This year I went to La Rosiere in the French Alps. The #QuinFit team went and stayed in one of the many chalets run by MoreAlps.
Dan and the MoreAlps team have something to offer everyone from beginners to advanced skiers/ snowboarders, families to groups of friends and couples. I reckon you could even do this one solo.
Or perhaps you are a pro skier but want to try your hand at snowboarding? Maybe you just want to take it easy on the numerous blue slopes available and see what else the snow topped alps have to offer?
Perhaps you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and plan the year ahead?
Whatever it is you want to do… MoreAlps can help. Checkout a video I made below….
1. BOOKING THE TRIP:
Simply contact Dan @ MoreAlps and he will literally book your entire trip. You just have to book flights. Aer Lingus fly daily to Lyon from Dublin.
Dan can arrange airport transfers from Lyon Airport, organise your ski gear and book you into one of his many stunning chalets. While staying with him, you will be wined and dined with breakfast each morning to fuel you for the day, snacks during the afternoon and an amazing three course meal with all wine included!
The host in the chalet can advise you on lessons, slopes, places to go, Apres Ski and more….
2. WHAT TO PACK:
While MoreAlps will provide you with the ski gear, you do need to pack ski clothes. TK Maxx is the best bet for that warm ski jacket and trousers. They have reasonably priced gear and a nice variation of colours. When hitting the slopes it is handy to have bright colours, makes you easier to spot and handy when following friends around. (You get to know people by their gear!!!)
Pack plenty of layers! While you work up quite a sweat on the slopes, you need to stay warm throughout the day. Sports leggings are the best and comfiest. Long sleeved skins are great to have under your jacket with another top out over it.
Bring loads and loads of socks. Thick ones for skiing and extra for the night. You wouldn’t believe how sweaty your feet get. I went through 2-3 pairs per day. Ladies, sports bras are great for during the day as well. And of course loads of underwear! And some chalets have a HOT TUB so don’t forget your swimsuit.
Night time everyone tends to stay casual so no dresses or heels needed. Just warm layers.
DON’T forget ski gloves, goggles and a neck warmer!
*** Beg, steal and borrow from friends as well ***
If you are a beginner I suggest booking a few lessons for when you arrive. ESF-uk.co.uk are the company I would recommend. They have great coaches for all levels.
If you are a group you can get one coach between you all but I would advise getting one-on-one, even for one day so you have them to yourself for the entire lesson.
It can be handy to have a lesson in the AM and to have a go yourself in the evening.
Coaches will also take you onto the next level if you aren’t confident enough.
4. APRES SKI:
I guess skiing is so popular because of all the physical exercise you get across the week………
Or maybe it is because of the craic you can have between skiing across the snowy Alps!
Apres Ski, for those of you who have never been, is when everyone gathers at a bar for some music and drinks and all round fun with fellow skiers. Different bars put on different parties so just ask your chalet host about days and times.
And it doesn’t stop then…
When Apres Ski finishes up people ski home, have a hot shower, 3 course meal, and make their way to a bar. In La Rosiere we were spoilt for choice between a quiz night, pajama party, karaoke and live bands.
- Take some snacks like protein bars (or whatever you fancy) to have on the slopes/ airport etc
- Bring a medicine bag – Altitude sickness may arise or just the dreaded hangover so pack painkillers, flu tablets, VITAMINS, deep heat rub
- Diamond RnR tablets are perfect to aid a good nights sleep and prepare you for the next day
- Layers! I can’t reiterate this enough – And a onesie for sleeping in
- Water bag for skiing – I found I got quite thirsty while on the slopes
- Portable charger and a European adapter
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I love La Rosiere, not been there since we nearly blew up the chalet 8 years ago (that’s a very long post that needs writing!). Happy days.