Why Easter is the perfect time to ski at spectacular Samoëns
Easter falls in early April in 2021 which is the perfect time to make the most of France’s most appealing ski resort.
The picturesque old town of Samoëns makes a beautiful base from which to hit the 265 km of linked slopes that form the Grand Massif ski area.
With 80% of the slopes in the area facing north, and its proximity to Mont Blanc, the 351 marked pistes around Samoëns are some of the most snow-sure in France right through to late spring.
Easter ski breaks benefit from longer days, lifts open for longer, warmer weather and an abundance of holiday activities for all the family. Samoëns is a working town, catering for locals and tourists alike, therefore shops, eateries and facilities are always open.
Will there really be snow at Samoëns at Easter?
The answer is a resounding ‘yes’. The average snow depth at this time of year on the upper slopes, in the past decade, has been 296 cm. The lower slopes have been packed with an average of around 76 cm.
Samoëns and the Grand Massif benefit from a snowy-microclimate and consistently experience above-average snowfall. When storms hit the Alps, they generally do so from a north-westerly direction meaning the pistes attract the first dumps of snow. The north-facing slopes stay cold for longer too meaning no quick melt. Snowy slopes are pretty much guaranteed until at least late April.
Take to your skis during the morning to make the most of the spring slopes and on fine days, it’s more than possible to hit the pistes in a t-shirt with less likelihood of the kids feeling the chill than they would in winter. A leisurely lunch on the sunny side with the spring sun on your face makes for a wonderful midday break from the piste.
What else is on in Samoëns at Easter?
The true beauty of Samoëns and its surrounds in the springtime lies in the opportunities to head down the valley to enjoy the vast array of other activities which can be undertaken in the finer weather.
The end of the ski season sees the town play host to a range of special events such as live music, barbeques and shows. There’s also a great, annual Easter egg hunt which will take you around the best of the beautiful medieval town.