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Skiing and snowboarding in France - Olympic slopes adventure (weekend)

  • Mar 21, 2014 · 7:00 AM

We have two options for this trip - a week and weekend option. this trip is just for the weekend, if you would like to book for the entire week, please click here. I am just finalising the details, so please RSVP to show your interest and you will be the first to know when it's all ready. 

We will be taking early morning flight on Friday, but if you really can not take a day off from work and would like to join us in the evening this can be arranged too, please just email me. 

Price: early Bird Price of £340 applies if you pay in full by the 15 January. If you pay between 16 January and 15 February you can still get the discounted price of £360. In February you will have to pay the full price of £380.

As we know, the meals in the resorts are super expensive, so with all your meals included, you get Olympic slopes at a smashing price! 

Deposit: of £150 (+paypal fees) needs to be paid on RSVP to secure your place. 

What's included2 nights accommodation, ski pas, full board (breakfast, lunch dinner), airport transfers. 

The only thing excluded will be ski rental - as they have various options available, the cheapest one is 34 Euro for 3 days, but if you are an advanced skier and want to choose better materials, you can also do this. Have a look here: http://www.location-ski-chamrousse.fr/


The reminder of the money needs to be paid into my bank account by 17th February the latest. For instructions on how to make the payment and for the bank details please follow this link:http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/. Please note that if the payment is not received in time your name will be removed from the RSVP list to make space for others and your deposit will not be refunded. 


IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer: 


'While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity/trip involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.' The organiser only facilitates the group, and doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip.

INSURANCE:

You also confirm that you will be responsible for my own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in (if in doubt, check with your insurance provider). 


The resort

 is at 1,7000m and the highest point is at 2,250m which means it's 

Glacier High Altitude Guaranteed Snow

 - high altitude skiing. And I've been assured by our hostel that artificial snow can also be used if needed. 

Length of ski slopes: 90km easy 45km medium 29km difficult 16km. Number of ski slopes 42 Green 8 Blue 14 Red 14 Black 6 Ski lifts 19 Ski tows 11 Chairlifts 7 Cable cars 1. To see a detailed map, please follow this link: http://www.chamrousse.com//images/info_pages/planpistes-906.pdf

Recommended flights (Easy Jet):

London Gatwick to Grenoble

Dep Fri, 21 March[masked]:25Arr Fri, 21 March 2014 09:00Flight 89411 Adult1 x £32.49

Grenoble to London Gatwick

Dep Sun, 23 March[masked]:40Arr Sun, 23 March[masked]:15Flight 89481 Adult1 x £44.97

Subtotal flights and options for all passengers: £77.46

Plan of the trip:(subject to small changes)

Friday 21 March

9am meeting at the airport in Grenoble. I will be waiting for you just at the exit from the secure zone.

9am - 9:30 waiting for everyone to get through security and pick up luggage (please note that this may take longer if anyone is held up at the border)

9:30 - 10:30 transfer to Chamrousse

10:30 - 11:00 - check in at the hostel and refreshing (if the rooms are not ready yet you will be able to leave your luggage in my room as I will have already checked in)

11:00 hitting the ski slopes!

I will find out what time are the meals and give you more details sclose ro the trip, but they are all confirmed and booked.

Evening - we will check out local bars. :)

















Saturday 22 March

Skiing all day. Again, I will post the meals' schedule a little bit closer to the date.

Sunday 23 March

Skiing in the morning.

14:00 - 15:30 transfer to Grenoble airport. 

Chamrousse:

Chamrousse is situated at approx. 1,700 m in the Belledonne Massif and offers a gorgeous view of the 30 km distant Grenoble and surrounding mountains. The resort is known mainly due to the Olympic Games, but also hosts one stage of the Tour de France. The westward exposure of the town guarantees not only excellent snow but also a lot of sun in the afternoon and evening. A particular attraction is the sunset over the French lowlands, which causes the clouds and snowfields to glow red--hence the name Chamrousse, which means "red fields". Chamrousse stretches out a total area of 1, 300 hectare on many levels. From the chalet village Bachat-Bouloud (1,700 m) on the Plateau de l'Arsalle (1, 600 m)you can take the bus to the other districts Roche Béranger (1,750 m) and Recoin (1,650 m). There you will find further amenities characterising a modern winter sports resort, e.g. cosy cafes, bars, restaurants and of course several shops to stroll around in.  Chamrousse is the former host to the Olympic games in 1968, and has ever since grown in popularity and has helped the French skier Jean-Claude Killy to write a piece of history.

Accommodation:

Hostel style accommodation - 3-4 people per room, with bank beds. The hostel is in excellent location 300 metres from the slopes. They have good reviews on-line and the food although simple has been rated as good quality. 


Beginners

For beginners there are nursery slopes to start you off in resort and there are a nice variety of green and blue runs on the Arselle plateau to help you build your confidence. 'Les Cretes' blue run offers spectacular views as it winds its way on to the 'ours' blue run that descends through the trees.

No instruction is included in the price, however you can book your instructors from here: http://www.esf-chamrousse.com.fr/ski-school-chamrousse/ . 

Intermediates

For intermediates there are plenty of red runs to keep you entertained including the 'Arolles' which will take you past the frozen lake du Vallons. There are some good long red runs starting above the tree line offering spectacular views across the Grenoble valley and finishing with some fantastic tree lined skiing.

Advanced

For the more adventureous the '1968 Olympic' black run, with its 805 metres of vertical drop, and the 'Couloir de Casserousse' are both runs not to be missed out on. There is also a variety of off piste opportunities available, to note, the Recoin and Roche Béranger areas with their tree lined off-piste descents back to the resorts.

Cancellations:

Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure;http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/.


The mountains of the Belledonne massif 

form the western edge of the 

French Alps 

and stretch over 60 km from Grenoble to Chambéry. The picturesque peaks not only design a wonderful backdrop for the city of Grenoble, they are also an attractive winter sports destination. The Belledonne mountains offer some of the most exquisite French ski areas.  

Typical costs 

· small draught beer £2.30 · bottle of house wine £8 · pizza £7 · cup of coffee £1.60 · glass of coke £2.40





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  • Sarah

    Thank you to everybody for helping me have the best time in a long time. Hope to see you all again soon. x

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Yoko

    This trip was by far the best! Great company, fun on snow, off snow ;) Reunion pleeease!
    Does this link work for the photo? let me know if it doesn't.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152041103541939.1073741839.533716938&type=1&l=7fa4d2fc43

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • rob

    another brilliant trip and brilliant group of people. A trip I won't forget in a hurry, although some parts are admittedly a little hazy...

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey girls, I have checked the snowboard classes, they are €81 for 1:30h and €108 for 2 hours for 4 people. Two of you (Yoko and who else?) signed up for snowboarding, I would be happy to join the class too and Neccy might be interested (I will check with her). I could book the 2 hours class for us, unless you have already made some reservations?

    March 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kat, is there classes on the Friday? I could only find Saturday classes on the website. Tks V

      March 18, 2014

    • Yoko

      Thanks Kat. just saw this. I'm interested but don't know if Sarah is as she's taken one before.

      March 21, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, there is one single room upgrade available. Please let me know if you are interested.

    March 19, 2014

  • Egle

    Hey Kat,

    Could you please advise how we are going to meet you at the airport? Im not sure where secure zone is. Can i have your tel number just in case?

    Could you also confirm that we do not need to bring with us any booking documents for transfers and hotel? I presume they are with you and we do not need to worry about this?

    Regards
    Egle

    March 15, 2014

    • Kat

      Victoria and Lorraine upgraded to a twin room. There is one more upgrade available, please let me know if you are interested. The rest will be in mixed dorms of 3 - 4 people.

      March 17, 2014

    • Egle

      Thank you very much for your reply. It is all clear now. Im looking forward to meeting you and others and our skiing adventure!

      March 18, 2014

  • Kat

    So we have arrived yesterday and I would like to report that even though it's execptionally warm for this time of the year, the pistes are covered with snow. :)
    The food is actually really good too, we have been welcomed with a typical French meal of raclette and we really enjoyed it. It was restaurant quality, which was a nice surprise.
    Our pub at the hostel has an array of games, so you may want to start practicing your foosball and pool skills as we may challenge you to a game when you arrive.

    March 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nice! Really looking forward to it!

      March 17, 2014

  • Kat

    There is a small jacuzzi in the hostel as well, so remember to take your swimming suits! (I didn't think to take mine... :()

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, I hope you are all looking forward to the trip and made all your equipment hire reservations? Kevin has just emailed me asking if any of you guys have booked instructors and wouldn't mind him joining the lessons as they don't seem to be any longer available. Please feel free to post comments here for him to see.

    March 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just checked on website, lessons only available Saturday. Not Friday :( might be time for crash course in London!

      March 11, 2014

    • Ollie

      Never been on a ski trip and haven't got an instructor either. Might just wing it, how difficult can it be. :-)

      March 13, 2014

  • Egle

    Hey Kat, i have not made reservation for equipment yet. Can i not hire it on my arrival? Does it need to pre-book it?

    March 10, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, I have checked with my French friends and the only way to get classes in France is through ESF, which is an official school. No qualified instractor will take a risk of working outside of the system. You can book your instructors from here: http://www.esf-chamrousse.com.fr/ski-school-chamrousse/ .

    January 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      should we book early? Or together on the day? Michelle?

      February 20, 2014

  • Michelle

    Hi Kat,
    I would love to come but I am definitely a beginner. Are you able to find an instructor.
    Thanks so much

    December 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes I'm in. Kat I've paid. Can you check whether got my payment? Thanks!

      January 13, 2014

    • Kat

      Yes, it has been received. :)

      January 13, 2014

  • Kat

    Hi guys, there is an option to upgrade your accommodation from dorm style to a twin room at a premium of £40 per person. However for this to work we would have to have 2 people interested in the upgrade, so if you are, please post it here. :)

    January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am interested, but only if there is one other girl! Thanks!

      January 10, 2014

  • Kat

    Breakfast is served between 8h and 9h30.
    Lunch is served at 12h30.
    Coffee and cake is served between 16h and 17h30.
    Dinner is served at 19h.

    January 9, 2014

  • Egle

    Hi Kat, I made payment of £155. How do I make payment for the remaining balance of £185?

    Thanks
    Egle

    January 2, 2014

    • Egle

      Hi Kat, thank you for your reply. I have made payment for the remaining balance of £185. You will receive it under reference 'Egle Cur Kat Fran'. Could you please kindly confirm that you received it and there is no remaining balance to pay for me?

      January 7, 2014

    • Egle

      Thanks, Egle

      January 7, 2014

  • Kat

    Hi All, If you would like to ask any questions, please email me directly on [masked], rather than post here as the latter spams everyone's mailboxes with lots of emails they don't need and I have had complaints about it in the past.

    January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Which flights are recommended and the price please?

    December 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok thanks

      December 13, 2013

    • Kat

      the details have been posted. :)

      January 2, 2014

  • Yoko

    Hi Kat, you changed my RSVP to no, and I'm now in the different event - which one is correct? Could you let me know which one is the right one?

    December 24, 2013

    • Kat

      So please feel free to RSVP and pay the deposit here, in the meantime. I know you will be snowboarding now, so I will update my records and this way you will know for sure that your place is secure. :)

      December 24, 2013

    • Yoko

      Hi Kat - as you've put the details up on snowboarding side, I won't change RSVP here. Will use snowboarding site :)

      January 1, 2014

  • Kat

    The dteails are posted now - I am sorry it took a bit longer than anticipated, the Christmas period is always quite a busy one...

    December 24, 2013

  • shimul

    hi
    is flight included or is that separate?

    December 9, 2013

    • Kat

      The flights are always separate and you have to purchase them on your own.

      December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What airport will everyone fly into? Lyon?

    December 4, 2013

  • Yoko

    Any chance of snowboarding? Beginner but love to try out in real mountain for an weekend!

    November 28, 2013

    • Kat

      It would be so cool to see you again Yoko. :) I loved our skiing adventure in January. :)

      1 · November 28, 2013

    • Kat

      It would be so cool to see you again Yoko. :) I loved our skiing adventure in January. :)

      November 28, 2013

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