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Top 5 places to ski in the Alps in May

by Fraser Wilkin, 26 April 2019

Most people don't give skiing in the Alps a second thought after April, but good skiing is possible in some Alpine resorts well into May.

 

Indeed, thanks to recent snowfalls, snow conditions up on the glaciers (and at high altitude in general) look like being pretty good this May, at least for now.

 

For the most part, skiing in the Alps in May will mean skiing on glaciers. However, for the first week or so of May, a handful of resorts can still offer considerable non-glacial terrain. This year for example, Val Thorens, Tignes and Cervinia are all open until 5 May 2019 with plenty of snow down to resort level.

 

Beyond 5 May 2019, here are five of the best resorts to head to for an 'inter-season' ski break in the Alps...

1. Hintertux, Austria

Closing date:  Open 365 days a year!

Arguably the best of the European glaciers, thanks to having steeper and more varied terrain than most, Hintertux is also one of the few to be 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:  10 June 2019

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.

 

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4. Kitzsteinhorn glacier (Kaprun), Austria

Closing date:  2 June 2019 (then reopens 29 June - 21 July 2019)

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 until 6 May 2019. The number of runs available will reduce for the rest of the month, but you will still be able to ski on a good variety of terrain on the upper part of the glacier.

5. Engelberg, Switzerland

Closing date:  26 May 2019

Engelberg, Switzerland - Best places to ski in the Alps in May Photo: titlis.ch

Engelberg is the only resort in Switzerland besides Zermatt to continue to offer skiing for most of May.

 

Its glacier may be small, offering just a handful of easy runs, but in most years you can also ski on more advanced slopes down to Stand (2428m) and sometimes even to Trübsee (1800m), which should be the case this year (2019).