Our team recently hit the slopes in Alpe d’Huez and told us what they made of the resort, the slopes and (of course) the chalet food.
Chalet Telemark was situated in the Old Town and, after arriving, we took no time to feel settled. After we arrived, the hosts quickly put together some lunch for the group which consisted of French bread, fillings, cakes, crisps & juice – perfect. The service from the hosts was very good, from start to finish. We spent the afternoon in the chalet using the sauna and jacuzzi which were a great treat (and come in useful after a long day skiing).
Dinner was served in the chalet at 7.30pm. Our hosts served cheese tartlet for a starter, lasagne for the main course and bread & butter pudding for dessert – all of which were really enjoyable. A hot breakfast option was served from 8.00-9.00am, or a cold option slightly later. The hosts laid out some very tasty juice and croissants which allowed a bit of extra time in bed. Our ‘Mountain munchies’ (that we didn’t take on the mountain but enjoyed later, as we wanted to have lunch as a group), consisted of ham and cheese baguettes and some sweet and savoury snacks as well as juices.
It’s always going to be about the food, but the whole experience kept going after the chalet reps left in the evening. When the hosts left, shortly after dinner, we found the ski chalet had a very homely feel and offered guests a choice of many different board games to choose from. We planned a group chilled night and entertained ourselves with our very own quiz night.
We sometimes took time in the afternoon to chill out in the Chalet and discuss our morning on the slopes. The beginners really enjoyed their first time skiing and definitely want to come on another holiday in the future, which was awesome.
Not only had I woken up to a hot breakfast prepared by the Chalet hosts but also an incredible snowfall – the roads and slopes were covered thankfully.
Our ski school lessons were an 11am start and we took the bucket lift from the Old Town up to ski school meeting point. This didn’t take very long, probably only 5 minutes or so. There were two instructors to take us in two separate groups – one for the beginners and one for the intermediate skiers.
I set off skiing with the intermediate group and starting with some easy blue runs. There were 5 of us, including the instructor, and we took the ‘Signal’ chairlift to 2115 and skied the ‘Les Vallons’ blue run which linked on to another blue ‘Chemin du patre’. This took about an hour or so and we all really enjoyed it. Once we finished this run, we took the ‘TSD Le Villaias’ chairlift up and skied back down the ‘Anemones’ to join the rest of our group after ski school. The ‘Anemones’ was a nice easy run back to the meeting point.
Some of the group had a mountain lunch in the Pizzeria, near ski school, called ‘Le Tremblant’ – the food was reasonably priced and served all sorts of things on the menu (Pizza €13.50 and drinks €4).
Our first adventure, out of the chalet, was setting off to the ‘Ski set’ hire shop to collects our skis and boots. The shop was located only a minute walk from the Telemark. We were in the hire shop a while, as there was such a large group of us. Most of the group had never skied before, therefore not knowing how to put the boots on. However, the staff were helping them one by one to get the right equipment.
We took a walk to the local supermarket called ‘Casino’ which was located around 1-2 minute walk uphill from the Chalet. The supermarket had a good choice and was reasonably priced (5 litres of white wine was around €13). We bought some wine for the fun evenings ahead. A non skier in our group also spent time exploring the rest of the resort, including the heated outdoor pool.
For apres, we headed into town to check out what was on offer. We took a 10 minute walk up to ‘Sphere bar’ (not far from the ‘Piscine’). The bar wasn’t overly loud – just chilled and a good way to start the night. They had music and TV screens in the bar with videos playing. Drinks were very reasonably priced, €5 for Vodka and lemonade or 2 for €10 on cocktails between 10.00-11.00pm.
Some of us went back to the Chalet after a couple, for an early night. However, some of the group decided to move on to another bar. They headed to Smithy’s and then onto Igloo – they enjoyed both bars but preferred Igloo. Both bars were really busy with a great atmosphere and I’m sure they would be heaving in the peak season – open until around 5/6am.
On another evening, we headed back up the mountain to go to ‘La Folie Douce’. We walked to the chairlift, which was around a 10 minute walk, and about 3-5 minutes on the chairlift. Upon approaching ‘La Folie Douce’ we could already hear the music. It had a great atmosphere. There were 2 French workers on the microphone creating excitement and getting the crowd involved. Drinks were on the pricey side (€7 for red bull and €5 for a coke) but the food looked reasonable, in comparison. This place is great for some après ski and I definitely would return. If you don’t feel confident enough to ski a blue/red run, I would recommend taking the last lift around 5pm
On our last day, the sun was shining and we didn’t want to waste any time – We had breakfast and set off to the resort to take some great pictures before heading home. We took a walk around for about 2-3 hours. There was some great scenery after having a fantastic snowfall earlier in the trip. The French drivers would stop the car for you to finish taking your photo, which I found very considerate – a top resort atmosphere.