To all frustrated skiers and snowboarders!
Since 2007 nearly 300 people have enjoyed a total of 17 week long ski trips. People of all ages and abilities from expert skiers to complete beginners have taken part. At first we went to hostels in Switzerland and then catered chalets in the French Alps as they offer good value, sociable space for the group to mix and result in holidays where GOC membership forms good friendships from across the UK and beyond.
Last year in 2020 two trips were run and we had a great time in chalets in Les Arcs, Arc 2000 with comfortable rooms, good food and use of a high quality sports facility (included a pool and sauna).
Sorry that we couldn't organise anything this season for obvious reasons but we have been busy trying to do something next year. We are looking at a week's holiday in the very attractive French town of Samoens. There is a fast ski lift from the town that connects with the Flaine ski area-one of the largest ski areas in the Alps. At this stage we are just seeing what interest there is in a trip at the end of January.
The idea is that you would book your own flights to Geneva and transport from Geneva airport to Samoens. One huge advantage is that Samoens is only a 50 minute transfer by minibus from the airport.We are looking to stay in the Hotel Neige and Roc (www.neigeetroc.com/en). The accommodation can be B and B or half board in the Hotel or self catering in a studio apartment for 2 or 3 people ,with meals if you want in the Hotel. The Hotel has a spa and a restaurant.This gives the advantage of tailoring your trip to your personal needs. Two people have already booked a studio for nearly the whole of January, so that by the time we get there they will know the resort well to show us around and the best places to eat and drink!!
You would also need to book your own ski passes and hire equipment if needed.
At this stage we don't know what the accommodation costs would be. We need to see what interest there is and then we would try to negotiate a discount for the group.
So please get in touch with me if you are interested and include yourself as a ski group member to have updates.
We organise the ski group in a different way from walking groups. Ian Horsburgh is the contact on the website and deals with general communication. David Roberts manages the Groups web page.
When skiing there is no leader to take you round the slopes. We divide into groups according to ability and interest. Everybody must have appropriate ski clothing and equipment. It is essential that everyone has adequate ski insurance and to be relevant to the type of skiing. Details of the insurance cover will be required before skiing.
There are some short skiing trips organised by other Groups in Scotland.