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Hi All,

II'm organizing a family 50th birthday ski trip for myself and family for next year. 've read through many of the great threads, but still not able to make any definitive conclusions as to where to go I'll have a wife, an 11 and 9 year old who are east coast low intermediates.  I'm ok on most everything.  I'll do slack country/semi off piste, but mountaineering is probably a bit much. I'm thinking next February for 10ish days

 

It may or may not matter, but my kids speak french(my wife and i do a little, but not nearly as well as the kids.  I've skied all over the east, utah and CO. but never europe.  I'd love to get the kids and wife into some lessons/kids camp at least for a few days.  Budget wise, not rock star $$ but it is my 50th....

 

Thanks,

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Sorry, I should have mentioned that we'd be flying from the states, Boston to be exact.

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Hi All,

II'm organizing a family 50th birthday ski trip for myself and family for next year. 've read through many of the great threads, but still not able to make any definitive conclusions as to where to go I'll have a wife, an 11 and 9 year old who are east coast low intermediates.  I'm ok on most everything.  I'll do slack country/semi off piste, but mountaineering is probably a bit much. I'm thinking next February for 10ish days

 

It may or may not matter, but my kids speak french(my wife and i do a little, but not nearly as well as the kids.  I've skied all over the east, utah and CO. but never europe.  I'd love to get the kids and wife into some lessons/kids camp at least for a few days.  Budget wise, not rock star $$ but it is my 50th....

 

Thanks,

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Sorry, I should have mentioned that we'd be flying from the states, Boston to be exact.


Are you looking for advice about Europe, with a preference to a location where French is spoken?

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Are you looking for advice about Europe, with a preference to a location where French is spoken?

Yes,  you've summed it up nicely.

 

Thanks.

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Are you looking for advice about Europe, with a preference to a location where French is spoken?

Yes,  you've summed it up nicely.

 

Thanks.


Updated the thread title for you.  Many people don't notice which forum a thread is placed in.

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First piece of advice: if you're going to go for February, then aim for the first week or two of the month. The middle and end of February is usually a school holiday week for France, Britain, and some others, and they tend to hit the French resorts hard. Accommodation will be a lot more expensive and crowds will be much bigger in the last two weeks than the first week or two.

 

Off the top of my head, I'd recommend Les Diablerets, Switzerland for you all. It's connected to Villars and Gryon, so it's got enough terrain to keep you all happy for a week or more. It's also got Glacier 3000 down the road (about 15-20 min on the free bus), so you can get some high-altitude skiing done if it's sunny and warm.

 

It's also a fairly easy resort to get to. You hop on the train at Geneva airport, make one change at Aigle, and the second train takes you right to the center of town. The trains to/from the resort tend to be timed to coincide with the trains running between Geneva and Aigle, so you shouldn't have to wait around a long time in Aigle.

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Hi,

Good advice re timing in Feb - the first two weeks are great out here and then half term madness hits. So unless you absolutely have to come at the end of Feb its better earlier. The pistes are quieter, flights cheaper, accommodation easier etc.

I'd recommend Chatel in the Portes du Soleil as a great resort to visit. It has still managed to maintain a village feel as it is still a working farming village all year round, but with really good access into the heart of the Portes du Soleil. Its a super friendly village with alot of French people coming here on holiday as well as Brits, Dutch, belgians etc.

Theres massive variety of skiing to be done, with loads of accessible off piste for you, and loads of skiing for your family as well. With a couple days to get going again they should be able to make the most of the miles and miles of blue and red runs throughout the area. You can do the portes du Soleil tour on blues and reds and its a great day out. can either ski through Avoriaz to morzine and Les Gets, or the swiss loop through Avoriaz to les Crosets and Morgins and back to chatel again.

Theres lots of accom options, catered chalets, hotels, apartments etc. The village is spread out and although there are busses if you go the self catered route you will probably want your own hire car transport. If you go the catered chalet route they collect you from Geneva (1hr 20mins away) and then drop and collect you to and from whichever part of the ski area you want to explore that day.

let me know if you want any more info on anything. I came here 8 yrs ago for a winter season and am still here and still haven't skied it all!

Ali
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