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"We travelled January 2012. The chalet is basic eg, we…"
We travelled January 2012. The chalet is basic eg, we were attacked by the shower curtain, the toilet door didn't close and there was a lack of hot water by 6pm. There is a heated rack for the boots which is something but you need to put your boots on outside. There is a (short) walk down the hill to the main road and nursery slopes which could be a bit slippy in your ski boots. There is currently a combination of drag lifts at the nursery area to take you up to the main Dancierpies gondola. These drags don't link together so you have to either side step up to the next drag or take your skis off and walk up which is a pain. You then def have to remove your skis to walk up to the gondola. However, my ski instructor told me that the Dancierpies was being replaced this year with a new gondola that would start about 50m further down the piste which, if true, should hopefully link in better.
Chidcare was fine (DD was in all day ski school so only really needed dinner supervision and Cocoa Club). Cocoa Club was at a different chalet but the kids were taken there by minibus and they would bring them back at whatever time you asked. DD loved her lessons - she had 1-1 all week as she was the only one booked into the Improvers Extra class! The kids who are in all day classes are taken back to the ski school for lunch where they have a kids cafeteria but there is a member of Esprit staff supervising their kids. On Friday though they are taken a bit further afield and so eat up the mountain.
This isn't a purpose built chalet - it is really a small hotel and the lounge/dining area has no doors. This meant that sound just echoed up the open stairwell which wasn't the most restful experience (so take earplugs!).
The food was fine - nothing special. You had to ask each morning what dinner was going to be (fussy DH and DD) and the chef was sometimes unsure due to delivery issues which I thought was quite strange.
The ski area itself was lovely: breathtaking scenery. The guiding was excellent and we used this on the three days offered. Can def recommend skiing over to the James Bond run - this was one of the loveliest ski runs I have ever tackled. Lots of gondalas though so a fair bit of lugging skis around. There hadn't been much snow when we went but the snowmaking facilities are excellent and all pistes were open.Read moreLess