Kev's Travel Blog
Since he's just come back from his annual skiing holiday, we've asked Kevin Kane to tell us all about it.
"We thought we would try something 'last minute' this year and were pleasantly surprised how easy it was to book. Admittedly, we had booked our flights from Bristol to Grenoble in France (which were relatively cheap) in advance but everything else was very last minute.
We were able to find a beautiful catered chalet within a two hour transfer distance from the airport, which made things really easy. The whole holiday was stress-free and very enjoyable. I love my skiing and would definitely recommend this trip.
This holiday cost us very little, it was definitely two-star in price but five star in every other way.
The chalet was nestled in the Three Valleys - Meribel, Courcheval and Val Thorens - in a small village called La Tania; a stunning location. We were just a short distance from the Cable Car which took us up to Courcheval and from here we could access a whole wealth of fabulous slopes. Our ski gear was brought to the chalet, no need to queue for it. In addition, our ski passes were waiting for us as well. It really was totally hassle free.
Skiing in the Three Valleys is amazing, there is so much of it. The piste is very well looked after, being bashed nightly to keep it in great condition. There is a huge selection of scenic skiing to choose from. Whether you prefer tree-lined or open mountain views, you will not be disappointed. Apart from on the nursery slopes, you won't find any old fashion button or t-lifts; all lifts are chair lifts, giving you the opportunity to take the weight off your legs and enjoy the fabulous views on your ascents.
There are plenty of restaurants on the piste. However, they are expensive so we chose to have a massive breakfast in the morning instead, taking chocolate bars with us for sustenance.
Well, what can I say? It was definitely more than five star! The accommodation was split into eight double bedrooms, which all had luxury jacuzzi bathrooms and the most comfortable beds ever.
The chalet was overly equipped for luxury living including an outside hot-tub, (with stunning views to the surrounding mountains) a massive cinema flat screen which came with loads of DVDs and a full SKY package. There were also plenty of quiet areas to sit and relax, a beautiful log-fire, plus a fantastic dining area.
THE FOOD & SERVICE
We booked the chalet because it was all-inclusive, so that we wouldn't have to worry about cooking or the expense of eating out. The chalet was manned by a full-time Chef and Hostess who were responsible for ensuring we were well fed and comfortable throughout our stay. They were both excellent. The food was absolutely outstanding and the service impeccable.
- Fruit Juice
- Fresh Porridge
- Toast and Bread
- Fully English Breakfast
- Coffee and Tea
Afternoon Tea (served when you return from the slopes):
- Freshly made cakes
- Tea and Coffee
Canapes and Aperitif (served at 7.30), followed by Dinner:
- Main Course
- Sweet/Cheese and Biscuits
In addition, to all this food, drinks were included too; we needed to ski during the day to keep up with the calorific in-take.
I would thoroughly recommend this type of holiday, it is absolutely ideal for groups, we had a great time and didn't spend too much either."