Bombing down the slopes in a t-shirt and sunglasses. Stopping for a cold beer at the foot of a run. Beautiful vibrant scenery and relaxed, balmy aprÃ¨s-ski â€“ late-season skiing is a real delight! Letâ€™s talk about the best resorts for late-season getaways and some of our favourite catered and self-catered ski chalets!
With 99% of its runs above 2000m, Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe. And with over 600km of runs, itâ€™s also the largest ski resort in the world! While its height can sometimes lead to harsh conditions in winter, it also means that youâ€™re bound to have decent snow coverage until seasonâ€™s end.
Val Thorens is also among the best locations for lively aprÃ¨s-ski, with a wide range of bars, restaurants and even nightclubs. Whatâ€™s more, it provides a sports centre, with gym, pool, saunas, steam room, hot tubs and a leisure centre, as well as a bowling alley and a pool table â€“ perfect for relaxing with friends after punishing off-piste expeditions.
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The self-catered ski chalet at Galerie de Peclet 1 is only 200m away from the piste and offers sofas, a TV and a lounge area alongside sleeping provisions for up to six people.
Val dâ€™Isere and Tignes
Combining to form the massive Espace Killy ski area, Val-d’IsÃ¨re and Tignes are some of the most famous resorts in France, with a formidable reputation for intermediate and advanced skiing. A shuttle bus links the two furthest points at La Daille and La Fornet and is included in your lift pass. But you wonâ€™t need to use it â€“ the variety of lifts and cable cars make it easy to access the whole area. Hardened seasonaires even challenge each other to ski all four corners of the map in a single day. Much of the extensive area sits above 2000m, and the Pissaillas glacier atop the Grand Motte offers skiing even in the height of summer, with a funicular and chairlift taking you to a high-point of 3456m.
Val-d’IsÃ¨re and Tignes are also renowned for their nightlife, which manages to be lively without losing its village ambience, combining busy bars and clubs with quieter piano bars and cocktail lounges.
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The many villages that make up Espace Killy offer more than enough accommodation, but the self-catered ski Chalet Jardin Alpin 3RC is especially noteworthy, offering sleeping space for five in a luxury apartment.
The most versatile resort on this list, Les Arcs has a variety of runs for powder hounds of all levels â€“ along with some great off-piste skiing. Arcs 1800 is the liveliest area, with lots of bars and restaurants open into the early hours of the morning â€“ but the ski area goes far higher, with more than enough runs above 2000m to ensure good late-season snow coverage. Couple this with some of the best, most high-tech piste-grooming in the business, and Les Arcs is the perfect late-season destination.
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Located right on the slopes, the catered ski Chalet Nature 21 in Arc 1800â€™s Chantel Area sleeps up to six people in an affordable 50m2 apartment â€“ itâ€™s ideal for those who are keen to get out on the slopes as soon as possible.
Each of these resorts makes a fabulous choice for late-season skiing. All offer a wide range of accommodation, with beautiful catered and self-catered ski chalets serving as perfect homes-away-from-home. With runs well above 2000m and extensive slopes, youâ€™ll be desperate to try each of these resorts â€“ and to come back again and again!
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best catered ski chalet accommodation in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.
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