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Expert’s guide to skiing in Val d’Isère

Years back, Val d’Isère had a reputation as a steep resort for good skiers. While these days there is far more to offer beginners and intermediates, it’s when you start to get good at attacking the black pistes that this resort really comes into its own. While Val d’Isère might not attract the same type of gnarly skier as Chamonix — the type who won’t go out without ropes, ice axe and crampons — it is, without doubt, one of the greatest places for experts to ski in the world. With World Cup pistes, open powder fields, fantastic itineraries, couloirs and plenty of lift-served off-piste, Val d’Isère offers a massive range of terrain — enough to keep you interested for several weeks if not months, not just a couple of days. “Simply the best for experts” says Where to Ski in France author Chris Gill, his words echoed by fellow ski journalist and Val d’Isère expert Peter Hardy, who says the resort is one of the greatest places to ski in the world — not just by reputation.
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Win Candide Thovex Signature Series 2.0 Ski – Faction Skis

Competition with Faction Skis!   Le Chardon Mountain Lodges have teamed up with Faction Skis to give away one FREE pair of skis, designed by Candide Thovex himself, worth £549! For your chance to win, simply enter the prize draw below.The closing date is 5pm on 25/03/2019 and the winner will be announced shortly after. Enter the competition here for your chance to win!  Designed with Candide, the CT 2.0 has become the all-mountain freestyle blueprint for fun. A 102mm underfoot true twin tip with a poplar/beech wood core, symmetrical sidecut and a smooth transition between rocker and camber gives this ski its playful feel and means it loves to pop lips, butter rollers and whip effortlessly between turns. the carbon stomp pad underfoot gives a solid landing while the anti-chip micro-cap sidewall construction ensures you can have the same level of fun season after season.
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Intermediate’s guide to skiing in Val d’Isère

In one of the world’s best ski resorts, intermediates are never going to be short of skiing — and while Val d’Isère enjoys a reputation as a playground for those who like steep and deep skiing, there’s plenty more on offer. Plenty to do Intermediates love mileage — getting out, exploring a ski area and trying new runs and new challenges. With 300km of exciting pistes spread at altitudes of between 1550m and 3456m, with two glaciers, the Espace Killy is the perfect ski area for adventurous intermediates. Because of the climate, altitude and orientation of the slopes, snow is almost guaranteed over Val d’Isère’s long season that lasts from November to May — and the abundant natural snowfall is backed up by 900 snow cannons from Europe’s biggest snow factory covering 40 per cent of the ski area. Year on year, Val d’Isère continues to plough investment into its lift system — something that makes the biggest difference if you’re looking to eat up the miles.
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Interview with Faction Skis

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges had the pleasure of catching up with Alex Hoye, Co-Founder and CEO of Factions Skis, to hear directly from him the ins and out of this exceptional brand. It has been one of the fastest-growing independent ski brand in the world since 2012, with sales of 30,000 pairs in 2018. When was Faction born and what was your inspiration for starting? Alex had dipped in and out snowboarding, so that he could make the most of the terrain and technology available – it seemed that snowboarders were having all the fun. That was until 2006 when he met Tony McWilliam (Faction Skis Co-Founder) in Verbier, Switzerland. At this time, snowboarding was the predominant sport and the board industry’s shapes and technology was changing the way boarders could enjoy the mountain.  Alex and Tony were skiers who wanted to remain on skis. The idea to start their own company came about because they were inspired by board sports and thought they could bring the same excitement and innovation back into the ski industry.
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Beginners guide to skiing in Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère rightly enjoys a reputation as one of the mega resorts in the world and that means it has as much for beginners as it does the gnarly, ice-axe carrying ski mountaineers. It used to be better suited to strong, fit, experienced skiers — and while these guys are still in for the time of their lives, since 2016 Val d’Isère has equalled its reputation as a great place to learn to ski. A two-year project to completely reshape the top of Solaise ski area (at a cost of €16million) changed its offerings for learners entirely — and the resort now has arguably one of the best set ups for beginners, both on the mountain and off. Skiing for beginners There is 300km of piste skiing in the Espace Killy area that makes up Val d’Isere and neighbouring resort of Tignes — but of course beginner skiers aren’t going to be putting in that sort of mileage on their first or even second weeks’ skiing.
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The Lightweight Guide To Ski Trip Packing

If you’re travelling for a short stay, one week or an extended trip – it is always better to pack light. Even as a seasoned traveller it is always useful to refresh the packing skills for a lighter start to your trip. Make a packing list Making a list clears the head of all your belongings and important items to remember for your trip. You will feel that much happier as your score off the items – goggles? Check! Especially if your packing for partners or the little ones! Plan your outfits Planning your outfits in advance should hopefully rule out coming home with a suitcase full of unused clothes and will save any unnecessary holiday shopping on the first morning when you could be out getting the first lift! Rolling vs Folding To save space and avoid creasing of clothes, roll your clothes instead of folding.
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Snowboard Size Guide: Which Size Do I Need?

Whether it’s your first snowboard or the latest top of the range board, there are a whole host of factors to consider. Here are our key areas to consider when looking for the right size for you. There are two main areas to look at when deciding your basic snowboard size; the length and width. However, as you get more advanced, you’ll want to consider your experience level and the type of snowboarding you specialize in. Snowboard Length When looking for snowboards for the first time, length is a good place to start. The length of your board depends on two main areas; first your weight and height. As you get more into more detail, you’ll want to start considering more areas such as your experience level and style of snowboarding. Weight Your weight is the primary measurement used to determine the length of your board. Your weight is mostly responsible for the level of pressure put onto the board, so this should be your first port of call.
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Christmas Giveaway with REN Clean Skincare

🎄6 Days of Christmas Giveaway with REN Clean Skincare🎄 At Le Chardon, we’re working hard to minimise our environmental footprint. We have selected the REN Clean Skincare bathroom range as we share a fundamental set of core beliefs and opted to join them in working towards a waste free future. The range is present in all the chalets from this season. To introduce the brand properly, we are going to be giving away 1 gift set each day for 6 days, starting Wednesday 19th December 2018. The gift sets will be posted on Christmas Eve to the lucky winners and arrive as a belated festive gift from Le Chardon Mountain Lodges. For your chance to win 1 of 6 REN Body Favourites Gift Set, please enter here. Gift Set Description by REN Clean Skincare Behold our best of body – in a travel-friendly kit.
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Who are Oxygene? – Ski Rental in Val d’Isère – Le Chardon

When it comes to ski rental, it can be difficult to choose between the different options. For this reason, Le Chardon Mountain Lodges decided to catch up with the team at Oxyegene to find out more about their service and the new addition of rental ski clothing, launched for season 2018/19. Who are Oxygene? Oxygene is a family run ski school that has been running for more than 25 years. Oxygene’s services are aimed at the international but also domestic French market. They are present in 9 resorts in France, predominantly in the Tarentaise Valley but also in Megeve in the Haute Savoie. They have ski rental shops in La Plagne and Val d’Isere and also offer various non-ski activities in these resorts. What was your inspiration for adding clothing? Oxygene wants to make life easier for its customers and ensure they are as happy and comfortable as possible. Buying ski clothing can be a time consuming and expensive business and most people only wear their kit for one or two weeks a year.
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New Ski Lifts For Val d’Isère 2018/19 Season – Le Chardon

There are two new lifts for the coming season and the Le Chardon team are very excited about both!   New gondola for la Daille A brand new 10-persons gondola has been built from La Daille up to La Folie Douce. The cost of the project was around 10 million euros taking all summer to complete. The new gondolas are to replace the old 4-persons télécabine that opened in 1966 and increases the capacity from 933 to 2,800 passengers per hour. In addition, the journey time will now be half and shortened to just 4minutes and 30secs The new design is made up of 51 cabins called Symphony 10 which will be the first of their kind in France, created by an Italian designer who works for Ferrari and Maserati. Each gondola has heated seats, more space before than previously, sliding doors, WIFI and panoramic views. In total, there will be fifty 10-persons gondolas and one 4-person VIP gondola.  
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Childcare Options, Val d’Isère – Le Chardon

As you can imagine, childcare options in the alps link closely to ski and other snow activities. Even for those not getting right in amongst it, there are still plenty of options that are snow related for your child to enjoy. Ski lessons are the most popular choice for childcare, however not all children are old enough to ski or can manage a full day of it. For that reason, I will have outlined the best of the best childcare options for your child while in Val d’Isère. A popular option with our clients are private nannies and babysitting services. Our go to for this is Jelly and Ice Cream who are experts in childcare. Their staff are all CRB checked; first-air trained and highly experienced. The service caterers to all group sizes and will be coordinated depending on make-up of ages. They provide care to all age groups, from six weeks to teenagers. Jelly and Ice Cream nannies will look after your children in your chalet and will organise each day to suit you and your child’s needs, taking into consideration the weather conditions.
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This Year’s Top Tips for skiing at Half Term – Le Chardon

THIS YEAR’S TOP TIPS FOR SKIING AT HALF TERM   When it comes to a family ski holiday, the children’s school holiday will most likely decide when you get to make the trip out. For many, this will be one of the middle weeks of February for half-term because although you could go out in December, the days are shorter and at Easter you might just risk slushy afternoons depending on snowfall. If this is your only opening to get away with the children, here are some top tips for making it as seamless and stress free, for this busy time of year. Book your accommodation as early as possible Accommodation starts to get booked up as soon as people return from their February break. This is because there are often deals on regarding lift passes or because they want to ensure the chalet or hotel that suits their family make-up is guaranteed. Ski Hire: Chalet or shop fit?  Booking ski hire for the whole family and group in advance is very important.
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Winter Alpine Driving, A Guide – Mountain Rescue – Le Chardon

Winter Alpine Driving, A Guide Self driving to an alpine ski resort offers spectacular scenery covered with a beautiful blanket of snow. The wondrous white stuff attracts thousands of people to the alps every year. Beautiful and fun, snow is awesome, but it can make a journey potentially dangerous because… behind the beauty is treachery! In this basic guide to winter alpine driving we offer some advice to help you stay on the beautiful side of snow and make your drive through the wintery wonderland a pleasure. We look at what to carry in your vehicle, what vehicle accessories you may need and what particular road signs you may encounter. Written by the professionals at The Mountain Rescue Ski Resort Transfers the advice comes from experience.     The Basic Kit Having the right kit can prevent many simple problems from becoming larger problems.
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Win DINOSKI ski suit worth £185 – Le Chardon

  Le Chardon Mountain Lodges have teamed up with DINOSKI to give away one FREE ski suit from their brand new collection, worth £185. For your chance to win, simply enter the prize draw below. The closing date is 9pm on 08/11/18 and the winner will be announced on 09/11/18!     Enter the competition here for your chance to win!                                                                                                                       Terms & Conditions apply. See below.   The collection features all-in-one, animal themed skiwear, which are waterproof and warm, sprinkled with just the right amount of wild. The lucky winner will get the chance to choose their favourite character.
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Easter Short Breaks: Ski Chalets in France

Few experiences are more exclusive than Easter skiing in France. And at Val d’Isere, even a short Easter break can become a once-in-a-lifetime luxury that you’ll never forget. At Le Chardon Mountain Lodges, we deliver exceptional service for exceptional people. We take care of every little detail so you can indulge in premium luxury in a truly breathtaking location, with your own dedicated staff on hand to take care of your every need.
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Where to Ski in March and April – Le Chardon

Late season skiing is a seriously chilled-out experience. By April, most European resorts have already started to wind-down, and the southern hemisphere’s season is still but a few months away. It’s for this reason that discerning travellers choose skiing resorts for their Easter holiday destinations. If you choose the right resort, skiing in March or April can result in a truly unforgettable Easter short break. Late Season Snow – What to Expect From an Easter Ski Holiday You can look forward to long sunny days, warmer temperatures and an overall relaxed vibe. If you choose your resort well, you’re guaranteed plenty of excellent quality snow. If you go skiing in April don’t be surprised to find people taking to some slopes wearing t-shirts – it’s that warm. Though at higher altitudes it’s still possible to experience wintry weather condition. Late season skiing days are structured a little differently too. The snow is usually hard-packed first thing in the morning. It can get slushy by the early afternoon, but it’s often at its best by mid-morning. Experienced late season skiers tend to get up extra early to get the best snow.
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Winter 2017/18: A Season We Will Never Forget!

What a winter. As staff in our chalets start to wind down after the season with the sun finally shining, the snow is still deep — there’s been talk of 2017/18 being the ‘season of a generation’ and it’s not been far off that. With an estimated 1.5m of snow still in resort in Val d’Isère at the end of April, whether it’s record breaker or not, this really has been a season to remember — particularly after the past few dry winters Europe has endured until now. Nearly 9m of snow has accumulated in Val d’Isère since the beginning of the season — very often more than in many other parts of the Alps thanks to a weather phenomenon called the Retour d’Est. This very localised weather system (literally meaning “Return from the East”) brings huge amounts of precipitation from Italy, dumping heavy amounts of snow on the Italian/French border — Val d’Isère and the neighbouring Haute Maurienne Vanoise.
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All Inclusive Ski Holidays & VIP Chalets – Le Chardon

What you’ll find at Le Chardon: Ski Holidays & VIP Chalets At Le Chardon, two decades worth of experience has gone into crafting all inclusive ski holidays in VIP chalets that are the height of luxury. From family experiences to business trips, the range of VIP chalets provides the perfect setting from which to make the most of the stunning terrain in this iconic ski resort. Five luxe chalets sleep between 10 and 20 people, providing a combination of an incredible natural setting and a sumptuous service.
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5 Reasons To Vote for Val d’Isère in World Ski Awards

Val d’Isère has been nominated for France’s Best Ski Resort at World Ski Awards and our friends at Val d’Isère have written a piece on the 5 reasons why it should have your vote. Check out the blog below! https://www.valdisere.com/5-raisons-de-voter-val-disere-aux-world-ski-award/   Take your time to read through the reasons why and picture your perfect week in the famous resort. Follow the link to cast your vote! https://worldskiawards.