Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Never Too Late to Hit the Slopes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Never Too Late to Hit the Slopes

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Byline: Lucy Fry

LA PLAGNE, FRANCE Forming part of the Paradise Ski area along with Les Arcs and Peisey, La Plagne boasts access to a very large ski resort, including the Bellecote glacier which offers excellent snow conditions late season. Good for families and for non-skiing activities.

THE DEAL: Inghams has seven nights self-catering at the three-star Residence le Quartz Apartments, from [pounds sterling]240pp, based on four sharing, including return flight from Gatwick to Geneva and transfers, inghams.co.uk VAL D'ISERE/TIGNES, FRANCE High-altitude neighbouring resorts, Val D'isere and Tignes, are renowned for their steeper slopes, great offpiste skiing and snow parks. Val D'isere is for opulent singletons and groups wanting to maximize apres ski action. THE DEAL: Flexiski has three nights at the four-star Chalet Balias for [pounds sterling]210pp half board with canapes and pre-dinner drinks not including flight and transfer, flexiski.com AVORIAZ, FRANCE The highest of 13 interconnected ski resorts make up the Portes Du Soleil offering over 650kms of pisted runs that reach Switzerland. Look out for the Festival de Concert Sauvages, April 2 to 9, which brings international and French headliners to play at 20 "secret" gigs at undisclosed mountainside locations you can ski straight to.

THE DEAL: Direct Ski has seven nights at the four-star Les Balcons du Soleil from [pounds sterling]241pp, self-catering, including return flights from Gatwick and transfers, directski.com CHAMONIX, FRANCE Located beneath Mont Blanc, Chamonix is a favourite for its large ski area and good off-piste opportunities. The Clubhouse hotel and bar has just launched its Ski Valley Plan, fitting three days of extreme snow fun into 15 hours. THE DEAL The Clubhouse has four-night adventure packages from [pounds sterling]475pp half board, not including flights, clubhouse. …

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