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Any One Going Skiing In France For Easter?
Any one heading to France over the Easter holidays to go skiing?
We are heading over on Friday and would love some suggestions on where to go.
It seems that there is plenty of snow in the Alps this year but finding a good (cheap ) resort seems like hard work. Not looking for somewhere too fancy just happy if there is snow there and somewhere nearby to hire boots and ski's.
Les Saisies - link here: http://www.lessaisies.com
Went at Feb half term this year but have also been previous years in April, due to its location the conditions have been very good even when snow has not been as plentiful as this year.
Aire very close to slopes and 8 Euros for 24 hours.
Take a look at motorhomeski for more ideas.
Yesterday we returned from 10 days skiing in France in our Dethleffs and it was still brilliant skiing regardless of the warm weather.
We stayed in Le Grand Bornand at the Le scale campsite, with 10 Amps or less if thats all you need, which is right in the centre of the village and gives you free ski bus passes for use, the bus is every 20 mins at the entrance to the campsite -perfect !
The main gondola lift is literally 5 mins away, but as you know, to walk this far in ski boots is no fun, so we used the lift.
You will arrive in the village and not see any snow, but rest assured the Gondola delivers you in 15 mins up to a couple of meters depth of well prepared slopes. Its very well organized.
Regarding renting skis and boots, dont be tempted by the shops in the village, I recommend to use the shop at the base of the Gondola ( there's only 1 location for this gondola and the ski bus only goes there, so you won't miss it).
This shop will let you store your walking shoes in store, so it gives you the option of walking easier without ski boots.
At the campsite, they speak good english and are friendly to do so, but, I would recommend you to call and make a reservation at Le scale, as you will be there at the same time as the French and other European Easter campers and it will be busy.
Back to the piste, there's plenty to keep you busy for a full week with a good blend of reds through greens.
I recommend the restaurant at the top of the "La Flora" lift for a near perfect choice of mountain foods.
If you are traveling down the fast toll roads, I can recommend a safe and new Aire called " Poulet de Bresse", its on the A39, 50 km north of Bourg en Bresse, if i recall it's about 7 ish hours from the tunnel and leaves you only 2.5 hours to arrive in Bornand the next day.
If you do use this one, make sure at the top of the slip road, turn right and head towards what looks like a new ibis hotel, (there is a combined service area for food etc), enter the car park and drive past the entrance where you will see an allocated caravan/ motorhome space. It's not obvious you can park here as first impressions will make you believe it's a hotel car park, it's not and I enquired that overnight is permitted okay.
The parking is secure and out of the way of any passing traffic, so it was considered a good place to stop, which we did without any problems.
Incidentally, after reading about French aires on MHF, we drove in a few others and decided to move on to this one.
Hope it works out.