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Hi Les Arcs - anyone else opt for credit note for refund on COVID affected booking via the central Les Arcs Réservations? We agreed a partial cash, partial credit note settlement from the central agency for a booking of 2 x apartments for the week the lock-down took place (we came, we saw, some of us skied one afternoon and then were told 'non!'). Cash portion was sorted reasonably quickly and everyone involved in our group was happy... until yesterday when the credit note was issued.
Somewhere between agreeing the value of the credit note with Les Arcs Réservation and it being issued nearly 3 months later they have deducted "fees kept by the estate agency ### ########" of over 35% of the value of the credit! (Name of agency redacted - although the mail and approach from Les Arcs during the whole process make me believe its the estate agency that have made the charge). Of course we've asked them to explain why they have changed the agreement we made - just wondering if anyone else has been confronted by similar under hand tactics?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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@snowcrazy, Do you know if the mountain huts are opening this summer? I would imagine the very close proximity of sleeping people may have a high risk of transmition or, indeed, the bed bug situation.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Hi John, here is a link to the Robert Blanc refuge, one I use quite often. It is open this summer under special conditions. I think if you google other Refuge names you should find details about other places that are open. I hope this help.

https://refugerobertblanc.fr/important-informations-summer-2020-2/?lang=en
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Here is a copy of my latest update. I will do another one later in the coming week.

The Funicular is running and the Cachette chair is open this week. From next weekend the other summer lifts will open, but not the Vanoise Express this year.
Although they said there was social distancing on the funi, in fact people wear masks, but that is about the only difference.

On the chairs it is suppose to be limited to two people with masks, but again I saw more than that on some chairs. I hope they do not have an increase of infections. Stay safe on the lifts and buses. Wear a mask and gloves at all times and wash your hands when you take off your gloves after touching anything. At least this is what I will be doing.

Once up on the mountains, it is very peaceful this week. Not many people around and some days the weather has been very good, but also a few storms passing through.

Everywhere is looking very green and pleasant. I hope you enjoy the photos of my first hike around Arc 1600 area.

If you want to see the photos please go to the Les Arcs Summer facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/LesArcsSummer/
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Thanks for that @snowcrazy, We are planning to stay a few nights in the Refuge du Ruitor, https://www.ruitor.com/refuge_v2/accueil/accueil.php, up near the Italian border. There is good walking and climbing in that area.
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Email just come out re owners lift pass scheme. Used Google translate.

Quote:
Dear Members,
Many of you have shared with us your dissatisfaction with the new Homeowner Benefits program.
We heard you and we hope to find a positive, creative and productive relationship. .

Consequently, to take a new look at our relationships, stopping the Homeowner Benefits program is necessary.

The end of the Owner Benefits program takes effect this Thursday, July 9, 2020: no new registration to the Owner Benefits Program is now possible.
For current Members, the balance of points decided on April 25 is final and it will therefore no longer be possible to acquire new points.

You will find below more information on the reasons for this stop and the methods to be able to use your points acquired during the winter season 2019/2020.

THE REASON FOR STOPPING THE PROGRAM

Many messages of dissatisfaction

that you have told us about all winter long

We were keen to offer you to be an economic player alongside the Les Arcs / Peisey-Vallandry ski area by:
- promoting the quality of accommodation in Les Arcs / Peisey-Vallandry thanks to the classification of your apartment;
- improving the filling of stations through knowledge of your occupancy modes.

It is clear that these objectives have not been achieved:
- The “Cristaux Paradiski” classification assumed by our colleagues from the tourist offices was perceived, by some, as a paid membership to the program (50 € for 5 years), even if, many are those who once their property classified , have understood the usefulness of classification for the revaluation of said property but also of co-ownership.
- The declarations of the type of occupancy of the apartments to join the Owner Benefits Program have caused several difficulties:
- each apartment is specific, both in terms of its management mode (commercial lease, rental mandate, self-management, etc.) and its geographic location;
- each owner has his habits: rentals before season, monthly private occupations, family freedoms, combination of different management methods…

We therefore felt that we could not achieve the qualification and filling objectives for the apartments in this way through this project.

Your recognition as owners of second homes, based solely on rewards, alters the relationship of trust that we wish to develop together and which is dear to us.

In addition, many of you have also reported technical problems in the access and operation of this program.

For all these reasons, we had to make the decision to end the Homeowner Benefits program.

ACCOMPANIMENT

Provisions at your service

To close this Owner Benefits program, we would like to accompany you with the account verification which will be carried out this summer to follow up on orders until the end of the 2020/2021 winter season.

USE OF POINTS:
- By way of derogation from our General Conditions, you can use your points until the end of the 2020-2021 winter season within the limits defined below;
- The value of the products in the gift catalog for the 2019/2020 season will not be increased in the 2020/2021 catalog;
- The 2020/2021 gift catalog will be available online at the end of August on the program website: owners. lesarcs-peiseyvallandry.ski , "MY BENEFITS" tab, to give you the opportunity to start using your points this fall, and throughout the 2020/2021 winter season.

Consequently, the points must be converted into an "Advantage Code" at the latest on April 29, 2021 in order to be able to acquire and consume a Gift before April 30, 2021. Beyond these dates, the Points and Advantage Codes will be definitively lost.
So that you can fully enjoy your gifts, we encourage you to convert your points into Advantage Code and then into Gifts as soon as the catalog is published at the end of August.

THE PARADISKI CRYSTAL CLASSIFICATION:
- The Cristaux Paradiski classification, managed independently by the tourist offices, has aroused dissatisfaction among some. This qualitative and advantageous means, which will continue to exist beyond the Owner Benefits Program, allows us to maintain the attractiveness of our destinations and is favorable to all:
- For the owner: the valuation and profitability of his property;
- For the vacationer: better visibility of the tourist offer and the guarantee of the quality of accommodation;
- For the station: a necessary tool for better promotion.
If, despite these benefits, you wish to cancel your classification request, we invite you to complete the ADS form by clicking HERE .

WILLINGNESS

A relationship with the owners at the scale of our destination

ADS wishes to continue to play an important role in the relationship with the owners, alongside the tourist offices and partners of the resort.
We will continue and strengthen the organization of meetings and events dedicated to you, and we will also continue to send you information about the station in preview through your newsletters.
So many opportunities to be in contact with you to discuss and share with you our products and new products.
So many moments of sharing, where we will have the opportunity to dialogue to bring together a new look at our relationship.
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
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Quote:

THE REASON FOR STOPPING THE PROGRAM

Many messages of dissatisfaction

that you have told us about all winter long

So they are blaming the owners for not being happy with their scheme.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
As I've posted before - badly conceived, badly communicated, badly executed.

Let's not beat about the bush, It was a Fitzwilliam programme that was trying to be all things to all owners, and was never going to be loved. It was delivered late, when a hard stop - season opening - was known about since 1965, and the final configuration was only workable with a computer science degree and a ouija board.

Earlier today, discussing with management in my village, I understand there's a new Mayor of BSM - who could well want to get involved in a new scheme. Combined with the ADS losing upwards of €1m thanks to early shutdown, a quick decision to kill it and revamp for 2021/22 was probably the correct thing to do.
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Arctic Roll wrote:
As I've posted before - badly conceived, badly communicated, badly executed.
Indeed. For an occasional private renter it was all pointless. Lots of hassle to navigate (for renter and guests) with no apparent benefit (for renter or guests). Frustrating, especially as the scheme it replaced I did find useful, in terms of a modest benefit to me and a modest benefit to my guests. My neighbours in Arc 1800 who are also private renters all seemed to reach the same conclusion about the new scheme, so I'm pleased it's been scrapped and hope that if it's replaced something workable can be found.

The President of our building's CoProp seems to be on the team that the new Mayor of Bourg put together to act as, I think, as sort of unofficial advisory board representing different parts of the Bourg/Les Arcs communities.
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I'm back in Les Arcs again for a week's holiday and since the weather looks a bit unreliable today I thought I post a short report on what we have been upto and what the resort is like at the moment.

First of all the resort is running pretty much as normal in the summer. That is it is about as busy as a very quiet week in the winter. Here in 1600 the restaurants are open in the evening and someone is having a go at reopening the old Che Fernand, but they are not getting much trade. The bars are closed. Social distancing in the main street isn't that great but you are usually can keep 1m from other people (with the exception of the funicular which was packed one day. Inside apart from actually eating and drinking at a table mask wearing is universal. Eating out or drinking on the reataurant terraces is good and the tables are a distance apart. I actually feel pretty save.

@Arctic Roll, I did cycle through Arc1950 to check on social distancing, but there were few people about so I could not come to any conclusions.

Now the fun bits - what have we been upto

Well the first day we went over to that excellent sport climbing area near Notre Dame du Pre. It was very quiet with only a few groups there so we climbed on the area by the car park. Normally this area is packed. The routes were very polished and slippery and felt much harder than their grade. Normally I can climb upto 5c but some 4bs felt realy tricky. A walk around to the cracks further from the car park reassured my confidence that I could still climb (Since lockdown we couldn't do any in the UK so I thought I had forgotten how to do that most basic of human activities). We shopped in the Super U on the way back

The next day we had my friend's young daughters with us so went rafting down the Isere with Arc Adventure. We could only go on the short route with the young girls but since the river was full the rapids on that bit were sufficienty exciting. Arc Adventures even supplied masks for the bus ride back. We had lunch in Bourg

For the third day we rented e-bikes. Though we barely used any of the battery power I appreciated the assistance when coming back up the main road from Villaroger to Seez. A section of route 66 being closed below Villaroger. We had a really leisurely trip first up the Cachette and down the blue track to 1800. A pleasant reminder on how to ride off road. From the Col de la Chal at 2500m down to Bourg at 800m is one long easy ride. We stopped for lunch at the Solliet. It should be noted that a restaurant/bar is open this summer in La Pre. From Bourg we went straight back up the Cachette, down to 1800 and after another drink cycled back to Arc1600. One strange thing about this whole ride was the number of very pleasant English speaking people we talked to.
Sunday was back to Sport Climbing, but this time the local crag, the Falaise de Rochefluer, a short walk from 1600. There has been some work done on this crag since last year with new access to the left hand side of the crag and some new bolted routes not in our guidebook. To make the climbs more accessible to the beginners classes you often see here some holds have been bolted or glued on. You do not have to use them.

Yesterday we decided on Via Ferrata, but couldn’t decide where. We have done every route in the area many times and each time a route was mentioned some one would object. Eventually we decided to drive all the way around to the Mauriene valley and do a route near Aussois, a ski resort that I had never heard of. The route was very short so a bit of a disappointment but the scenery was fantastic. To come back instead of driving down the valley and around the motorway we went over the col du Iserian and explore a walk from the top for today. The car didn’t like the slow climb up or the altitude (only about 70% of the air density at that height) and cut to “get you home” mode towards the top. Fortunately it cleared after a short rest at the summit.

Since the weather is not looking great for the rest of the week it looks as if some redecorating will be called for.
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@johnE, did you spot any construction going on?
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