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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Les Arcs March 27th 2011

Boys club was off again on its annual snowboarding trip, but this time the number of Basingstoke originals had dwindled and new recruits Bennett, Diamond and Tommy has swelled the ranks so we were back up to eight people. Given the dire snow reports from around Europe for the whole season, we'd left our booking late and gone for Les Arcs, a high altitude resort stretching up to well over 3,200m with decent snow conditions virtually guaranteed on these upper reaches. The chalet was the now required self catering option, but this time we'd gone for a chalet apartment type vibe, a self contained 8 person chalet within a much larger chalet building with shared communal facilities such as the sauna, steam and swimming pool (which were most welcome at the end of each day!!). Once ... read more
Chilling out at the top of Plagnettes
Apres ski vibes at the Plagnettes bar
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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Les Arcs March 23rd 2009

Seasonaires are an odd bunch. Bright, young things, following their dreams to the mountians and spending six months of winter working in menial jobs so they can be there, every day, skiiing or snowboarding. How amazing it must be, back home, to announce to your friends and family 'I'm off to do a season, eh?' How great it looks to us as we arrive in our chalet and they tell us tales of 'last weeks powderdays, eh?' and how they are 'going out to hit some sweet spots this arvo, eh?'. (BTW, Nearly every seasonaires voice has the ozzie/kiwi habit of rising at the end of a sentence, known technically as a Terminal Incline and has the effect of making even the most boring statements into the most enthusiastic question... Dinners at eight-thirty, eh!! You want ... read more
Sun and Slopes
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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Les Arcs January 20th 2009

I must say, it's really wonderful to be dating someone with a real job. Every year Guillaume's company offers a fantastic weekend in the alps to all of their employees, each of whom can invite their friends or family at an additional cost of 10 Euros a night, train and meals included. And Guillaume had invitied me, so for 30 euros I got to come with him to Les Arcs and stay in a beautiful little alpine village and ski some of the best slopes in the world for 3 days. It was a wonderful, romantic, weekend; just me, Guillaume, and forty of his colleagues, all tucked away in the mountains together. Friday afternoon, after finishing my Franco-American Relations final exam and going for a long walk from the 4th to the 10th just shopping the ... read more
Tarot
In the train
Sleeper train

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Les Arcs January 11th 2009

Here is the first great week of the year. France has been blocked by snow most of the week....but we were too high and enjoyed great weather all the week. This is our second visit to the Club Med Peisey-Vallandry. Last year was a blast, so we decide to go back one more time. This time as a boys trip, Leslie and I. Peisey-Vallandry is part of the Paradiski area. One of the biggest ski area in the world, including Peisey, Vallandry, Les Arcs and La Plagne. And this year, I went all around it...with the best slope being l'Aiguille Rouge... Mr Leslie has now successfully passed his first star level! Welldone big boy. We both skied separately the first few days of the weeks. Leslie enjoyed his instructor Pepito. He did many new friends a ... read more
Leslie, Pepito and friends
a boys trip to remember....
from the top of L'Aiguille Rouge

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Les Arcs December 25th 2008

Snow, snow, snow—and skiing!!! This Christmas holiday we took a trip with our friends Matt and Megan to Les Arc 2000 in the French Alps. It was incredible. The scenery was like no other. However, we were in unanimous agreement that the Rockies are far better for skiing. But we still had a great experience. After a bit of a mess-up on the ski company’s part, with our flight, we made it to our resort. Our lift passes were for 6 days and also covered the runs on the next mountain called La Plagne. It took us all a while to get back in the swing of things. Koi and I hadn’t been skiing in 7 years. We made a pact to go much sooner next time—maybe before we’re done in England, who knows! I would ... read more
Asleep for the long journey
I'm too excited!
More bus ride

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Les Arcs March 4th 2008

Hia all We trust that everyone is well. Can you believe we are deep into March already, how the time flies when you are having fun? Well since our last blog we have spent over 6 weeks in one destination...yes six weeks. No, we will not be making this place home! We intended to only ski here for a few days and incidentally, a few days turned into over six weeks. The ski area of Les Arcs is situated in the French Alps and our majestic little campsite positioned in the Peisey-Nancroix village, the pistes accessible by a free ten-minute bus ride. Camping Les Lanchettes is placed in a stunning valley and is next door to a cross country centre with plenty of walking and cross country tracks. We had an awesome 6 weeks in all ... read more
Let it snow; let it snow...
Snow Man!
These shoes were made for walking!

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Les Arcs January 21st 2008

Seven months ago, during the midst of our travels, we were writing about the amazing conditions we had whilst snowboarding in Valle Nevado, Chile. It was such a fabulous change from the holiday we'd taken to Flaine in Jan 2007 where'd we experienced record high temperatures (sitting outside your chalet in t-shirts at 2000m in the Alps in Jan!) and record low snow cover. So, this year was a real gamble - we'd booked another holiday to the French Alps in January, most people thought we were crazy, but wow, did the gamble pay off. We have just returned from the best snowboarding holiday we've ever had in the French Alps. The conditions in La Plagne were second only to our Chile trip. It snowed for two days before we arrived, so our first day on ... read more
Group photo
Jude shows Katherine how it's done
Katherine on a snowboard, I never thought it would happen!

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Les Arcs January 13th 2008

This is the last stop of our Christmas holidays...and what a stop. We spent a full week in the French Alps... and a snow discovery for Tiffany and Leslie. We stay at the Club Med Peisey-Vallandry, which as of today, is considered as the best Club Med in the Alps. And indeed, we all enjoyed the week...even if writting this on our flight back to Asia, I must admit we are 3 of us...completely exhausted! Christmas it was again, for 80% of the guests...Orthodox Christmas, and so 80% of the guests were russians. Russia has evolved a lot and his citizens also, charming people...but how can I be partial, after all, I had the chance to date a gorgeous russian for more than a yearfew years back! What do you need for a nice ski ... read more
Mont Blanc
to the top!
I know...I should sleep more and stop to party every night!

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Les Arcs January 21st 2007

I thought this wasn't bad, 2 countries within the first month, and I'm looking at a few weekend's away too... Another trip well-organised by Jane (and Alex, although I think Jane sorts it all!)... to Chalet L'Ours (nearly 'because we're worth it' - no, not really!). 18 of us, all known to at least one other person in the group, but not necessarily to each other. Goes without saying that it was a good mix, and good to catch up with some of the previous year's crowd... such a good mix could always find someone to ski with! We went to Les Arcs 2000, in the Haute Savoie region of France. Despite claims that the snow wouldn't be up to anything, it was fine.... if a little slushy in places. We spent most of the week ... read more
Sleigh Ride
Kath's Birthday
Batman and Scooby-Doo




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