As we run around like maniacs trying to get everything in place and ready for the start of the season we have been blessed by a downpouring of the white stuff. It has been tempting to down tools and have fun all day but we have to be disciplined and get the chores done before any fun can be had.
Where do I begin? It is now a month from closing the chalets after our first season at the helm of Ski Hiver. What a huge learning curve it has been; both rewarding and frazzling in equal measure.
When you think about getting to the French Alps for a ski break by way of the usual flights, it’s hard not to envisage something of a nightmare scenario. The reason being that hot-footing it through airports, on and off planes and then onto your final destination with a bus or train transfer doesn’t exactly sound like a thrill a minute…which it isn’t.
If you’ve never before tried out a catered chalet ski holiday, chances are you won’t be familiar with the benefits of doing so. More often than not, folks heading to the slopes will opt for a standard hotel with the board they’re happiest with, or they’ll look into the self-catering options like chalets and apartments.
Ask the critics and they’ll tell you that much of Les Arcs is nothing more than a giant concrete zit on the face of the Alps. It hasn’t got a reputation for being the prettiest place on Earth, but if you ask us it’s best to completely ignore these kinds of opinions from short-sighted visitors for two good reasons...