So incase you missed it from my Instagram (and if you did check out my snaps so far – @nualagorham), I travelled to the French Alps last week as a New Year and birthday getaway with Ski France. I can honestly say there was nowhere else I’d rather celebrate another trip around the sun and the dawning of a new year than on a ski trip with close friends.
For those of you who have followed me for awhile you’ll know I went on my very first ski trip last March and I absolutely loved it. For this trip we travelled with the same ski group, Ski France (formerly known as Madame Vacancies), as we honestly couldn’t have been happier with the trip last time. Last time we stayed in Hotel Mottaret in Meribel which was amazing – you can read about this trip HERE. For this trip, we wanted to try a new location and as we were travelling with friends we booked a hotel which is in a busier location and great for both skiing and night-life.
We booked our trip with Ski France and chose to stay in Hotel Ibiza, a hotel in the centre of Les Deux Alps village and just minutes walk from loads of cosy bars and nightclubs. I can admit I didn’t venture into the nightclub but if you’re looking for a ski and party location, Hotel Ibiza couldn’t be closer to the resorts most popular nightclub (but don’t let that put if you off either as the hotel itself is so quiet and there was no issues with noise). We spent most evening in the Polar Bear Pub which is a cosy cabin style bar with open fires – a must if you visit Les Deux Alps. Hotel Ibiza isn’t a ski in and out hotel (hotel Mottaret was so if you’d prefer this be sure to check out that post- HERE). However, one of the benefits of this is that you’re based in the entire of the village. With ski in and out hotels you’ll likely have to get a shuttle bus into the village in the evenings. Hotel Ibiza was just a short 5-10 minute walk from these slopes and ski lifts however they do provide a free, and very frequent, shuttle bus every morning and evening to save you from lugging your skis. The shuttle bus brilliant and we were never more than a couple of minutes waiting! We stayed in a south facing room with a balcony overlooking the mountains and a beautiful terrace below. The food was also really good and there was an extensive and varied selection available each morning and evening (we were staying on a half board basis). We also made great use of the hotels jacuzzi and pool each evening to soothe our muscles after a long day skiing!
As I mentioned, we booked the both ski trips we’ve been on with Ski France and everything from the rooms, ski passes, ski hire and airport transfers were organised perfectly. I find it much easier to be able to hire your skis from the hotel itself rather than having to find somewhere to hire from. Ski France have loads of hotel and cabin rental locations which you can view HERE. They also regularly have discount codes and deals so be sure to keep an eye out for these if you’ve a ski trip in mind.
What I wore..
My white suit which I also had last year is from Columbia and the quality is amazing. All of my other ski gear including the black suit and the base and mid layers I wore are from Helly Hansen which I would highly recommend. Helly Hansen is hands down my favourite brands for ski and outdoor wear, the quality is amazing and they’re more affordable than a lot of brands of similar quality. I also got my googles from Amazon. I also wore a snood and base top from Aldi and my friends who travelled with me got their goggles from Aldi and they were all perfect so if you do have a ski trip in mind be sure to keep an eye out for the ski collections in Aldi.
I hope you found this post helpful and if you’ve any booking, gear or queries about Ski France please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Until next time,