Dates: Saturday 14th – 21st February, 2015.
‘Thanks for this really special and unique ski holiday!’ – Sean, Ireland
£595* 12 + /£440* children from 3 to 11
The Trip Includes:
- 7 x nights accommodation in a ski-in ski-out quirky family run ski hotel near Chamonix
- Free train from Vallorcine to Chamonix
- 7 x 3 course dinners
- 7 x breakfasts
- Assistance organising travel, guides, ski school and ski hire.
Half Term is a notoriously busy ski week. We scoured the Alps looking for somewhere ‘off the beaten track,’ where families can enjoy a great value trip, with no fuss and no queues. We found something quite exceptional! Our accommodation is a quirky family run hotel in Vallorcine, a small village behind Chamonix that links with the La Balme-Chamonix ski area. It is a really amazing venue for beginner skiers because the hotel has its own little ski lift system. You can wander out of the door and bring the kids to ski school with your hot chocolate in hand!
Beginners will have plenty of mileage on the hotel’s uncrowded ski slope and be very well taken care of by the friendly local ski school. Ski passes here cost no more than €75 for the whole week. The hotel’s ski area is a 1 minute walk from the hotel and consists of a black run, 2 reds and many blues and greens and a toddler’s area.
More proficient skiers can ski down to the bubble lift (an 8 minute ski) which takes you to the extensive and queue free ski area La Balme, one of Chamonix’s best ski areas. There is a free train (which runs from Vallorcine to Chamonix) which runs every hour. It will take you from Vallorcine back up to Buet in 5 minutes.
For the more adventurous, you are in the heart of classic off-piste and ski touring land, and there are guides on tap to take you to the Vallee Blanche, Grand Montet, or Le Buet.
Our hotel is wonderfully quirky! It has been in the same family for generations and not too much had changed in 50 years! The family are great characters. Two sisters run the bar. The brother is the chef. Mum and Dad, who are in their 90’s, tell everyone what to do! This hotel has a resident rabbit and a cat. There is loads of space. The bar is very lively and popular amongst the friendly locals, ski instructors and guides. There is a very large restaurant, a reading room and pool room. The bedrooms are simple but comfortable double, twin and family rooms and most are en suite. The mountain views are exceptional from most rooms.
This is the only La Source trip which is not hosted. We do put you in touch with all of the other La Source guests before the trip. Sometimes our group choose to eat together, and sometimes families just do their own thing. It is up to you!
We will send you all the insider details that you might need to make this trip as easy as possible.
The food is prepared by the hotel chef. It is typically french fayre… a soup followed by a main course and dessert. Dinner is at 7.30 and usually goes on until at least 9pm. The hotel does make every effort to buy locally and organically. For breakfast, there is locally made mountain jam and delicious french bread, cereal, croissants, fruit, yogurt, and hot drinks.
Lunch is not included in the price but you can eat at the hotel or at the La Poya ski lifts which are a 3 minute walk. There are quite a few cafe and gourmet restaurants in and around Vallorcine and of course in Chamonix. Those on a budget can make up sandwiches for lunch.
The hotel bar is open all day for hot and cold drinks.
This trip is suitable for younger children, especially from 3 and up. Children who are 3-6 can join Piou Piou (the little ones ski skool!) Group ski lessons are around 2 hours and if you book ‘kids club’ the ski instructors can bring your child back to the hotel after the lessons and give them lunch giving you from 9.45am to 2pm to ski. We will help you organise all of this in advance. Costs are around €130 for the week for 2 to 2.5 hours of lessons 6 days a week. Please enquire for prices for kids club.
If you do have younger children, who need to be in bed by 7.30, we can arrange with the staff for the little ones to eat in the bar at around 5pm so you have time to put them to bed before your evening meal. (We recommend bringing a walkie talkie).
Getting Here, Location and Local Transport:
The nearest airport is Geneva, 1 hour and 15 minutes away.
There is a regular shuttle bus from Geneva that costs €35 per person one way.
The most economic way to travel, if you are a family of 4 in the UK, is to drive (8 hours from Calais – we recommend you do the drive over 2 days and stay in Reims or Troyes on the way down to avoid the busy holiday Saturday traffic). Parking is available right outside the hotel. Please ensure you have snow chains or snow tyres.
Train from the UK is also a very good option. Contact Eurostar for details of trains to Martigny in Switzerland or Saint Gervais in France. Both of these are main line stations from which the little local train leaves hourly to right outside our Hotel.