Sense of spring

The Easter would be an obvious choice, although unless you wanted to ski Easter was much too early this year if you wanted to move around in the Alps on foot. But it had often turned out that the Ascension Day was a more ideal time, and this not just snow- and weatherwise. Because many already had a free day on the Friday at almost no cost, and with the Ascension Day on Thursday and a standard weekend in the other end you only needed to have an extra day off on either side to get almost a whole week's vacation. Which would be enough for a trip to the Alps.