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Alps
Chamonix, Espace Killy, Paradiski, Les Trois Vallees, West Switzerland, Aosta
Lots of glaciers mean skiing is available from November through to May. For most resorts, without the glaciers, expect snow mid-December to mid-April. Popular during school holidays.
 
Southern Alps
Alpe d'Huez, Milky Way
Go between January and February. April brings hot conditions, unless you head for high resorts such as Les Deux Alpes for their glacier skiing.
 
Eastern Europe, Austria, East Switzerland
High resorts receive snow in mid November. Good cover from mid December through to mid April. December and January are cold, with short days but there will be fresh snow. March and April is warmer, the days are longer, but the snow can be softer.
 
Pyrenees
Plan your visit between January and mid March. The hot sun tends to melt the snow in late March although recent snow records have been excellent.
 
USA
Cheap prices in December and January coincide with very cold conditions, especially in the North East. In January and February head for Colorado for sunny weather and good deals. California has a long season, lasting from November through to at least May, but the earlier you go, the better the snow.
 
Canada
Whistler in the west can be wet, so avoid the April showers. Instead go January to March. Banff is great through to May. The east is bitterly cold in December and January, so February and March may be more tempting, but beware the varying snow conditions.
 
 
 
 


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