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Resort pic’n'mix in the French Alps

Choosing which ski resort to go to is one of the hardest decision us skiers or snowboarders have to make. Do you risk choosing that hidden gem or go for the tried and trusted resort you know will deliver the goods? Earlier this season I was lucky enough to be chosen by Snowvole to experience the best of both worlds, which meant the choice was not which resort should I go to this week? but which resort should I go to today?


Along with 12 strangers, chosen as the first group of Snowvole bloggers, I headed for the P&O ferry port in Dover on a chilly Friday evening in December, ready to drive through the night to Montchavin Les Coches in the Savoie region of the French Alps. With only the soft snoring of my passengers to keep me company this was not quite how I imagined my ski holiday would begin. However the thought of an extra day’s skiing in record-breaking early season powder was enough to keep me awake.


We arrived at the Chalet Castor run by Snow Chateaux where breakfast was ready and waiting. We were itching to get out there and the chalet was handily situated right by the piste – we could even see the lift just 100 yards away – but it was closed. And not because we had arrived too early, the resort hadn’t yet opened and was not due to do so until we left at the end of the week. And so the safari began.




The chalet was about a 30-minute drive from some of the biggest ski areas in France – Paradiski, the Espace Killy and the Trois Vallées. Each evening we would sit around enjoying the fantastic dinners put on by the chalet staff, deciding which area to choose the next day. Opinions grew stronger and voices louder as the wine flowed and the week progressed and we got to know each other better, but we loved being able to look at the conditions in each resort and decide where to go. The debate still existed if it had snowed more in one than another, or it was sunnier, or the trees would make visibility better… but the beauty was that we could do a different one every day, and we did just that. And when the younger “park rats” (like DC sponsored rider, Simon Cudlip) of the group wanted to play on an urban rail all day and night, that was fine too as we had rental cars and could split the groups across different resorts.

chalet group

It was a really interesting way to spend a week, and not something I’d done before. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages – on the plus side you get to see so many different areas and follow the best conditions. On the other hand do you really want to drive every day before and after a hard day’s skiing. If I could have changed anything I’d definitely have preferred a 4×4 and snow tyres rather than having to put on chains on the way up and down the mountain every day, but that’s it. A quick drive back to the chalet knowing that dinner would be laid out by the friendly and competent Snow Chateaux team. If you end up driving out to the slopes yourself or hire a car, it’s definitely worth considering. If your chalet is situated right by the piste you would be mad not to take advantage of it , but if you know conditions might be better somewhere 40 minutes away or just fancy a change of scenery, give it a go. Who knows, you may find that hidden gem you didn’t take a risk on.


Thanks to: SnowVole, Snow Chateaux, Holiday Autos, P&O Ferries, MoneyMaxim, Ski Set Montchavin, Paradiski, the Trois Vallées and Tignes.

nicophilo · 1833 days ago
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