It’s that time of year again, when the weather gets warmer and some of our favourite winter ski haunts are transformed from a snow-covered wonderland into a landscape awash with green fields and hills.

The idea of letting go of the ski season for another year is often too much for the most dedicated winter sports enthusiasts - but fear not, all is not lost, and there are still plenty of places you can go if you’re hoping to get your end-of-season fix.

At Ski & Trek, we like to think we have our finger on the pulse when it comes to the hottest ski resorts, so if you’re hoping to get a few days in before the snow disappears, take a look at our suggestions.

Why spring?

While it might not be the most conventional time of year to go skiing, there are actually a number of benefits to hitting the slopes when the weather warms up. Primarily, it is usually much cheaper. During low season, lift passes and accommodation cost much less than during the busier times of year.

On top of this, March and April also see the hustle and bustle associated with December and January start to ease, meaning there is less chance you’ll spend half your day in the queue for the ski lift!

Another great thing about skiing in low season is the weather. Generally, this time of year brings lots of sunshine and longer daylight hours, so you can spend longer on the piste. In addition, there are usually longer lift opening times, while the sun terraces of slope-side eateries become the place to be for afternoon BBQs and drinks.

So, when it comes to selecting your springtime ski destination, what should you be looking out for? In general, the rule for late season is to head to higher ground, or as far north as possible. Unsurprisingly, the higher the altitude, the colder it is, so there is more likely to be snowy conditions when you head to your ski destination. If your chosen resort incorporates a glacier, that’s good news, as it could mean you can ski there all year round.

Here are just a few of our top picks for end-of-season skiing:

Hintertux, Austria

As one of only two ski resorts that stays open for 365 days a year, Hintertux is one of the largest skiable areas in the Alps. Between April and November, this resort can be easily accessed by a network of fast, high capacity series glacier bus lifts.

Usually, there is at least 40km of piste open as late as May, while this destination has been known to offer as much as 65km of terrain when summer arrives. Springtime offers visitors a brilliant terrain park, while there are plenty of festivals and parties every weekend to ensure the atmosphere stays at its best.

Mammoth, US

This stunning resort is a located around six hours away from Los Angeles, and offers visitors picturesque views and classic terrain parks until around June. Winter sports enthusiasts can make the most of this amazing destination in pretty much any weather, while its extensive mixture of runs provides something for everyone. There are challenging culoirs in abundance, as well as wooded terrain further down the mountain. Beginners need not worry, however, as there are plenty of excellent nursery areas and gentle green runs too.

One thing to be aware of, though, is the wind, which can be extremely strong at times. Also, most lodgings at Mammoth Mountain are miles away from the slopes.

Whistler, Canada

The world famous Blackcomb resort clocks up around ten metres of snowfall by May, making Canada the place to be in terms of late-season skiing. At this time of year, skiing is concentrated on the resort’s glaciers, where several hundred acres of terrain stay open, while this swanky resort also features a world-class terrain park.

Remaining open until June, Whistler has a jam-packed summer itinerary, featuring a wide range of activities, which tend to take place further down the mountain.

Are, Sweden

As Sweden’s biggest downhill ski area, Are has a season that spans until May, which means you still have plenty of time if you want to get that last-minute trip booked. One of the best things about visiting this resort late in the season is the long hours of sunlight, coupled with the warmer temperatures, making skiing a more comfortable experience all round. These slopes are ideal for beginners and families alike, as mainly green and blue runs make up the lower part of the mountain.