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PRE-REGISTER NOW AND WE WILL UPDATE YOU WHENEVER WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION. DATES ARE NOT YET CONFIRMED. THEY DEPEND ON SNOW/WEATHER FORECASTS. WE MAY GO ALREADY IN DECEMBER, BUT ALSO IN JANUARY – MARCH. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE SKIING TRIP IN THE SEASON 2017/2018, YOU CAN PRE-REGISTER HERE: https://expatclub.org/event/ski-trip1/ . JUST SUBMIT YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS. Like in the winter of 2017, Expat Club is planning one or more fun skiing trips to the Vosges mountains in the winter season of 2017/2018. These trips depart on Friday evening and come back on Sunday evening, so you will not have to take a day off from work. They are perfect for beginners as we organise ski classes. They are also perfect for single travellers, as we can offer single rooms and shared rooms with 2 single beds (to avoid the single surcharge). Equally perfect they are for nordic skiers or hikers. You can also book all your ski equipment through Expat Club, even ski clothes! The exact dates are not yet known, because we want to make sure the snow conditions are favourable for a nice weekend on the slopes. This is why we are currently only asking you to pre-register. It means you RSVP by clicking on the button above or by leaving your name and email address. Pre-registration is free and without obligations, and it allows us to contact you as as soon as we are feeling positive about the snow levels and can confirm the dates. Usually we announce it therefore only 9-12 days in advance (e.g. on Monday or Tuesday for the 2nd upcoming weekend). The first weekend may be as early December and we may even still go in March. The price is not yet know, but the basis trip is likely to be around €300 including hotel with breakfast and trip by 4* bus, but excluding ski pass and ski equipment. Some people bring their own skis, some only ski for one day, so we want to give you all flexibility. If you pre-register you can be the first to reserve your spot (last year both trips were full) and you will get a nice discount! So do not hesitate to get your name on the list! The below information is from early 2017. We will update it as soon as we have more information about the new trips. Expat Club found a superb solution for your skiing / snowboarding addiction! Indeed, we are going to hit the slopes for a weekend and found the best destination North of the Alps (that are just too far for a weekend). You can ski the entire day on Saturday (10h00 – 17h00), as well as most part of the Sunday (10h00 – 16h00). The ski resort of La Bresse is comparable with Gérardmer © Laurie Hego / Ville de Gérardmer We will be travelling to Épinal, a nice regional town on the edge of the Vosges mountains of Eastern France, where we will stay in the 4* Mercure hotel. From there we travel on Saturday morning towards La Bresse – Hohneck. This is the largest resort in the Vosges mountains. The advantage to Gérardmer is that there are more chairlifts available (7 instead of 2). © Laurie Hego / Ville de Gérardmer What if you can’t ski? Absolutely no problem, because we’ll organise a private skiing class for absolute beginners. For just €35 you can join a 2-hour private Expat Club class in which you learn the basic techniques. You can also join the beginners class for people with some experience. Hiking trips & Nordic Skiing There are tons of hiking / walking / Nordic Skiing opportunities in the area. If you are interested, please let us know so we can hook you up with other people with the same interest! The surroundings are very beautiful. You can even decide to take a lift up and walk on the top of the mountains! Where? The Vosges Mountains lie directly West of Colmar and Moulhouse, and about 90km Southwest of Strasbourg and 70km Southeast of Nancy. The highest top is over 1400 meters, so quite high for a region outside the Alps and snow is therefore common. The views from the tops are great, with nice villages and lakes in the valleys. The Vosges mountains are a wildlife refuge for mountain goats, the lynx even the grey wolf! No worries, you won’t bump into them while on the slopes 🙂 Large parts of the Gérardmer and La Bresse – Hohneck resorts are prepared with artificial snow by dozens of “snow canons”. This snow forms a perfect ground layer on which you can ski very well, and on which fresh powder sticks. Since they activate the canons overnight, you are always sure to have a new fresh layer of powder. Date The new dates will be announced 10-12 days in advance, and depend on the snow conditions on the slope. We don’t want to waste your time and money when we know that skiing conditions are not great, so we monitor many websites to get a good idea about the “ski-ability” of the resort.