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Les Menuires in April?

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Hi there, it’s about time I booked this year’s ski trip. We were thinking of trying Les Menuires but have no experience of it at all. We’ve skied Courchevel a few times and love it but it’s so expensive. Would Les Menuires be cheaper?
Also, is it a safe ish bet for early April? We’d be driving over on the 4th/5th for a week.
We’d like ski in/out self catering accommodation. Can anybody recommend anything? Or maybe what to avoid??
It looks like the area has easy access to VT. is it as easy as it looks on the map? Would we be able to ski directly back to LM from VT?

Sorry for all the questions!
Thank you!
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Les Menuires would be considerably cheaper than Courchevel. There are thousands of apartments available through their central reservation site https://en.locationlesmenuires.com/winter

I'd have no qualms about staying there early April. I'd expect the 3V to be pretty much 100% open that week.
It's very easy access into VT and, yes, you can ski directly back along Boulevard de Cumin (a long track).
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@breeze11, I am a les menuires convert, i skied it hundreds of times when I worked in Méribel many moons ago, but always sneered at the architecture!!!

Skiing was still good, and Le masse was a favourite even back then!!

But since staying there a couple of years ago with my family, I cannot rate it enough, most accommodation is ski-in/ski-out, with ample free parking generally close to your apartment.
Compare this to Val thorens where you have to pay!!!

Easy access from les menuires from val thorens.

We like the preyrand district as there are lots of sc options there, and a free pedestrian lift to croissant are (ski school/shops/bars etc.)

Try HomeAway.co.uk

We are there in feb half term

Cheers

Terry
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Hi

Just spent new year in LM and have done various points in 3v.

LM SC accom will be cheaper - no doubt
Its @ 1800m and Im 100% sure 3v pisteurs will keep all main runs open to LM until end April if there is a drought - so probably the most snow sure after VT in the 3V
For Ski-in-out: Stay in La Croisette (where we stayed), Reberty or Bruyeres areas of Les M. Reberty slightly higher and more chalets / chalet style residences. Croisette very dated 'old school' SC accommodation but very functional and the area has more shops / bars 2 x supermarkets banks, some free wifi etc
If you are going for a budget break I'd recommend ski-planet.com/en - they do packages re-selling privately owned SC accomm that include ski hire, ski pass etc that I think are hard to get a better combined price on.
Yes you can ski back from VT to LM on a single run (from top behind follie douce) - a few routes back in fact
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@breeze11, I've been to Les Menuires in April and liked it. It is a very underated ski resort in my opinion. The only thing I can add to the above is that it does seem to catch the sun so remember lots of factor 50
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Doh!!! Just noticed spell check entered croissant instead of croisette!!!

Bonnet et douche Rodney!!!!!!
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Yes, it’ll be fine, but many of slopes just above and around the main resort face south west so they do get mushy. It’s dead easy to get away from that though-you might be surprised how much better shaded and north and east facing slopes can be at that time of year.
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I’ve skied there mid-late April for the last 2 years and it’s been great.

I’d recommend trying to find accommodation near the Bruyeres lift, since this a) gets you very high in one hit, and b) from the top you ski straight into Val Thorens, which may be important if snow is patchy.

Last year, for the final week of the season a few of our party preferred downloading in the gondola from mid station at the end of the day as the resort runs were extremely slushy.

Whilst you asked about self catering, I’ll also flag that Ski Amis has some budget (but good) chalets at Bruyeres which could be c. £3-400/head fully catered if there’s an offer on. We stayed last year and are back this year.
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Absolutely Les Menuires in April. It's a bit odd I think and doesn't really have a traditional centre though there is a few nice pubs/bars/restaurants.

Stayed in a nice self catering apartment myself, though it was quite a few years ago now.
https://www.cgh-residences.co.uk/winter/residences/les-clarines-12

Was not far to slopes or centre of les menuires itself.
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Les Menuires is one of the highest ski resorts in the world.

Snow (or fake snow) is all but guaranteed from mid-Dec to mid-Apr.

Skiing is mostly for intermediates.

Ski-in-ski-out most everywhere is a big bonus.

Prices are 25-75% cheaper than (prettier) Courchevel 1850.

Biggest downsides are the lack of nitelife, and it is one of the ugliest stations on planet Earth.

Some call it Les Manures.
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Fantastic! Thank you all for your positive replies. Sounds like this is the place for us.
Thank you for all your suggestions. I’m going to get researching.
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breeze11,

I have sent you a PM about a possible accommodation option.
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TR for Les Menuires last April:

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=3392252
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+1 for the Ski Amis catered chalets at Bruyeres. Great location directly at the foot of the gondola with a small but essential selection of shops and restaurants/bars. Very good location for families.
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