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.
The latter part of this month’s sustained snowfalls in the French Alps seem to have bypassed the Grand Massif, but there was more than enough to make our first couple of days’ skiing from Samoëns very enjoyable.
The French operator Club Med pretty much pioneered the truly all-inclusive holiday. Fast-forward sixty years the company has reinvented its all-inclusive concept.
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Chris Lawler, owner of Mountain Spaces ski chalets in Morzine kicks off the Top Tens for this winter with pre ski holiday preparation.
We decided to head over to the Southern French Alps, to discover just what most mainstream skiers might be missing. Great snowfalls, clear blue skies and unpressured pistes were just some of the things which bowled us over and convinced us that we’d stumbled upon an area which deserves to be much better known.
With 250km of terrain for all levels of skier, and at the gateway to the Southern Alps. Long regarded as something of an alternative choice, ‘Serre Che’ has come of age as major ski area.
There’s something very special about ski resorts through which you can ski, rather than drive. In Oz-en-Oisans the village is blissfully uncluttered and free to do what it does best: look good and provide a very pleasant base for skiers keen to explore the huge ski area around Alpe d’Huez.
“Why haven’t we been here before...?” I have a feeling we won’t be the only ones asking themselves just that question as they begin to look around and get their bearings in this relatively little-known corner of the French Alps. It also occurs to me that if any ski resort Directors out there are searching for inspiration as to how best to create a great first impression, they could do a lot worse than look right here.