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Taking in the breathtaking downhills that the world’s best would have descended at 80mph, I opt for some ‘warm up’ slopes – Val D’Isere is certainly for the more skilled.

As the morning progresses, the clouds shift and the sun comes out and it is, quite simply, stunning – as the peaks reach into the sky it’s easy to feel on top of the world (I ignore the pantomime cow ‘skiing’ downhill in the distance).

But as any skier will know, holidays on the slopes are just as much about the après-ski as the sport, and we kick it off early today.

So it’s lunch at La Fruitière (, where a few glasses of vino (or more) are sunk before we head outside to the accompanying La Folie Douce.

This can best be described as a daytime nightclub at 2700 feet, complete with pumping tunes, live percussion (an electric violinst from London holds sway amidst the amassed throng), singers and a defiantly up-for-it-crowd of thrill-seekers.

And it is a cast-iron fact – I decide – you ski better after alcohol.  

On our final morning, some in our group venture off piste, others stick to pushing it out towards reds (or rather rouge-y blues) while I set out to settle a score with that earlier nemesis piste.

Second time round, with my teeth gritted and certainly not much grace, I manage to conquer it without making a fool of myself.  

We’ve enjoyed some of the finest skiing the Alps have to offer – next season, it’s all about the black runs. Maybe. 

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The best of the French Alps: We tackle the ski slopes at Espace Killy and Les Trois Vallees
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