkar. They demand and test skiers’ flexibility, but have already started to turn to corn snow by the early afternoon.

 

Off into the corn snow
Specialists debate with almost religious zeal whether fresh powder snow or crackling corn is the best ground for skiing. Less fundamentalist pleasure-seekers find them both great. There’s a very good chance that pistes 41 and 42, which lead down from Piz Val Gronda, will still have good corn snow conditions in the late afternoon, too.