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LIVE TR ADH 1st to 8th April 2017 (BOOKING & PREP STAGE)

 Poster: A snowHead
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This will be our 17th family trip:

March 2009 - Les Menuire (Le Trois Vallees)
December 2009 - Aime La Plagne (Paradiski) - snowmaggedon on the outward journey
April 2010 - Oz-en-Oisan (ADH)
December 2010 - Oz-en-Oisan (ADH)
April 2011 - Les Coches (Paradiski)
December 2011 - Les Coches (Paradiski)
April 2012 - La Norma
December 2012 - Les Contamines
April 2013 - Les Coches (Paradiski)
December 2013 - Oz-en-Oisan (ADH)
April 2014 - MISSED - OMG!!
December 2014 - Tignes Le Lac - snowmaggedon on the return journey
April 2015 - Les Coches (Paradiski)
December 2015 - Montchavin (Paradiski)
April 2016 - Les Coches (Paradiski)
December 2016 - Les Coches (Paradiski)

But eh, who's counting - apart from me!!

We started when my boy was almost 4 and his sister was 1y8m (too young to ski). They are now almost 12 and 9 respectively.

On this occasion we are heading back to what I'd guess you'd call our second favourite ski area - Alpe D'Huez. We always stay in the satellite station of Oz-en-Oisans because like Les Coches in La Plagne it's easier to get in and out of driving wise with free on road parking, the lift access into the ski area is excellent and it's just a nice place without the hustle and bustle of the main town. We have in fact stayed in the same apartment three times there in the past, a private rental originally found via the tourist information online listing. However, the owner is making use of it himself on this occasion. So we got the latest list, emailed a few on said list and have picked up ourselves another option, very similar, in the same block one floor below. Cost was 300 Euros and the key is being mailed out to us tomorrow. Pretty easy to sort out ultimately.

We've had the Eurotunnel booked a month ago. Cost £175 with £105 being paid with Tesco vouchers. Gone for slightly more aggressive crossing times on this occasion as getting a bump up hasn't gone well of late. We've also also sorted out the lift passes. We still had the cards from our last trip in December 2013 and I was able to reload them on-line. Given the recent snow dumps we've gone for 8 day passes hoping to ski half day opening weekend Saturday and a full day the second Saturday. As we are family and even though I don't have my sisters with me (geddit) everybody goes at childrens prices as an online deal. So the 8 days is £923 for our two adults and two children.

No new kit needs purchasing so apart from self servicing the gear and renewing the MPI travel insurance we're good to go. Two weekends away... #icannotwait


Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Mon 13-03-17 10:50; edited 2 times in total
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@Layne, I like your choice for easter Very Happy should be there the week after myself Very Happy but is there not a mistake in your title Puzzled
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Will be reading with interest, haven't been to ADH and had been put of by comments on here about picking it for an April holiday, though maybe being a couple of weeks early makes the difference. My eldest is still at school that week.
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skitow wrote:
@Layne, I like your choice for easter Very Happy should be there the week after myself Very Happy but is there not a mistake in your title Puzzled

Well spotted. To be honest I'm spiritually still in the last century so being a year out isn't bad for me Laughing Laughing
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Will look forward to hearing how your trip to Oz goes. It looks a pretty village. How many chairs/gondolas do you need to take to get to the main part of Alpe D'Huez? Is there any way of getting to the main resort in the evenings or is it just the daytime gondola/chairlift link?

I am surprised you have chosen Les Coches so many times. Toofy Grin Once 14 years ago was enough for me! The lower section of Mont Blanc was very icy during Christmas week this year..as you were there the week before it probably wasn't so bad. I do love Paradiski as a whole though, just much prefer staying on the Les Arcs side.
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snowymum wrote:
Will look forward to hearing how your trip to Oz goes. It looks a pretty village. How many chairs/gondolas do you need to take to get to the main part of Alpe D'Huez? Is there any way of getting to the main resort in the evenings or is it just the daytime gondola/chairlift link?

Poutran I and II take you to 2100m at the mid station of Troncon 1 and 2 in the main bowl of ADH. L'Alpette and Alpette-Rousses take you to 2800m, high above the main bowl. Either way two cable cars/lifts and you are in the crux of the ski area. If you so wish you can ski from Pic Blanc at 3330m all the way back to Oz at 1350m. But there is no access to the main resort in the evenings - so if you want those facilities available to you Oz is not for you.

snowymum wrote:
I am surprised you have chosen Les Coches so many times. Toofy Grin Once 14 years ago was enough for me! The lower section of Mont Blanc was very icy during Christmas week this year..as you were there the week before it probably wasn't so bad. I do love Paradiski as a whole though, just much prefer staying on the Les Arcs side.

Les Coches has guaranteed links on account of it's access for people to get to and from the VE. Plus it has great tree skiing in poor weather. And my wife likes to stay at lower altitudes. I'd say we ski 60/40 La Plagne/Les Arcs. I am considering the option of staying in Vallandry on our next trip there as it's got similar attributes. What didn't you like about Les Coches?
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@Layne, The first time we went to Les Coches was before the Vanoise express so it felt very much at the edge of the ski area. At the time our eldest was 10 months and we didn't like leaving him for too long and it felt as though we never had long enough to get to the further parts of La Plagne. There didn't seem much of a village there then but maybe it has developed further in recent years.

In recent years we have stayed in Les Arcs either late season (April) or early season (December). The time we went in April there was one run open above Les Coches/Montchavin which was slushy but ok. This December it was just the one run open again but it wasn't pleasant as very icy and also crowded. Lots of people were falling over all the way down..my son witnessed 5 at once. Whilst we managed to remain upright I would not have fancied that run home everyday in those conditions. I think if I were to book somewhere on the La Plagne side I would try somewhere more central in order to ski to the furthest villages etc. Champagny.

I haven't stayed in Vallandry itself (as the rest of the family like 1950/2000) but it looks very nice. I certainly love the ski runs above it.

Thanks for explaining the lifts above Oz. We haven't yet been to the Alpe D'Huez ski area and would like to try it at some point.
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Insurance renewed - with MPI. Standard Family AMT for France only - Cancellation Cover and Personal Effects and Money Section cover deleted.

Last year it was £132.87, this year £162.33 - an increase of 22%. But I trust them (rightly or wrongly who knows) to cover our off piste activities and the ability to do France only and the delete options help keep the cost down.
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Oh, and we have the key to the apartment in the mail and instructions from the owner so we're all good on that score too.
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