Summer in Chamonix with Inghams

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Did you hear about that time I went paragliding. With Inghams. Yes, the same Inghams known for operating mountain holidays that usually attract the over 50s. With Inghams’ 85 year anniversary next year, having it catch up in age with some of its summer guests. The kind of clientele that (if you were stereotyping) you’d... Read more »

Hôtel Barrière L’Hermitage

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To escape the unbearable heat and tourist-hassle of the capital in August, savvy Parisians go west. Not the Caribbean, but La Baule in the Loire-Atlantique (southern Brittany to you and me). Less than four hours by car or TGV, it’s their equivalent of Rock, or Salcombe, and they up-sticks for the entire month; maman, grand-mère,... Read more »

Hotel Pashmina

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The Hotel Pashmina is extremely well positioned in one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, Val Thorens. One makes one’s way through the town of Val Thorens and up the last small road to what has to be among the highest hotels in Europe, which of course makes for some of the most fantastic... Read more »

Val Thorens

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FACTS SEASON START & END: late November to early May SKI ALTITUDE: 2300-3200m / Vertical Drop- 900m in one resort PISTES: 20% Beginner / 50% Intermediate / 30% Expert LIFTS: 30 SLOPES: 82 pistes 150KM (600km with Les 3 Vallees) SNOW: 470 snow makers covering 85% of pistes LIFT TICKET 2017/18: Adult: 52.5€ Adult day... Read more »

Les Gets

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FACTS SEASON START & END: Mid December to Mid April SKI ALTITUDE:  1172-2002m / Vertical Drop- 830m in one resort PISTES: 55% Beginner / 34% Intermediate / 11% Expert LIFTS:  48 SLOPES: 66 Pistes for a total of 120KM CROSS-COUNTRY: 12 KM of cross-country ski trails SNOW: 385 Snow cannons covering 120 Hectares LIFT TICKET... Read more »

La Clusaz

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THE FACTS SEASON START & END: December to late April SKI ALTITUDE:  1100-2600m / Vertical Drop- 1500m in one resort PISTES: 55% Beginner / 34% Intermediate / 11% Expert LIFTS:  49 SLOPES: 84 Pistes for a total of 125KM CROSS-COUNTRY: 108 KM of cross-country ski trails SNOW: 215 snow cannons creating 185 acres of artificial... Read more »

Château Les Carrasses

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When England proves to be as miserable as this May has been – with buckets of rain, seemingly arctic winds, no sun to speak of and a nervous undercurrent of political troubles – it’s a relief to know that the beautiful sunshine filled South of France is only around 3.5 hours away, door to door... Read more »

Courchevel

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THE FACTS SEASON START & END: Early December to late April SKI ALTITUDE: 1338-2738m / Vertical Drop- 1400m in one resort PISTES: 33% Beginner / 34% Intermediate / 33% Expert LIFTS: 58 SLOPES: 99 Pistes for a total of 150KM CROSS-COUNTRY: 66 KM of cross-country ski trails SNOW: 60% Artificial Snow LIFT TICKET 2015/16 :... Read more »