Ski and Walk Val d'Isere and Grand Paradski Resorts, France


Global Adventure - Ski and Walk Val d'Isere and Grand Paradski Resorts, France

Ski the skiers’ favorite ski area in the world, the mega resort of Val d’Isere, France with 86 lifts and Les Arc/La Plagne, France with 145 lifts up to 11,500 ft which guarantees snow every year. Skiers 72 and over ski free. Stay at small family run hotels. Private transportation during the trip. Half board at the 2 ski resorts. Sightsee in Geneva, Switzerland and Annecy, the Venice of France.

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  • Fri, Mar 4, 2016 — Sun, Mar 20, 2016
  • Global Adventures Committee
  • Global Adventures, Skiing/Snowboarding, Day Hiking
  • Beginner
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate

Start:  11 AM , March 4, 2016 at the Geneva Airport

End:  7 am March 20 at the Geneva airport

Itinerary Highlights:   After a short transfer, we will spend our first evening in Annecy by the beautiful, turquoise Lac d’Annecy,  which is overlooked by wooded, snow-capped mountains.  In the morning  you can explore the many Saturday markets before we depart to drive along the shore of Lac d’Annecy to Plan Peisey.  We will stop for lunch at Moútiers, a Celtic/Roman village not often visited by tourists.

 We'll spend our first week skiing or winter-walking at Les Arcs and La Plagne (145 lifts , 11,500 ft), saying in Plan Peisey.  The small, family run, hotel on the ski slope with lifts to Les Arcs or to the 2-mile long suspension aerial tramway across the valley to La Plagne.  This hotel is sure to satisfy everyone with ski-in, ski out, a lift down to the winter walking trails, an indoor swimming pool which looks directly onto the ski slope, a gym, a dining room which has 270o view of the sun setting over the mountains and gourmet dinners you will always  remember.

 We will leave Plan Peisey after 7 wonderful days to journey towards Val d’Isere.  We will lunch in Bourg St. Maurice famous for wines and the Beaufort cheese and cheese factory.   As in many French villages, a Saturday Market will fill the street of the old town.   

The second week  will be in Val d’Isere with 86 lifts, (11,500 ft) some with heated seats.  Our  small, family hotel is located at the end of the run off of the Bellevarde Express.  On the run to the hotel is the Grand Marnier Crepeier,  the gathering place to share hero stories from the day of skiing while enjoying a crepe soaked in Grand Marnier.  The warm afternoon sun invites you to linger before returning to the hotel.

 Before we leave Europe we will spend our last day exploring Geneva, Switzerland.

Time of Year:    The trip is offered when there is a chance of many days of sun but still an   occasional 24 hours of storm offering new snow.  In February many days have white-out conditions.

Lodging:   Will be in small family run and operated hotels  with 2 people to a room.  Possible upgrades to larger rooms with balconies and afternoon sun.  In Geneva and Annecy the hotels are medium size.

Food:   Multi-course dinners of French specialties.  Breakfast is American Buffet.

Leader’s Experience:   Patti is the director of the winter sports program at Meany lodge.  She has lead over 30 international tours for the Mountaineers and 8 hiking trips to New Hampshire and Maine and snow shoe/XC ski trip to Maine

Participant Requirements:   Must be a current Mountaineers member with waiver on file.  Must enjoy snow, sun,  skiing. snowboarding or winter walking,  snow shoeing or photography,  Must enjoy European Culture and travel.

Trip Price Detail:   Price: $ 2750.  All  hotels, land transportation, tours, tips,  and all breakfasts and  most dinners are included, as are a portion of the leader’s expenses and a Mountaineers administrative fee..  Not included:  Air fare, lift tickets, lunches, and personal needs, dinner in Annecy and Geneva.

Registration Instructions: Complete the application form and email it to the leader.  Advance permission is required from the leader to register.  A deposit of $1500 is required to hold your place on the roster.  Registration will close October 1, 2015, or whenever the trip fills.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel because of an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred and a $100 administrative fee.


Ski and Walk Val d'Isere and Grand Paradski Resorts, France

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