The Late Snow Show: Family Skiing in April? It's a doddle at this super-high resort
- Les Deux Alpes, at an altitude of 3,600 meters, is the highest ski area in France
- In April, the snow under foot is as crisp as you would find in February's half term
- Village Club du Soleil hotel offers all-inclusive, all-inclusive packages for families
We are on top of & # 39; the world! & # 39; Exclaimed Maisie, our nine-year-old, when we stood above a sea of clouds, hiding a chain hidden with puffs.
Despite being in mid-April, the snow underfoot was as creepy as you would find in February's half term.
That's the joy of a late-season ski trip to Les Deux Alpes.
Les Deux Alpes, pictured, at 3,600 meters, is the highest resort in France
At 3,600 meters, it is not only the highest resort in France, but also much more budget-friendly than many others, with a six-day pass that costs £ 40 less than in the Three Valleys. Multiply that by four and it's a major saving.
Our base was the Village Club du Soleil, a non-profit organization that offers no-frills, all-inclusive packages for families.
Virtually unknown in the United Kingdom, they are now the market leaders in France, with 10,000 beds in 18 destinations.
Les Deux Alpes is a new resort for them after they've taken over an old Club Med hotel.
While the building is weary after many years of hard service, it offers great value for money, with a focus on good food. Each night has a different theme, ranging from tagines to moules fries.
We only saw a handful of English families, so it's perfect for those who don't want to escape with their countrymen on vacation.
Our children, Maisie and Imogen, love crepes and made cartwheels on a dance floor with their new French and Belgian friends.
By mid-April, the snow under foot in Les Deux Alpes is as crisp as you will find in February's hot period
The Ecole du Ski Francais runs a free shuttle service from the hotel for lessons with English-speaking instructors.
The kids had been whaling with their instructors for a while, especially when they, Anthony Joshua-style, had to weave through a set of swinging punchbags.
British skiers are not used to returning to the hotel after lunch, but the food was so good we returned most days, got off our ski boots for an hour and sat in a rotisserie cave, like a barbecue on the terrace.
It was quick and easy to get back down the mountain – about 100 meters to the nearest lift – so you can be back in no time to be above the clouds.
Inghams offers seven nights all-inclusive at Village Club du Soleil from £ 1,099pp, including flights, transfers, all meals, ski rentals and passes (inghams.co.uk).
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