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Top 5 places to ski in the Alps in May

by Fraser Wilkin, 1 May 2016

Most people don't give skiing a second thought after April, but good skiing is possible well into May.

 

Fraser Wilkin picks five of the best ski resorts to head to...

1. Hintertux, Austria

Closing date:  Open 365 days a year!

Arguably the best of the European glaciers (it has steeper, more varied terrain than most), Hintertux is also one of the few to open every day of the year.

 

A good choice at any time in May, Hintertux is certainly one of the best options later in the month, when you can often still ski between 2660m and 3250m.

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2. Stubai, Austria

Closing date:  29 May 2016

Stubai, Austria - Best places to ski in the Alps in May Photo: Tourismusverband Stubai Tirol

Alongside Hintertux, the Stubai glacier ranks as one of the most extensive and varied in the Alps, with runs of nearly 900m vertical (between 2300-3170m) possible given good conditions.

 

Stubai is another very safe bet if you are planning on hitting the slopes later on in May.

3. Zermatt, Switzerland

Closing date:  Open 365 days a year (weather-permitting!)

Alongside Hintertux, Zermatt is one of only two Alpine resorts that even attempt to open for skiing 365 days a year.

 

By late April, two of the main areas (Gornergrat, Sunnegga/Rothorn) have finished for the season, but up on the Klein Matterhorn snowsports continue all year round. Skiing in May usually takes place between 2940m and 3820m. Note that planned lift maintenance will limit the extent of skiing available early in May 2016 (check with Tourist Office for details).

 

Cervinia (linked to Zermatt at altitude) also stays open throughout May, albeit at weekends only. In good snow conditions it is still possible to ski to Plan Maison at 2500m.

 

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4. Kitzsteinhorn glacier (Kaprun), Austria

Closing date:  29 July 2016

Kitzsteinhorn glacier, Kaprun, Austria - Best places to ski in the Alps in May Photo: facebook.com/kitzsteinhorn

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun in the Austrian Salzburgland is one of the more extensive options for skiing in the Alps in May.

 

At least a dozen runs are expected to be open between 2450m and 3030m at the beginning of the month. This number may be whittled down later in May, depending on snow conditions.

5. Kaunertal glacier, Austria

Closing date:  29 May 2016

Kaunertal glacier, Austria - Best places to ski in the Alps in May Photo: facebook.com/kaunertal.gletscher

Not so well known in the UK, the Kaunertal glacier in the Austrian Tirol is one of only a handful of Alpine glaciers that will remain open for most of the month of May.

 

Expect around 20km of pistes to be open, with very reliable snow between the altitudes of 2750m and 3108m.