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Best snow sure resort for 1st week April - beginners

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hillbilly Mon 14-Jan-13 22:38:58

Just that really. We are all beginners (kids 7 & 5) an would like our first trip to be good.

Olivermoliver Tue 15-Jan-13 21:51:10

We're off to La Tania with Ski Magic on 6th April, might be worth a look at. Meant to be good for families and beginners, not the highest resort but linked to courchavel which is higher.

SanityClause Tue 15-Jan-13 21:54:59

Try Geilo in Norway.

It's lovely for beginners, and snow is guaranteed.

It wouldn't be great for subsequent trips, as it's not a very large resort, but for beginners, it's ideal.

fedupwithdeployment Wed 16-Jan-13 11:57:44

You could go somewhere like Val Thorens, but I have been skiing the first week in April several times in resorts c1800m, and had a good time. The snow can be a bit slushy, and there may be patches in the snow, but that can happen anywhere.

You have picked a good year - the base is a lot better than last year. How late can you leave booking?

FWIW we are off to Austria with some friends that week. I am not expecting the snow to be fantastic (as it was at New Year), but I am hoping for some nice sunny warm weather!! And that is important for beginners, especially children.

hillbilly Wed 16-Jan-13 19:39:28

Thanks for your replies. I'll look into all suggestions, although our circumstances have changed somewhat now as DH is skiing at the moment and called to say he has pulled a ligament and is coming home early. If he is ok to ski again we can book last minute.

Also would like to be close to piste etc and not too long a transfer time.....

juneau Sun 20-Jan-13 11:05:06

The Grand Massif area (Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoens, Sixt), is only 45 or so from Geneva and Flaine is high, though ugly, so nicer to stay in one of the traditional villages. It's very child-friendly and looks pretty good for beginners.

Les Gets/Morzine are also only about an hour from Geneva, although they're lower and it was quite slushy at the base when we were there the third week in March last year. Nice towns though, good eating, lots of gentle groomers to progress to for beginners.

ChippyMinton Sun 20-Jan-13 11:10:00

les deux alpes as it has a glacier.

Eastpoint Fri 25-Jan-13 07:04:19

Obergurgl & Hochgurgl in Austria. Fantastic lifts and a snow pocket. Obertauern is also very reliable.

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