Europe in mid April? - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
SnowboardingForum.com is the premier Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-17-2015, 03:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 16
Default Europe in mid April?

So I was planning a trip to Canada in mid April since apparently there might be no snow there by that time I'm planning a few day trip to Europe with my ex (don't ask) instead to shred some snow! We will be going between 12-18.04 (planning to board for 5 days between 13-17.04). I've done a little bit of research and asked some of my European friends but I'm kind of overwhelmed with all the possibilities. For now I'm considering (in this particular order):

-> Val Thorens (all the sites have it in top 5/10 and in most cases at very high spots)
-> Laax (apparently already closed )
-> Mayrhofen (apparently already closed )
-> St Anton
-> Madonna Di Campiglio (apparently already closed )
-> Les2Alpes (my friend speaks very highly of this place but the internet says it's not *as* good, still very good apparently though)
-> Stubai (good park?)
-> Hintertux (100% snow but apparently not as amazing as the above?)

What *I'm* looking for (again in this particular order):

- good park (beginner-intermediate level)
- good intermediate/(easy) advanced runs, I especially want to practice steeps
- being able to ride off piste/in the woods would be a huge plus
- not extremely crowded (but don't want to go to a deserted place either)
- lodging as close to gondolas/lifts as possible
- English speaking instructors would be a plus (if I can afford one ;-) )
- don't care about nightlife but cosy restaurants/cafes are always a plus

One *important* thing is my ex is more of a beginner (upper level beginner?) so I'd also need some easier runs for her (easy reds should be ok, though!).

Any tips/reviews welcome! I'm of course open to other suggestions, too!

Last edited by Maandy; 03-17-2015 at 09:27 AM.
Maandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-17-2015, 05:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
ridinbend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Bend
Posts: 2,612
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maandy View Post
One *important* thing is my ex is more of a beginner (upper level beginner?) so I'd also need some easier runs for her (easy reds should be ok, though!).
The best tip I can give you is lose her at the airport.
__________________
Quote:
Snowboarding, the pure awesomeness of it trumps all possible injuries.

TT
ridinbend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2015, 06:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 16
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ridinbend View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maandy View Post
One *important* thing is my ex is more of a beginner (upper level beginner?) so I'd also need some easier runs for her (easy reds should be ok, though!).
The best tip I can give you is lose her at the airport.
The plan was to wait until we get to the slope ;-)

Nah she's fine with riding solo, I just want to make sure she will have somewhere to ride.
Maandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2015, 06:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 4
Default

afaik:
- Mayrhofen is not an option after april 12th... too bad, there is a lot of decent freeride spots (Horbergtal) and superb park (Vans Penken) and... Harakiri
- Hintertux is ok for freeride if you can get at least 30 centimeters of freshies (mega dump desired) - for intermediate+ riders
- Stubai mostly the same as Tux, imo beginners to intermediate friendly - and there is Spring snowpark with easy and medium lines (pro line opens on 13th april)

Last edited by xide; 03-17-2015 at 07:40 AM.
xide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2015, 09:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
Moving to the dark side...
 
Kevin137's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Drammen
Posts: 1,393
Default

Are you driving, flying or using the coach...??? Where you go from makes a difference in my mind...

And you are limiting it to probably the busiest resorts for that time of year as well, although you are after Easter, lots of brits travel at these times due to them not liking the cold...!!!

Look further afield if you can, money is always an issue when booking trips, and i am a little biased, but look in Scandinavia as well...!

Hemsedal has some fun times that time of year, can still get fresh snow, but also has some slush as well lower down, and the park will still most definitely be open...! They close the 1st week May most years, so that should also be a consideration...
__________________
Height 5"11, Weight 200-210lbs, Born 1969
Regular Stance, Ability NOT GOOD


2012/13 114 days
2013/14 102 days
2014/15 107 days


Rides

K2 Fastplant 154, Ride DH2 158, Endeavour Vice 155, Signal OG 155, NS Evo 157 (Stolen), Flow Quantum 155
Kevin137 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2015, 10:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 16
Default

We will be flying from... Japan. Wanted to go to Hokkaido again but to be honest I was pretty disappointed when I went there in February, it seems this year is pretty warm and I didn't find the mountains there that impressive.

So yeah it doesn't really matter if it's Scandinavia, Austria, France, Switzerland or any other place as it's all far for us. As long as there's snow and good infrastructure we'll be happy - that's why for now I'm considering the ones I mentioned but since I haven't skied/boarded much in Europe I'm open to suggestions and I will try to research Scandinavia more!
Maandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2015, 11:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
The Swiss Miss
 
neni's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Alps
Posts: 3,793
Blog Entries: 4
Default

Whereever you go in the Alps... go high! Scratch all resorts at low elevation.
We had a bad snow year. Only occasional dumps with long periods of warmth n melting (ground avies in Jan/Feb at 2000m... that's not normal). Base is shitty, even at 2400m.
Temps are high now as well. Even if we get another dump, expect to hit rocks.
__________________
The average human has one breast and one testicle ~ Des McHale
neni is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2015, 03:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1
Default

Ischgl in Austria is a really great resort. It is open until May so it will still be open.
Dirty25 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2015, 09:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 16
Default

Damn so my best bet is to choose glaciers (Stubai, Hintertux) or places like Val Thorens, Tignes/Val d'Isere, Les2Alpes which are all over 3000 I guess...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dirty25 View Post
Ischgl in Austria is a really great resort. It is open until May so it will still be open.
Yes I was thinking about Ischgl but from what I know it is below 2.9km so I'm a bit worried that it will be already not rideable in April this year, need to check weather reports!
Maandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2015, 03:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
The Swiss Miss
 
neni's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Alps
Posts: 3,793
Blog Entries: 4
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maandy View Post
Damn so my best bet is to choose glaciers (Stubai, Hintertux) or places like Val Thorens, Tignes/Val d'Isere, Les2Alpes which are all over 3000 I guess...



Yes I was thinking about Ischgl but from what I know it is below 2.9km so I'm a bit worried that it will be already not rideable in April this year, need to check weather reports!
Depends what you intend to ride... if you hope for a dump n riding off-piste/SC, the higher the better - or bring a rock board . If you're just into park/groomers, resorts can make snow as long as temps fall in the night. But also for groomers, higher = nicer snow. At low elevation, you have a.m. ice and p.m. corn. Higher up, you have nice snow all day.
__________________
The average human has one breast and one testicle ~ Des McHale
neni is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:29 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
VerticalSports
Baseball Forum Golf Forum Boxing Forum Snowmobile Forum
Basketball Forum Soccer Forum MMA Forum PWC Forum
Football Forum Cricket Forum Wrestling Forum ATV Forum
Hockey Forum Volleyball Forum Paintball Forum Snowboarding Forum
Tennis Forum Rugby Forums Lacrosse Forum Skiing Forums