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What’s New in the French Alps this Winter

Vicky November 16th, 2021

France’s excellent ski resorts have all kinds of new activities, gastronomy and accommodation to discover after the hiatus of the past 18 months. Here’s a taste of what’s new in the French Alps this winter:

Après-Ski with a difference

Ice Floating

What's New in the French Alps
Tignes ©andyparant.com

Take your wellness routine to the next level! Float on the icy waters of Lac Ouillette (Val d’Isère) or Lac de Tignes in a specially designed waterproof wet-suit and experience a completely unique way to relax. Get even closer to nature by floating under the stars once the sun has gone down.

Tree Top Adventure

@ Val d’Isère

Opening for its first winter in 2021/22, Val Aventure is a tree top adventure course located in the heart of the Rogoney forest, with views over the slopes of Val d’Isère. You can navigate numerous zip wires and rope bridges across 4 different courses – either in daylight or enchantingly lit up when the skies go dark.

Le Pas de l’Aigle, Morzine

Can you handle looking directly down a 350m drop, after walking along a 10m-long sky bridge? Test your mettle at Morzine‘s latest adrenaline-filled attraction, Le Pas de l’Aigle. If you make it along the sky bridge you’ll get to experience breathtaking 360o views of the Portes du Soleil and Lake Geneva.

Le Pas de l'Aigle, Morzine
Le Pas de l’Aigle. Credit: Domaine Skiable de Morzine

Les Arcs 2000 ‘Tyrolienne’ Zipline

If you’ve ever skied in Les Arcs 2000 you may be familiar with the old ‘Flying Kilometre’ piste that dominated the landscape above the resort. In winter 2021/22, there’s a new way to view this near vertical ski slope: by tandem, high speed zipline, at speeds of up to 130km/hr! One ride on the zipline is included with a Premium ski pass, or receive a 50% discount with an Essential pass.

Children’s Activities

What's New in the French Alps
© Val d’Isère

Le Village Perdu, Val d’Isère

Children and teens can discover this brand new outdoor play area, accessible from the slopes of Val d’Isère. Suspended walkways lead to a series of wooden treehouses, all hidden in Les Etroits Forest at 2,000m altitude. Sustainability is at the heart of this project: France’s National Forestry Commission collaborated on the design and only locally sourced larch was used in the build.

Avrizou, Avoriaz

Avrizou is a brand new childcare facility located right in the heart of Avoriaz, perfect for dropping off and collecting the youngest members of the family on your way to and from the slopes. Available as childcare only or in combination with ESF tuition, Avrizou promises a wide range of activities both inside and out (from 6 months+).

Val d’Isère goes Italian

Italy comes to Val d’Isère this winter in the form of three new restaurants.

  • Gigi, a cosy dining room in the style of a private Italian home, located inside the high altitude hotel Le Refuge de Solaise at 2551m altitude.
  • LouLou at Hotel Les Airelles: serving traditional alpine favourites with a twist, including truffle pizza and pistachio linguine. Don’t miss the incredible dessert buffet with its famous profiteroles, Piedmont hazlenut ice cream or toasted panettone, dipped in a rich sabayon sauce.
  • Finally discover La Cucucina at La Folie Douce, a unique dining space inspired by the artists of the Italian Renaissance. Savour a menu of locally sourced French and Italian produce whilst taking in the unbeatable views of Mont Blanc.
La Cucucina at La Folie Douce, Val d'Isère
La Cucucina ©La Folie Douce

New Places to Stay

Hotel & Residence Alpen Lodge, La Rosière

Located in the Eucherts area of La Rosière, close to a variety of restaurants and shops and just 450m from the Eucherts Express chairlift, this brand new 4-star hotel & apartment development enjoys a superb location. Hotel Alpen Lodge offers gorgeous rooms & suites, together with luxuries including a cocktail bar, gastronomic restaurant, spa and dedicated children’s pool & play area. If you’re looking for flexibility when it comes to dining, the adjoining Residence Alpen Lodge offers excellent quality self-catering apartments and benefits from the same great facilities as the hotel.

What's New in the French Alps
Hotel Marielle

Hotel Marielle, Val Thorens

Val Thorens’ hottest newest property Hotel Marielle boasts a relaxing wellness area and beautiful sunny terrace. Facilities include a wellness centre, bistro-style restaurant, cocktail bar, ski hire shop and children’s zone. The hotel is named after Marielle Goitschel, France’s most decorated alpine skier and one of the early pioneers in Val Thorens.

Ski Touring

Ski touring has boomed in recent years and French ski resorts are increasing their offering all the time. If you’ve ever fancied trying this latest trend in winter sports – and want to really earn those turns – several resorts now have dedicated ski touring ‘pistes’. This means you can have a go in a safe environment before venturing further afield.

  • Val d’Isère is launching a dedicated ski touring area in La Daille.
  • You’ll find a new touring zone in Val Thorens (Borgne sector), with one groomed ascent slope and two descent runs.
  • Discover 3 touring routes of betwen 2km-6km in Avoriaz.

All the major ski hire shops now rent the specialist ski touring equipment, so grab yourself a guide and see the slopes from a whole new perspective!

Ski Touring Val d'Isère
© Val d’Isère

So there you have it, our roundup of what’s new in the French Alps this coming winter. Where are you going this season, and what new activity will you try first?

Speak to a Ski Specialist on 0131 243 8097 or request a tailor-made quotation

Dreaming of Your 2021/22 Ski Holiday?

The Team May 12th, 2021

Ski Holidays in 2021/22 – The Perfect Escape?

Fresh air, open space, stunning views, excellent exercise, fine dining, superb service. Is this the ideal antidote to the past year not seeing much beyond your living room window? We believe that now, more than ever, a ski holiday is the perfect way to escape and reconnect.

your 2021/22 ski holiday

Look forward to family time on the slopes next winter (image: Whistler by Robin O’Neill)

As international travel begins to open up, we know we’re not alone in anticipating an extra special ski holiday next season. We want to make sure that happens for you too. With some excellent early booking offers available, and demand expected to be very high, why not get ahead and start making plans now?

We’re here to ensure you have the best possible 2021/22 ski holiday, when the time comes. Below you’ll find some great reasons to put your trust in Ski Independence.

>> From short breaks to family getaways read our Ski Holiday Guides for expert advice & inspiration.

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Easter 2021 – Opening Hours

The Team March 31st, 2021

We’re taking a little break over the Easter period and hope that all of our valued clients have the opportunity to do the same. In a normal year many of us would be taking the chance to get some spring skiing in now, but it has been far from a normal year hasn’t it? With case numbers dropping and vaccination rates still soaring we’re all excited by the prospect of normal life restarting soon. We’re also itching to get the skis and snowboards on when the time is right.

After the Easter break please call us on 0131 243 8097 and we’ll get next winter’s plans in place for you -many of our best ski resorts are on sale now.

Easter Opening Hours

  • We will close at 15:00 on Thursday 1st April 2021.
  • We will open at 10:00 on Tuesday 6th April 2021.
  • If you have an urgent query please email [email protected]. This inbox will be monitored periodically over the holiday period.
  • We then revert to our revised opening hours 10:00 – 15:00, Monday – Friday | Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Our Favourite Quieter Resorts

Karen March 28th, 2021

Avoriaz, France. Credit: Avoriaz Tourism

You might be looking to spend your time on the mountain in a slightly quieter resort with fewer lift queues this year, or for a resort where you can avoid using enclosed lifts like gondolas and cable cars. So here are a few of our suggestions for our top recommended quieter ski resorts: Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas and New Year 2020/21

The Team December 21st, 2020

Wishing you a safe & happy Christmas 2020 from the whole team at Ski Independence. If you need to contact us please call 0131 243 8097 and you’ll find details of our festive opening hours below.

Festive Opening Hours 2020/21

  • We will close at 16:00 on Wednesday 23rd December.
  • We will open at 10:00 on Monday 4th  January 2021.
  • If you have an urgent query please email [email protected]. This inbox will be monitored periodically over the festive period.
  • We then revert to: Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 16:00 | Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Christmas 2020

Avoriaz (@savoiemontblanc, Instagram)

Gstaad – A Picture Postcard Destination

Catherine November 18th, 2020

For decades, the rich and famous have been flocking to the picture postcard Swiss resort of Gstaad. With exceptional levels of hospitality and a spectacular choice of luxury hotels, it’s no wonder that this charming village has been a long time haunt for the elite. Famous guests and residents have included Julie Andrews, Brigitte Bardot and none other than Mr Bond himself, Roger Moore. Look beyond the designer boutiques (of which there are plenty) and you’ll find that underneath the glitz and glamour, Gstaad is at its heart a traditional farming community with an extremely warm heart.

picture postcard gstaad

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What’s New in the Three Valleys

Catherine October 19th, 2020

Meribel, France. Credit: 3Vallees, David Andre

With over 600km of pistes, the Three Valleys (Courchevel, Méribel and  Val Thorens) is the largest ski area in the world. This alone is reason enough to plan a trip there but there are also plenty of exciting developments in store this winter. Read the rest of this entry »

La Dolce Vita – skiing in true Italian style

Catherine August 31st, 2020

San Cassiano, Italy

With a different pace of life and a rich and distinct culture, skiing in Italy is a truly unique experience. There are fantastic transport links, unrivalled hospitality, excellent food and truly spectacular ski areas Read the rest of this entry »

Our Tips for Driving to the Alps in Winter

The Team August 11th, 2020

Flaine, France. Credit: Kasya Shahovskaya on Unsplash

Not only is driving to the Alps cost effective, it gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace, stopping off en route at some lovely places. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Private Luxury Chalet Collection

Karen July 24th, 2020

Chalet Haapiti, Méribel

There’s something very special about an alpine chalet. Your very own beautiful home where you can totally relax and unwind in a cosy yet elegant setting Read the rest of this entry »

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