OUR FEATURE TRIP IN 2019 :

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January 12th – 19th 2019

Discover one of the biggest ski areas in the world: Les Portes du Soleil. 12 resort villages linked across two countries. Ski France and Switzerland on the same lift pass, without ever taking your skis off. Hop on and off the border every day, without taking the same chairlift, or explore all the ski areas, one resort and one day at a time, or weather permitting, do the Portes du Soleil circuit, skiing 10 ski resorts in one day ! The options are unlimited, with 197 lifts, 285 ski runs, and over 650 km stretching over 14 different valleys along the French-Swiss border ! Two weeks are not enough to cover everything…

Settle in a ski-to-the-door chalet with hot tub and sauna, let our Chef treat you with 5 course gourmet dinners with pairing wines, and with cooked breakfast every morning. Just put your feet under the table, and relax and enjoy the company and the scenery. Ski – Eat – Sleep – Repeat !

DESTINATION : THE ALPS.

The Alps. The home of Alpine traditions. It all started there. A place where skiing is not just a sport, but a deeply rooted culture and a way of life, that started several hundreds years ago as a means of transportation.  Where a lot of fascinating stories are waiting to be rediscovered. Ancient customs and rich folklore dating back from pre-Christian times can still be found in the form of art, rituals, processions, and food. The regional diversity results from the mutual isolation of Alpine communities and remote valleys long time inaccessible to modern influence.

Common customs revolve aroud raising cattle, which was a crucial economic factor for settlers. The mountain “cattle drives” are still vividly preserved, when herdsmen and dairymen drive the cows up to the mountain meadows erly summer, to the sound of cow bells, and bring the cattle down from the upland pastures for the winter, with all stages accompanied by festive ceremonies: cow fighting, yodelling – from the German word jodeln, which means “to utter the syllable jo” – used by herders calling their stock or to communicate between alpine villages, along with Alphorn blowing. And the famous cow bells that help find the cows to bring them in when it gets foggy.

The Alpine Arc, spanning across from France to Albania.

The Alps are a majestic place to visit to experience nature at its best. After a fun day of skiing, indulge in some delicious Alpine comfort food, that tends to follow a simple – and winning ! – formula: mix and match cheese, potatoes, and meat (charcuterie, ham, lardons etc.), the differences residing in the cheeses used and the preparations. Apart from fondue (which means “melted” in French), raclette (which comes from the French racler, to scrape), tartiflette, reblochonnade, and croûte, you can try diots (sausages that come in many forms, cured, uncured, smoked, or mixed with other ingredients), or crozets (square-shaped pasta made with buckwheat flour), or rösti, gröstl, schnitzel, or polenta depending on which side of the Alps you end up. And let’s not forget the fabulous berry tarts that you will find on most menus.

  • DAY 1 (Saturday)

    ARRIVAL GENEVA AIRPORT

    Book your flights to arrive on Saturday the 12th of January, or Saturday the 19th of January. Send me your flight details as soon as your flights are booked so I can organise your transfers for you.

  • DAY 1

    TRANSFER TO MORZINE

    You will be picked up at Geneva Airport, with two options: a shared transfer is included in your package, or we can also organise a private transfer at an extra cost, let us know when you book. There will be a driver in the arrivals area with your name on a card regardless of the option you choose.

    The transfer time between Geneva and Morzine is about an hour and 15 mn. It is situated in the Northern French Alps half way between Evian on Lake Geneva (Lake Leman) and Chamonix – Mont Blanc. Enjoy the transit through spectacular scenery as you climb the alpine roads into the mountains.

  • DAY 1

    ARRIVAL IN MORZINE

    The chalet is ready to be accessed from 4:00 pm. If you arrive earlier, they will endeavour to get it ready earlier but with no guarantee. They can store your baggage and you can go out for a walk or explore the village in the mean time.

  • DAY 2 TO 4 (Sun-Mon-Tue)

    Ski the Portes du Soleil area

    Plan each day with your group according to weather,  and preferences.

  • DAY 5 (Wednesday)

    FREE DAY

    Wednesday is your free day to sleep in, have a break, explore the village, go shopping, sign up for other activities, or ski some more. It’s all up to your mood and energy levels. You are on holiday after all, and it’s nice to have your own down time.

    Wednesday is also the Chef’s day off, so you will be able to have a nice dinner out in town. Let us know what you are after and we can book a restaurant for you.

  • DAY 6 and 7 (Thurs-Fri)

    SKI LES PORTES DU SOLEIL

    More exploring of the area, with the possibility of skiing La Grande Terche in St Jean d’Aulps, a hidden gem off the beaten path. a stand-alone ski area which isn’t joined to the main resorts – it’s only a 15 mn drive – but far enough to keep the number of visitors much lower…  all still included in your lift pass.

  • DAY 8 (Saturday)

    TRANSFER TO GENEVA AIRPORT

    Check-out is at 10:00 am on the Saturday but if you leaver later, they can store your luggage for you. Some will ski the morning if they have a late evening flight. let us know when you book and we can add a half-day on your lift pass.

    The departure times of your airport transfer is scheduled for you to arrive 2 hours before your flight, and they will allow extra time at certain times of the day and certain times of the year (like during the Geneva Motor Show for example) to allow for heavy traffic.

A TASTE OF THE FRENCH AND SWISS ALPS 2019 PACKAGE

Your package includes :

  • Round-trip shared transfers from Geneva Airport to Morzine (70 mn drive).
  • 14 or 7 nights in a twin or double room (double occupancy), in a ski-to-the-door chalet.
  • Outdoor hot tub and sauna on-site.
  • The services of a personal Chef and a hostess.
  • 14 or 7 breakfasts (mix of cooked and continental) prepared evry morning by our Chef.
  • 12 or 6 five course gourmet dinners with pairing wines (Wednesdays are yours to enjoy a night out).
  • 13 or 6 day Portes du Soleil lift pass, with access to 12 resorts across France and Switzerland.
  • The services of a ski host during 10 or 5 days.

The package doesn’t include:

  • Flights.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Snacks, lunches, and drinks (except wines at dinner time).
  • Wednesday nights dinner.
  • Ski equipment.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Everything else not listed in the above “Your Package includes” section.

Options:

  • Subject to availability, single rooms can be arranged. Please contact me for a quote.
  • Rental equipment: you can conveniently book your skis online, and have them delivered to our chalet the day of your arrival. If you ever need to swap skis during the week due to changing snow conditions, a quick call at the end of your ski day and they will come to our chalet and swap them for you. They will conveniently pick up the skis at the end of your stay. When you fill the form in, enter Morzine for the resort, Chilly Powder for the company, and accommodation Au Coin du Feu. You can click here for more info: Morzine All Mountain Rentals
  • If you want to stay in Geneva prior or after your ski trip, check these hotels, they are all in a convenient location, close to the airport (10 mn) so easy to catch your transfer to Morzine, and also close to downtown (15 mn), and they will usually offer a free bus pass to visit the city:   Novotel Suites Genève Aéroport and  Ibis Budget Genève Aéroport

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