by: 71Reissue - 8th September 2009

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 3Nightlife
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Value
Extremely friendly
None for a young family but quiet at night

Full review

A very friendly and family orientated resort. Bottom of the slopes, play park, creche, ski school meeting point and toddlers ski school (piou piou club) all within a 100 yards area. Two nice blues and a very short green for the kids (9 and 7) to play on whilst mum or dad could keep an eye on them and play with the three year old in the play park. Used ESF for all three childern and have nothing but praise (Paschal for the older girls) and piou piou club instructors for the youngest were very patient. The ski area has some nice reds, a couple of blacks, one of them a challanging unpisted mogul, and some nice runs through the trees. I visited in late March and found that there was still plenty of capicity on the slopes. We flew into Chambery from Belfast and hired a car. Easiest transfer ever. The journey is just over an hour, mostly moterway and main road with only the last ten minutes of the journey involving not very twisty mountain road. Your lift pass entitled you to a free nights flood lit skiing which is the first time I ever did it and was good way to pass the night. The resort has to be the friendliest I have ever been to, winter or summer, and given that it is not geared up for the English speaking market, I found only one shop/cafe were they did not speak passible English to compensate for our less than adequate French. If the roads are not snowy you are only an hours drive from val d'isere, and many other resorts. We booked through snow trex and along with our own flights, carihire, lessons for three childern, boots and skis all round and two bedroom appartment we did it for less then £1,800, not forgetting that brochure prices for Northern Ireland are usually £50 a head dearer than Gatwick; a bargin all round. When the kids get bigger we will go the bigger resorts but for now and 23 Jan 2010 it's La Norma for us. Stayed in Les Chalets de la Vanoise, clean and functional. Met a group of younger men (late 20s) who enjoyed the resort and seemed to find some enterainment at night, judging by their appearance at breakfast in the cafe up the road. But in the main a family resort.
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