skiers may already know how important a resort and its facilities
are when choosing a resort. So, as autumn breaks we have
chosen to bring to you two different ski destinations in
France. A luxury lifestyle experience at Le Chardon Mountain
Lodges in Val d’Isère and a unique healthy
skiing experience at Brides-les-bains where you can ski
at the Trois Vallées, sharing the resort with Courcheval,
Meribel and Val Thorens.
For most ski destinations the winter season
begins at the end of November and from the beginning of
December onwards, the resort bubbles with excitement. These
are then followed by Christmas festivities. In January,
torchlight descents, firework displays and other shows replace
the sporting events. February is peak time because almost
the whole of France is out to ski. The season finally comes
to a close early May, with a host of daily entertainment.
Chardon Mountain Lodges - Val d'Isère, France
Chardon Mountain Lodges offer five luxury chalets
each sleeping between 8 to 20 persons. To fully appreciate
Val d’Isère you will need to know how
the resort was created by the Parisian Jacques Mouflier
after the little valley previously known as “Laval
de Tignes” in 1664 became Val d’Isère.
les bains, France
makes Brides-les-Bains special is that in addition
to being a ski destination, it is also a slimming
spa resort. The resort is combines the healing resources
of thermal springs with the expertise of dieticians,
chefs, physios, psychologist, fitness coaches, and
a number of special events to create a whole new skiing
on travelling to ski resorts
If low cost flights are not always a good deal for you,
try going by train – when you think about the extras
for checked luggage, car parking charge and if you add up
the time from home to resort would it not be much quicker
by train? We all know Gatwick or Stansted on a winter Saturday
morning. Exhausted by the early start, you face an interminable
check in and even longer queue for security, you even have
to take your shoes and belts off!
When you travel by train, you can take it easy, mid-day
start from the magnificently restored St Pancras, enjoy
a meal on route if you opt for 1st class leisure select.
After a couple of simple platform changes travel by overnight
sleeper train to Austria and Switzerland by the Alpen Expres.
You have the option of double or family sleepers or couchette
cabins, with breakfast brought to you in your cabin. Fares
are very reasonable with some great deals in January and
March. If you travel in a 6 berth couchette cabin prices
start from £145 per person on in a Double sleeper
from £217 per person. Prices are return in 2nd class
from London and include a bus transfer to your hotel at
the resort. Transfers to neighbouring resorts are available
at £12 return and drop you off at your hotel.
A winter weekend
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