by: Jim - 21st January 2011

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Comfort, skiing, lifts, cleanliness, helpful, accessible
Price of eating, poor in resort ski school (1950)

Full review

Had a great weeks skiing, accommodation was fab, the usual Intrawest build and comfort standards where we stayed at Le Village 1950. The resort is split between the varying levels, 1600/1800/1950/2000 and its easy to ski between them. 1950 and 2000 is joined by a funicular which operates quite late. There are quite a few restaurants and a couple of bars, quite pricey but thats to be expected for a nice resort, there is a Spar on site too that does most of the necessities. If you are driving there are some supermarkets on the road up in Saint Bourg Maurice. The biggest let down for us was that we went as a family of 3 and our 3 1/2 yr old was booked into spirit 1950 ski school club, the club ran between 0930 and 1145. The club usually started at around 0940 where they walked up the village and skied a bit back down again then the group of 10 had 2 runs on the magic carpet then they went in for at least 30 min break to the caribou club (daycare centre) when they came out again they had another 2 runs by the magic carpet before finishing at 1130. One of us hung around as our child was a bit upset being left the first day but ended up helping as when the kids went down the run the one helper at the bottom wasnt able to catch all the kids, there was no run off so they would have ended up down the slope in the trees....quite a funny thought to some, but not when you can see your own kid about to disappear!! There was one instructor from the school and one daycare centre staff, not enough to control the group when on the slope. The instructor did not interact with the children, 'just the usual 'hands on the knees' and 'skis like a pizza wedge'. When we tried to escape we watched from a distance and our child was really upset and the instructor just looked at her and then walked away leaving her sobbing, quite a look on his face when we reappeared! So your probably getting the gist here, fab accommodation, rubbish ski school for young children, i cant comment for the older children and adults, it may be great but was just really disappointed with the overall experience for our child, as she had a great time in a private lesson the year before in Flaine. For the same price as ski school she could have had 4 hour long private lessons at ESF at Les Arcs 2000. Its really easy access up to 2000 so dont worry about getting up there. On up side the skiing is excellent, the area has a great variety of terrain and its easy to link between the resorts and across to La Plagne if you like.
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