The subsequent morning we woke up to a 3cm of snow. Not negative.
We stayed at the CHG Residences & Spas – Le Chalets de Flambeau.
The ski resort runners-up on our list had been Les Portes du Soleil and Paradiski which are huge ski places in the French Alps but with the mixture of the suitable cost and the accommodation on the piste or significantly less than 100 meters stroll to a ski lift, Dutchman and I ended up deciding on Val Cenis once again.
We managed to snag a incredibly fantastic deal at CHG Residences & Spas at the Les Chalets de Flambeau which is among two ski lifts, the Pre Novel chairlift, and the Vieux Moulin gondola, each around 70 meters away. And from the slopes, you can ski down up to your door. Just fantastic! The chalet apartments had been also incredibly good, contemporary fitted and spacious. And right here is the cherry on major of the icing — free of charge entrance to the spa. We can not say no to that.
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Driving to the Alps…
Currently in the Maurienne Valley right here…
The photo above is our chalet complicated. We stayed on the ground floor which is incredibly handy going in and out, though we would have preferred a greater chalet apartment for the elevation and views.
The Le Chalet de Flambeau has eight chalet complexes and we stayed at the Genepi chalet developing. Each and every floor has three chalet apartments and a ski locker is supplied per chalet at the basement. At the most important complicated is the lobby and lounge, as nicely the spa and wellness center.
The chalet was incredibly spacious for us. There had been two bedrooms, 1 of which we utilised as our dressing area. There had been two toilets, 1 with a shower and a separate powder and bathroom. The kitchen was cute and just about total. We reported the missing water boiler. We did a thorough inventory of the kitchen utensil and appliances for the reason that the list the chalet gave us had corresponding higher rates on them, in the event when there is breakage, stolen, accidentally lost or brought residence by the guest.
The living area and a massive terrace.
The master bedroom.
The second bedroom which we utilised as our dressing area.
The separate bath and powder area.
The modest kitchenette and the view from the window.
We arrived in Val Cenis late afternoon on a Saturday immediately after an around 13 hours drive which included stops to refuel, stretch out our legs and go to the toilet. We had been so tired from the driving (we left half previous 3am) that we elected to just remain indoors for the evening. We know and have observed the location anyway, so there is no need to have for us to get familiarised with the surroundings.
We had been also consuming the complete time in the car or truck and did not really feel like consuming dinner, so I just ready some nibbles such as cheese, nuts, and dried sausage. Then we went to bed early.
Nibbles for dinner.
In the morning we woke up to some fresh snow. three centimeters of snow fell which is not negative, it provides a fresh layer of snow to the old 1. I really like waking up in the morning and hunting out the window seeing my surroundings in a blanket of white. It feels so cosy, in particular immediately after an evening of fresh snowfall.
We had been a bit worried about the snow circumstances on the slopes for the reason that we discovered that it did not snow in the previous weeks whereas in the northern aspect of the Alps, in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, huge snow has fallen, with some villages unreachable by car or truck and mountain slopes fearing avalanche.
Since our chalet is positioned among two lifts, it was incredibly straightforward for us. The Vieux Moulin gondola was actually across our chalet more than a tiny bridge.
Farther ahead, just behind the final chalet is the Pre-Novel chairlift.
We had been positioned on a dead finish of a slope. Behind the trees is the Green Escago piste. We typically take a detour and go off-piste to attain the front side of our chalet on our skis and board.
Sunday was a gloomy and misty day on the piste. It wasn’t incredibly promising at all. No 1 truly likes a grey, covered with mist mountain. It is just hard to see the terrain of the slopes.
My self-confidence level was incredibly low and that had some repercussions on my skiing. I also have new ski boots which indicates my feet had been finding utilised to them. New footwear are usually an challenge, they need to have to be worn a couple of occasions ahead of they really feel fantastic. So lots of items going on at the exact same time, regrettably not that constructive on my way.
The most notable we have accomplished is taking the Strategy Cardinal lift to the 2520m major and going down by way of the blue Cupules slope and then the red Arcelle slope. This lift and the Cupules slope was closed final year due to an avalanche so we had been curious to take it. We had been told that the slope was not maintained but it was okay though some components had been a bit icy.
For the day we largely skied and board in the pistes of Lanslebourg and Lanslevillard. The climate was not truly good at all. I largely saw a flat grey-white terrain. We planned to take the other side of the Lanslebourg mountain the subsequent day and just hoping it will be a lot superior climate.
Nonetheless, the initial day of skiing wasn’t that a lot of a play for me. I fell down numerous occasions and at the finish of the day, my muscle tissues and complete physique had been aching.
Dutchman took a image of moi. The piste and the surroundings camouflaged in grey, pretty hard to see the sloping terrain.
Appreciate this image of the little ones.
Yup, I fell down a couple of occasions!
So immediately after skiing, Dutchman and I treated ourselves to some spa at the wellness center. We swam in the heated pool which was incredibly good. Then we jumped into the jacuzzi, immediately after which we indulged in the steam area (hammam) and the sauna, alternating each with showers in among.
Dutchman’s favourite was the steam area. I consider we have come to be a bit spoiled in the final winter sports vacation for the reason that now we only want to pick out accommodations with spa facilities.
The steam area and sauna truly helped unwind the sore and tired muscle tissues. My physique was bruised and burning, and immediately after the spa, I felt a lot superior.
A funny issue occurred inside the sauna. Dutchman and I have been joking about about the Flemish and their use of the Dutch language. Its the exact same language but incredibly various in some methods. We kept on chanting the ordinarily utilised phrase in Belgium, “zeker en vast”. We had been joking about it when a couple joined in the sauna. We continued chanting it albeit in hush tones not realising the couple was Belgian from the Dutch speaking aspect. LOL. What are the odds? #palmonface
The pool location with loungers.
There had been two jacuzzis.
They have three steam rooms and three saunas.
Dinner was at the chalet apartment. We brought some Dutch winter fare with us. Boerenkool stamppot with rookworst (Mashed potatoes with kale and smoked sausage). I added some carrots which I sauteed with onions. I necessary my vegetables.
Just after the hearty dinner, I hit the sack promptly. I was horribly tired and my physique nevertheless aching (but was a lot, a lot superior immediately after the spa) and I necessary a incredibly extended sleep and rest to be prepared for yet another skiing the subsequent day.
Dutch winterfare: Boerenkool stamppot met rookworst.
Les Chalets de Flambeau sits in Les Champs, among Lanslebourg (to the left) and Lanslevillard (to the suitable). I managed to take a couple of photos of the valley and the chalet from the slopes. Verify them out beneath.
Our chalet is on the far suitable finish. In the middle, you will see the flat level developing annexed to the most important chalet complicated exactly where the lobby is. This is the spa and wellness center.
Travel Period: January 2019
Location: Val Cenis, Savoie (Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes), France
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