Les Saisies, France
This stunning ski resort is often referred to as the “French Tyrol” due to its magnificent views of Mont Blanc and its beautiful surroundings. Les Saisies is indeed a picturesque ski resort is located in a unique position between the Val d’Arly Valley and the Beaufortain Valley, Les Saisies is renowned for its laid back and chilled atmosphere and holiday makers visit this area to ski of course and to enjoy the peace, quiet and tranquility this resort offers. A quiet village it has retained its charm and boasts 120 cross country ski tracks, alpine trails and a great snow record thanks to the majestic Mont Blanc nearby, it is a very well connected ski resort that links to another five neighbouring villages which together create the impressive 190km ski domain known as the Espace Diamant. It’s a world class ski resort offering breathtaking views. Les Saisies is located in the Savoie department of France; it is 30km (19 miles) from Albertville who hosted the 1992 winter Olympics. The biathlon and cross-country skiing events took place in Les Saisies ski resort. South of Megève, it is part of the Espace Diamant where it has a wealth of varied terrain although up to now it has remained a quiet little gem it will undoubtedly become more popular as the resort continues to expand and develop.
One of the biggest selling points of the Espace Diamant is that it is possible to ski the full circuit around the mountains and back to the starting point within a day. The terrain is ideal for intermediates with stunning scenery and having a base in Les Saisies is perfect for beginners with the added benefit of ski school slopes, it’s very much a family resort and caters for mixed ability groups, whether you choose to ski downhill or cross-country it’s a superb location to improve your skiing skills. If you’re looking for exhilaration then plump for the exciting sport of biathlon which adds target shooting on a rifle range to your cross country skiing. The idea is you increase your heart rate with the ski exertion then try to hold the rifle steady and hit some distant targets its perfect for the thrill seekers.
The nearest airport is Chambery and foreign visitors will probably choose to fly into Les Saisies and the transfer time is 1 hour 45 minutes. Shuttle transfers are quick and efficient or if you prefer private hire car is available or hail a taxi. Again a quick transfer makes happy little ones as they can’t wait to hit the snow.
There are plenty of other activities to keep you busy apart from skiing in Les Saisies, there is snowmobiling, dog sledging, skijoring, ice climbing a high ropes course, there is over 20km of cleared winter hiking paths and trails, paragliding, swimming and how about a scenic helicopter flight? See the majestic Mont Blanc up close and take in the spectacular views from up high sounds perfect! If you fancy taking in a film there is a cinema, a museum and if you want to learn how cheese is made then visit the local cheese farm. As this is a family-friendly resort children can be well looked after whilst you enjoy your skiing, there are children clubs which combine indoor and outdoor activities, take beginner ski lessons, or play in the outdoor snow areas, there is also a nursery for the youngest members of the family. After all the excitement and fun of the day you will need to look after those aching muscles and you can relax, unwind and rejuvenate in the spa, pamper yourself and prepare for the evening’s social events.
Après ski in Les Saisies is one of the most chilled in the French Alps and frequent visitors prefer it that way. The atmosphere is very French and there is a wide range of superb food bistros with a handful of bars offering great nightlife with pool, live music and even happy hour. Family friendly events are often organised so socialising and meeting other families is on the agenda. There are plenty of varied restaurants on hand usually family run businesses serving traditional French local mountain cuisine and International favourites including pizza and the regions locally produced Beaufort cheese is served and a speciality is a classic fondue. If you choose to eat in then you will find a whole range of shops from local markets and supermarkets will cater for your needs. Picturesque Les Saisies once visited is never forgotten.