Last-Minute Spring Skiing: Where to Go Now

© Brandon Perlman

Winter may be thawing, but there’s still excellent powder to be had on pistes around the world, from Utah to Switzerland, Japan and more.


Big Sky: Closes April 19
With over 90 percent of the mountain still open and six inches of new snowfall in the last week, Big Sky is crushing April skiing season. Nonexistent lift lines and seemingly endless terrain for all abilities make a last-minute trip to Montana (complete with a three-night lodging and two-day ski pass package) a must.

Park City Mountain Resort: Closes April 19
Spring skiing is in full effect at PCMR. Warm breezes from the valley sweep over midday skiers and create a consistent slushiness that makes for one of the most fun (and underrated) times of the year to shred. Be sure to come back next year when a $50 million dollar resort improvement project will connect PCMR to the Canyons, creating the largest ski resort in the United Stated with over 7,300 of skiable terrain.


Lake Louise: Closes May 10
Alberta’s Lake Louise Ski Area (winner of the 2014 World Ski Award for the Best Canadian Ski Resort) received two feet of fresh Canadian powder in the last week, adding to the 12 feet that fell this year to date. Don’t miss the Shake the Lake party on April 25th for the largest season ending event in the Rockies.

Les Trois Vallees: Closes April 24 (Val Thorens open until May 12)
Billed as the “world’s largest ski area” the three valleys encompass such legendary resorts as Courchevel, Meribel, and Val Thorens, all linked together with 180 lifts and 600 kilometers of slopes. With more than 300 open trails and a foot of fresh snow in the last week, this is the perfect place to extend that last minute meeting in Paris or Geneva. Don’t miss the Chalet Brames built 25 years ago, but recently refurbished to include a brand new hammam and in-house masseuse.

Zermatt: Rothorn and Gornergrat Closes April 19, Theodul Glacier open all year round
Cool temperatures, new powder, and more than eight feet of base snow make the idyllic Alpine town of Zermatt a perfect place to spend April—or even May, June, or July. This skier’s paradise is one of the few places on the planet that features year round skiing courtesy of the Theodul glacier.

Hirafu, Niseko, Hokkadio: Closes May 6
Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido might as well be the late season skiing capital. This mecca of Japanese powder benefits from close proximity to the ocean and icy winds coming off of Siberia, which create a snow consistency unmatched anywhere else on the planet. For last minute (or early 2015/16) powder hunting, call Brent Potter at Japan Ski Adventures who has been leading expeditions for almost a decade.

Spring Skiing Chalet Brames and Hirafu Japan


Valle Nevado: Opens June 28
Winter is quickly approaching the Southern Hemisphere and Valle Nevado—located in the Andes Mountains, less than two hours from Santiago—is one of the most exciting skiing destinations south of the equator. Don’t miss the chance for epic heli-skiing, with 5,500 vertical feet of pristine powder in a single run.

Treble Cone: Opens June 25
Winner of the World Ski Awards best resort in New Zealand for two years running, Treble Cone boasts some of the most unique terrain down under. Situated on Lake Wanaka in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, they received almost three feet of snow in August 2014 alone. This is a must-hit for an endless winter odyssey.