Here are our 10 top recommendations for your family ski holiday in Puy St Vincent. Thank you to all our guests who contributed to this.
Ski to breakfast
Breakfast Run to 1400 – Ski the easy green down to Hotel Saint Roch for breakfast – with just the sound of your skis carving and no one around it’s the best way to start your day. Catch the first lift of the day, just opposite Saint Roch, back up into 1600m in time for ski school.
Best lunchtime spots
Snowbizz Picnic – Easy off-piste run to our very own picnic location in Puy St Vincent. One of the most talked about events of the week, and after! Enjoy some relaxed time with our instructors, who provide a feast and a half, followed by some family ski guiding.
Les Etoiles des Neiges – Stunning log-cabin restaurant with roaring log fire, in a beautiful spot on the edge of Parc des Ecrins. Enjoy great mountain food, at affordable prices, or a leisurely end-of-day drink on their huge sunny terrace.
La Draille – The quietest piste in resort, because it’s a little bit hidden. La Draille is a gently challenging, but not daunting red, and my personal favourite; not only because it’s full of great memories of all the friends I’ve skied it with, but it makes my skis think I am twenty again.
Children’s Lantern Descent – Guaranteed goose-bumps! Watch from the comfort of your balcony, or one of the piste-side bars, as moonlight picks out the children skiing through the forest on their lantern descent.
Swimming Pool – Recently added to this list: our long-awaited outdoor heated pool, just outside Sun Vallee Residence – worth the 10 year wait just for the amazing setting!
La Chaumiere – With a really warm welcome, it’s easy to see why La Chamiere has become the most popular restaurant in resort. Open lunchtimes and evenings and very reasonably priced. Meat eaters love their house-special rib of beef. The Pierrade (resembles a table BBQ) is my personal favourite. And very social!
Le Pub – At piste level in the Sun Vallee Residence is the smallest pub, with the friendliest atmosphere. And officially the cheapest (5 euros) and best Kir Royales in the world! (Snowbizz Survey – March 2013)
Maison Artisanale – Affectionately called ‘Herve’s Take-Away’. Do as the instructors do, order from Herve by 7pm the night before, and enjoy genuine French home-cooking. You won’t be disappointed. Oh and allow extra time to chat to Herve, as he’s a bit of a character, and a fountain of knowledge on all things Alpine!
Col du Bal – Not for the faint hearted but if you have the bottle, a mountain guide and as perfect as possible snow conditions, then I don’t know anyone who won’t be totally enraptured by their off-piste day on the legendary Col du Bal.
And the one who got away!
Huskies! Yes – I know this makes eleven. But the husky man is very like his dogs and quite aloof and often vanishes so we can’t confidently say you will find him. But if you do, and you’re a dog loving family, the children will thank you forever.