Chalet Vue Belledonne
Chalet | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
We look forward to welcoming you to our lovely chalet with stunning views of the Belledonne Mountain range. The chalet is modern, bright and spacious and has everything you need to make your holiday perfect. Cleaning, central heating, towels, linen and tourist tax are all included in the price. The chalet is part of an exclusive development of 33 chalets tucked away in a quiet part of Oz en Oisans but within 5 minutes of all the many facilities the resort has to offer.
Oz en Oisans is directly linked by two cable cars to the two extensive mountain ranges of Alpe D'Huez and Vaujany which provide over 325km of uninterrupted skiing, popular with both skiers and snowboarders alike. There is a drag lift at the back of the chalet. The resort is particularly suited to families, with most of the village pedestrianised. There is a supermarket, a number of restaurants, sports shops, bars and a ski school. There is also a public heated indoor swimming pool and a spa area with whirlpool, sauna and steam room. Oz also has a climbing wall, badminton courts and an outdoor ice-rink in the winter season.
Oz is a relatively small village which means there are relatively few queues at the cable cars, so you can be up on the mountains in no time. Another advantage of the area is that there are a wide range of slopes to satisfy beginners through to advanced skiers. The mountains are dotted with a range of restaurants so you are never too far away from a hot meal or a welcome cup of coffee.
There are over 250 kilometres of runs, including the Sarenne black slope, the longest run in the world. Starting from Pic Blanc (3,330m), it continues on and on, down to the Gorges de Sarenne (1,510m) for 16 kilometres.
Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski (1,135m – 3,300m)
918 snow canons
250 km of skiing on 135 ski runs :
• 42 green runs
• 37 blue runs
• 39 red runs
• 17 black runs
Oz-en-Oisans / Vaujany (1,135m - 2,800m)
660 snow canons
75 km of skiing on 41 ski runs:
• 12 green runs
• 14 blue runs
• 12 red runs
• 3 black runs
There is a purpose built crèche is open 7/7 Sunday to Saturday from 9h to 17h from 14 December 2013 to 16 April 2014. Children are welcome from 6 months up to 6 years either for half-day sessions (9h to 12h30 and from 13h30 to 17h) or for the full day. Parents can enjoy skiing alone whilst the crèche provides fun activities for your children who are looked after by fully qualified staff. For children from 3 years old, the crèche operates an introduction to ski in conjunction with the local Ecole du Ski. There is a maximum capacity of 20 children so advance booking is essential through the local tourist office at http://www.oz-en-oisans.com
Throughout July and August Oz springs into life as a centre for sports and walking. In and around the village itself you can pick from activities such as paintball (16 and over), an acrobatic park with swings, monkey bridges and zip wires to suit all levels of ability (from 3 years), tennis, swimming, archery, trampolines, canyoning and fishing. In addition, cable cars provide direct access to explore high altitude lakes, glaciers, flora and fauna
Oz is particularly popular with cyclists who flock here to watch the Tour de France. On 19th July 2014 the Tour will be passing through the valley very close to the chalet.
There are numerous cycle races which take place over the summer in and around Oz, many of which you are free to enter. There are also a wide variety of cycle paths varying from easy routes through the valleys to various grades of mountain bike trails, one of which is within 20 metres of the chalet. Bikes can be hired in the village and the tourist office has full details of all the many trails.
Alternatively, you can just sit back with a book and a glass of wine and relax on one of the two balconies and take in the beautiful mountain views.
In the summer season there is a playgroup for younger children from 6 months to 6 years which can be booked for half or full day sessions. There is also a kids club for children up to 12, which provides a wide range of activities such as football, table tennis, video games.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Grenoble 95 km, Nearest railway: Grenoble 75 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
• Entrance hall with ski and boot rack and plenty of hooks to hang your coats.
• A separate toilet.
• A large, open plan room with fireplace, a sitting area with a coffee table and numerous books and games. There are also wooden steps leading up to the mezzanine bedroom.
• A separate dining area seating 10.
• A kitchen with dishwasher, full size oven with extractor hood, hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.
• Three bedrooms, each with 2 single beds and a spacious wardrobe. Each bedroom has a window with views of the mountains.
• Another toilet
• A separate shower room with sink, cupboards and heated towel rail
• A separate bathroom with bath and overhead shower, heated towel rail and sink with cupboards.
• A separate enclosed bedroom with two single beds. This room is full height at one end and has restricted height at the other due to the apex of the roof. There is a clothes rail.
|Further details outdoors|
There are two balconies on two sides of the chalet, both offering wonderful views of the mountains. One balcony has outdoor furniture.
The chalet is heated by underfloor heating which is supplemented by heaters and an open fire.
There is an English, French and Dutch speaking person available locally with anything you might need to make your stay more enjoyable.
There is also a tourist information office in the village.
The Rhone/French Alps region
Although there have been people in Rhône-Alpes since pre-historic times, the earliest recorded settlers of the region were the Gauls (Celts). Cities such as Lyon were founded by them and the region traded with both northern and southern Europe. Most of the area became part of Roman territory during the invasion of Celtic Gaul led by Julius Caesar.
Situated between Paris and the Côte d’Azur, on the border with both Switzerland and Italy, and offering access to four international airports (Lyon, Grenoble, Chambery and Geneva), impressive rail connections and a vast motorway network, the Rhône-Alpes region is at "the crossroads of Europe".
Boasting eight natural parks and sites such as Mont Blanc and the Gorges de l’Ardèche, the Rhône-Alpes offers a wide range of different landscapes: mountains, vineyards and gentle valleys, fields of lavender and olive groves.
Every form of sport is readily available, set against an impressive natural backdrop: skiing, hiking, mountain biking or even paragliding and canoeing.
In the east of the region the food has an Alpine flavour with dishes such as fondue, raclette common, gratin dauphinois and gratin savoyard. Wines in this region include the very famous Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône and Savoy wine. Chartreuse liqueur is made in the region.
In the heart of the Grandes Rousses range set high among the fir trees, Oz has the charm and feel of a family resort. In addition to a wide range of activities in the village itself, Oz en Oisans is on the edge of the Ecrins National Park with its soaring peaks and villages nestling in the many valleys.
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25 Mar 2013
"Modern, smart chalet, close to slopes in a quiet satellite village of a large ski resort."
We travelled in early March, 2013, and were 5 adults and 2 children (6 and 8). This is a nice, modern chalet, a short walk from the shops and facilities of Oz, and a 5 minute (up hill) walk to the nearest drag lift that takes you up to the local ski area with a large nursery slope and 2 lifts up to the Alpe d'Huez ski area (which is very extensive).
The chalet is recently built with lots of exposed timber, good views, a balcony and a sunny terrace. There are 3 beds on the lower ground floor, all similar in size but not particularly large - fine for a couple and enough wardrobe space, but not much room around the beds. There is a shower room, bathroom and seperate WC also on the lower ground, and these are modern and clean.
The upper ground floor is open plan with a good sized sitting area, large dining table and an adequate kitchen. There are plenty of (new) plates, cups, glasses etc but it is all a little bit sterile and unimaginative, not a criticism but an observation. Most of the lounge and dining area is double height with nice beams and plenty of light.
The lounge has a sofa bed (not used), sofa and a couple of armchairs which were not especially comfortable but adequate, and there is a flat screen TV with satellite and DVD player. There is a steep staircase (almost a ladder) to a 4th bedroom which has very limited headroom. Our 2 kids, 6 and 8, slept in here and really enjoyed it, but it is not really suitable for adults. The kids had no problem with the stairs/ladder but you would perhaps have second thoughts if they were younger or the type to get up in the night. There is also a WC on the upper gnd floor, ski storage and places for coats etc., and the front door.
Access to the pistes is very good, with either a 10m climb up the slope to the road or a short uphill walk around the path. You can then take a short drag lift which allows you to ski down to the nursery slope and 2 main gondolas. Within OZ there is a very good nursery slope with 2 drag lifts and red and blue runs coming back from Alpe. The 2 gondolas are both efficient and give access to either the main Alpe area or another smaller ski area. They are only busy when the ski school sets out for the day, around 9.30am.
The ski school in OZ is OK but the times are not convenient if you want to send your kids there for the day - 9.20 am - 11.50am and 2.30pm to 5.00pm, and child care over lunchtime is 30 euros! However, if your children are only doing mornings the chalet is ideal to collect them and head back for lunch. You can ski back most of the way and leave your skis at the bottom of the drag lift or at the top of the slope just above (and in sight of) the chalet. Kids enjoy sliding down the slope (10m) to the chalet itself!
Alpe has a huge ski area and is excellent for all levels, with some very high slopes (over 3300m) and runs down to about 1300m. The main resort of Alpe d'Huez is not very attractive and pretty large but with lots of lifts and great for beginners. However, Oz is certainly much nicer to stay in with enough bars and restaurants, pool and small but adequate supermarket
Overall, I would say the chalet is ideal for 6 adults and 2 kids but not 8 adults, very well located but not quite ski-in -ski out, in a nice village with a massive ski area available. Ski passes are towards the top end but not the most expensive in the Alps and the ski school was good as long as you don't want to send your kids there all the day. The chalet could be a bit cosier - more pictures and soft furnishings - and some logs would have been nice so that we could have a fire. The beds are OK but not especially comfortable and the duvets are a bit thin. However, it is a very warm chalet with good underfloor heating. The transfer to/from Grenoble is approx. 90 minutes and we did not experience any delays - I would recommend flying there and booking a car, but our friends successfully used taxis and a bus service to Alpe that can be booked in advance (Bens Bus).
The booking process was good and the owner was very responsive with answers to questions. The deposit is quite high but was returned within 14 days of our return, without any deductions.
Overall I would recommend this chalet and would happily go back next year!
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