Glamping it up on a skiing trip
If you’re planning a skiing trip to France from India or any other country for that matter, you are planning to go to one of the best countries in the world for snow. With the Alps and the Pyrenees, France can offer a bigger variety of ski resorts than anywhere else in the world. Regardless of if you are searching for luxurious Paris Hotels that you can stay at while you ski or a cabin, you can discover more deals online than you can anywhere else. Whether you are a novice, an expert, a skier, snowboarder, or just going for the après-ski, France has something to offer. So where should you go?
Obviously there are the well-known hotspots, or should that be ‘cold spots’?! But why follow the crowds to overcrowded resorts and overpriced facilities? There are some equally good, but lesser known resorts where you are just as likely to see beginners, experts, party-goers and connoisseurs. One thing you could do is to transfer to Les Contamines, a resort at the base of Mont Blanc.
Les Contamines is a relatively undiscovered resort, and that’s what makes it one of the coolest ski resorts in France. However, one of the best things about this resort is that it has a really popular campsite. Why do what everyone else is doing and stay in a hotel or chalet? Camping has become much cooler again over recent years and can be a great experience. Of course many people wouldn’t dream of camping at a ski resort but it is a really popular way of doing things, with the French at least, albeit more in caravans and motor-homes than in tents! In a caravan it could be more glamping than camping as you can easily take everything you need. The campsite is really close to the Pontents gondola lift, which makes getting up to the runs really easy. If you’re not adventurous enough for the campsite, then there is a wide selection of accommodation available, mostly self-catering.
One of the most important things about choosing a ski resort is obviously the snow. Les Contamines has a good selection of runs, although some are quite short, and some great off-piste skiing, and is especially suitable for intermediate skiers. If you want lessons, you need to be aware that the ski school is in French only, so it might be worth brushing up on some schooldays vocabulary. Don’t let that put you off though, as with ski instruction, actions can speak much louder than words! There is a good variety of snow at the resort too, and powder lovers can often find some fresh snow during the ski season.
Easy to reach from Geneva airport, a transfer to Les Contamines can be arranged online. The village itself is quite small and fairly quiet but has everything that a holidaymaker needs after the skiing finishes, including shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and even a disco. It isn’t the place to go if you want to spend all night in nightclubs, but for a relaxed, very beautiful resort, without too many English speaking skiers and boarders, it can be a welcome change from some of the busier resorts. There are plenty of places to eat and relax so it’s certainly worth ditching your regular resort for a transfer to Les Contamines for a change of scene and a change of pace.
This article was contributed by peaktransfer.com