Sun's out, guns out

Sun-worshippers rejoice! It's April and spring skiing conditions have finally arrived.  

After a record breaking season with more snow than you can shake a ski pole at, the sun is finally gracing us with its presence. Anyone getting those late season laps better be prepared otherwise you’re going to be coming home with some next level punter tans.

Time to banish those base layers and heavy jackets, it’s finally t-shirt and/or mankini skiing time. You can expect far more consistent sun from here on out, and while temperatures won’t quite be hitting the 25C we’ve been enjoying here, be thankful you’re well away from the sweat boxes commonly known as uni libraries.

The snow’s starting to get soft, so now’s the perfect time to get the park laps in without any hard landings, especially as you'll be playing the game of dodge-the-rocks over the coming weeks. And although the snow is melting, there’s so much on the ground it’ll keep you going until festival season.

This is the final week for skiing in most French resorts, but you’ve still got some time to go if you choose your resort wisely. While Alpe D’Huez is calling it a day this weekend, you’ve got until the 28th if you’re heading to either Les Deux Alps or Les Arcs. And if you’re really looking to get those slushy laps in, Tignes, Val d’Isere and Val Thorens will be spinning lifts until the first Sunday in May.

If it's table-top boogying in the sun you're after, both Folie Douce in VD and Bar 360 in Val Thorens are throwing their end of season shindigs a week early. Deux jubels s'il vous plaît!