Go off piste with instructors
Les Deux Alpes has an incredible variety of off piste itineraries which are easily accessible from the pistes. I have a competent level of skiing but limited experience off piste so I was intrigued to find out what a day with an instructor would entail. We set out in snowy conditions and my main instruction was to keep my weight in the centre of the skis as opposed to the downhill ski. The snow was fresh and fluffy so falling wasn’t an issue. That was lucky because I fell a lot. It was simply a case of finding a good rhythm, which wasn’t as easy as I had hoped in three feet of fresh snow! If you can, try to avoid losing a ski in powder… we had to launch an epic hunt for a lost ski which had come loose when one of our party took a tumble. It’s also very important to tread carefully as there can be unmarked crevasses or rivers. Slope patrol do their best to keep obstacles marked but in heavy snow, dangers can be hidden. There are lots of fantastic off piste areas which are easily accessible in the resort, but if you are really seeking freeride heaven, La Grave is just over the mountain. Ski Club members can book on to Instructor Led Guiding sessions in L2A.
Party hard at Rise festival
Now in its fifth year, Rise festival transforms the already lively resort into a buzzing haven for snowsports revellers. A huge stage in the main square hosts the opening and closing nights below a sea of twinkling lights. Up on the mountain, Pano bar is full to the brim every afternoon, decked out in flags and showered with confetti guns as the crowds dance away to the DJ perched in a little hut. Crowds of festival-goers dance on tables with a panoramic vista over Les Deux Alpes, the view that gives Pano bar its name. By night, there’s a huge variety of acts to see as the local sports centre hosts big names with a full stage set-up and light show. The festival has morphed from a 4-day event to a week-long extravaganza, with more and more venues and activities being added each year. Rise consistently brings 3,000 people to the resort so it has provided a huge boost to tourism over the years, and it’s not set to slow down. For only €259 for a six-day lift pass and festival ticket, coordinating your ski trip with this high altitude party week might be the all-in après experience you’ve been looking for.