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The flagship event in our calendar is back! And we’re heading to a great resort we’ve not been to for far too long – Alpe D’Huez!
It’s a brilliant all-rounder resort, with a fantastic ski area for all levels – lots of nice, easily accessible beginner areas, with the steepest black run in the alps (the infamous ‘Tunnel’ run). the longest black run in the world (The Sarenne) and loads of great intermediate stuff in between.
To go with all this there’s now a Folie Douce there, so acres ski is well taken care of, and it’s nestled just above the green runs towards the bottom of the resort, so easily reached at the end of the day. Lots of great bars in the town too make this a perfect 8th Day Adventure resort!
As ever it’s the group that makes it, and we’ve got another 60 places held off for now. We usually have people of all ability, and it’s a really inclusive, welcoming and lively atmosphere.
We’re going with Inghams this year (for the first time), and full details about the hotel are all below.
NOTE – as we’re with a new operator we don’t have our usual really long lead times to get deposits in, so we will need these in by the END OF MAY 2018! After this there may still be spaces, but they will be open to all and are unlikely to stick around for long.
If you pay a deposit and then can’t go then you will lose that, however we will do our best to help you pass on the place to someone else, so if you’re not sure about committing perhaps this will help give some peace of mind (no guarantees of course, but it’s likely you’d be able to find someone).
Cost – £780. (or £760 if booked by 31st May 2018)
Deposit – £150
This include; flights, transfers, accommodation and chalet board.
OFFER – if you book by the end of May 2018 you will also receive a €50 bar tab there.
TO BOOK – please click the ‘register interest’ button above and we’ll be in touch with payment details.
The chalet board is for 6 nights with 1 staff night off and wine is included with the evening meal.
ROOMS – The rooms are not all twins, we have in total 26 rooms on hold. They are made up of 8 triple rooms and 18 twin rooms. Please request which you would prefer upon booking, otherwise we will allocate the twins first and triples afterwards.
Flights: These are provisional at time or writing
Gatwick 1410 – 1700 Grenoble
Grenoble 1800 – 1900 Gatwick
Ski Extras (from the Inghams site)
Lift pass – £253 (we will see if we can get a discount on this, we usually do)
Equipment Blue Red Black
Skis £91 £104 £119
Skis & Boots £121 £140 £158
Snowboard – £104 £119
Snowboard & boots £140 £158
ski (2 3/4 hrs in the morning x 6) – £169
Ski or Boarding (2.5hrs in the afternoons x 6) – £155
Please be aware these prices may be subject to change, and we will look into discounts where we can (going direct to shops for the kit in advance usually results in significant discounts, though the lessons are unlikely to change much).
FROM THE INGHAMS SITE:
Chalet Hotel Les Cimes has been a firm favourite with our guests receiving rave reviews. Offering high altitude skiing and sunny slopes, Alpe d’Huez is a popular resort for keen skiers.
Les Cimes is a comfortable hotel in a sunny, south-facing position, with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains especially from the sun terrace and the balconies.
The hotel’s attractive dining room also has lovely views of the Oisans valley and a convivial atmosphere, perfect for enjoying our choice of menus and of course the complimentary wines. There is also a bar and cosy lounge with fireplace to relax after dinner with coffee and maybe a nightcap.
The centre of the resort is just 5 minutes’ walk away including a selection of après-ski bars and restaurants. You will also find here the resort indoor/outdoor swimming pool and ice rink, one entry to which is free with a 6-day lift pass.
The bedrooms all have en suite facilities and many have a south-facing balcony. They are all well equipped and all have flat screen TV, safe and hairdryer.
You can also ski back to within 30m of the Chalet Hotel at the end of the day.
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Alpe d’Huez – The Resort
You could hardly wish for a more eclectic ski network than Alpe d’Huez. The resort and its satellites are on a sunny, high plateau surrounded by an amazing snow-bowl with mile after mile of varied on-piste and off-piste opportunities. From challenging black runs to wide open blues and greens, the 249km of piste skiing is spread over a huge area, providing endless opportunities for all levels of skier and boarder.
The ski resort of Alpe d’Huez boasts an excellent snow record due to its high altitude, the Sarenne Glacier and its collection of over 900 snow cannons. It may then come as a surprise to learn that this resort also claims to be the sunniest in France. Whether you believe this claim or not one thing is sure, you’ve got excellent odds on a bluebird day when you have your ski holiday here.
Alpe d’Huez is also regarded as one of the most scenic ski resorts in France, the 3300m Pic Blanc summit affords breath-taking views across the whole of the Southern Alps. It provides a wonderful starting point for the Sarenne descent – at 16km one of the longest black runs in the world! Alpe d’Huez is also ideal for snowboarders, with two well maintained snow parks and plenty of boarder friendly cable-cars and chairlifts.
Restaurants, food and drink
The cuisine in Alpe d’Huez is typically French with a range of restaurants serving traditional mountain fare such as fondue and raclette. In the centre of town the cozy bar and restaurant known as Lounge 21 has one of the most varied menus, ranging from traditional Savoyard specialties to tapas. One of the most popular restaurants in town, the Passe Montagne provides a traditional dining experience with a delicious menu of classic, French food. We’d also recommend Genepi, in the centre of town. This charming restaurant has a truly authentic atmosphere and it makes a great raclette.
If you’re looking to splash out on a meal try the Fruiterie at the top of the Marmottes lift. Part of La Folie Douce family this stylish restaurant is an atmospheric place for lunch on the mountain. Less expensive is La Trappeur burger shack at the bottom of the DMC lift. Incredibly popular with our Alpe d’Huez reps who rave about the huge variety of burgers on offer.
Après, bars, clubs and nightlife
Alpe d’Huez has a loud and lively après scene, here the dancing and live music continues until late into the night. Nevertheless, the scene in Alpe d’Huez remains inclusive and you don’t have to be a pro-partier to participate in the table top dancing. The Etalon in the centre of town is Alpe d’Huez’s only rum bar and the pirate themed décor is truly unique. The Etalon serves multiple flavours of homemade rum, and the rum cactus is certainly worth a try. Les Cave’s bar and nightclub has a welcoming vibe and the vibrant schedule of events is both eclectic and lively.
The Freeride Pub, where the party continues until late into the night, is popular with seasonaires. It’s not often that we highlight somewhere for their toilet, but the slide down to the WC is one of the unique highlights of this bar, especially when it’s accompanied by shots! With live music most evenings and snowboards decorating the ceiling we also highly recommend The Underground Bar for a great night out.
Spas and relaxation
Many of the hotels in Alpe d’Huez have spa facilities which are available to their guests. The Hotel Pic Blanc has an excellent spa complete with sauna and whirlpool as well as an indoor pool. Guests of the Pic Blanc can also take advantage of the massage and beauty treatments which are available to buy locally. The Hotel Alpenrose also provides a massage service which can be bought locally, as well as an incredible outdoor heated pool, sauna and whirlpool facilities.
Both the Hotel Le Royal Ours Blanc and Les Grand Rousses have wellness facilities as well as an indoor pool for guests. And let’s not forget the Chalet Hotel Les Cimes which has a wonderful sauna and steam room for its guests. Public facilities in the resort include an indoor swimming pool at the local sports complex, the Palais des Sports, situated in the centre of town.
This holiday is provided by Inghams, for whom we are acting as agent. Please see their terms and conditions here.
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