What to expect from the French Alps this Winter | Hucksters Lodge
Hoping for a ski break to the French Alps this season? Here’s what to expect when you get out on the slopes.
Our blog is packed with information for new and returning visitors to Hucksters. From beginner’s guides to skiing, cultural events, and guides to Serre Chevalier, Les Arcs and our other resort locations, we share with you the magical experiences of a Huckster's ski holiday with doorstep skiing and skiing for the Christmas holidays! You'll discover why we're loved by those who stay at our ski lodge holidays.
Hoping for a ski break to the French Alps this season? Here’s what to expect when you get out on the slopes.
This past year has been like no other and like most of the UK, we can't wait to get back outdoors again and enjoy al fresco dining and outdoor activities this Summer. The weather in the French Alps has been a bit hit and miss these past few weeks, so there'll be no stopping us this Summer (Covid permitting of course!) from getting out for some French sunshine. Here's what's on our bucket list to do this Summer season.
There’s nothing more reviving than a winter escape in the snow-covered mountains. With the excitement of planning your next or your first ski excursion also comes stress for putting everything together. Most winter holidaymakers don’t factor in all the pitfalls and end up spending more money than they initially thought.
You've got to try this delicious Lemon Cheesecake recipe that we serve at our chalet in Vallandry. Here's Steve's guide on making it at home.
We share one of our favourite Winter recipes from the chalet, Chicken and Chorizo Stew. Recreate this classic dish in the comfort of your own home.
Missing your Winter holiday in the French Alps? Recreate your very own French inspired party at home with these creative ideas.
Bring home the taste of the mountains with this homemade recipe for Tartiflette. One of our chefs, Steve, shares his recipe for the dish. Enjoy!
Book one of Hucksters cheap skiing weekends and discover the magic of the alps without breaking the bank.
Our cosy chalets in beautiful locations have something for all the family. Make Hucksters the perfect place for next year's holiday with one of our fantastic family ski packages.
Learn all about the international dog sled race that passes through Vallandry. Plus, get closer to nature with your own dog sled ride and make unforgettable memories on your ski holiday.
Understand the unspoken rules of ski etiquette to fit in on the piste and stay safe on the slopes.
Discover all the best places to eat and things to do in Vallandry when you're not skiing. From restaurants and bars to outdoor activities, there's something for everyone.
Become a better a skier with our tips for beginners to boost confidence by perfecting your technique and improving your balance and control.
Organise the best group ski holiday to the French Alps with this guide. Whether you're planning a Christmas work do; hen or stag party; family get together; school trip or a friend's getaway, we have you covered!
This year's Ski and Snowboard Fest was fantastic and we are ready for Winter 2019/20. Find out our best bits in our latest blog.
In this guide, we list five exceptional reasons why you should go on a ski holiday to Serre Chevalier over Les Arcs/La Plagne, Val d'Isere or Alpe d'Huez.
With snow appearing on the mountain peaks already, we thought it was about time we did a new Winter Prize Draw. Who'd like to WIN an amazing holiday in Serre Chevalier or Les Arcs this season?
France is a fantastic place to ski, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert. With plenty of ski resorts to pick from, we show why Peisey-Vallandry should top your list.
Learning to ski is easy but it can be daunting for beginners to take up a new sport or even try budget ski breaks. In our guide, we demystify skiing and give you helpful tips and tricks.
We've got a load of reasons why you need to book your ski trip early and not leave it until the last minute. Read up and avoid the pitfalls!
In our new culture guide, we look at the Les Arcs Film Festival that graces the Alps in December, bringing another special activity to your holiday experience.
Six reasons why you should go on a Christmas skiing holiday. Will you be joining us for an enchanting festive season this year?
Why is France the most popular skiing destination for British holidaymakers? Here are the top seven reasons why skiers are choosing the French Alps.
Have some doubts about booking a skiing holiday? Whether it's because of the kids, nerves, budgets or something else, here's five reasons why you should book today.
Is skiing as good for us at it feels? In this feature, we'll explain why skiing is a fantastic workout for you.
In this guide, we travel through time to discover the origins of skiing and track its popularity as a sport and beloved pastime.
In our latest blog, we offer the ultimate skiing packing list so you can feel prepared for your holiday.
At an altitude of 1,326 metres, Briancon is the highest town in the whole of France. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its interesting fortifications built between the 18th and 20th century and in the winter months, it is a popular destination for budget ski holidays. However, in the summer, when the snow has melted from all but the peaks of the surrounding mountains, it is still worth exploring!
The slopes of Serre Chevalier are amazing locations to photograph, even when the snow has melted at summer arrives. The luscious alpine scenery is filled with photo opportunities, and when staying at one of our catered chalets, Vallandry, you will have plenty of opportunities to head out and explore.
It's not all about the winter in the French Alps, with a host of sports to try in the summer months. Find out more in our guide.
We bid farewell to another Ski Season and are now busy preparing for Summer. We share our best bits from the 2018/ 2019 Season with you.
With Brexit dominating the headlines, we look to the news to determine how this will impact our holidaymakers.
With just a few weeks left of this Ski Season, we're already looking ahead to Winter 2019/20. We've frozen next season's prices at our current rates, so now's the time to snap up a fantastic deal on your Winter Holiday.
Pulling off a shifty when you’re on your next cheap ski holiday is tough. Follow our guide however to learn how to master the shifty technique!
In this blog article we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the science behind skiing. Read on for some amazing tips and interesting info!
Spring is almost here, and if you haven't tried Spring Skiing before, we show you why it can be an amazing time to escape for a snow holiday.
After a day of hard skiing, sometimes it can be difficult to work out what to wear. Bring lots of layers, stay warm, and read our guide for advice!
Apres is an essential part of your Winter holiday. Read on to find out how our team entertain you on your trip to the French Alps.
So, you want to know how to hit top speed the next time you go skiing? Check out how to increase your speed . . . using science!
Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most terrific and the most well known winter sports on the planet, but have you heard of these even crazier ones?
Are you ready for this year's winter look? Get your slope style ready with our guide to the stuff you really, really want for your fashion wardrobe in 2019!
After wall to wall sunshine so far this month in the Alps, the snow has returned for the first time in 2019.
Any skier knows that great gear is essential for a memorable skiing season. Check out what 2019 has to offer!
It's here! The lifts are officially open and the slopes are being groomed to perfection. Find out what's new and what's on this Winter across the Alps.
Skiing is not just an amazing and fun way to spend your free time – it is also a great way to stay in shape, lose calories, and improve your health!
If you're snowed under with work and can't get away for a week's skiing or even a long weekend, why not escape for a whirlwind one-day experience?
For beginners to skiing, you'll be happy to know that finding the right pair of skis is easy, but there are a few things you'll need to consider before exchanging money.
There are just 6 weeks left until Christmas and we are getting very excited in the Alps. Find out what makes a Christmas holiday with us so special and how we get ready for the big day.
Even beginner skiers dream of pulling off basic ski tricks, even just once. Of course, performing a trick can be dangerous, and bones could break if you are not properly informed of the exercises and tricks you are doing before you start.
We're back from this year's Ski & Snowboarding Festival! We share our best bits and highlights from the biggest ski show of the year.
Christmas is just around the corner and you if you have a friend or family member who skis, you may be scratching your head deciding a gift for them! Read our guide for some suggestions.
Skiing might be your passion, but perhaps it’s not shared by your loved one. Here’s five ways to show them why skiing might just be their new favourite sport.
It is the most wonderful time of the year according to many, but how much do you actually know about Christmas? Find out some interesting facts about the holiday in this blog.
With just a few months to go until the new season begins, we are getting ready with the launch of our 2018/19 brochure and a very special prize draw.
Christmas is a magical occasion for the whole family but in particular the kids. Make this year’s Christmas unforgettable for them with our guide.
Christmas is about spending time with family, creating memories and giving, and a Christmas get-away is the perfect way to achieve just that.
A holiday should be relaxing, but when it's a family holiday we know that with all the planning and packing, dietary requirements and travelling, it isn't always as relaxing as you'd hoped! We've put together our top tips on how to make sure your Family Ski Holiday goes off without a hitch.
There's more to skiing and ski jumping than you may think. There are many forces at play when you adorn skis and head for the slopes. Learn all about the science behind the sport in our feature!
Racing, adrenaline-filled activities and a proposal! We had it all in the French Alps this summer. Find out what we got up to and why France is the 'go-to' destination for your next summer holiday.
In this latest feature, we take a look at the popular styles and trends that will make you look sharp on the slopes this winter ski season.
Most of the ski resorts are taking the opportunity to make improvements and add new features. Check out what Les Arcs has got under their sleeve this Winter!
We share the latest women's ski fashion to help you look and feel a million pounds on the slopes next season (even on a budget!).
It can definitely be daunting keeping up with all the conversations if you're new to the scene, so we've got you covered with our guide to the lingo.
The world of Skiing and Snowboarding is ever changing with new additions to resorts and new equipment being developed. With that in mind, we explore the newest trends for this Winter.
The French Alps is spoilt with endless activities to try this Summer. We've put together our ten favourites that you've got to try this Summer.
Just like most sports, there's jargon involved in snowsports. So, if you don't know your shakas from your dumps, we've got you covered in our A-Z guide to ski slang.
When it comes to booking your next holiday on the slopes you may have a few 'must have's' that will make your Winter break the best yet. We give you 5 reasons why Hucksters will tick all your boxes for a great budget-friendly holiday.
If you are too scared to pack the goggles and gloves away for fear of official winter season closure setting in, then we've got a handful of ideas to help you survive summer.
When it comes to snowboards, you need to know what you're riding, and making the right choice can be tricky if you don't know what you're looking for. We've got a snappy guide you can refer to!
We are super excited that Stage 12 of this year's Tour De France passes through Bourg St Maurice, not far from our Vallandry base. Join us for four days of race action (and a bit of relaxation) in the spectacular Savoie region of France.
We've got some great information here for you to follow on how you can keep yourself, and others, safe on the slopes on your next ski holiday. Top tips that even seasoned skiers could use!
Hucksters invited one of our marketing team along on our latest trip out to Serre Chevalier and Vallandry to check out the April snow and as a beginner.
Before you start thinking about booking ski holidays for the 2018/19 season, get some off-season strength and conditioning exercises in. Here are four of the best exercises you can do to get you nicely set up for the ski season.
The Speed Masters saw the world's fastest ski race track being tackled over the recent Easter weekend, there were some absolutely phenomenal speeds being recorded. Here's what went down…
Just how are you going to get down the run that’s too much for you? How do you take on and overcome these tough runs? All is explained in this handy little guide to tackling the tough runs on your next ski holiday!
With only 4 weeks left of the season, perhaps like us you're already thinking of your summer holiday?! Our B&B breaks are back plus an Adventure Week in Serre Chevalier and Summer Reunion Weekend in Vallandry.
We are now taking bookings for 2018/19 season! Experience skiing at its best in our lodges across Europe. Book your holiday before 31st May 2018 and we'll freeze our current prices for you!
Check out this handful of handy top tips for you to take on board that will help keep your nippers (and you) warm, fuzzy and happy on your next ski trip.
Check out a few of the most-asked questions when it comes to ski and snowboard learning here, so you can get a good idea of what to expect before you take to the slopes.
Here are a handful of top tips you can follow before you head off for some fun in the mountains on your next ski holiday!
We've got some new faces at our lodge in Vallandry. Meet our bunch of adventurers... Joe, Leanora, Steve, Ben, Holly, Bee and James!
For skiers or boarders with a camera for those sweet (and fail) moments we've got six amazing tips to capture them in the best way possible!
There are a whole host of reasons why you should try skiing as your New Year's resolution, and we've got six of the best right here!
If you've never been skiing or snowboarding before then check out these reasons why you need to give it a go!
Learn more on these nine cool facts about skiing that will whet your appetite before you head out to have fun in the snow!
Don't stay a snowboard newb for long with our top tips for the beginner!
When it comes to eating out in Vallandry, you're spoilt for choice, so here are five of our favourite places to check out when you're here!
If you're lucky enough to be heading out to the mountains with Hucksters this Christmas, here's what you can expect as part of the package!
Looking for some extra inspiration this Christmas? Take a peek at these present suggestions that are perfect for the skier/snowboarder in your life!
We would like your help with our menu for this season. By completing our simple survey you can tell us what you like about our menu, what you want to change and what you enjoy most or what old favourites you would like to see back again.
Well having learnt how the snow cannon work the really good news is that they have been running them in Vallandry in the last 24 hours!
It is that time of year when we work on the chalet to get her looking her best for the season. This year there are some major changes to the lodges. We are remodelling them to form a new 16 bed lodge including some ensuite shower rooms.
Winter has come early in Slovenia, with Bovec enjoying 90cm of snow this week. The resort will be opening the slopes this weekend and every weekend until the main season starts in December.
Why snowmakers are a resort's best friend - everything you could possibly want to know about the wonderful invention that is the snow cannon!
We know the reason you take a Winter holiday is to pursue your passion for skiing or snowboarding. The buzz of conquering the piste and the thrill of pushing boundaries yet there is so much more to enjoy within the Alpine environment maybe something a bit slower yet still active and something different, like snowshoeing. Well we here at Hucksters have tried it and can quite honestly say are a little bit addicted, along it seems with many others as it is the according to some the fastest growing winter sport.
Check out seasonaire Owen's pick of best bars and restaurants you can head to while you’re enjoying your ski holidays in Tignes!
The 2017 Ski & Snowboard Show is here and we cannot wait to get in and find out what the latest trends & tech will be this season. Come and find us on Friday or Saturday to chat about our 2017/18 Winter Holiday packages.
Make the most of our essential guide that will help you to organise your next group snow trip.
As they say, 'there's an app for that', so take a look and see what ski/snowboard apps you'll be downloading next!
As the nights are drawing in and it is starting to get grey in the UK, just like the birds, it is time for me to think about flying south for the winter.Preparations are well underway for heading out to Vallandry and honestly I just cannot wait This will be my third season and now I am managing the Mont Blanc Chalet with Julie - So how did I get here? Well this all started as a mid career sabbatical but it has turned into a fantastic new lifestyle!
How did I ever get started in this??? Well about ten years ago I stumbled across Hucksters whilst purchasing my first pair of ski boots At that time I had only been skiing two or three times, but I was already hooked, I duly turned up to meet the coach in Plymouth early on the Friday morning. I was immediately welcomed on to the coach by the whole group. From that point on I never looked back. I offered to stay on and help, as they say, the rest is history. I thoroughly enjoyed helping out and being welcomed into the Hucksters family, working with them, skiing together and even partying with them. Peak season helping led to life as a senior seasonaire!
Ever wondered what it would be like to do a ski season? Would it be a long holiday with lots of skiing and partying? or would it be really hard work? Well the answer is both and something more besides, friendships formed for life, a bond in overcoming food preparation and memories of a time never to be repeated. We are going to bring you accounts of the experiences of some of our staff over the next few weeks and this week we start with Natalie who joined as a cook and has gone on to be an invaluable member of the Hucksters family.
Our passion for downhill skiing or snowboarding by necessity requires us to invest every year in a ski pass. Without access to the lifts our sport would become something very different and considerably harder work! Cross-country or Nordic skiing is all very well and good but it is the exhilaration of travelling downhill under our own momentum that brings us back to the mountains year after year. Ski passes are not an insignificant part of the cost of our winter holiday so what exactly are we getting for the price of our pass? Well rather a lot in Les Arcs and the Paradiski with plans for even more in the future.
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of your winter holiday at Hucksters? A life as a Chalet Host is certainly no mean feat! In truth, the role needs someone with a vibrant personality and someone with a love of all things snow of course! Then there's the cooking skills and attention to detail required to make someone's stay special. We share a day in the life of one of our chalet hosts.
It's only understandable that you will have some concerns about sending your kid off on their first ski trip without you. Here's six top tips to prepare and protect your kid.
Our very own Julie Phillips shares what it''s like to spend a summer holiday in Vallandry. She wrote this for the blog in 2017 to tell us about her first time running the Hucksters summer breaks.
Landscapes and nature in the valley are drastically changing, the Alps really keeps you on your toes with the amazing ever-changing seasons. Just one of the reasons for a late summer break in Serre Chevalier.
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