Spring is officially in the air, just don't forget your sunscreen!
The Easter holidays bring families back to the resort for a short end of season break in the mountains. The warmer spring days also brings a party-vibe to the town and the sun and snow conditions obviously warrant a longer lunch break on a sunny terrace to top up the tan, and après-ski seemingly starts a little earlier.
To make the most of the longer sunny days we like get out on our touring skis and split-boards, get away from the lifts, and find that last bit of untouched snow. Whilst some locals are brave enough to bring out their bikes for a quick trip into town, in general it's still too cold and icy to risk any biking adventures.
Read on for a look at what we like to do in resort throughout April.
What are the weather and snow conditions like?
As winter draws to a close for another year, the snow on the lower slopes is usually much heavier by midday. The temperatures rarely dip below freezing, usually falling between a low of -2ºC and a high of 7ºC, plus there's still the chance of snow as April averages nine days snowfall, and therefore a powder day isn't out of the question.
What's on in Verbier in April?
Red Bull home run
To kick off the month this day of ski and snowboard racing is one to look out for. There will be DJs and live music, plus events on throughout the day.
End the season on a high at the Ultime Session closing party - big air displays, water slide contest, equipment tests, fancy dress, food & drink, banked slalom, DJs and live music at the Snowpark de la Chaux from 10:00.
One Piece Descent (date tbc)
Definitely not for the faint of heart, this event is like no other you’ll have seen before. Picture this: 200 people meeting at Pub Mont Fort in the morning, dressed in hysterical outfits and retro one-pieces, then all heading to the Medran lift station. From there, everyone skis from mountain bar to bar, playing games along the way, and finishing with an epic party to end the day back where it all started. You can pick up your tickets throughout the week, the cost of which include a burger at PMF, as well as various drinks in each bar you head to on the mountain. Every year this is an unforgettable event, so pack your 1980s one piece, and be sure to join in with the fun.
Patrouille de Glaciers
This international ski mountaineering race takes place every two years, where teams of three journey through the mountains over five days to take first spot in this prestigious competition.
School holiday skiing
Easter is a popular month for families so the slopes are noticeably busier as soon as the holidays begin. Fortunately, the 4 Vallees ski area is so vast, that even in high season you can find quiet slopes and minimal lift queues. Here are our insider's top tips for the school holidays:
- It will be almost impossible to book private lessons over this period, group lessons are the best option. Make sure to get your ski and snowboard lessons booked well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- If you're not in ski school, be an early bird. Arrive at the lifts before they open so that you get up and away before the ski school classes set out around 09:15.
- Ski over lunchtime. The slopes are calmer between 12:00 and 14:00 while the families take a leisurely lunch break.
- Pre-book your lunch and avoid the queues. Some restaurants offer a Click & Collect service. It's the best way to avoid the queues and make the most of your time in the mountains.
- Seek out the peripheral areas. Try to avoid the busy main ski areas closer to town, especially at the beginning and end of the day.
- Get off-piste. Competent off-piste skiers can book a local mountain guide and explore the vast off-piste areas in the valley or even go touring to find complete solitude in the backcountry.
Bars and clubs
To mark the official end of an amazing winter season, this traditional party will come to the La Chaux Snowpark. There’ll be a dual bank slalom competition where riders compete head to head in identical banked slalom courses next to each other. At the end of the course you’ll find the famous water slide, offering a fun way to mark the finish line, and often resulting in some rather hilarious falls and wipeouts. As usual, the event continues with a concert in the afternoon, followed by a party well into the night back in town. Without a doubt, everyone will be in great spirits for this event, despite it being the last day of the season.