This year, the conditions are exceptional for spring skiing. Gone are the days of the triple layer combo of jumper, ski suit, neck warmer and beanie, and at the end of March the big t-shirt ski season begins! Here are three resorts where you can rent skis to enjoy sunny and snowy slopes.
Les Deux Alpes
Tucked away in a corner of the Oisans, Les Deux Alpes is a great adventure playground for any skier. Set between 1,300 and 3,600 metres above sea level, the resort is an ideal place to enjoy skiing until the end of the season. Spring skiing is a soft ski, on snow that is certainly less packed but more supple, offering maximum skiing pleasure and often under a radiant sun. Both beginners and freestylers will find what they are looking for on the slopes of Les Deux Alpes.
Tignes is an electric resort, driven by the energy of its inhabitants, where conviviality and sport run through its veins. Tignes is perfect for both thrill-seekers and those who prefer to relax and unwind. Perched at over 2000 metres, the resort's slopes are open from October to May, allowing everyone to come when the resort is quieter to enjoy relaxed skiing on beautiful sunny slopes.
In the Tarantaise valley lies La Plagne, an ideal resort to come with family and friends in the spring sunshine. The resort closes at the end of April and offers exceptional snow quality until then, with its 225 kilometres of pistes located above 2000 metres. The resort is ideal to come and enjoy the last of the skiing before the end of the season.
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Les Deux Alpes is a well-known resort in the Isère region, in one of the most beautiful ski areas in the Alps. Thanks to Première Traces, you can get on the slopes before everyone else!
Checking that a ski area is safe is a daily job. So first thing every morning, the ski patrollers go over the slopes to check that everything is in order before the slopes open. During your stay at Les Deux Alpes, you will have the opportunity to join them, thanks to Premières Traces.
Premières Traces, a unique experience
When the day’s skiing is finished, the people behind the scenes of the ski area are just getting started. At Les Deux Alpes, like everywhere else, the snow groomers get to work and spend most of the night making sure that you have pristine slopes the next morning. Before that however, the ski patrol checks every piste to make sure that they are as safe as they can be.
Make a date with Premières Traces every Wednesday to join the ski patrol team on their rounds with your family or friends. You will be first to glide over fresh snow, an experience not to be missed! As places on the Premières Traces activity are limited to 14 people, it’s a good idea to book your excursion. You can get your tickets up to 14:00 the day before, at the ski lift sales points. The excursion costs €16.50 per person. To round off this outing, a snack is included at the mountain restaurant “Smokehouse 2600”.
Top tip: an outstanding ski area
As you accompany Les Deux Alpes ski patrol with Premières Traces, you realise the scale of their task. They have to safety check 200 km of slopes, some of which go as far as the glacier, at an altitude of 3,600 metres. And don’t forget the famous 10 km-long Jandri slope, which stretches from an altitude of 1,600 to 3,400 metres.
Les Deux Alpes: a resort of enthusiasts
A Premières Traces excursion is not the only way to meet the mountain professionals in Les Deux Alpes. The station guides and leaders can also accompany you in a variety of activities, to discover all the secrets of this immaculate realm.
For boardsports enthusiasts on the look-out for something new, there are off-piste excursions. Or why not try of cross-country skiing? You can also rely on the guides to help you discover the joys of snowshoeing and ice climbing. These professionals, who know the mountain better then anyone, also offer safety training. If culture is more your thing, guided visits of Venosc (Tuesdays at 10:00) and Mont-de-Lans (Monday afternoons) will be on the agenda, allowing you to delve into the history of these two villages.
During your holiday in Les Deux Alpes, don’t miss the chance to cross the ski area first thing in the morning with Premières Traces. When the rest of holiday resort is just wakening up, you can discover the secrets of the ski patrol team and enjoy the most perfect snow!