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Beautiful selection of apartments to rent in Courchevel

May 30th, 2011
Courchevel

Courchevel

New for summer 2011, we are proud to offer a wide range of apartments for rent in Courchevel 1550, 1650 and 1850.

The flagship “Les Chalets du Forum” in the chic Courchevel 1850 is one of the most luxury apartment residences in the resort, offering improved services such as a bakery delivery service, Wi-Fi access in all apartments, a heated ski room and much, much more.

Click on the relevant links to check availability and book.

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New for 2011 – ski apartments in Chamonix

May 27th, 2011
Ski apartments in Chamonix

Ski apartments in Chamonix

New for 2011, we are proud to offer a range of ski apartments in Chamonix.

Chamonix is arguably the alpine capital of the world. Under the shadow of Mont Blanc, the town has attracted tourists, mountaineers and extreme sports fanatics for years.

All our residences are well located and benefit from excellent facilities.

The La Ginabelle residence offers some of the most luxury accommodation in Chamonix, with indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, turkish baths, and cardio-training and relaxation rooms.

All these properties are owned by the most reputable property companies in France so quality, levels of service and attention to detail are guaranteed.

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Summer holidays in the Alps

May 27th, 2011

Summer in MorzineMany people only see the French Alps as a winter skiing destination but many resorts and particularly Morzine and the Portes du Soleil are just as busy in the summer, offering an array of exciting activities and events.

Once the winter snow has melted in Morzine and the Portes du Soleil there is a great choice of summer activities on offer for both thrill seekers and those wishing to take things at a more leisurely pace. Mountain biking (MTB), hiking, rock climbing and paragliding are just a selection of activities that are on offer in the beautiful scenery and fantastic weather. It’s unbelievable how different the French Alps look in the summer compared to the winter months and definitely worth visiting.

With the Morzine and Portes du Soleil lift system open during the summer, access to the high mountain trails and viewpoints is easy and gives access to 650km of well marked mountain bike trails, 850km of hiking paths and 10 mountain lakes. Pedestrians can take advantage of the Portes du Soleil multi pass starting from just 1e per day which not only gives you great value access to the lift system and 850km of footpaths but also to the swimming pools, tennis courts, ice rinks, tourist trains, 5 cultural sites etc

Mountain biking (MTB/VTT) is definitely the most popular summer activity in Morzine and the Portes du Soleil area and this is growing year on year due to the well marked mountain biking trails and spectacular mountain scenery. From kids and beginners to extreme riders, there are a great number of trails for everyone. With 24 Ski lifts open during the summer months, the Portes du Soleil offers easy access to over 1000kms of prepared mountain trails.

There’s also some fantastic cycling for road cyclists with classic Tour du France hill climbs namely the Col de Joux Plane, Col de Colombiere, and Col de La Ramaz.

Another great reason for Mountain bikers to visit Morzine in the summer is the Pass Portes du Soleil. This weekend event which takes place at the start of the summer mountain biking season in June offers cyclists of all abilities the chance to ride the great trails in the Portes du Soleil. There are 3 different categories either 75km, 50km and 30km for you to choose from which are all possible to be completed in a day. Your lift pass and food at refreshment points are included with your entry. Operating since 2004, this event is highly popular attracting over 3500 mountain bikers to Morzine and the Portes du Soleil over the weekend.

There’s something for the whole family on offer during the summer, so why not re consider your holiday to the beach this summer and try out Morzine, you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks to Hannah Alpine Ski and Golf Ltd for the article.

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How good was the skiing this season?

May 24th, 2011
Nick Ski Three Valleys

Nick Ski Three Valleys

With France Meteo saying the least snow in a generation and HAT (Henrys Avalanche Talk) saying the least snow since 1949…. Well, from 11th December until the beginning of April the 3 Valleys had at least 90% of pistes open but generally 95%.

What really happened?

As always we started to ski in November in Val Thorens and finished as planned 8th May. This season the snow and cold weather arrived about a month ahead of average and by the opening day of Courchevel 4th December and the 3 Valleys links there was far more snow than normal and what a great first day we had skiing back home to La Tania. Then, a huge temperature change with rain and very warm weather, you could almost see the snow melting in resort. However things picked up and the week of 11th December was fabulous with around 50cms at mid station and a few classic powder days. Then, on New Year week after some more snow the Grande Couloir opened the earliest I remember in 10 years. This indicated that we had a huge amount of snow base higher up as the steepest run in Europe is very rocky and normally opens at the end of January. We then had a medium powder day on Wednesday 12th January followed by rain up to around 2300 metres which put a crust on almost all the off piste. The pistes were pisted and we started to enjoy some fabulous piste skiing but the off piste was impossible to ski below around 2700mtrs, very cold and sunny days for week after week until the week of 19th February when the snow returned. By this time the pistes were becoming very hard packed, not icy though, but the best skiing was in the first couple of hours. The sunny slopes like Mur and the bottom of Marmottes started to close even though it was very cold the sun was melting these and similar facing pistes throughout the 3 Valleys. .

The season then seemed to be more normal with a few medium snowfalls which freshened the pistes and made the off piste much better but extremely dangerous on steeper slopes because the layers of snow had not and were not bonding.

So, March progressed and the final sting in the tail happened with temperatures reaching heights that had not been seen since the late 1800s. The snow then started to melt rapidly and many pistes were closing by the start of April. Folyeres kept going until 8th April and after then we were basically 2 weeks ahead of normal which would mean everywhere except Val Thorens would normally be closed. However, the outstanding work by the piste bashers continued to astound us and the Three Valleys links were kept open until Easter Monday with some downloading into Mottaret for the last week .

So, to sum it all up a season of extremes, generally cold and sunny season until the end of March and then very warm. Only a few snow falls after December but by then the base was well above average and helped tremendously by the snow making facilities and the skills of the piste basher drivers who took snow from everywhere possible at the sides of the pistes. Did we have fun? Of course what could be better than being in the mountains with lots and lots of sunny weeks. How about our guests? On a number of occasions when ski hosting the guests said it was one of their best days skiing ever. It was especially important to pick the best routes and pistes this season but there was lots and lots of fabulous skiing to be had. See you next season.

Many thanks to Nick Ski Three Valleys for this article.

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Stunning apartments to rent in Alpe d’Huez

May 19th, 2011
Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d'Huez

We are proud to be able to offer a wide range of properties to rent at the beautiful high altitude resort of Alpe d’Huez. Our wide range of apartments range from simple affordable studios to luxury serviced apartments with pool.

View our full range of apartment residences in Alpe d’Huez.

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