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Resort: Puy St Vincent
Country: France
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Author: Roger C

Date: March 9th-11th 2007
Our holiday: Some friends were taking their kids for their first ski hol so we decided to joing them for the weekend
Website : http://www.paysdesecrins.com/
Basics : In the southern alps, about 30mins from Briancon, ideally fly to Turin for a shortish trasfer of 2 hrs or so, alternatively do what we did and use Milan Malpensa because of the better flight times for a weekend trip but be prepared for some nasty jams on the way back to airport on Sunday eve
Lift system : Chairs (some fast) and drags, even though it was the end of the French hols queues werent at all bad
The terrain : Mostly cruisey blues and reds with a couple of blacks thrown in. One twisty green run down that had a couple of narrow sections and as it got busy later on it was a bit unpleasent
The snow : They had a good dump the week before and was lasting well although lower down was slushy after lunch
Off-piste : Looked ok but didnt try it out
The resort : We stayed at the these apartments in PSV1600 http://www.monalisahotels.com/public/hotels/presentation.php?id=12 Great location, a few yards from the ski lockers to the lift. The resort, at least at 1600 is best described as functional!
Food : Cant remember the names but the place to the left of the top of the main 4 man chair served good food but the service was slow. Only place we visited in the evening was the pizza place through the tunnel and the food there was great
Accommodation : Mona Lisa apartments were of a good standard. Wouldnt recommend that you filled them to capacity though as that would be a real squeeze!
Costs: Flight booked months ago on Sleazyjet about £70 each return inc one ski bag between 2 of us. Our friends who were out for the week sorted us out an apartment at a fantastic £30 a night. Resort prices generally reasonable. Lift pass for example 91 euros for 2 of us for 2 days.
Conclusion: Small place so only good for a couple of days if you like clocking up the kms. Weather was fantastic which certainly helped us enjoy the area. It mainly attracts families and is well set up for this. Friends went with http://www.snowbizz.co.uk/ who seemed to do a good job and allowed parents a couple of hours sking without the kids each day.
There are lots of other resorts close by and we enjoyed Montgenevre/Claviere on the way back to the airport on Sunday. As you literally have to drive past the bottom of the lifts it seemed rude not to try another couple of resorts Very Happy

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