In April, the French tend to spend their holiday time at the beach, rather than in the mountains, so you can expect shorter queues and empty pistes. The Easter holidays might be busier (although they are quiet as school holidays go) but after the kids are back in school you can look forward to deserted mountains for the last week of the winter season. It can feel like having your own private ski resort at this time of year and, unlike some other resorts, almost all the lifts stay open right up until closing day.
The snow is still good
All that snow that fell in January, February and March will stick around through April, meaning that there will be plenty to ski on. The lower slopes might be getting patchy by the end of the season but with pistes all the way up to 3600 metres, you can guarantee good skiing in Les Deux Alpes. There are usually a few good snowstorms in April but when it is sunny you get predictable conditions – icy first thing, good skiing conditions as the snow softens, then slush later on. If you time things right, you can miss the icy first hour with a late start or by heading straight up to the glacier. Then ski from mid-morning through lunchtime when the snow is at its best and the slopes are quietest. If things start to get too slushy later in the afternoon it is time to find a bar with a sunny terrace and work on that tan.
You can ski in a T-shirt
When the sun comes out in April the skiing weather gets seriously warm. Warm enough that you can ski comfortably in a T-shirt (or less) and work on a tan that goes below your neckline. If you are used to shivering in January whilst wearing seven or eight layers, warm, sunny T-shirt skiing is quite a liberating experience.
The days are longer
There is more daylight in spring and the slopes stay open a little longer. This means you won’t be skiing your last run in the gathering dusk and the après-ski has more of a summer vibe.