by: anonymous_user - 7th March 2007

  • 3
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

Nice Village, flew into Geneva walked 200 metres to Train station, changed trains at Aigle next train straight into Champery and stops next to the cable car. Transfer time from Geneva only 2 hours with no hassle. Top tip go first class on train worth the money. Only first class on leg 1 but so relaxing... makes a coach look like a death wish. Stopped at the Hotel Suisse half board nice people, wireless internet awesome with the skype phone and also a free internet station if you dont bring your laptop. Its also right next to a really good ski hire shop. You can walk to the cable car about 200m downhill but definitely get the ski bus back which stops right outside the Hotel. Little supermarket in the town and stick your booze/drinks in the fridge (sorry mean balcony) Took four total beginners with me. Big mistake totally unsuitable for the first time skier. No nursery slopes at top of cable car, have to walk down a steep slope with skis for 200 metres and walk back up a huge hill until you are good enough to ski down. Otherwise for the intermediate/advanced its awesome, links with Avoriaz are great and the skiing over the mountain is awesome, off piste powder was a pure delight and we never even scratched the surface of the Portes Soleil in a week. Quite nice turn left for France or right for Switzerland dont forget the Euros... Its quite wierd being in a village at 1000m in the pouring rain, feeling depressed getting in the cable car for the 1000m rise and seeing the snow line advance. Ears pop on the way its one big ride and arrive in a snow storm, never had much of a queue the whole week. Would recomend but not for beginners who have never skiied before go elsewhere to learn guys and gals and then go to Champery or go to Avoriaz as its right on the slopes but more expensive. Oh by the way by the end of the week the four beginers could go anywhere, bar the wall (awesome moguls) so I recomend the ski school, forget the group lessons go one on one with the instructor for a private lesson, or group 2/3 of you of similar levels together and share the cost.
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