- New ‘Bluebird Index’ analyses best weather days at 30 popular European skiing destinations to determine the best time to go
- La Plagne and Meribel top the chart, averaging 4.2 historical Bluebird days during the second week of March – the most of the resorts analysed
- Kronplatz has its best conditions in January, the only resort in the top 10 to have its prime days outside of the Spring months
Fun-loving holidaymakers in search of glorious ski days may want to consider jetting off to the French slopes of La Plagne and Meribel, as a new report reveals both resorts have the highest number of ‘Bluebird’ days on average.
Leading holiday operator, Sunweb, has created the Bluebird Index – historical analysis of weather conditions  at 30 of Europe’s top alpine destinations – to help snow sports enthusiasts decide the best time to plan their trip for optimal weather conditions.
A Bluebird day – a day with great skiing conditions, blue, cloudless skies, and sunny weather – is often hard to predict on skiing holidays. Sunweb’s Index reveals that the second week in March offers the best weather conditions on average across the resorts analysed.
French resorts, La Plagne and Meribel, top the charts averaging 4.2 days of clear blue skies and good snow conditions, which typically fall in the second week of March. Following closely behind, Val d’Isere/Tignes (3.8 days), Val Thorens (3.6 days), Les Deux Alpes (3.4 days) and Italian resort Sauze d’Oulx (3.4 days) also have their best weather conditions during the second week of March.
Kronplatz, in Italy, creeping in at 10th place represents the only resort in the top 10 to have its prime Bluebird week in the depths of winter (first week of January). With 3.1 days of pristine conditions, the Italian resort offers up an alternative for a quick new year getaway.
For the experts wanting to experience the longest black run in Europe - La Sarenne, in Alpe d’Huez – research shows the best week to head is the second week of March where the destination has an average of 3.5 Bluebird days during the week – one for a last-minute trip!
Sauze D’Oulx, home of freestyle skiing at the 2006 Olympics is the highest-ranking Italian destination. The resort in the Milky Way, a ski area spanning parts of France and Italy, averages 3.4 days of pristine conditions in both the fourth week of December and the second week of March.
Martine Langerak, Head of Communications for Sunweb Group, said: “There’s so much that goes into planning a skiing holiday, but the one thing that we can’t control is the weather.
“We hope the Bluebird Index will assist families and friends who are looking to get their fix of the slopes this winter, by offering a little insight into the weather conditions. And if all else fails, there is always Après if the conditions are not in your favour!
“For those wanting to heed the advice of the Bluebird Index, Sunweb has offers in both La Plagne and Meribel from less than £60 per person per night for the second week of March. All holidays booked through us include ski passes for your entire trip, so that’s one less thing to think about while you enjoy the weather.”
Notes to editors
1Research carried out using weather data from https://www.snow-forecast.com/dating from 2007 to 2022 for Bluebird conditions at the top of the mountain.
2 Snow-forecast.com defines a Bluebird day as a day with “Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind”