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Where to go at the end of April

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In a moment of weakness (or was it boredom) Iíve booked flights to Geneva on the 19 April, coming back Monday 23 April. At £80 for two people return I figured it was too good to miss out on. I already knew this was ridiculously late in the season and a lot of resorts are already closed by then, but Iím after suggestions for somewhere to go.

So far my thinking is either Chamonix (easy to get to, good high altitude skiing, some nice slush at Brevent Flegere though not ideal for my slightly nervous skiing other half), Val DíIsere (bigger range of skiing to access, probably better for my other half but potentially expensive to find somewhere to stay and a bit of a drive on the Thursday), Tignes (ditto as for Val), Val Thorens (pretty much ditto as for Val but never been so quite like the idea of going there if we can find somewhere reasonably cheap to stop).

Budget for accommodation is about £110 per night between us, prefer a hotel but donít mind self catering. Oh and will hire a car from GVA for definite, not messing about with transfers.

Are there any suggestions other than the ones above, or do any snowHead have some good hotels to stay at based on past experience.
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Cervinia. Loads of good value hotels. Have a look on the cervinia.it website. You might find there is a resort wide deal on accomm on around this time giving you a free night accomm and 1 day free lift pass if you stay 4 or more nights
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Cervinia. Loads of good value hotels. Have a look on the cervinia.it website. You might find there is a resort wide deal on accomm on around this time giving you a free night accomm and 1 day free lift pass if you stay 4 or more nights


Best part of 3 hrs for the transfer .....
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About the same to Tignes, Val D'Isere or Val Thorens.

Chamonix is the closer option but most of the skiing is lower if I'm not mistaken. Better conditions likely elsewhere.
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Verbier? Accommodation should be plentiful and cheap that late on. And the skiing is at its best in April IMO
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Hadnít thought of Verbier, might have a look at that option, thanks @BobinCH. Was thinking of Italy but wanted to avoid the cost of the Mont Blanc tunnel if possible.

Donít mind a three hour drive hence why Tignes etc was on the possible list but donít land until late on the Thursday night so didnít really want to be arriving at the resort at something like 2am.
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@bigtuboflard, try Airbnb if you donít mind self-catering. Suspect you can negotiate down prices as there will be lots of empty accommodation. I imagine you could also get a hotel room in one of the 3*ís for 150chf per night. They were doing early season deals and may be doing something similar after Easter. Itís 1h45 from Geneva on a clear run.
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bigtuboflard,
That date is certainly not "ridiculously late."

Both Espace Killy & the 3 Valleys will be fully open. You will have a great time!

Val Thorens is only a two and a quarter hour drive from Geneva on a good run; & Tignes about 15/20 minutes longer.

You could stay at Albertville on arrival night, or Moutiers, and then have a (not too) early start the morning after.
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I hope it's not "ridiculously late" as there'll be a whole load of snowHead in VT then for the EosB; Well for the week before that, leaving on the 21st.
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Agree with the comments above, definitely not late, Iím heading to Val Thorens on the 30th April. And consequently, Iím obviously going to suggest an Airbnb option in VT!
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Thanks all, Iím liking the idea of Val Thorens, good idea about stopping en route @Bergmeister too. Iíve had a look at Les Menuires as an option, should still be ok to access the higher stuff I think.
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@bigtuboflard, IMO Les Menuires is a bit grim and would definitely stay in VT if you can. Youíll also lose a lot of time getting up to the best VT skiing which is where youíre probably going to want to spend most of your time
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I'd aim for VT if you can, if you hook up with the EOSB there are probably going to be ski tests, coaching available, and obviously a party available almost any time of day or night. I doubt that it will be a lot of use to you on accommodation, but if you are in town you can still join in.

My experience of April in other resorts is that sometimes you get lucky and a cheap end of season deal comes with a load of fresh snow or plenty of base to survive a few days skiing, other times you are dodging puddles, patches of grass or worse. Never had that issue with VT, it seems to hold its snow very well until end of April and you can pretty much guarantee that even if the runs below the centre of town are a bit mushy everything from the first lift upwards is good.
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I agree with @Digger the dinosaur and @BobinCH, stay in VT if you can - there should be some bargains to be had at that time.

Les Menuires will probably be a slushy mess at that time!
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I'd go for Tignes at that time.
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^^^^We're off to Tignes from 22-29 April and will be expecting at least 50% of Espace Killy to be open (as it usually is) at that time.

Another vote for staying en-route. We've used the Budget Etap in Albertville on a number of occasions. Good location next to the motorway; cheap and cheerful; and a decent breakfast available (extra cost but very reasonable).
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Is Tignes a better option than VT? Feeling inspired by this thread and we could get to GVA for £22.99 each way... Very Happy
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They are both great in April. VT village is a bit higher while the Tignes glacier goes a little higher. Neither is better - itís down to personal preference and youíll find different people coming down on both sides based on their experience / snow conditions the week they were there etc
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Another vote for not 'ridiculously late'; I went to Engelberg on April 24 last season - it never stopped snowing! Cool
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They are both great in April. VT village is a bit higher while the Tignes glacier goes a little higher. Neither is better - itís down to personal preference and youíll find different people coming down on both sides based on their experience / snow conditions the week they were there etc


Thank you! Your apartment is stunning, by the way Madeye-Smiley
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@Jenniper, thank you - labour of love!

Ps neither is as nice as Verbier 😉
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bigtuboflard,
If you stay in Les Menuires you are only 2 lifts & 1 ski run from Val Thorens. So you could be there in 20 minutes, or less if you get your skates on (instead of your skis! Toofy Grin)
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@Jenniper, thank you - labour of love!

Ps neither is as nice as Verbier 😉


Yeah I know - my other half is just setting up a new business though so my budget wonít stretch to Verbier Smile (We had a week there in the summer and I remember a simple lunch costing us £70 Laughing )
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tignes, no brainer.... book accom late on one of the usual sites e.g. booking.com cheap accom..... cgh do the best value accom that time of year
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