Did you know that France is not only amazing for summer trips but also for winter? And I don’t mean just Paris (though Paris is simply always a great idea!). I am referring to France’s beautiful spots for winter sports :)
I mostly go skiing in Austria and Switzerland. I think that we will go somewhere further afield when we decide to go skiing again next time. I’ve quite liked the idea of doing it in Japan, so when the time comes, I’ve heard that I should look on japan ski holidays for the best packages. But this time we ‘ventured’ out to the Trois Vallees in France. It’s quite easy to get to from London by flying to Geneva in Switzerland and then renting a car to drive up to Les Menuires in the Three Valleys which takes around two to three hours. We arrived super late at night..
DAY ONE – THURSDAY
We arrived late on Wednesday evening or rather Thursday morning (2am!) and actually planned to go skiing the next morning. When we woke up around 11am though, the weather was just so amazing and sunny that we decided to enjoy the sun on the terrace and take it easy. So we had a lovely breakfast and then just relaxed in the sun with some coffee :)
There are amazing restaurants close by Les Menuires (10 min drive from our chalet) with super yummy French food. There are even Michelin star restaurants which are perfect for an evening when you are not entirely exhausted from a long day of skiing:) On Thursday night, we decided to go to La Ferme de la Choumette in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville which has a lovely rustic interior and is perfect for cold winter days! The food is also super yummy!
DAY TWO – FRIDAY
Yeey, finally the first day of skiing! I woke up super early, even before sunrise. The moon was still up and it was so entirely quiet and peaceful. Totally needed a break from the hectic London lifestyle!
We drove down to the skiing lift which opened around 9 am and were up on the slopes skiing by 9.30 am. The weather was super sunny yet the snow was a bit slushy depending on which slopes you took. I didn’t mind that much though as I hadn’t been skiing for such a long time! So I loved it anyway! We spent the whole day skiing from early morning till late in the afternoon – I guess we did this to make up for the lazy Thursday when we stayed in the chalet. We had a few coffee breaks though and also a stop at Folie Douce for a little while.
In the evening we decided to cook at home and then curl up in front of the fire and play a board game :)
DAY THREE – SATURDAY
The Saturday was a bit foggy and it was snowing half the time. Also it was much colder than the day before. At least that meant that the skiing conditions would be perfect the next day (they were!). We went skiing until around 4 pm and then headed back to the chalet. At least that way we had time to relax and get ready for going out for dinner later. We opted for a Michelin restaurant, Le Montagnard. Super yummy food :)
LAST DAY – SUNDAY
As expected, the skiing conditions were PERFECT. At it was the last day of skiing and we had to head back to the airport in the afternoon, our skiing day started super early and we were on the slopes by 9am :) We went skiing for 4 hours with just one mini break to get some water. At some point we unintentionally ended up off the slopes and had to show off our (not-really-existing) free riding skills haha. When we thought we had made it back to the slopes we realised that there was a 1.5m jump still between us and ‘civilisation’… Ha! My knies felt like pudding afterwards and Michael’s thighs were quiet dead too but it was so much fun!
We headed back to the airport in Switzerland to make our flight home to London in the early evening on Sunday. Do you see? A long weekend skiing in France is a great idea for a short, easy skiing trip! There are plenty of places in France where you can ski and there is also Andorra, situated between France and Spain, which is also renowned for skiing trips. Take a look at these Arinsal apartments if you are interested in trying Andorra. :)
Since our trip we’ve even been tempted to purchase some property of our own out there! Because holiday homes have been more popular in recent years, we’re definitely going to do some research first to make sure we can afford one. The next time we go away though, we will go skiing the FIRST day already though rather than being lazy bums!