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Ski the charming Swiss Alps - 11th to 18th Jan 2014 - from £299

Ski the charming Swiss Alps - 11th to 18th Jan 2014

Escape with us to a picturesque setting for an action-packed ski trip in the Portes du Soleil. We will be staying in the Chatel Resort, a beautiful village with charm and character. 

The bright and modern chalets apartments have free access to an indoor/outdoor heated pool, sauna and Jacuzzi for total relaxation.

Region Info:

The Portes du Soleil is lovely area tucked away between Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc which embraces 12 resorts in two countries. Its geographical location, in the most northern part of the French Alps, combined with the effects of the lake, produces a micro-climate, which ensures a combination of optimal snowfall and above average sunshine throughout the winter – hence the name. Beyond the stark contrast between the charming traditional resorts such as Chatel and ultra modern Avoriaz, the Swiss influence is ever-present.

The Portes du Soleil skiing area is very extensive with 650 km of pistes, 279 marked pistes, 9 snowparks, 1023 ski instructors and two countries to choose from. As a whole, it offers classic intermediate terrain but each resort has its own appeal and challenges for the more advanced. For ease of navigation within such wide area, there are 12 discovery routes, signposted with different alpine animals according to the level of difficulty. Beginners are well catered for within each local area

Resort info:

Chatel is situated at the end of the picturesque and rural Abondance Valley and set between Lake Geneva and the Mont-Blanc, Chatel is just a stone's throw from the Swiss border.

Not surprisingly it is the most Swiss-like of all the French resorts and is an authentic mountain village, whose combination of tradition and modernism welcomes you in an exceptional setting. At the end of a busy day Chatel’s lively streets offer everyone the chance to enjoy themselves. Shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas and bowling alley, as well as an ice rink, indoor pool, late night skiing, and regular entertainment.

There are 38 working farms which contribute to the village’s economic development and make Châtel an authentic mountain village, which has gradually expanded while still respecting the environment.



· ALL accommodation - 7 nights (Based on 6 sharing a self-catering apartment)

· Welcome pack with Instructions/ suggestions of how to make the best of your free time


If you require any of the additional extra's below, please answer the RSVP questions and make your payment accordingly.

*  6 half day ski lessons - £100

*  Ski/Board Hire - £48 for duration

*  Ski Pass - £197 for The Portes du Soleil 

*  Transfers between airport & apartment - £38 (price shown is the maximum. It could end up being as low as £23 for an exclusive hire for 10+ people).

Any of the extra's can be arranged by yourself if you prefer, anytime before going or in situ. More info to help with that will be provided in due course, once the group is confirmed  ;-)


You will need to fly out on Saturday 11th Jan 2014, and the Meetup officially ends on Saturday 18th Jan. Please email confirmation of your flight details so that I’m aware of everyone’s arrival and departure times.

Here are the suggested flights, which I have booked for myself already:

OUTBOUND: London Luton to Geneva


Dep Sat, 11 January[masked]:05

Arr Sat, 11 January[masked]:45

Flight No: 2051

Amount: £40.99 (without luggage)

RETURN: Geneva to London Luton


Dep Sat, 18 January[masked]:30

Arr Sat, 18 January[masked]:10

Flight No: 2052

Amount: £31.99  (without luggage)

We will be staying in a bright and modern apartments that are fitted and furnished to a good standard of comfort and convenience. They have: living area and fully equipped kitchen area with hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster and electric coffee machine. Balcony (or terrace for ground floor apartments).

We have free access to an indoor/outdoor heated pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. The apartments also have a laundry room (payable), ski locker and free Wi-Fi in reception area only.

We will be staying in self-catering apartments, so everyone can buy/make their own breakfasts and packed lunches (or communally if preferred) with food bought from the local supermarket (which turns out to be very cheap), and we can go out for dinners together to sample the local cuisine.


We will initially be split into groups of 6 with the same ski level and experience. After that everyone can just mix it up as they please.
For those who choose lessons, we will have 6 half days of ski lessons (am, midday or pm), from Sunday 12th to Friday 17th.

Ski Lesson Levels...

Beginners you have never skied before and have never taken a drag lift. You will learn to become familiar with equipment, balance, snowplough turn, speed control and use of ski lifts.

Level 1 you have skied for one week, can take a drag lift and ski on green slopes. You will learn the art of sideslipping

Level 2 you can turn parallel on blue slopes but do not yet feel confident on red slopes. You will perfect basic side slopes and high speed turns.

Level 3 – you can turn parallel on all types of slopes except in powder. You will perfect high speed turns and experience all types of snow and terrain.



1) RSVP on Meetup with an initial deposit of £10 via PayPal 

2) Then transfer remaining balances into the account below by 15th November 2013.

eg. £189 = base price + add on your required extras as described above

**Please use the payment reference of: ‘Ski+yourname'

Bank: Santander

Account name: H H Jama
Sort Code:[masked]
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Once we know everyone’s flight details I will email the group details of exact time and where we will all meet on arrival for the initial briefing. And a more detailed itinerary will be emailed out to the group, once we have everyone confirmed.

If you have any questions, please email [masked]



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  • Max

    wow, love Switzerland! Looks awesome!

    January 9, 2014

  • Guy C.

    I am really going to look forward to this!

    1 · September 24, 2013

    • Hibak

      Welcome on board Guy ! Hopefully this will make up for Portugal ;) x

      September 24, 2013

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