Not too late to book a spring ski at Les Saisies “reviews” by Hot News Cowboys in Adventure:
My adventure began on the drive from Geneva airport to this log-cabin village, which hosted the Winter Olympics back in the 90s.
There are touches of luxury including Bluetooth speakers, a shiny coffee maker, dressing gowns and slippers, gleaming walk-in showers and a meal delivery service.
The apartments also have a vast indoor and outdoor spa area.
But the biggest treat is the cylindrical sauna with circular floor-to-ceiling windows built to show off the snowy peaks of the Beaufortain Massif and Mont Bisanne.
“Les Saisies is perfect for beginners and intermediates”
Les Saisies is perfect for beginners and intermediates, with the learner’s slope having a nifty enclosed escalator system which whisks you back to the top of the piste before you can de-mist your goggles.
For skiers looking for more of a challenge, black runs are tucked between sweeping blues, and daring reds.
There’s also the off-piste challenge of La Legette as well as 140km of Nordic trails with views over Mont Blanc.
A one-day pass for the resort’s 77kms of runs is £29, but for an extra £3.40, the Espace Diamond gives you access to 190kms.
While some quickly get the hang of the Snooc, I unfortunately find myself careering down the mountain with all the grace of a tumbling potted plant.
An evening ride on the piste bashers is another interesting jaunt and it’s free, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Alternatively, ramp up the fear factor to the max on La Luge.
This is a combination of cross-country skiing and target practice.
Our guide, Cedric, starts us off at a leisurely pace before letting us loose on the Olympic rifle range, with somewhat mixed success.
A three-hour session costs £77 for three people. Harbouring a few new bruises, we regroup before heading to the Hotel Calgary.
Owned by Franck Piccard, a former Olympic gold medal winning slalom skier, it offers an indulgent six-course meal including a thick and creamy mushroom soup and rare T-bone steak accompanied by carafes of smooth red wine.
Fill up on traditional mountain fare of raclette, tartiflette, crepes and waffles.
Go on Sundays when there’s live music, and check out the DJ nights.
For one last chance to drink in the gorgeous surroundings, we head to the Malabar Princess.
The Savoie red wine comes highly recommended and a cheese fondue shared among friends is the perfect way to end a holiday.
Les Saisies fact box:
Getting there: Flights to Geneva from Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Southend, Manchester and Newcastle cost from £16.49 one-way.
Where to stay: Apartments for two-to-four at the Residence Armallis cost from £128, per night. Book at villagelesarmaillis.fr/en
Scooc in Les Saisies costs £21.40.
For more information on Les Saisies visit lessaisies.com