Booked this hotel via Peak Retreats. The hotel itself is metres from the slopes, and is perfect for the beginner. My two children, aged 9 and 8 absolutely loved the resort. The skiing is not vast, but more than adequate. Our aim was to get the boys skiing, and following a disastrous first group lesson, we had a private lesson in the afternoon, and all was sorted. My wife and I spent much time skiing the same runs, but the slopes were so very quiet, it didn't matter. Many times, we would find that we were the only ones on the run itself which was fantastic.
The hotel is basic but more than adequate. It really lacks an oven, but apart from that was very warm and clean. We took our own TV/DVD (perfect for the kids), as the one that is there costs 40 euros for the week, and there are only French channels. There are several shops situated around the property, but they do seem to stock many oven foods which is a little confusing! Its not worth paying for the apartment to be cleaned. We spent about 20 minutes, wiping surfaces etc, and all was fine at the end of the week. Be sure to book your inspection time on the second morning, otherwise you may be left waiting around to have the apartment inspected.
There are numerous signs asking you not to wear boots indoors, but from our experience, everyone did, and this was probably due to the cramped ski lockers. At peak times, it was very difficult to get boots on etc, which is why I think most people ignored the signs.
One thing to stress is just how close this is to the slopes. Its perfect for children. A number of the apartments are actually on the path leading to the slopes, which means you literally ski to the door. The pool was also perfect for tired limbs at the end of the day.
One huge frustration was that we were not told about the Thursday night skiing. By the time we realised it was on, it was too late.
Overall, this is a great, cost effective hotel, ideally situated, with everything in close proximity. The drive to the resort was easy, roads smooth, and I highly recommend the Liber-T pass for the windscreen. We reckon that we saved over 3 hours in total at tolls, sailing past all the waiting traffic to the reserved lanes. Its nerve-racking every time, but the barrier raised every time and away we went. Driving time was about 10 hours from Aussois to Calais.
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