On a whistle stop trip out to the Alps in September, I was excited to stay in the new 5-star L’Armancette Hotel in Saint Nicolas de Veroce, a beautiful, tiny village above Saint Gervais.
There was little sign of the approaching Autumn, with clear blue skies and warm sunshine but a fresh dusting of snow the previous weekend provided glistening white peaks of the Domes de Miage and Mont Blanc mountains, a sign of winter to come.
The hotel, which re-opens for skiers on 4 December sits right alongside an old two-man chair in the centre of Saint Nicolas, almost a national treasure for the village showing no sign of being updated, as it sits on private land.
In contrast, a little lower down the village, the two-man chair, Chattrix is being replaced with a fast detachable 6- seater chairlift in time for the opening of the season. Local skier, Betony Garner, who often comes over to this area for skiing when the weather’s not so good in her home town, neighbouring Chamonix, said “This chairlift will offer much faster access back into the ski area which links with Megeve. It was always a very slow spot to get out of. This development will be great news for local skiers and for the holiday guests in Saint Gervais and Megeve.”
Director of L’Armancette, Anne-Cecile Quey adds, “with our new hotel and this chair lift, Saint Nicolas is waking up to the 21st Century but the village will remain a special place to come to as the village is mostly stand-alone chalets and locally owned houses so it will never be too busy. We welcome locals to our in-house bakery, which we have maintained on the site of the former village bakery. For skiers, we will run a shuttle from the hotel to the new fast access chair to enable our guests to easily connect via this new chairlift”.
The 6 man chair will become the fastest access point to the Mont-Joly ski area, which is the highest point of the ski resort at 2353 m, offering 1000m descent from Epaule to Chattrix.
Skiing down the Chattrix blue run, skiers will ski right past three new chalets at Plateau de la Croix, above Saint Nicolas where the ski school meeting point is for guests in the village.
These chalets, also part of the new Armancette group, offer ski-in/out access, with the largest chalets – Aster and Carline sleeping up to 14 guests and the smaller chalet, Silene just 8 guests. I hiked up to see the chalets, a 45 minute steep climb up from Saint Nicolas and loved the autumn garden planting with its fruit trees and bushes. Fingers crossed they survive the snowy winter.
From the hotel at 1150m, the views across the valley with Les Contamines in the distance are stunning and the Domes de Miage peak the highlight, but from these higher chalets there is a direct view to Mont Blanc.
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Ski Resort Les Menuires, in the 3 Valleys ski area in the French Alps, announces a new event for winter season launch, the opening weekend, 8-9 December 2018
This new event, “RIGHT ROUND THE CLOCK: THE LES MENUIRES 24 HOURS” celebrates the opening of the season with a new fun challenge.
Each day – Saturday and Sunday, the ski slopes will be open from 9am to 9pm – 24 hours of glorious fun in the snow for everyone.
Skiers from every walk of life, desperate to get back out on skis that have been put away for way too long, can ski or ride a full 12 hours each day.
Throughout the weekend, there will be pit stops available from food stands serving raclettes and giant fondues.
The La Croisette area will serve as paddock for skiers to check in, service or wax their skis/boards.
Offer – Accommodation & lift pass for the weekend start from 90.80 euros
If you are interested in a press invite for opening weekend, please contact Vanessa.
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Erna Low – The Ski Specialist To The French Alps Launches Winter 2018-2019
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Erna Low, the Ski Specialist to the French Alps, launches the winter season with 10 New Properties.
For the first time, Erna Low adds the picturesque resort of Arêches-Beaufort. Arêches-Beaufort is a great resort for families as it has a much shorter drive time from Calais as well as being a good value alternative to more well-known resorts. It is close to Albertville in the Beaufortain valley and will be particularly attractive to lovers of the famous Beaufort cheese. Whilst the resort is little-known on the UK market, the advantage is that prices are very competitive throughout the season.
A seven night stay in the New 4* La Cle des Cimes Residence with its indoor pool and ô Pure spa will cost just £747 for the week beginning 05 January 2019 for a 1 bedroom apartment for 4 person including a return Flexiplus crossing with Eurotunnel for 1 car. That equates to £187 per person including travel.
Joanna Yellowlees-Bound, CEO of Erna Low comments, “Over the last few seasons we have realised that we are selling more self-drive ski holidays to the French Alps than any other type of ski holiday, so moving forward this is what we have decided to focus on – ski holidays to France. With all our years of experience and knowledge, we endeavour to find the best ski holidays for our clients”.
Over 30 years ago, in Erna Low’s Guide to Family Skiing of 1973, founder Erna Low herself wrote; “Renting a furnished apartment is a very popular and comparatively inexpensive way for a family to enjoy a ski holiday. Apartments can be rented in all the modern French ski stations – La Plagne, Les Arcs, Flaine and many others.”
Erna Low added, “Taking your own car has advantages if at least four people travel together, take their own food for the journey and motor through the night. Your car and passenger passage by boat (Sealink or Townsend Thorensen) should be booked well in advance direct with the shipping company. Remember to drive on the RIGHT and take pills for car sickness.”
Today Erna Low continues to promote travelling by car to the Alps and the company enjoys a special partnership with Eurotunnel. The result is that all clients travel with Flexiplus (equivalent to travelling Club or First Class on a flight). Clients enjoy access to the new Flexiplus lounges in Folkestone and Calais and benefit from priority boarding.
New in Alpe d’Huez the 5* Hotel & Residence Daria-I Nor
This new hotel with some additional spacious apartments in the Residence Daria-I-Nor is in the central Eclose area of Alpe d’Huez, with spectacular panoramic views of the valley and easy access to the slopes. Erna Low offer 7 nights from 05 January 2019 for £1536 for a 1 bedroom apartment with cabin for 4 persons including use of the fabulous spa facilities at the hotel. This price also includes a return Flexiplus crossing with Eurotunnel.
Ever Popular Arc 1950
Arc 1950 remains one of the most popular resorts offered by Erna Low. Book now for Half Term:
Erna Low offers 7 nights in ski in-out Arc 1950, France, for February half term with a saving of 10% on the accommodation. A spacious 2 bedroom apartment for 4/6 persons was £3801 and is now £3460. All residences have their own pool and the resort offers a programme of activities for children during the week, as well as having a crèche for little ones. This price also includes a return Flexiplus crossing with Eurotunnel arriving 16 February 2019. There are further Early Booking Discounts of up to 20% off low season dates.
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Erna Low is the oldest independent ski company, founded in 1932 by pioneering entrepreneur, Miss Erna Low. A leading ski operator to all the best resorts in France and beyond. Erna Low can offer flights from 21 UK airports direct to the mountains with resort transfers/car hire, or great value self-drive ski holidays including Eurotunnel crossings. www.ernalow.co.uk @ErnaLow
New properties for 2018-2019 includes:
Alpe d’Huez L’Apenrose/Residence Daria-I-Nor/Hotel Daria-I-Nor
Areche Beaufort – Le Cle des Cimes
Chamonix – Folie Douce Hotel
La Rosiere – Hyatt Centric
Les Houches – Les Chalets Elena
Les Saisies – Les Chalets des Cimes
Samoens – Residence Alexane
St Martin de Belleville – Caseblanche
Tignes – L’Altaviva
Valmorel – Residence Anitea
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Arc 1950, village resort in the French Alps, launches its Summer Season with a series of Wednesday Activity Days running throughout the summer high season.
Arc 1950 The village opens on 7th July with the first ‘activity Wednesday’ taking place on 11th July.
Focusing on a different theme every week, visitors to the village of Arc 1950 can enjoy FREE entertainment not just on these special themed Wednesdays but also throughout the week. Families with children of all ages can enjoy games, workshops, shows, watersports and more.
Activity Wednesdays during July:
Ø 11.07 – Sports week
Ø 19.07 – Bike week
Ø 25.07 – Al Andalus with Armutan Theatre Company
Activity Wednesdays during August:
Ø 1.08 – Water day
Ø 8.08 – Mountain Festival
Ø 15.08 – Climbing week
Ø 22.08 – Arc 1950 fairground
Ø 29.08 – Space Odyssey
New for Summer 2018 the ‘Outdoor Card’ for stays of over five days includes three free activities – choose from a half day guided hike, an intro to mountain biking for 8-12 year olds, a fitness class, intro to golf or an archery session.
Arc 1950 also launches New ‘Arc en Scene’ Thursdays, with different bands and theatre groups performing in the village every Thursday over the summer holidays.
Arc 1950 Le Village is a car-free, family-friendly resort where everything is planned to ensure that guests of all ages can make the most of their summer holiday.
Pierre & Vacances Special Accommodation offer: Save 20% on summer stays in Arc 1950
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Vanessa Fisher, Press Relations Arc 1950 – email@example.com 07957 618525
image c. Andy Parant
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Spring brings warmer temperatures, sunshine and ideal skiing conditions for a great end to the season in Arc 1950, closing on 28th April 2018.
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Dates to Remember:
Arc on stage From April 7th to 14th
All week long, Arc 1950 will be hosting concerts and shows at the end of the skiing day for everyone to enjoy.
The Great Sale From April 14th to 21st
Find all sorts of great deals on the world’s top winter clothing brands.
Closing Week From April 21st to 28th
To celebrate the end of the season in style, Arc 1950 Le Village invites you to make the most of its sunny terraces with barbecues and concerts.
A Great Deal – Springtime special offer
Pierre & Vacances Premium Arc 1950 is offering a 20% saving on accommodation booked between 7th and 28th April 2018. www.arc1950.com
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