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Spring is in the air, as we enjoy longer sunny days. Don't forget your sunscreen!
With longer days and sunshine, it might feel like summer is on the way but there are still four weeks of great skiing and snowsports ahead of us before the resort closes for the winter.
The Easter holidays bring families back for a short end of season break in the mountains. The warmer spring days also brings a party-vibe to the resort and the sun/snow conditions warrant a longer lunch break on a sunny terrace to top up the tan, and après-ski seemingly starts a little earlier.
To make the most of the longer sunny days we like to get out on our touring skis and split-boards, get away from the lifts, and find that last bit of untouched snow. For others it's time to switch from skis and snowboards to two wheels for their fun in the sun.
Read on for a look at what we like to do in resort throughout April.
What are the weather and snow conditions like?
As the winter draws to a close for another year the temperatures rarely dip below freezing, usually falling between a low of 0°C and a high of 7°C, plus there's still the chance of snow as April averages six days snowfall, and therefore a mini powder day isn't out of the question.
What's on in Les 2 Alpes in April?
France Bleu Live Festival
Three days of concerts for this live music festival sponsored by France Bleu with some of the stars of the French hip-hop and pop music scene at the Palais des Sports in Les 2 Alpes.
For a look at what else is going on in the area during the month of April take a look at our Events calendar from the link below.
School holiday skiing
April is a popular month for families so the slopes are noticeably busier as soon as the Easter holidays begin. Here are our insider's top tips for the school holidays:
- It will be almost impossible to book private lessons over this period, group lessons are the best option. Make sure to get your ski and snowboard lessons booked well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- If you're not in ski school, be an early bird. Arrive at the lifts before they open so that you get up and away before the ski school classes set out around 09:15.
- Ski over lunchtime. The slopes are calmer between 12:00 and 14:00 while the French take a leisurely lunch break.
- Pre-book your lunch and avoid the queues. Some restaurants offer a Click & Collect service. It's the best way to avoid the queues and make the most of your time in the mountains.
- Seek out the peripheral areas - The Jandri Express and Diable chairlift can have big queues at times. Instead, use the White Eggs, Belle Etoile or Village lifts to access Les Crêtes where a new eight-man chairlift should reduce the queuing time. From here, the Bellecombes and Super Diable chairlifts give access to the central part of the ski area. To access the spectacular high-altitude runs on the glacier, ski past the queue for the Jandri Express 2 and follow the Pierre Grosse 1 blue piste towards the La Fée sector. From here, the brand-new Pierre Grosse gondola offers an alternate fast route to the top of the mountain. Finally - the smaller, lower Vallée Blanche sector is often overlooked. However, it holds some very pleasant blue runs, a challenging black, good off-piste with the right snow conditions and some unique views of the Romanche valley and the Bourg d’Oisans plain. It also tends to be a lot quieter than the main ski area.
- Get off-piste. Competent off-piste skiers can book a local mountain guide and explore the vast off-piste areas in the valley or even go touring to find complete solitude in the backcountry.
Things to do
If a day on the mountain hasn't tired you or the kids out, head for the Lutins and Vikings blue runs to ride these two floodlit pistes for some night riding.
The first mountain bike runs of the year
The mountain bike run to Venosc is usually scheduled to open from mid-month until the end of the winter season. With bike racks installed on the Venosc gondola to come back up, you will be able to get some of the first lift-served downhill runs of the year on 700 vertical metres of red graded trail. The ski area will still be open, so you can mix skiing and downhill biking on the same trip.
Faster than You - date to be confirmed
Faster than You, in association with Andorran bike company Commencal, is coming to Les 2 Alpes to kick off a weekend of riding, open to all, with pro-mountain-bikers Anne Caroline Cahusson and Pierre-Edouard Ferry in attendance. There will be competitions each day for the fastest men’s and women’s runs, as well as for the slowest run and the most runs completed, and a BBQ party at the end of day one, plus contests for the biggest drift, the high jump and the most beautiful "postcard" turn. Be sure to check it out for an event full of thrills and spills.
As well as the special events, the regular weekly events will continue until the end of the winter.