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Which ski resort for end of Easter holidays?

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Hi all

I'm after a bit of advice / ideas please for a friend's 20 year old son who wants to go away on ski trip with some of his uni mates (numbers not confirmed) at the end of easter holidays 2016

Ideally he's after somewhere with...

relatively good skiing
relatively cheap - inc access, pass, hire etc
fairly likely to have snow at end easter hols - so high
reasonable night life

I'd be very grateful for any suggestions ? - would prob say avoid france (expensive) or not ?? - maybe somewhere in italy and possibly austria?

Any suggestions of good resorts would be a big help.

Many thanks
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Cervinia?
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Though it's a myth that France is always expensive. Action Outdoors can do a week in UCPA Tignes (one of the best places for late season skiing) from 9 April with FULL board, ski pass, hire of gear and coach travel from London for £554. You'd be pushed to find anything cheaper in Italy or Austria. wink
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There's a UCPA in Les Deux Alpes which is very snow sure too. Take a look at their price for here too. Having been to both I think it's a less expensive resort for drinking, etc than Tignes.
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That sounds good, is the UCPA like a youth hostel? Looks like a great choice for students on a limited budget, right in centre of first class ski resort - thanks for the info!
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@Joanna1304, yes, UCPA is a bit like a youth hostel but with very good food! Also, I think there are further discounts for students and a discount code if you search on snowheads. And they have a bar with reasonable prices and a lively international clientele!
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@Joanna1304, Does your son's University not have a ski trip? The slopes of the big French areas will be packed with UK students after Easter.

And@pam w, is right (as usual) France is not necessarily more expensive than other ski destinations. The fact that the majority of university ski trips go there is mainly because of the cost. The cheepest ski holidays are still travelling by coach and staying in self catering apartments.
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The cheepest ski holidays are still travelling by coach and staying in self catering apartments.

and drinking Old Lady gin at 8 euros a bottle, from the nearest supermarché......... just don't leave the beers out on the terrace overnight.
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I'd go for Tignes or Val Thorens. Altitude really counts at that time of year. You'll get snow in lots of places but snow quality is so much better high up. Once you factor in the fixed element of passes, travel, hire it won't cost much more to go to those two and both have some cheap accommodation. I don't know what everyone else thinks but I think you could get away with booking rather late?
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@pam w, reminds me of the supermarket in Risoul. Students drinking their purchases (v cheap wine) before actually paying for them. Staff didn't seem to mind.
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Aspect is more important than altitude but go for both at that time of year. Cervinia is high but not north facing. Pila across the valley is better late on - not as high but north facing slopes. Espace Killey is regarded as the best in Europe for late season skiing. Far more above 2500m than anywhere else, including VT.
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cameronphillips2000 wrote:
Aspect is more important than altitude but go for both at that time of year. Cervinia is high but not north facing. Pila across the valley is better late on - not as high but north facing slopes. Espace Killey is regarded as the best in Europe for late season skiing. Far more above 2500m than anywhere else, including VT.


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Thank you all, this info is very helpful - I have passed your messages on - big thanks for all your help!
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