‘Learn to Ski Race' with Britain's Alain Baxter

- Exclusive Ski Master Class launches in Val d'Isere -

We are delighted to unveil a brand new VIP ski race package, which offers our guests the chance to ‘learn to ski race' with ex-Olympian, Alain Baxter.

The package includes Le Chardon's luxury chalet accommodation and catering coupled with ski race coaching - a six day itinerary, culminating in a race finale.

Available for one week only, 20th – 27th March 2016, the programme offers guests the opportunity to try something a little different and push their ski performance to new heights, all under the guidance of Britain's highest ever achieving slalom skier, Alain Baxter.

Guests will also enjoy a champagne reception and dining experience with the ex-Olympian, who is now a specialist race coach.

“We work hard to find new and engaging ways of pushing our client service to new heights,” said Jamie Rennie, director at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges.  “Our guests are keen skiers. What could be better than learning to race in the Olympic resort of Val d'Isere, where World Champions race every year, coached by an ex-Olympian too.”

“Ski racing has always been a passion for me yet it's an extension of the sport that many skiers never have the chance to enjoy,” commented Alain Baxter. “I'm really looking forward to sharing the fun, performance and exhilaration of racing with Le Chardon's guests.”

The course is open to confident skiers, intermediate and above, able to tackle most slopes. Those on the programme may be accompanied by partners or friends who can enjoy Le Chardon's luxury ski chalet experience without the ski race package for a discount.


Dates: 20th March – 27th March 2016

Location: Val d'Isere, France

Your stay includes:      Luxury chalet accommodation, fine dining, open bar and in resort chauffeur with Le Chardon Mountain Lodges.
A week's race training itinerary and dinner with Alain Baxter.
VIP shared transfers from Geneva Airport.

Price:  £2,500 pp based on two sharing

Options: Guests may opt out of the race training when booking and pricing will vary accordingly, allowing partners of those on the programme to enjoy our typical luxury ski experience.

Skiing Itinerary*

Day 1: Find your feet – free ski day to get back into skiing

Dinner with Alain Baxter

Day 2:  AM - Introduction to racing plus choosing and fine tuning your equipment

PM – Ski technique review and video debrief

Day 3: AM – Perfecting your race carve – how to squeeze more from every turn.

PM – Gates – learn how to tackle short gates and long gates, refining your speed and technique like the professionals

Day 4:  AM – Focus on slalom and parallel slalom – how to approach the shorter course.

PM – Free ski

Day 5:   AM – Giant Slalom – taking on the big G. Top tips for performance

PM – Final preparations, pulling all your race training together

Day 6:   AM – Race day

Lunch – VIP picnic lunch on the pistes with celebratory bubbles and awards ceremony.

PM – Free ski

* Note: this itinerary may change if ski conditions dictate or group preferences evolve. The masterclass is available up to a maximum of 10 skiers. Skiers must be intermediate or above, confident tackling most slopes.


About Le Chardon Mountain Lodges

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges is an exclusive collection of five luxury ski chalets in Val d'Isere, France. Situated in its own private enclave, the chalets are ski in, ski out and offer a spectacular, panoramic view of the mountainside. The package includes luxury chalet accommodation, gourmet dining and open bar with an in resort chauffeur service. The company prides itself on discretion and is a favourite with celebrities, royalty, business and the expat community.

For further information, visit www.lechardonvaldisere.com

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 About Alain Baxter

Olympic medallist in 2002's slalom, World Cup ski competitor, member of the British Demonstration Ski team and a specialist race coach, Alain Baxter is Britain's highest achieving skier to date. Skiing since the age of 3, Alain reached the heady heights of number 11 in the world, though he is unjustly famous for his disqualification from the Winter Olympics, a decision he appealed against and won, although sadly, his Bronze medal in the Men's Slalom was never returned.

Alain lives in Stirling, Scotland with his family and now divides his time between running a specialist boot fitting and equipment shop, testing new ski gear and coaching.