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Easter in Scandinavia:

Join the family party and celebrate Spring with empty slopes and blue skies

Easter weekend marks the unofficial end of winter, and if you think that’s a good excuse to celebrate you’re not alone.

On the 20th March the spring equinox signals the start of spring, and while this year’s Easter weekend is almost a month later (14th – 17th April) the skiing will still be fabulous thanks to long days, a great chance of mild, sunny weather and/or snow, not to mention beautifully quiet slopes.

Long days

By the end of March, the lengthening days will reach 12 or more hours across Scandinavia. While many think Scandinavia has short days, this is only the case through mid-winter (and even then, only really in the far north). By mid-summer most of Scandinavia experiences 24hours of sunlight and the change progresses swiftly through the spring. For those in the know this is a double bonus, because beautiful long days of skiing are for the taking on quiet slopes. One down side is the night skiing, but only because it probably won’t be dark while you’re skiing until 8pm.

Mild temperatures

Average temperatures in April are around zero degrees and there is a great chance of beautiful blue-sky days and fresh snowfall, making for envious skiing conditions. Even at that time of year, nightly temperatures tend to drop below zero – perfect for overnight snowfall and for keeping the slopes in fantastic condition right through to the end of April.

Quiet slopes

The slopes are always quieter in Scandinavia than in most resorts of the Alps, and Easter is no exception. Plus, while the Scandinavians love to go on skiing holidays around Easter you’re less likely to find them actually skiing than sitting at the edge of the slopes enjoying a family picnic – and maybe a beer or two. While the slopes themselves are quiet you can expect to find a party atmosphere throughout the spring, and especially over Easter weekend, when the locals celebrate the end of winter in style.

Party atmosphere for all ages

Slope-side festivals, fancy dress competitions, BBQs on the pistes and general fun for the whole family is to be found throughout Scandinavian ski resorts over the Easter period. Whether you’re after family entertainment or vibrant après ski, the Scandinavians have it covered over Easter. All you need to do to join in is grab your backpack, pack your picnic (or sausages to grill at the public BBQ cabins) and grab your spot.

Easter 2017

For more information on how to grab a last-minute spot for this Easter contact skiNorway on 0207 199 6010.

Easter 2018

If you’re keen to get next Easter wrapped up early, then you’re not alone. Give the skiScandinavia team a call on 0207 199 2015, they will chat to you about your requirements and put you through to the team most suited to your holiday needs.

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