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Holidays & Travel: Choosing the right resort

Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris loves skiing and combines this with a passion for helping you to get the most out of your holiday.
I'm heading away with a mixed abiltiy group of friends and we want an all-round resort with a big ski area and a lively apres scene, but without a hefty price tag - where would you recommend?

Firstly avoid the Christmas, February half term and Easter holidays to ensure you get the best prices, both for accommodation and travel. I would then look at heading to two of the French powerhouses, Tignes or Val Thorens – with the latter known locally as VT. Both have a vast range of cheap self-catered accommodation, all metres away from the slopes, as well as a good range of good-value hotels. The ski areas are almost unrivalled for their extent and range of terrain, with the Espace Killy (Tignes & Val d’Isere) possessing 300km of linked slopes and the Three Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel & VT) boasting 600km of slopes and almost 200 lifts.

Having visited both as a student Tignes and VT certainly offer incredible après ski! If you choose Tignes head to the world-famous Folie Douce above Val d’Isere (included in the Tignes lift pass) for its unique live acts and to watch Val’s elite spraying away money in champagne form. In the evening head to Couloir Bar in Val Claret in time for €4 happy hour beers and then hit either Melting Pot or Blue Girl for that quintessential sweaty Alpine club experience. Val Thorens however takes après to the next level with not only its own Folie Douce, but also Bar 360 at the Chalet du Thorens – in my opinion the best après spot in the French Alps. Later on head to the largest club in the Alps, Malaysia, and be sure to sample a few of the house speciality – Vodka Pomme.

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