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"Luxurious Chalets - great location…"
We stayed in Aspen Lodge with our children aged 3, 7 and 10 in the Easter holidays of 2015. We hired a nanny and used the Oxygene ski school organised by VIP for the older children. Our Chalet host and nanny worked hard to make things easy and we had a relaxing time.
Amazing transfer with a coach meeting just our plane and going to just our building. (2 hrs 50 from Geneva so still a long journey). We flew with Swiss air and there was an issue with each of the party having a separate booking number for the flight which made it more difficult to be seated together especially with the automated check in system at the airport - but we were reasonably lucky and it was ok for us.
The accommodation was located on the main street of Val D'Isere around 5 minutes walk from the lifts or two minutes from the bus stop to Le Fornet or La Daille for some easier skiing. It was very comfortable. The food was brilliant (lots of choice at breakfast time including pancakes one morning, canapés 2 nights per week and three courses plus cheese other nights with included wine). The children's food was also brilliant. Lunch was included with the nanny and the menu was flexible to their tastes.
The ski school was great with the children, they made friends with other children in the resort and made progress with skiing. Our youngest was well entertained with snowman building, swimming, ice skating, crafts etc.
There was a communal area downstairs with free beer, wine, elderflower and hot drinks. There was also a pool table, sport on a big screen and hot tubs outside. The week that we were there there was not a great community feel and we did not really meet other families from the other chalets.
We had bad weather for most of the week apart from one sunny day which has probably affected my impressions of the ski area as many of the lifts were closed for a lot of the week. When we got over to Tinges there was lots of easy skiing and wide runs with some great snow. La Fornet and La Daille had some good blue or red runs through the trees. Val d'isere itself is really best suited to advanced skiers. The free village lifts for beginners were fine for them but short and after that it seemed that the way down was on steep, icy or slushy black or red runs or coming back down on the lift - not really the best end to a long day of skiing.
Overall I would recommend VIP ski - it is expensive but provides value for the money. However, I would not recommend the resort for early intermediate skiers such as our 10 year old.Read moreLess
"Very convenient position…"
A great place for families with children of all ages. It's set right in the village centre and the ski area isn't far away.Read moreLess