Xavier Schouller, Peak Retreats and Jane Knight, Times Travel Editor

Peak Retreats scoops The Times Travel Editor’s Award 2018

Peak Retreats wins The Times Travel Editor’s Award 2018. The French Alps specialist offers accommodation in 57 mountain villages, chosen for their charm, affordability and easy access to great skiing. With a passionate UK-based team, who provide genuine personal service tailored to each customers’ needs, it is no wonder Peak Retreats has had loyal clients since 2002.

Wide view of cycle and footpath with mountains and village of La Chapelle d'Abondance in distance

Sentier des bords de Dranse, Châtel

The Sentier des Bords de Dranse is a family-friendly cycle trail along the banks of the River Dranse between Châtel and Abondance. Stop off in La Chapelle d’Abondance around midway for refreshments in the centre of the village. There’s a choice of restaurants in all three villages and a summer shuttle bus service to take you and your bikes back to your start point.

Skiers on Marvel piste, Morillon, Grand Massif

Riding out the storm

Like all skiers, our pulses quicken when the snow begins to fall, but you can have too much of a good thing. Dont believe me? Try skiing in near-blizzard conditions, when you can’t read the surface of the piste you’re negotiating, thick mists have blotted out even long-familiar features and the wind is strengthening by the minute. When you get assailed by all three, then it’’s time to do the unthinkable and head back down the mountain to sit out the storm.