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...