Top 5 places to ski in the Alps in May
by Fraser Wilkin, 3 May 2017
Most people don't give skiing a second thought after April, but good skiing is possible well into May. Indeed, thanks to heavy late season snowfalls this year, snow conditions in the Alps looks particularly good this May, at least for now.
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 (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: 18 June 2017
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!)
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: 23 July 2017
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: 5 June 2017
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 the whole of May.
Expect around 20km of pistes to be open, with very reliable snow between the altitudes of 2750m and 3108m.