With the season nearly upon us and the snow falling in drifts, we’re getting all of the chalets ready for their first arrivals on the 13th December.
At Bon Vie things are busy busy busy as we finalise the summer changes which we have been making in conjunction with the owners. New flooring has been going down throughout all of the bedrooms, and the layout of the kitchen has changed to make things easier for our chalet team.
But most exciting of all is the delivery of the new boot heaters which have arrived this week. We got up to the chalet early to clear the snow and make sure that we could get the boot heaters in when the delivery arrived; and then we carried them carefully into the chalet before installing them in the bootroom.
Boot heaters are a great way of drying out your boots at the end of one ski day, and keeping your feet warm and tosty for the following day so we’re excited to be able to offer these in Bon Vie.
Johanna, our resort manager, has arrived and she is busy ordering new rugs, pictures and lamps to complete the changes.
Find out more about Chalet Bon Vie here.
Often at this time of year there is a lot of anticipation of what the snow gods will bring us this season. We are very lucky in La Plagne that because the resort is so high and there are 2 glaciers in the ski area we know that what ever the gods bring we will still have great skiing. We do however get very excited when the first snow falls down at the bottom of the valley. This is generally an indication that there has been very heavy snow at the top and things are getting chilly. Winter has definately arrived today and we are all getting ready for the start of the season in just a few week time!
It may sound like a simple question but for many deciding what to pack and what you need for your ski holiday can be a bit of a dilemma especially if it is your first time. Never fear we are here to offer a bit of advice on both the essentials and also those little extra which can make a big difference to the whole ski holiday experience.
- Ski/snowboard jacket – waterproof
- Ski/snowboard trousers -salopettes
- Mid-layer – Microfleece is better for warmth
- Base Layers for wicking away the moisture from your body to keep you warm
- Ski socks 2 pairs
- Ski Gloves – waterproof
- Hat – bobbles are optional!
- Goggles or sunglasses – goggles work better in snowy conditions
- Sun cream SPF 25 minimum
- Lip balm
- Travel Insurance with winter sports cover
- Paperwork – travel insurance, plane tickets etc.
- Cash/credit card
- European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
- Continental travel adaptor plug
Optional but recommended
- Small rucksack for snacks, water and any other bits you need on the mountain
- Neck warmer/scarf/snood/bandana
- Helmet – children under 6 must wear a helmet and we highly recommend one for adults
- Water bottle
- Watch to make sure you don’t miss the last lift – phone works also
- Phone – mobiles work on much of the mountain and are useful for safety and organising après!
- Range of lenses for your goggles so you can see clearly in all conditions – clear for foggy days and reflective for sunny days
- Camera to make your friends jealous on Facebook
- MP3 player/Ipod – we have docking stations/players in all our chalets
- Phone charger
- Waterproof phone case
- Laptop or tablet – not essential as you will have lots of free flowing conversation around the dinner table!
- Chocolate bars or cerial bars – useful energy boosters
- Ibuprofen or other pain killers
- Deep Heat or Tiger Balm to soothe those aching muscles – some chalets have sauna’s which are great for soothing those muscles
- First Aid kit – our chalets have kits but a small one to take out can be useful
Other useful items
- Snowboard /ski lock
- Whistle and torch for the more adventurous among us
- Transceiver, probe and shovel if you’re going off piste
- Hip flask just in case
- Inner Gloves & balaclava if you feel the cold or it gets really cold out there
- Camelback – easier than getting the bottle out at every stop.
- Walkie-talkies to stay in touch with your friends & family on the slopes
- Your own boots
- Your own skis/snowboard
- Hand/foot warmers
- GoPro helmet camera to prove how good you really are back at the chalet
- Touch-screen capable gloves to save your fingers from the cold whilst texting your mates or checking your speed
Work has been continuing throughout the summer at a fast pace in order to get the new lift ready for this season. The main base has now been put in at the bottom and all of the pylons have now been put in place. All summer we have seen helicopters flying backwards and forwards over the area lifting the pylons in to place and taking supplies to where needed.
It is a very impressive operation and even more so considering that Montalbert itself is actually open for summer business and there are plenty of summer tourists taking advantage of the beautiful weather and marvelling at the impressive new lift being built.
We have been very lucky this year and have been blessed with good weather which has helped the pace of construction, fingers crossed it holds out and we will have another brand new lift this year.