France in April

 If you're after an action-packed snowy holiday in April, try Val Thorens in the French Alps.

Less than 90 minutes by plane, it's the highest ski resort in Europe in one of the largest ski areas in the world - and is an excellent spot to catch the last ski of the season. Plus, it's a great resort for beginners and more advanced skiers.

In a nutshell

  • Will suit: Ski fanatics looking for the last ski of the season, though bear in mind this is very high-altitude skiing (1515m to 3,230m)
  • Flying time: 1 hour 20 mins from London
  • Time difference: GMT +1 hour
  • Average temperature: 8°C, and one of the most reliably snow-sure resorts
  • Tourist information:


How to get there

  • You could make your own way either by air, boat/rail and car or take a ready-made package.

Where to stay

  • A good recommendation is the Hotel Des Trois Vallees, located right in the heart of the resort, with easy access to the slopes. As you would expect it has great views and also gets good feedback on its food.


What to do

  • Hit the slopes! And if you need it, ski lessons for all the family can be booked before you travel.
  • Other activities available include tobogganing, snow mountain biking (yes, really), ice-driving, husky sledding, heli-skiing, glacier walking and paragliding.
  • Chill out at one of the many spas or prop up one of the bars for a bit of people watching (and gin).

What Mumsnetters say

  • Val Thorens is very, very high altitude, so likely to be snowy and very icy at night. I would take some smart boots with a reasonably thickish and sturdy heel and a lot of grip. Not stilettos! GetOrfMoiLand
  • Don't forget sunscreen. This late in the season you may well find the sun beating down on the slopes all day, and a coloured face is the last accessory you want for your evenings out. CointreauVersial
  • There is a toboganning slope in the middle of town for the kids (and grown-ups) to have fun on. There is also a good indoor sports centre with loads of things to do. jaffacake79

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