Direct access to the slopes
If you have to choose a resort or an accommodation to go skiing, make sure it is close to the slopes or the ski lifts, this is probably more expensive but way more comfortable. In our case, we simply had to cross the street and we were ready to go skiing…
This is the name given to a cocktail made of hot chocolate and Chartreuse, a local alcohol. Not too bad but I definitely prefer some Cognac or Armagnac in my hot chocolate…
However no reason to complain! It was offered on Sunday evening by the tourism office. It was indeed their welcome drink when they presented the activities for the week. This is a normal thing in a ski resort but usually they propose blue wine instead…
Lots of red slopes are available on the domain. I don’t know if this is something particular to the domain or if it is simply my level of ski that’s improving (hum!) but I’ve found most of them really easy.
If I had to recommend a couple of them it would be:
- “Peynier”, at the most left part of the domain, they are really long and not too many people are using them
- “Olympique”, going to Vars Sainte Marie, again a very long slope where it is possible to go quite fast (not too many people neither)
- “Col Sans Nom”, going to Risoul from the Pic de Chabrieres, the highest point of the skiing domain (2750m).
- “L’Homme de Pierre” Several steep slopes going down from there and not too many people neither (only access is a difficult ski lift)
Platte de la Nonne
This is a red slope starting from La Mayt, not really difficult and quite long. Since this is one of the main junctions between the two valleys, it is also attracting lots of people... even more when you know the chairlift is one of the best one of the domain…
This is the other way to reach the summits. Much more comfortable than a ski-lift, this is also a nice way to chat with other people. When lots of people are queuing up to take the lift, it is polite to always fill in the chair lift to the maximum. If 4 seats are available and 3 of them are already busy, either you take the fourth one (even if you are with another group) or you let someone else take it. For some of the chairlifts, there is even a special queue, usually faster, for the persons skiing alone.