Global Adventure - Explore the French Alps: Val DIsere Les Arcs La Plagne

Explore the French Alps: Val DIsere Les Arcs La Plagne

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  • Tue, Mar 4, 2008 — Sun, Mar 23, 2008
  • Adults

Trip preview: Sept 16, 3 p.m. Pre-trip social. Join us for a presentation about the trip to Explore the French Alps in March 2008. Call the leader for directions. Patti at 206 525 7464.

The trip: Val d’Isere, France is the world’s favorite ski area. It has unlimited backcountry skiing and a fantastic series of lifts and buses to access all of its ski terrain. We will stay here the first week. Then, we will ski the backcountry of the “Valley of Powder” (weather permitting) to our home at Plan Peisey, a typical small alpine village unaffected by the two nearby mega ski areas. We will stay at a ski-in, ski-out hotel that sits on a promontory and has a 270-degree view of the mountains. Every room has a mountain view. We will enjoy eight days of grand skiing at La Plagne or at Les Arcs. Join us with alpine, randonee or telemark skis. All three areas have some cross skiing if weather leads you to think of flat-land skiing. We will depart Seattle and fly to Copenhagen where we will stay for a day-and-a-half to sightsee before flying to Lyon, France.
Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 43 BC by the Celtic, with the Romans gaining control in 16 BC. Lyon has many artifacts from the Roman times, including amphitheaters. During this period, Lyon was established as a leader in the manufacture of pottery. During the reign of King Louis XI, the production of raw silk was begun in Lyon. This led Lyon to becoming the silk and textile manufacturing capitol even to this day.
In Lyon, we will have a local guide to take us down Croix-Rousse hill and through the traboules to a silk printing workshop. After a day exploring of Lyon, we will have dinner at one of the small family-run bistros which line the “walking” streets of the old town.
We will depart Lyon Saturday morning, stopping in Bourg St Maurice for lunch and arriving in Val d’Isere in the early Saturday afternoon. Our hotel is located in the center of the town, near the Grande Marnier Creperie, which must be passed every afternoon as you ski back to the hotel. Stories of grand skiing adventures begin here, to be carried on at our hotel. A local guide and historian of the area will be available for guided backcountry skiing.
On Saturday, weather permitting, Elizabeth will guide us as we ski from Val d’Isere through the valley of powder to La Plagne. Our luggage will be transported for us to our new hotel at Plan Peisey. As we finish the long day of skiing, hopefully we will have time to start our happy hour at a small mountain hut before we take the 200-passenger gondola across the 2,000 ft. deep valley to Plan Piesey. Our hotel is a true ski-in, ski-out hotel, very centrally located to ski either at La Plagne or Les Arcs.
All three ski areas feature off-piste (backcountry) skiing and have miles of packed runs. If weather is poor, one can rent cross-country skis in all areas.
Both hotels are family-run, allowing you to sense the pride of ownership and the proprietors’ wishes that you experience the very best vacation possible while staying with them.

Approximate cost: The 18-day tour will cost about $2,850 per person, double occupancy. (All inclusive except lunches at an estimage of about $160, airfare of $550 plus fuel and departure taxes, lift tickets for 14 days at an estimate of $370-$550, and ski guide fees.) Included: breakfast and dinner daily (except dinner in Copenhagen and Lyon), all land transportation by private bus, hotel tips, accident insurance, club fees, leader fees and administrative costs.

Requirements: The tour is limited to 27 people. A valid passport will be required. Trip is not limited to skiers, but one must expect snow in many areas.

Reservations: With leader’s approval, a deposit of $1,000 is due upon registration. Final payment of $1,850 is due Nov. 1. If canceling, there will be an International Outing administration fee of $100 plus any non-refundable expenses. Non-recoverable group expenses incurred due to cancellations will be borne by all participants. The refund may not be possible until the completion of the trip. The price is based upon: 1 Euro = $1.36.>br>
For further information, contact Patti Polinsky,, 206-525-7464. Application available by e-mail. Deposit $1,000 with the application, $1,850 on Nov. 1 (land portion only).
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