Is yoga the secret to enjoying an Alpine ski home?

Posted on 19 March 2013

Yoga is often recommended as a way of both preparing your body for a skiing trip and relieving your muscles back at your chalet or apartment after a hard day on the slopes. But next month, owners of ski property in the French Alps will be able to learn about and practise different yoga moves together when Val d’Isère’s first ever yoga festival takes place.

Organised by a resident British yoga teacher, the three-day Festival de Yoga will run from 5th-7th April and will bring together ‘yogis’ at the foot of the slopes of one the Rhône-Alpes’ most vibrant resorts. There will also be dance and music workshops.

“When property-owners visit their homes in the Alps, they want to get the most out of their time there,” said Julian Walker of “Being fit and looking after yourself while skiing means you’re less likely to injure yourself or need a day off halfway through you skiing trip. Yoga is certainly one way of doing this – and the fantastic mountain scenery complements it.”

The good news for yogis is that these days, developments in ski resorts tend to come with a gym and wellness centre, with space for yoga. Meanwhile, chalets for sale in the French Alps tend to come with large terraces boasting incredible mountain views, which make the perfect setting for a session on your yoga mat in the warmer months. is currently offering four and five bedroom new-build chalets in Val d’Isère, which come with spa facilities and plenty of space for some yoga. Or an apartment at a newly completed development in Flaine, where yogis could indulge in the spa facilities or back in their room faced with jaw-dropping views of the Grand Massif ski area.