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Resort: Val d-Allos (Le Seignus and La Foux)
Country: Fance
Domain: L'espace Lumiere
Author: Roger C

Date: 16 to 18th Feb 2007
Our holiday: After reading about this area on snowHead s I decided it would be a good place to go for Mrs C's birthday weekend
Website : http://www.valdallos.com/
Basics : We flew to Nice catching an 8am BA flight from Heathrow, were collected at Nice airport and on the slopes about 230pm French time
Lift system : Mostly slow chairs and drags but minimal queueing to get on them so not a problem really
The terrain : Good mix of blues and reds with a couple of blacks in the two resorts of Val d'Allos: Le Seignus and La Foux. We skied the smallest area Le Seignus on the first afternoon and enjoyed the runs both above and below the tree line. On the second day we skied over to Pra Loup and really enjoyed the pistes over there BUT the pistes in the valley linking La Foux to Pra Loup were very icy and not at all fun.
Favourite runs included the blue Renards on Tete Vescal and the red down from the highest lift in the area, the Observatoire (2600m), both of these are in La Foux. The unpisted black from the Observatoire was good fun but a bit tiring as tried this at the end of the day!
The snow : Although like most European areas snow falls this winter are below average they have done a great job to keep the pistes in good condition. We were very impressed with the grooming.
Off-piste : I think the area has some good off piste but when we visited it was powder with hard crust where not groomed so we didnt venture off the pistes too much!
The resort : A bit spread out with the two areas but there was a free ski bus. La Foux is the busier of the two with much more piste and is also the starting point for the link over to Pra Loup
Generally very French and to be honest skiing there was a nice change from some of the places we usually go which are full of us Brits!
Food : snowHead Ben Wright had recommened the pizzas at Le Parapente on the blue run into La Foux and I'm very glad we took his advice. Yum yum, pizza for lunch cooked in a real wood burning oven - fantastic!
Accommodation : We stayed with Roy and Fran at http://www.alpsholiday.co.uk/ situated in Allos about 5 mins in car from the slopes at Le Seignus. Their excellent service includes daily pick up/drop off at the ski area of you choice which works really well. The apartment could sleep 7 I think and was very nice but in my opinion would suit 4 adults very well for a week, 6 if you are good friends and dont mind being a bit cosy! I cant recommend Roy and Fran enough and for a very reasonable 80 euros return Roy did a pick up/drop off service from Nice airport. The drive took about 2 hrs 15 each way.
Costs: Various lift pass options but all good value. Full day pass covering both areas and Pra Loup was I think about 27E. An after 11am reduced price pass was good after a couple of glasses of wine on the Friday night Very Happy
Conclusion: Certainly recommend a visit! I hope we'll get back there soon.....

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