Les Arcs, France, part of the Paradiski ski area, one of the largest ski area’s in the world, and I was going.
This was to be an entirely different snowboarding holiday from the first – after being home for a few weeks, an email arrived from one of the couples, Paul and Rachel Edmonds, whom I met that first day in the Buddha Bar in Morzine – they were organising a trip for themselves and some friends back to France in March, and inviting me along to join them.
At first I was a bit apprehensive about joining up with thirteen people I didn’t really know, but the more I thought about it, the more it sounded like a good laugh, to hell with the comfort zone.
And this time I’d have my own newly acquired snowboarding kit – it’s weird how I enjoy all the expensive sports!
Again it was EasyJet flights to Geneva, and this time the AltiBus to the small town of Bourg St Maurice, and had a short taxi ride up the mountain to the chalet in Peisey. I should have done a better job of organising the transfers, and I’d do it differently next time, but I got there ok. The chalet actually offers a collection service from Bourg St Maurice.
We wouldn’t be staying in a hotel this time either, rather a “catered chalet”, which the fourteen of us would fill.
“Chalet Seventy3” is actually in the smaller town of Peisey which is connected to Les Arcs and Plagne, and isn’t far from a lift which takes you up to the slopes. It’s ideal if you want a quiet but central location to explore the Paradiski area.
The chalet is run by a lovely couple called Dave and Caz, and worth going to just for Caz’s cooking! All in all it was an excellent place to stay.
The nightlife was quieter, but then we were in a big group and able to entertain ourselves – whether in the chalet or out in the bars.
It was a pretty mixed group of skiers and snowboarders, from first timers to ex-seasonaires, and it was good having experienced people who knew the area and how to get about.
The snowboarding was even more fun than the first trip, I was starting to get to an intermediate level, enjoying the red runs, and started to feel a bit more confident. But more importantly I had company on the slopes, and it was a good laugh exploring the massive area of Les Arcs with other people. It was more fun come lunch and apres-ski time, and even being in the chalet at night was far more sociable than staying in a hotel. Catered-chalets are the way to go!
I knew I was hooked on snowboarding during one mid-week apres-ski session – I was on such a high after having had an excellent day!
The Les Arcs area really is fantastic.
The trip was excellent, and it left me looking forward to The Edmonds Snow Holiday 2012!
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