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    by Djinn76 Updated Jan 26, 2005

    At the same time a bar and a restaurant, this is a place I would warmly recommend. Even better, they have Belgian beers: Stella and Jupiler are the basic beers over there…
    The pub is the best place we’ve found to rest following a day skiing, sipping a cup of blue wine.
    The restaurant, in another room, is mainly a pizzeria. We are not far from Italy and that’s noticeable, their pizzas are simply delicious. Even better, they are not really expensive, 7-8E, that’s what we would have paid anywhere else.
    For that price, nothing fancy, the tables are simply a set of wooden planks but even when the room is full, the service stay friendly and the atmosphere is pretty cool…

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Risoul Tourist Traps

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    by Djinn76 Updated Jan 26, 2005

    That’s the travel agency we have used… At first, the price of the trip could sound interesting but that’s most probably because Risoul is not an expensive resort. I’m pretty sure we could have got a lower price by organizing everything by ourselves (even going alone or with a small group!).

    The proposed activities were not really a good deal neither: in short, alone or with a group of 90+ persons, same price! That was particularly true with the supper that was organized at l’Apache/Cactus (see the other tourist trap). We went there with about 90 persons but we’ve only got a slightly modified version of their regular 17E menu. Don’t expect to have some good deal because you order a lot, same price/liter if you order 1 or 20 liters of wine…

    The worst thing I still don’t understand is about the ski courses. It is possible to follow a 5 days ski course for 100E. Again that could sound as a good deal. However if you contact directly ESF, the ski school, they would ask 78E for a 6 days course (default package)… Why such a price difference?? Even worse, we received on Monday the notification that the course started on Sunday!!

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    by Djinn76 Updated Jan 26, 2005

    This is the “place to be” in the resort. L’Apache is a bar and just close to it, “Le Cactus” is the associated restaurant. You can’t miss them, if you are staying in the higher part of the resort, this is the first bar you’d see when coming back by ski. Electronic music or animations are attracting many peoples either during the day or the evening…

    So how could that be a tourist trap? Well, easy, with that success, the bar tender can afford to be as rude and unfriendly as he can! Unfortunately for us, most of our group activities were organized there… An example amongst others: a day that was particularly cold, our organization bought a pot of blue wine for 140E (!!). The wine was distributed outside but a girl, who was shivering with cold, tried to enter inside with her cup. She was quickly sent back outside with a remark “it’s just as if you were bringing your picnic inside a MacDo”!! I still don’t understand what exactly they meant with that since they provided the wine themselves…

    About the restaurant, we organized a supper over there. We had heard bad comments about their “fondue” (too liquid) but it was already too late, we had to order in advance...At the end, even if I have already had better one, the ‘fondue’ was ok, the bad thing was indeed the starter, a mixed salad drowned into vinegar.

    Fun Alternatives: Even if it is too often a meeting point, I wouldn’t recommend this “place to be”. Instead, a nice alternative would be the “Cherine”, a few meters down the slope…

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Risoul Sports & Outdoors

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    by Djinn76 Updated Jan 26, 2005

    This is one of the main shops in France where you can rent your ski and ski shoes. An alternative to investigate could be “ski set”.

    Since it is quite important to feel comfortable when skiing, I picked the “Golden category”. That was supposed to be the highest quality level (and the most expensive too)! Unfortunately it took 3 attempts before getting the right shoes from the Risoul’s shop. First ones were too small; I now have a blue nail I’ll probably loose. The next day, I went back to the shop, there was absolutely no problem to swap the shoes with what was left. The next shoes were ok but it took at least 15min to put them on, I’ve almost missed an appointment. Last ones were slightly too big but I was fed up to try something else and kept them for the rest of the week…
    This is the first time that happens; usually I was pretty lucky (or better advised?), I’m now decided to buy my own ski shoes, at least they will be directly adapted to my feet (there is a thermal process which can fit the insole to your feet).

    On the other hand, there is nothing to say about their skis, they were simply perfect!

    My next ski trip is in one month. Unfortunately, I have already rented the shoes to the local Intersport: you can have a discount if you rent your ski/shoes 60/45/30 days in advance directly from their website… Hopefully I will be luckier this time!!

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    by Djinn76 Updated Jan 26, 2005

    Not too many black slopes on the domain, I would simply mention the ‘Epervier’ coming down from Peyrefolle (2457m), this is an easy one you could try to say you have done a black slope…
    Now on the other extreme, if you are looking for a wall full of bumps, you would be more than happy with the “Vautours”. It is at least as steep as the “mur d’Avoriaz” I’ve discovered last year but not as width…
    If you don’t feel confident enough for it, simply go to the right side and you would then enjoy a natural half-pipe between this black slope and the red slope called Plate de la Nonne.

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    by Djinn76 Updated Jan 26, 2005

    Even if you are already able to ski, I would still recommend taking some extra ski course. I was in the “advanced level” course. Our monitor was totally crazy (in the good way). If we were not speeding through the domain or practicing some of his tips, he was simply bringing us off-piste. That’s something I wouldn’t have done on my own but since this guy perfectly knew the domain, I had no specific concern. I simply had to concentrate not to fall in the powder…

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    One of these ski-lift...

    by Djinn76 Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: From 1675 till 2750m, the skiing area is made of two different valleys: Vars and Risoul. With 180km of ski slopes, you have enough to do for a week and can find many different type of slopes. Additionally, the landscape is awesome! The only drawback is that you only have a few chairlifts for a lot of ski-lifts : way less comfortable but we are here to do some sport, not to seat ;-)

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