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.
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 organize anything this season for obvious reasons but we have organized 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. There are plenty of other activities available in the town such as ice skating/snow shoeing etc. The trip will be for one week from Sunday March 6th, although you could go for a shorter or longer period. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF WEEK FROM JANUARY!
You need to make your own way there for example book your own flights to Geneva and transport from Geneva airport to Samoens. One huge advantage is that Samoens is only a one hour transfer by bus from the airport. You need to sort out your own transfers but nearer the time we can give more details. Early flight arrivals on the 23rd would be best so as to catch an easy transfer. We will be staying in the Hotel Neige et Roc (www.neigeetroc.com/en). The accommodation can be bed and breakfast or half board in the Hotel. 12 of us so far are staying in the hotel itself and in self catering studios . The hotel manager says there are no more studios available but still worth checking with him. There is, however, other accommodation in the town. One person has rented an apartment in Lagrange Residences(£480 for the week) The Hotel has a spa and a restaurant. This gives the advantage of tailoring your trip to your personal needs. Two people have booked a studio for Feb25th-March 25th 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. The ski passes are available at the hotel with a 10% GOC discount. The hotel also has a special deal with a ski hire shop near the lifts where skis/boards can be left overnight(25%GOC discount to be given at the shop-don't pre book).
You need to contact the hotel manager direct to book accommodation and with half board or bed and breakfast.
Please ask for the GOC group 10% discount. A deposit is required.(The Manager says this is refundable if there are Covid problems).
So please get in touch with me if you have any queries and include yourself as a ski group member to have updates. Also if you are single and want to share please confirm that you are OK with me passing on your e-mail address with somebody else wanting to share. Also please state if you are a snorer or non-snorer if wishing to share.
We organize 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 /boarding there is no leader to take you round the slopes. We divide into groups according to ability and interest. Everybody must have appropriate clothing and equipment. It is essential that everyone has adequate insurance (and to include Covid cancellations) and to be relevant to the type of skiing/boarding. Details of the insurance cover will be required beforehand.