Lunches included…

At a time when currency exchange rates are so volatile, it is reassuring that a Ski 2 holiday includes so many of the items that you would normally purchase in resort. This alleviates the currency gamble and allows you to relax in Champoluc knowing that you have already paid for your lift pass and your lunches!

Our lunch voucher system means that all of our guests receive a voucher for each day that they are skiing. These vouchers are redeemable at a good selection of piste-side restaurants across the Monterosa ski area.

Choose which restaurants you would like to eat at and then choose from a selection of dishes from the menu which might include a pizza, bowl of pasta, or panini with choice of fillings. Vouchers includes a drink – glass of wine, soft drink or a beer.

Whilst some of our first-time clients have reservations about a system which might limit where they can eat, in reality most of our guests love the restaurants that we have chosen to work with, are welcomed as Ski 2 guests and enjoy the selection of dishes available in return for their voucher.

  • Use your vouchers at a good selection of mountain restaurants
  • Choose from a selection of dishes and drinks
  • Add a few Euros to ‘upgrade’ your meal to something a little more extravagant!
  • If you choose not to eat in one of our recommended restaurants on one day, then use your voucher in the village for an après-ski drink instead
  • Relax in resort in the knowledge that lunches are included in your holiday cost

One of our favourite lunch stops …

La Mandria, run by Max and his friendly team, is tucked beside La Mandria piste with far-reaching vies across the valley. Easily accessible by those of most ski abilities, it provides a warm and cosy stop for those snowy January days, as well as offering a perfect sun-trap on the roof terrace for later in the season.

Our voucher covers a selection of home-made pastas and a variety of sandwiches and paninis, plus a choice from an extensive range of drinks. For a couple of extra Euros you can add a delicious salad to accompany your pasta. La Mandria is well worth a visit during your next Champoluc holiday.

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April 2018 at the Hotel Petit Tournalin

The authentic, family-run Hotel Petit Tournalin is one of our most popular hotels in Champoluc. It’s been given a 5* rating by Ski 2 guests. It’s situated just next to the Hotel California and Hotel Le Rocher in a clearing in the pine trees, an easy stroll to our ski deposit at the bottom of the main gondola. Excellent home-cooked food using locally sourced ingredients, make this hotel a favourite amongst our guests – who gave it rave reviews last season.

Hotel Petit Tournalin in Champoluc

Example price for 2 adults and 2 children aged 11 or under, sharing a family room with mezzanine level travelling on Sunday 8th April for 7 nights – £1,107 per adult x 2, £530 x 1 and £530 x 1.

Included with the price:

  • Half board accommodation,  breakfast and dinner
  • Return transfers between any of the 6 airports listed on our website
  • 6 day full area Monterosa lift pass covering the resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna
  • Snack lunches each day at a choice of mountain restaurants. Vouchers are valid in 6 mountain restaurants spread across the ski area and are valid for one dish from a choice of four or five – typically something like a bowl of pasta, toasted Panini, large hot dog or similar, all served with a hot or cold, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. Unused vouchers can always be used to buy après-ski drinks in the bar at the bottom of the main gondola.
  • Ski guiding – available on the first morning of your holiday (for parallel skiers) to explore the Monterosa ski area
  • Free use of our own ski deposit at the bottom of the main lift
  • Free use of the Ski 2 Night Bus for transport around the village until midnight, 7 nights a week
  • One free entry to the new indoor swimming pool in Champoluc during your stay
  • The services of our friendly and experienced resort team – 24 hours a day

These prices do NOT include

  • Flights. Details of which airlines service which airports found here.
  • Ski equipment hire (if required) – view prices here. FREE equipment for children aged 11 and under (Standard skis, boots, sticks and helmet)
  • Ski lessons. If required, please find out more about our British Ski School. On this particular week, we recommend our Kids’ Ski School which runs from Monday to Saturday inclusive from 1000 to 1500 hours each day (including supervision over lunchtime). The cost for this group tuition is £230 per person and is available to those aged 4 or over.
  • Nursery care. The Ski 2 Penguin Club comes with our own British staff – £47 per day and £32 per half day. We now offer the opportunity for kids as young as two to try skiing in the grounds of our nursery under the watchful eye of our staff.
  • Wintersports insurance
  • Drinks with evening meals

Gift Shopping in Champoluc – for Children

Are you coming to Champoluc on a special family ski holiday? Want to give your children something to remember the trip by or take home to their friends? Lucky for you there is plenty to interest the little ones around the town centre. Take a short walk (or ask Ski 2 for a minibus ride) about 5-10 minutes down the road from the Ski 2 office and you will find an array of toys and souvenirs.

Does your child like to snuggle up warm in slippers or a cosy blanket? Or perhaps they fancy a trinket for their bedroom or some fancy chocolate? They might like to check out L’Emporio, on the left on the way down the hill.

If you love to write postcards together, you’ll find a stationery shop a little further down on the same side, but watch out because it also sells lots of toys, children’s helmet covers, irresistible fluffy onesies and games galore.

Near the sometimes frozen tree (it thaws out towards the end of season) you might have fun perusing the selection at Livres et Musique, a book and music shop with the biggest selection of postcards in town, loads of kids’ picture books and other fun souvenirs.

Maybe, like I was, your child is a rock and gem aficionado? Ask in the office and we can direct you to a hidden gem (excuse the pun) of a shop. If you’re staying in La Rouja, rock delights are just a stone’s throw away!

Enjoy shopping with your little ones, but if you don’t find the right souvenirs this time, you could always go for an ice-cream at Dolce e Salato!

Thank you to all the staff at CartoleriaGiornaliGiocattoli di Fassin Roberto, L’Emporio and Livres et Musique for being so welcoming and allowing us to take pictures of your beautiful shops.

Snowshoeing in the Aosta Valley

Jenny and Christina have gone snowshoeing in the sunshine…

It’s a sunny Thursday morning in March and we are waiting with great anticipation for our guide, Marzia, and her energetic dog, Majul. Marzia arrives and starts by orientating us in the valley, driving us through the old villages, pointing out the boundaries of Ayas and describing the other municipalities that make up this beautiful area.

We arrive at the pretty patterned town hall of Antagnod and Marzia shows us how to kit ourselves up with snow shoes and poles. Off we go!

Ascending up through the trees, we feel invincible as we glide across the top of snow that would thwart the everyday snow boot. We emerge amongst attractive stone houses, which Marzia explains would have been used in the summer. Only houses with wooden parts were used in the winter, as the wooden sections were where fodder for livestock was stored.

stone house in the aosta valley

Continuing on upwards, we are greeted with spectacular views as we wind our way up to the Barmasc area, known for summer hiking and mountain biking and once frequented by Pope Jean Paul II.

Diving back into the woods, we walk along the banks of a 600-year-old hand built aqueduct, constructed in a time of drought to provide locals with the necessary water supply to survive in this mountainous environment.

Excited for the descent, Marzia explains that the best method is to walk like Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, adding a touch of dynamism to our steps and forging our own tracks through the fresh snow so as not to sink. It feels like a good bum workout and makes for a very attractive gait!

After a wonderful morning of exploring, we remove our snow shoes to find our feet feel as light as feathers. At Marzia’s recommendation, we take a short stroll through Antagnod and have a delicious bowl of Valle d’Aostan soup, followed by a well-earned ice cream. A morning well spent and a great alternative to skiing or snowboarding.

If you’d like us to help you organise an excursion, please let us know when you arrive in Champoluc. It is not possible to pre-book outings as we have found guests have the best time when we discuss the possible routes and weather/snow conditions together in resort.

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Easter at the 3* Hotel Castor

The Hotel Castor is a family-run hotel just a short stroll from the ski deposit and the bottom of the lift. It is very popular with our regular guests and is especially suited to family groups.

Champoluc offers great snow around Easter time, with most pistes situated above 2,000 metres.

Prices below are for 2 adults and 2 children using a family room or 2 adjacent rooms.

Saturday 8th April 2017 x 7 nights

Based on 2 adults and 2 children aged 11 or under sharing an open-plan family room.  £1,105 per adult, £420 for the first child and £320 for the second child

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Recent guest review

A fabulous hotel. Friendly, charming – rooms are cosy, warm, plenty of hot water! Staff are incredibly friendly, cheerful and helpful. Food is amazing – and amazing value: four courses every night for dinner, brilliant breakfast spread with home made cakes etc. We stayed over new Year and enjoyed the special meal – six courses, champagne, all the trimmings. Everything home made and delicious. Champoluc is a lovely village too

This price includes all of the following benefits:

  • Return transfers between any of the 6 airports listed on our website – Turin (90 minutes to resort), Milan Malpensa (2 hours to resort), Milan Linate (3 hours to resort), Milan Bergamo (3 hours to resort), Geneva (3 hours to resort), Genoa (3 hours to resort), Chambery (3 hours to resort) and Sion (2.5 hours to resort).
  • Half Board accommodation – breakfast and dinner.
  • Full area Monterosa lift pass covering the resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna.
  • Snack lunches each day at a choice of mountain restaurants. Vouchers are valid in 6 mountain restaurants spread across the ski area and are valid for one dish from a choice of four or five – typically something like a bowl of pasta, toasted Panini, large hot dog or similar, all served with a hot or cold, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. Unused vouchers can always be used to buy après-ski drinks in the bar at the bottom of the main gondola.
  • Free use of our own ski deposit at the bottom of the main lift.
  • The services of our friendly and experienced resort team – 24 hours a day.

 

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