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Mountains of things to do…

Ski resorts are finding more and more ways to attract and entertain visitors and this year we’re seeing plenty of new ideas. We recently tried the hugely entertaining Mountain Twister at Les Saisies – a 750 m roller coaster style luge descent suspended high above the mountainside (there’s another called the Monty Express at Montgenèvre which runs for 1400 m). For budding freestylers, there are several new Big Air Bags providing a  much-needed soft landing to even the most timid beginner, as at Piau Engaly in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Here  they also entertain people at the end of the season with a water splash where it’s best not to stand too close as even the audience ends up getting wet. Among the host of other unusual activities we’ve tried are ski-joering, snow-shoeing, snow-kiting, dog-sledding, and some we haven’t yet plucked up the courage to try such as  parascending, speed-riding (Valfréjus), a Tyroléan cable (Orcières), ice-diving (Tignes, Piau Engaly), or ice-driving (Serre Chevalier, Val Thorens). Orcières is a great family resort where you can not only try ice-diving, but you can even spend a night in their igloo village or experience the thrill of dog-sledding. Visit Undiscovered Alps, specialists in multi-activity holidays which can be tailor-made to your requirements.

What’s also become apparent is a growing number of festivals. After Méribel’s hosting of the popular Altitude Comedy Festival, the show moves to a different ski resort each year, while Méribel’s attentions turn to music with its Little World Festival starring well-known international acts and staging over 40 gigs throughout the week.  After several successful years the Rock the Pistes music festival in the Portes du Soleil area, has become established taking place in March each year

While temperatures are thankfully dropping again, the action’s hotting up in the mountains….

We Ski Montgenèvre and The Via Lattea

In case anyone is wondering where all the snow is in the Alps, I can tell you that a major chunk of it is currently lying in Montgenèvre and across the Italian border in the Via Lattea.

We’re primarily here to discover the brand new Chalet des Dolines 4* Résidence in Montgenèvre, as part of a press visit hosted by MGM Constructeur, whose latest creation raises the bar still higher for accommodation in the French Alps.

The skiing is likewise superb. Montgenèvre, had already become our favourite ski area, and today we finally got the chance to ski across the border beyond Clavière, Cesana and Sansicario to reach Sestrière and Sauze d’Oulx. Doing so in the company of Antoine Deneriaz (Men’s Downhill Gold Medallist at the Turin Olympics) was an inspiring, if humbling experience.

Maybe that’s why we covered more distance then we’ve ever packed into a single day’s skiing. Anywhere. The snow, although hard in more exposed areas, was both plentiful and, well… quite beautiful, really. See above.

Tomorrow we do more skiing around Montgenèvre, before departing for Orelle, where we’ll be testing the back-door gondola access to Val Thorens.

Bon Ski!

Roger & Julia

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Montgenevre & Serre Chevalier, Hautes-Alpes

View our latest gallery of pictures from Montgenèvre and Serre Chevalier in the Hautes-Alpes. Viist MountainPassions.com for our full resort reviews.