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Always wanted to learn how to ski?

October 8, 2012 2:02 pm
posted by Sarah

Once you’ve tried a skiing holiday, with the fresh air, amazing views, and, of course, the apres ski and amazing food…. Well once you’ve tried skiing for the first time it’s something you do again, and again and again…

But learning to ski for the first time can be a daunting experience – even though every skier has, at one time or another, had their very first ski holiday. So we’ve teamed up with our friends at the Les 3 Vallées in France, the world’s largest ski area, to give one family the chance to become experts in one season. Yes, we said one season!

The Easy Rider competition!

The fantastique ‘Easy Rider’ competition  means you could win over £30,000 worth of ski holidays, ski equipment, ski lessons and more; and the amazing experience for your family to learn and perfect your ski skills in one season. The extremely lucky family will win FIVE ski holidays to Les 3 Vallées in France between December 2012 and April 2013 including:

  • Flights from London to Grenoble
  • Transfers from Grenoble to Les 3 Vallées
  • Accommodation in five resorts in the Les 3 Vallées region
  • Season lift passes for the full Les 3 Vallées region
  • Ski equipment for all the family
  • Ski clothes for all the family
  • Ski lessons for all the family


For the chance to win this once in a lifetime competition, all you have to do is to tell Les 3 Vallées why you would be a great choice to win in a short video. It could be that you are really sporty, but never thought you would be able to afford skiing. Or that you are a real whiz on you blog and will tell thousands of friends about about it. Or just that your family needs a new challenge…

Whatever the reason all you need to do is post your entry to YouTube and share that video on Les 3 Vallées’  Facebook page.

For more details on the competition, its rules and the prize click here. Bonne chance everyone!

And if you’ve decided to take the plunge and try skiing for the first time this season – you won’t regret it! – here are a few of our useful guides on organising a ski trip for the first time, what you’ll need on your first ski holiday and general ski tips for beginners to get you started!


A video guide to skiing at Arc 1950

January 24, 2012 3:47 pm
posted by Sarah

At the heart of the French Alps, Arc 1950 is a car-free resort with a Savoyard flavour which blends itself into the shape of the surrounding mountains…

Ski-out accommodation, views of the magnificent Mont Blanc, relaxing spa, buzzing bars, cosy pubs and restaurants serving the best French cuisine for hungry skiers, and of course – fantastique snow! But don’t just take our word for it, check out what guests at Arc 1950 this season have to say – and recommend!

If this whets your appetite, check out our Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Le Village complete with a Deep Nature Spa to get those weary post-piste limbs ready for the après-ski!


French ski resorts to fall in love with

January 6, 2012 12:36 pm
posted by Rebecca

The snow arrived in the nick of time for 2012, but with the dozens of options available, how do you choose which French ski resort to spend your hard earned pennies on this season?

In an attempt to match you up to a resort that you will love, channelling Cilla Black from her Blind Date heydays, we’ve put together three compelling reasons to pick our selection of cool contenders…

Alpe d’Huez – There’s no chance of getting bored in this traditional, historic and lively resort…

  1. Airboarding – A new(ish) snow sport has arrived en piste. This time on an inflatable grooved sled-like cushion. Airboarding allows you to hurtle down the mountainside head first while lying stomach-down on the board. This, of course, poses a slight hazard to fellow skiers so Alpe d’Huez hosts Airboarding and ‘snow toys’ sessions at the Poutran lift every Friday between 10am and 4.45pm.
  2. Alpe d’Huez Ice cave – Whimsical ice sculptures are carved annually in this cave gallery at 2,700 m. The Alpe d’Huez ice cave was dug into the snow by two high mountain guides, Bruno Gardent and Bernard Lambolez. It is accessible via the Grandes Rousses DMC lift. This year’s themes are ‘The Garden’ and ‘Biodiversity’.
  3. The world’s longest ski run – At 16 kms and with a vertical drop of 1,820, Sarenne is the world’s longest ski run. Once a month during the ski season you can even ski Sarenne by moonlight after a meal atop the Sarenne Glacier.

Where to stay in Alpe d’Huez:

Pierre & Vacances Residence L’Ours Blanc –  The recently refurbished Pierre & Vacances L’Ours Blanc residence is located in the centre of the resort. The pretty wood-decorated building has superb views over the valley of the Massif de l’Oisans providing direct access to ski lifts and the Olympic skating rink.

Pierre & Vacances Residence Les Bergers – Less than 100 m from the ski lifts each apartment features a balcony with views over the resort on one side and the Ecrins mountain range on the other. Facilities include a swimming pool and heated relaxation room, sauna and a restaurant.

Val d’Isère – One of the original ski resorts and still one of the best. Challenging skiing with superb nightlife.

  1. It’s high up! It’s a no-brainer really, if you’re after lovely fresh white powder, choose a resort that’s at high altitude – it’s colder up there and there’s more chance of snow. Val d’Isère’s position offers skiing from 1550m-3470m, that’s the height of more than ten Eiffel towers stacked on top of one another.
  2. Olympics standard slopes – The location of the 1993 Olympics men’s downhill race, Val d’Isère provides immediate access to 300 kms of groomed slopes in the Espace Killy ski area, with further opportunities to ski in first class off piste powder AND in neighbouring Paradiski and Three Valleys systems. There’s enough here to challenge even the most experienced skier.
  3. Dick’s Tea Bar – It’s legendary for après ski partying attracting big name DJs, and its Val d’Isère premises have just re-opened for the season with a makeover.

Residence Les Chalets de Solaise, Val d’Isere

Where to stay in Val d’Isère:

Pierre & Vacances Residence Les Chalets de Solaise – Self catered apartments with access to the outdoor heated swimming pool and wellness area and located at the heart of Val d’Isère.

Pierre & Vacances Residence Les Balcons de Bellevarde –  Typical of the Val d’Isere region with its pretty wooden and stone-clad front, ski apartments facing the slopes and balconies for all-day sunshine.

Belle Plagne – another action packed resort, in fact, if skiing is not your thing you can pack in a week’s worth of snowy fun without ever strapping on a pair of skis!

  1. Adrenaline activities – The bob experience: an exhilarating 19 bends worth of Olympic bobsleigh run, a giant zip slide high wire, an outdoor ice climbing tower, access to four free-style snow parks and snow quad biking. Yo name but a few…
  2. Child friendly – With snow kindergartens, a sledging track and crèche facilities – there’s plenty to occupy the little ones in Belle Plagne while you get on with some serious adrenaline sports.
  3. Keep on trekking – Glacial snow shoe treks, husky teams along with some superb cross country skiing opportunities will help you to explore the region and take in its beauty at a slower pace.

Where to stay in Belle Plagne:

Pierre & Vacances Residence Les Nereides – Located in the heart of the ‘Paradiski’ domain, with easy access to the slopes from the residence. These self catered ski apartments have recently been fully refurbished.

Pierre & Vacances Residence Residence Les ConstellationsSituated directly on the slope, the wooden and stone chalets blend into the snowy backdrop in this peaceful setting.

Flaine – A stylised modernist French mountain resort and the perfect choice for those with young families and ski beginners.

  1. Paradise for beginners and kids – Flaine’s wide snowy boulevards are perfect for beginners and those with less skiing experience and there’s plenty of free activities and family focused fun on offer too. Excellent ski schools are also available for anyone who is slightly less confident on two skis, and there’s even a week dedicated to children from 4-13 April 2012.
  2. Free lifts – No need for lift passes so you can ski for free!
  3. Modernist architecture and art – It’s not to everyone’s taste but if you have a penchant for Bauhaus, architect Marcel Breuer’s buildings won’t disappoint. And there’s plenty of art to see too including a sculpture park containing works by Jean Dubuffet, Pablo Picasso and Victor Vasarely. The cultural centre, Art de Flaine, also hosts exhibitions of contemporary art.

Where to stay in Flaine:

Pierre & Vacances Residence La Foret – A residence with easy access to slopes and in the heart of the resort.

Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Les Terrasses d’EosStone and timber chalets, lit by large bay windows with a warm and elegant interior finish and nestled in a spruce forest.





Pierre & Vacances gets 5 stars!

July 19, 2011 3:12 pm
posted by Sarah

We’re excited to announce that the Pierre & Vacances Premium Les Terrasses d’Eos residence in the French Alps ski resort of Flaine Montsoleil has been awarded five stars by France’s new classification for tourist accommodation!

The new standard – five star ‘Tourist Residences’ –  is awarded to properties that show exceptional service, facilities and standards of accommodation. And having met all 175 requirements, the Premium residence Les Terrasses d’Eos in Flaine-Montsoleil has become the first self catering accommodation to be listed, and will maintain its five star ranking for the next five years!

Karine Morot-Gaudry, our director of marketing & communication at Pierre & Vacances Premium says: “We are proud to be the first major player to get this ranking, which provides guarantees of a high level of service and comfort to our customers and also rewards the work of our team!”

Flaine Montsoleil is located in the Grand Massif area, 1,700 metres above sea level. Boasting 122 apartments, from one to three bedrooms, the property also features a heated indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, restaurants and individual ski lockers. Prices for winter accommodation start from €670 per week for a one bedroom apartment sleeping up to four people.

But whether you want to stay in our five star accommodation in Flaine, or another of our fantastique self-catering appartments in more than 40 ski resorts in the French Alps – from the glamourous Chamonix, to the car-free Avoriaz – we’re sure to have the resort perfect for you!


Win a trip to Avoriaz for the Go Wild Music Festival

February 14, 2011 3:05 pm
posted by Rebecca

You and three friends could soon be heading to Avoriaz for the most exciting new music event in the Alps – the first ever Go Wild Music Festival (Festival des Concerts Sauvages) 2-9 April 2011.

We’ve teamed up with P&O Ferries, Ski set and Avoiaz 1800 to provide the ultimate mates’ break: ski and snowboard by day – take in secret acoustic gigs in totally wild mountain locations by night.

The ten gigs at  ski-to stunning alpine locations and the acts performing will be announced by a text message to your mobile phone shortly before each performance. Stages will appear and disappear overnight to keep you guessing!

The line up features Warner Music’s finest French tallent. Take a look at the acts on our detailed Go Wild Music Festival post.

Enter now over on our Facebook page for the chance to win the ultimate ski and snowboarding mates’ break. Simply  ‘Like’ the page and fill out your details. The prize draw closes at midnight on 18 March 2011. Winners will be announced shortly afterwards.


Trailer Wild concerts festival
Uploaded by AvoriazTV. – Music videos, artist interviews, concerts and more.


• Four free ski passes for the Portes du Soleil ski region which includes entrance to all Go Wild Music Festival gigs for the entire week.

• An apartment with number one French accommodation specialist Pierre & Vacances in one of our nine ski-in ski-out holiday residences in Avoriaz 1800, a totally car free resort.

• Channel crossings for a group of four people and one car from P&O Ferries.

• Free ski or snowboard hire from number one online rental specialist Skiset.

Competition Terms & Conditions: download T&Cs here

1. The prize is a seven-night holiday for four people, staying at a Pierre & Vacances self catering property in Avoriaz. Accommodation is subject to availability.

2. Cross channel ferry will be provided by P&O Ferries for four people and one car travelling together between Dover and Calais. Crossings are subject to terms and conditions and availability.

3. The holiday must be taken during the dates specified.

4. No cash alternative will be offered and the prize is non-transferable.

5. Four six-day ski passes will be provided by the Avoriaz tourist board which include entrance to the Go Wild Music Festival

6. Skiset will provide ECO ski/board hire for four people.