On of the most beautiful hiking trails that we ever followed. One may find a feaflet with a description of the tour in the shop along the road toward the Col the la Madeleine in Bonneval. In Gelon, at the parking lot, we started the “randonnée familiale”. The estimated hiking time wa 3 hrs and we had to climb some 415 m (from 1573 to 1975 m and...more
Along the streets one remarks many wooden sculptures. They are very attractive and deserve one's attention during a village visit. 3 of them are shown, but there are many more. I had them pictured, but because my camera was stolen while shopping, you will have to go and see for yourself.more
This is indeed a two stars hotel with a restaurant and terrasse available to anyone...It is located at the top of Saint François Longchamp, the other resort of the domain.If you come by ski, it is easily accessible via the green run called 'La route du Tour' (indeed, during summer this is really the road used by this famous cycling race, le Tour de...more
Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to taste the food. We have spent an afternoon playing cards waiting for the key of our appartments.Really a nice place: all furnitures are made with old-looking wood. The view from the window is awesome.The service is quite friendly, nobody is pushing us out once we had finished our drink...The last day...more
I 've been here with a huge group of people. Our choice was limited to the usual tartiflette, fondue savoyarde and raclette.I picked the raclette, this is indeed a big half cheese that is progressively melted. The service was paritcularly nice and friendly considering the big group (of mainly students!). Apparently they also have much more choice...more
As in Avoriaz, here as well we get an "electronic ski pass"...However you quickly realise, it is not so convenient! In the first case, you can leave the pass in your pocket and it will be automatically detected when you enter a lift; perfect and easy! In this case, the "electronic" part means that you have to take your pass out of the pocket and...more
This is a long runs of 3 km later extended by another run called 'la Route du Tour'!! Why a tourist trap? Because there is no slope, this is simply a flat path even climbing up at some points!! This is already boring to do with skis, I don't dare to imagine the feelings of the surfers about this!!Unfortunately, this is the only way to reach the...more
On our 2nd day, we drove towards the Col de la Madeleine, well known by cycling fans (Tour de France). We did the 15 km climb by car, but on our way we crossed many cyclsits who wanted to experience the Tour-de-France-in-the-Alps-feeling. We saw marvellous landscapes and iddyllic villages (a.o. Celliers) on our way to the top.
You will find several restaurants/hotels and a gift shop at the top of the col.
If you are staying in Valmorel, this is the last slope to be sunny in the afternoon...In fact, it is sunny most of the day, there are two runs off the ski-lift. A black one and a red one! The slope is the same for both, the only difference is that the red run is groomed while the black one is not...Can be quite busy at the end of the day...more
Not so obvious to arrive at the bottom oh this chairlift!! The only way is to go through tedious flat runs (Col - Route du Tour).However once you are there, think twice before taking this chairlift, the only way to get down is take eiter a black or a red run!!The red runs is indeed quite dark! If the first part is relatively easy, you then end up...more
This is a nice steep slope allowing to go back to Valmorel without using the boring ski-lift called 'le Frene'.At hte time we were there however, there was a big stone directly in the middle of the runs that was not correctly indicated!!To arrive here from the center of the St Francois resort, take the ski lift called 'Lune Bleue' - Blue Moon. Then...more
This is the other resort of "le grand Domaine". As you can see on the picture the architecture is already much less attractive.Quite funny: this is quite fast to go from Valmorel to Saint-François by ski. However if we have to take the car, that would take more than an hour for about 100km.. There is no road crossing the mountain and by car you...more
Charming resort with a traditional architecture respecting the mountain. Local people are also quite friendly...The only drawback of this resort is the fact it is splitted in different parts linked by the 'Telebourg', a cable car working only untill 11:30pm. If you want to go out in the centre of the restort, too bad, you'll probably have to come...more