A quick flight to Geneva followed by a 3 hour transfer, and we had arrived in Val D’Isere! I stared out the window during our transfer, searching for some snow to confirm we were close. As we turned a corner, this stunning view appeared…
We are staying at the Albaron apartments (booked via Mountain Rooms), which is conveniently located only a few minutes walk from the high street and a just hop and skip from the lifts. As I’m new to walking in ski boots, I’m thankful each and every morning for the short walk to the slopes. Walking in those boots is a workout in itself!
As we walked into our apartment, I was immediately taken back by the stunning view overlooking the ski lifts and mountains.
We instantly felt at home in the cosy wood panelled apartment, complete with fur throws and wooden furniture that gives a winter chalet vibe.
As we walked through the door we instantly stepped foot in the large, spacious kitchen that overlooks the living/dining room that can be accessed down a few steps.
There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and another with a bunk bed. The bathroom holds a huge, deep bath, perfect for a boiling hot dip after a cold afternoon of skiing.
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to this beautiful view…
After unpacking, we wrapped up and took a stroll over to Snowberry shop to get kitted out with our ski gear.
I left Snowberry with my boots, skis, poles and helmet, all ready for the morning and the rest of the week!
We quickly dropped our stuff back to the lockers at the bottom of our apartment, then headed out for something to eat.
After our early start and a day of travelling, we were exhausted by the time we got back to our apartment so ended our day with a cup of tea in bed! Very rock and roll!
The following morning, I was woken bright and early for my first day at ski school! I’m the only beginner in our group so ski school is the perfect place for me to learn. I booked 5 morning sessions with Evolution2, 3 hours each morning from 9am-12. I missed the first day as we were travelling, but this worked our perfectly because I had already learnt the core basics at a lesson back in the UK.
I met our instructor and the rest of the group at the meeting point, and we headed straight over to the Nursary slope to practice.
After my lesson, I met my boyfriend at The Sun bar for some lunch and to catch some rays. The weather was incredible, bright blue skies and boiling hot sunshine. It was quite surreal sitting amongst the snow without my ski jacket and gloves on, and still feeling hot!
We munched on our burgers as we watched the colourful skiers head up on the ski lift, and brave paraglider’s glide past us in the sky.
After a couple of hours in the sun, we headed back to our apartment to relax. Taking those tight ski boots off was the best feeling in the world!
We freshened up, put on some warm clothes and went out for a stroll in the search of somewhere cosy to enjoy a well earned bottle of red wine.
This was also a good opportunity to explore Val D’Isere and take in the pretty views which were everywhere I looked.
I could spend hours walking around Val D’Isere, dipping in and out of the shops and bars.
We stumbled upon the Avenue Lodge which we remembered was actually recommended to us. The stylish bar looked similar to Gauchos, with low lighting, leopard fur chairs and candles flickering on each table.
We slumped into the deep chairs and relaxed with a bottle of wine. It took us a while to gather the strength to move out of our warm seats and back out into the cold air! We could have easily stayed there all evening!
Back at the apartment, we fell into bed and was asleep within minutes. I’ve recently discovered that a day of skiing, sun and red wine tends to have this effect on us!
I’ll update you on more of my adventures in my next post! See you then!