Chalet | 20 bedrooms | sleeps 50
The Vaujany Hotel Rissiou with its two 'chimneys' rating in the well-known French accommodation bible, 'Logis de France', has lead many a returning guest to ponder the conversion rate between French chimneys and British stars. As you dine in its Alpine-style restaurant with photos of the building as the centre of village life in the 19th century adorning the walls, you too may reflect upon whether the chimney awarders actually spent the night. For arguably the somewhat rustic and well-loved surroundings are more than made up for by the outstanding food, the welcome you'll receive and the five-star service that accompanies it.
The Hotel Rissiou is all about feeling you are in the French Alps. Staffed and managed by Ski Peak, it has become a firm favourite with many guests who return year after year to enjoy its inviting and nostalgic ambience. What more could you want than a friendly hotel and a hotel near the lifts?
Indeed, there are several excellent reasons to choose the hotel for your ski holiday: the large sun terrace is a great place for magnificent sunsets, the warm and friendly atmosphere means it's easy to meet other guests, its sauna in which to relax those aching limbs, the TV room and games room which provide ample distraction for the children, the services of our ski leaders are included and you are a short walk from the lift station!
|Size||Sleeps up to 50, 20 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Grenoble, Nearest railway: Grenoble|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||20 bedrooms, 35 bathrooms of which 20 En suites and 15 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (30), Double beds (20), Cots (5), Dining seats for 50, Lounge seats for 50|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Rhone/French Alps region
Simple - with Vaujany ski there is great skiing for EVERYONE.
With more than 250kms of pistes, a vast off-piste area, our friendly ski leaders, a great ski school, fantastic private tuition and great mountain guides, there is no level of skiing we can't satisfy. The Grande Rousse domain, which includes Alpe d'Huez, Alpette and our very own Montfrais (you'll have access to it all!), offers nothing short of world class skiing for experts and beginners alike, off-piste and on-piste. Then of course there is our famous Ski Peak Champagne Run.
With uninterrupted service, next to no queues and fast lifts, it takes little more than 30 minutes from getting on the superb Vaujany 160-man cable car at 1300m before you step out 'on top of the world' on the Pic Blanc Glacier at 3300m, majestically capping the Grandes Rousse Domain The view is breathtaking (it is claimed on a clear day you can see a fifth of France!) and the options for challenging skiing plenty. The Sarenne and Chateau Noir, the longest black runs in Europe, offer wild unspoilt scenery and isolation. The famous 'Tunnel' which runs straight down the front face is very steep and always a challenge and together with Les Rousses and La Fare makes up part of the 2,200m Ski Peak Champagne Run, the greatest on-piste vertical descent linked into a lift system in the world!
The off-piste possibilities are vast and varied. For a sense of remote mountain wilderness try the Glacier du Grand Sablat or Combe du Loup. The descent to Vaujany via the awesome Pyramide and Couloir Perrin is always memorable with glacier seracs, turqoise ice fall and hidden bowls.
The vast ski area of Alpe d'Huez strikes the perfect balance for intermediates with steep technique-testing runs and long sweeping wide pistes through stunning mountain scenery. The signal de l'Homme at the far side of the Sarenne Gorge offers open slopes with good gradients. The slopes above Villard-Reculas are also popular and the descents in the upper part of the Alpe d'Huez bowl are plentiful. The cruise down the Chamois from 2,700m to Oz Station via the Poutran can be a challenge, or for a true sense of achievement try the Sarenne, which is perhaps only graded black due to its length and isolation. You'll be able to claim you've done the longest run in the world – not bad for 'intermediate' eh?
Another of our recommendations is the descent from the Dome des Petites Rousses (2,800m) down to Enversin (1,100m) via Les Rousses and La Fare. L'Alpette and Lievre Blanc are also interesting.
Our Ski Peak Ski Leaders are on stand-by 5 mornings to offer free, fabulous days out for the intermediate skier. Join them for a whole week and you'll ski the same runs rarely and probably just about cover every blue and red there is!
We love Montfrais! Perhaps because this is where many of us learned to ski? For beginners there is no better place than Vaujany's own intimate ski area (2050m – 1650m) for gentle blues and greens, cosy mountain restaurants, hot chocolate pit stops and post genepi bravado red pistes. Without skiing back down to La Villette, the NEW EXTENDED chair (no more drag!) on the scenic slopes above Vaujany link you back up with the chair lift to Alpette where there are two mountain restaurants. For those who want to branch out you can use the lift system to access the substantial wide beginner slopes around Alpe d'Huez. At the end of the day cruise down a gorgeous blue and you're back to La Villette.
Non skiers are well catered for in Vaujany. Try a guided snow walk on raquettes and later in the season a tramp through verdant flower filled meadows on the extensive network of summer walking tracks. Visit the museum in the tourist office or the display of local flora and fauna. There is also the outdoor ice skating rink and the well equipped sports centre with its 25m swimming pool, gym, sauna and jacuzzi.
Pieton (walker) Passes for the week are great value and include access to the excellent swimming pool. Get one of these and you too can enjoy the stunning views of Mont Blanc at 3300m or you can jump on the cable car to the nearby mountain restaurants and enjoy lunch with the family. Day tickets are also available.
Alternatively when in Vaujany do as the French do and linger over a lengthy lunch at one of the excellent restaurants in the village.
For a memorable day out there are scenic plane rides from Alpe d'Huez where you can soar over the mountain ridges and swoop through the deep valleys.
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