Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Most nature lovers who embark on wildlife holidays in Galapagos are familiar with the archipelago’s most iconic wildlife species, which include the Giant Tortoise, the Lava Lizard, the Marine Iguana, the Galapagos Sea Lion and the Blue-Footed Booby.
But while the wildlife has been studied and documented extensively, from Darwin’s first forays to the scientists who actively work to ensure its conservation into modern times, there are also some lesser-known facts about these wonderfully unique species. For anyone planning wildlife holidays in Galapagos, knowing a few of these before the trip may add another dimension to an already fascinating encounter.

 

Did You Know?

• The Marine Iguanas found in abundance throughout the archipelago are the world’s only species of marine lizard. The white appearance often seen around their faces is caused by the expulsion of salt from specially adapted glands in their nostrils, which dries and creates a “wig” effect.

• The Galapagos Penguin is the smallest in the world and the only one found north of the Equator. The combination of the cold waters of the Humboldt and Cromwell ocean currents mean it is able to survive in the warmer climate.

• With an average life span of well over a century, the Giant Tortoise lives longer than almost any other vertebrate on the planet. They continue to grow for up to 40 years and can reach a length of over 1.5m and a weight of up to 250kg.

• The most common of all the mammals throughout the islands is the sea lion. The chance to swim and snorkel amongst the curious sea lions is also one of the most sought-after encounters on wildlife holidays in Galapagos. Particularly large colonies are found on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Espanola.

• The Green Sea Turtle found in the waters around the archipelago is a species so old it has been around since before the time of the dinosaurs.

• There are five species of snakes and all of them are endemic to the dry zones of certain islands – although some islands have none. All the species are relatively small (under a metre) and are known as “racers”, due to their ability to move extremely fast. Their only natural predator is the Galapagos Hawk.

• There are four species of boobies that make the islands home. The Blue-footed Booby is renowned for its unique mating dance, where it lifts its feet and wave them in the air, appearing to “dance”, and the Red-footed Booby is the only one to make its nest in the trees and not the ground. The Nazcar Booby is the largest species, while the Masked Booby lives mainly out in the open ocean, returning to land only to breed.

• The Waved Albatross mates for life. There are over 12,000 breeding pairs on the archipelago, which represents the majority of its global population. While the birds depart the islands from December to April, they return to the same place and the same partner every year to breed.

• The term “Darwin’s Finches” actually refers to 15 different species of finches. While their bodies and colouring make them similar in appearance, each has a distinctly different, specially adapted beak.

Wildlife holidays in Galapagos offer a privileged opportunity for nature lovers to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime encounter with some of the most incredible and unique animals on Earth. And, in this remote and beautiful part of the planet, researchers and naturalists are still learning just how astounding many of them really are. Author Plate

New dynamic atrium from Printemps

New dynamic atrium from Printemps

Printemps, the historic department store on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, France, gets a makeover with a stunning atrium that runs vertically from the lower floor to the 9th floor.
Through its long history, Printemps is the first department store to use electricity, lift lifts and introduce modern architectural achievements such as large spiral staircases and 42-meter-tall dome. As part of today’s Printemps reconstruction, the goal is to introduce a new atrium that allows visitors to see all levels. New dynamic atrium from Printemps

The interdisciplinary research-based architecture studio, UUfie, in charge of this dynamic feature applies the concept of vertical dome, which is also called the hijab into the atrium as it pierces the heart of the building; reminded and saluted the store iconic stained glass dome seen in 1894. The hijab weighs 24 tons, but appears to float in front of a vertical circulation with glass floors and mirrored ceilings. 25.5 meters tall and 12.5 meters wide, consisting of a white painted aluminum panel with approximately 17,200 axis shaped openings that reveal the glass layer of Dichroic, which changes color based on people’s point of view, which gives it colorful qualities. The floral relief created by two layers of aluminum surface is an interpretation of the image found in historic stained glass; diverted to repetitive patterns which are then randomized to form a color burst on the white surface. New dynamic atrium from Printemps

New dynamic atrium from Printemps geometry is understood by connecting the four angles of emptiness with simple curves in plan and elevation. The combination of two-dimensional curved panels gives the overall shape of the full veil. Proper assembly allows for perfect joint control between each panel. On the opposite side of the hijab is a one-way mirror wall covering the twelve newly installed escalators. This creates a reflection that complements the hijab symmetry and gives the appearance of a widened void.

Visitors approach the space through the dark hallway to the escalator behind a one-way mirror. Between floors 4-8, a hole in the wall of a one-way mirror gives an unobstructed view of the hijab. Development through space provides a variety of perspectives and moments to experience the ever-changing color and color changes in the void. Acting as the backbone of the main building, it channeled energy to different retail concepts on every floor and brought some of the building’s history to date.

To negotiate existing building constraints and strict fire regulations has resulted in a symbolic and expressive space of ingenuity in architecture and engineering. The entire project was built in just eight months, while the shops are still operating. New dynamic atrium from Printemps

From Servicing To Replacement We Can Do It

From Servicing To Replacement We Can Do It

We may be entering a warmer time of the year, but in many ways, precisely because of this you have to make sure your kettle is in the best condition – no less important so in the worst case scenario, it can be replaced in the Right Time in readiness for months cold.
Do you already have a good idea that you need a Boiler Gas replacement directly or you just want your boiler serviced in a way that will maximize its performance, longevity and safety, we can meet your needs.

From Servicing To Replacement We Can Do It

Why is gas boiler service so important?

Of course, the boiler is the central part of most home heating, and you do not want your boiler to burst when you need it most. Having a sudden search for a replacement gas boiler can be very expensive, but the good news is you only have to set up boilers once a year to help keep it working efficiently.

Remember that your boiler not only needs to be serviced for performance reasons, since a poorly maintained boiler can also start releasing carbon monoxide gas. It can not be seen or smelled, but it can cause highly uncomfortable and potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.

Put your trust in our registered Gas Safe engineer

Whether it’s just a service replacement or direct replacement that you expect is required in your own boiler case, you should always make sure you are using the safest qualified Gas Unlocked technician, as we can provide in the Power Flush Wizard.

Our gas boiler service is very comprehensive, with our technicians first checking your boiler location compliance with the latest safety, electricity and building regulations of gas. This will be followed by an external control check and the panel where the kettle is connected.

Then, the main part of the service will take place, with tests and checks being performed on components such as the main boiler injectors, heat exchangers, main burners, flue terminals and various fans, seals and electrical components. Engineers will also remove dust and dirt inside your boiler and carry out rigorous testing and gas emissions.

What if direct boiler gas replacement is needed?

Yes, we can provide this service as well if it is needed or desired, replacing your current boiler with the model “A” rated running with an efficiency of more than 90%. In fact, your household can save £ 300 a year if you replace the boiler with an old “G” rating with an “A” value. The boiler condenser – which recovers the lost heat from the gas in smoke – is even more efficient.

We’re actually here at the Power Flush Wizard to give you complete service, from boiler to replacement – so just contact our professional and responsive team now to know more about them. From Servicing To Replacement We Can Do It

Understanding the Weather of the Galapagos

Understanding the Weather of the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are blessed with a climate that means there’s never really a bad time to visit. Visitor numbers to each of the islands are strictly monitored by the national park conservancy, however, so most wildlife holidays in Galapagos tend to be in the same peak periods in order to minimise the impact on the habitat and animal species.
While the archipelago is on the Equator, the weather is not tropical. It has its own microclimate that could best be defined as sub-tropical in nature. There are two seasons – the dry season and the wet season – and, while it can be visited year round, the best wildlife holidays in Galapagos tend to be centred around the months between November and February.

 

Fast Facts on the Galapagos Climate

• The weather in the archipelago is governed by the ocean currents. It is at the convergence of three major currents: the Humboldt, the Panama and the Cromwell.

• Even though the archipelago is located in the tropics it has a unique microclimate, which is surprisingly dry.

• The El Niño weather phenomenon occurs every 5-7 years, causing sea levels to rise markedly.

• The El Niño effect can have a negative effect on the marine wildlife of the islands – particularly the sea lions and Marine Iguanas.

• In the warm season, temperatures average from 27ºC to 32ºC and water temperatures are between 21ºC to 26ºC.

• In the dry season, temperatures average from 21ºC to 27ºC and water temperatures are between 18ºC to 24ºC.

• The warmest months are January and February, while the coolest are from May to September.

• Due to its equatorial position, the archipelago has an equal number of daylight and darkness hours throughout the year.

The Warm Season: December to May

The most popular time for wildlife holidays in Galapagos are the months between November and May. Both the air and water temperatures are higher and it is peak breeding time for land birds and nesting turtles.

Although this time of the year is classified as the rainy season, there is also plenty of sunshine around. Periods of rain are usually short (although daily), interspersed with warm, sunny stretches. The islands are teeming with active wildlife and the warmer oceans provide calm seas and better visibility, making the perfect conditions for snorkelling and swimming.

The Dry Season: June to December

In the dry season, the Humboldt Current coming from the southernmost reaches of South America sets a chill in the ocean and the trade winds bring colder and often stormy weather. Mist settles around the high altitudes – this is the time the highlands are at their most verdant and lush. Due to the nutrient-rich waters brought by the southern currents, there are huge numbers of fish in the waters surrounding the archipelago. This results in a greater number of seabirds, including penguins and albatross. However, the chillier oceans are not quite as appealing for snorkelers or divers, and guided wildlife holidays in Galapagos are not as frequent.

How the Weather Affects Biodiversity

The islands’ three distinct ecosystems are all strongly affected by the weather patterns. In the years of El Niño, the terrestrial region is abundant with flower and fruit bearing plants, which also causes an increase in the populations of insects and birds. The marine ecosystem thrives with the arrival of the Humboldt Current, but the colder oceanic temperatures mean that the seaweed on which the Marine Iguanas and sea lions rely as a food source is greatly diminished. This causes problems not just in the immediate population, but also sees a decline in reproduction. In the years of La Niña (which produces the opposite conditions to El Niño), the reverse of all these effects is true in all three ecosystems.

What’s New in Les Gets-Morzine: 2017-2018

What’s New in Les Gets-Morzine: 2017-2018

Like all ski resorts, Les Gets and Morzine have been getting into gear in anticipation of the upcoming season. From upgraded ski facilities to new luxury properties, we have plenty of exciting news that will get you looking up flights to Geneva and unpacking your skis.
Luxury Properties Open Their Doors

 

The luxury chalet companies operating in Morzine haven’t been idle this year. AliKats Mountain Holidays have prepared three eye-catching properties for the season, including ‘The View’. Guests here can enjoy the ‘Indulgence Package’ – after a day on the slopes a six-course menu with wines to match will be served, along with pre-dinner cocktails and aperitifs. The bottle of Bollinger on arrival is a lovely touch as well.

Hotel La Bergerie has also been making some changes. As well as providing room service for the first time, newcomers and loyal guests alike can luxuriate in a new outdoor sauna and Turkish bath. Should you prefer a more energetic warm-down, the new fitness room, equipped with 5 cardio machines, is ready and waiting.

Finally More Mountain are unveiling a brand-new catered chalet ahead of the upcoming season. Right in the heart of Morzine, the property offers a homely feel without compromising on style: Florence Knoll sofas adorn the spacious living room, which has lovely open views.

Get a Lift and Improve your French

Skiers at Les Gets can expect a smooth transfer to their piste of choice from now on thanks to the welcome addition of a high speed Ranfoilly ski lift. Able to transport 6 people at a time and reached through a magic carpet, it is anticipated it will be capable of transferring approximately 3,300 skiers an hour.

For anyone keen to tax their mind after taxing their body on the slopes, the Alpine French School in Morzine will be offering intensive courses this season, with the aim of making learners confident in approaching real-life situations – adults and children are all welcome. Conveniently the classes will be in the evening so won’t get in the way of daytime plans.

New Games Bar in Les Gets

The popular Loc’Hotel Alpen’sports hotel will be opening a games bar this winter, providing a great family-friendly addition to the après ski scene in Les Gets. Pool, table football, darts and board games are all on offer, while children can have fun playing with the toy library. Snacks will be available too.

How to Get There

Getting to Morzine is a breeze with Shuttle Direct. Make your life easier by pre-booking a Geneva to Morzine transfer. Once you’ve arrived at Geneva airport, one of our friendly drivers will be waiting for you. As you and the family travel from Geneva to Morzine, transfer your mind to thoughts of long days of skiing and languid evenings of good living.

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Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Geneva to Morzine transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.

Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

There is no better way to relax and really recharge than by heading to the beauty of the mountains. When you are trying to take advantage of your winter holidays, enjoy the luxury of luxury lodges are the way to go. Since you do not have to worry about cooking and cleaning, you’ll be free to enjoy the magic of slopes and off-piste terrain that is not sculpted that awaits your trail.
One of the most enjoyable experiences of a skiing holiday is roaming off-piste, which should only be done by the most advanced skiers. It is also important to plan the route and to make sure that you are prepared properly. Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

How to Prepare Off-Piste Adventures

What’s the best advice to go off-piste? Hire a guide. A certified local guide has an excellent knowledge of the mountains and will take you to the best path. You will not only avoid risk zones, but you can also access the best snow! The guides will be able to give you specialist avalanche equipment, such as transceivers and shovels: picking up the right kit with you is very important. It may sound obvious, but checking snow conditions and avalanche before you leave is a must. Like listening intently to official advice! Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

Les Arcs and La Plagne

Together forming the Paradiski area, the neighboring Les Arcs and La Plagne resort offers a vast expanse of off-piste terrain.

Couloir de Pramain

This beautiful off-piste route is easily accessible from La Plagne. Cut off the Bellecôte run and cross the col, where you will descend into the narrow gap. Follow the couloir down the mountain to finish among the trees, before rejoining Le Dérochoir piste.

Cairn Couloir

The famous route in the North of the top of Bellecôte is not for the weak. The narrow section at the top leads to a small cliff, which you must navigate all the way down. With a 40-45 ° slope for the first 300m, this can be tricky! As soon as the first part gets out of the way, you’ll descend from the other couloir and then ski down the street below.

Grand Col

The impressive Grand Col summit at Les Arcs is accessed through a 30-minute hike from Grand Col’s chairlift. Once you are at the top, you will clearly see his descendants, who follow the valley line. While you are skiing, you should take the path that leads to Planay before entering the resort with a blue runway. Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

Kick Back to Catered Chalets

After hours of adrenaline adventures either on or off the piste, kicking back to one of the villas with your resort will ensure that you are rejuvenated and you are ready to take action the next day. With a full service Ski Amis, you will enjoy a full English breakfast, homemade afternoon tea and dinner three or four nights with wine. So relax, regain your strength and do not miss a moment in the mountains.

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers and hikers make their perfect winter breaks for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for catered chalets, La Plagne is an ideal choice. For accommodation anywhere in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Venture Off the Piste at La Plagne & Les Arcs

The 8 Best Ski Resorts in the World You Must Try

The 8 Best Ski Resorts in the World You Must Try

Skiing is one of the final forms of getting adrenaline.

The joy of being in the wild beyond the wild is priceless. Between shredding the slopes and enjoying the scenery, there is no such thing as bad days skiing.

However, there are things like top-notch and mediocre ski resorts. If you plan to pursue the sensation in the near future, be sure to go all out.

Here’s a list of the best ski resorts in the world to help you get started on your itinerary.

Best Ski Resort in the World
1. Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley is the oldest ski resort in America.

For more than 70 years, it has welcomed the skiers to this beautiful mountain. However, many Americans jump to famous skiing cities without even realizing the beauty of Sun Valley in Idaho’s backyard.

This means more room for skiing and enjoying trips for the locals in this resort. Easily one of the best secrets in the skiing world.

2. Park City, Utah The 8 Best Ski Resorts in the World You Must Try
If you are looking for plenty of space to play and different areas to ski, head to Park City.

This is the largest resort in America, with a great sensation for the whole family. At 7,300 hectares, there must be a perfect easy route for beginners in the group to try.

For more experienced skiers, there are plenty of fresh powders and large bowls to enjoy.

3. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride offers everything a skier can ask for.

Enjoy the difficult terrain to test your skills or jump to a simple cruise through the mountains.

At the end of the day, enjoy a quick trip to the city with your skis. You can actually finish the tilt and walk to the nearest coffee shop or pub in just a few minutes!

4. Vail and Whistler-Blackcomb, Colorado
This American destination is not just one of the best ski resorts in the world, but arguably one of the most popular.

Each year, Vail welcomes more than 5 million local residents and international ski enthusiasts. With the pure beauty and perfect condition of the back bowl and the excellent reporting standards, it’s no wonder Vail is a favorite.

Whistler-Blackcomb recently joined the Vail resort, which means more space and possibilities to drive your favorite slopes with the Epic Pass. Click here for the best gear in town to ski with the ultimate style and comfort.

5. What is, Sweden? The 8 Best Ski Resorts in the World You Must Try
It is the largest snow resort in all of Northern Europe.

Skiers can enjoy their favorite type of game and try other snow sports as well. For those who want to really improve their skills, this is an ideal opportunity to try skiing the heli.

6. Alpe d’Huez, France
Alpe d’Huez is a skier’s paradise.

The summit offers one of the best panoramic views out there, with a view of a fifth of the French plains. You can expect sunshine to shine for most of your visit and guide your path on the slopes.

The village is also known for its cultural events and many other snow sports, which means there is always something to be done.

7. Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria
The largest ski resort in Austria is waiting to greet you in over 70 lifts for fun and adventure.

The mountain is equipped with everything from challenging walks to vibrant fun parks. To catch your breath, enjoy one of the 50 mountain huts that serve traditional Austrian food.

8. Gstaad, Switzerland
For a bit of everything and lots of luxuries, head straight for Gstaad.

This is a gem of a snow world, offering everything from skiing, hiking, ice skating, and tobogganing. Whatever sport you choose, be sure to stop and enjoy the scenery.

Count the Michelin Stars in Courchevel

Count the Michelin Stars in Courchevel

As all experienced skiers will know, an essential component of the après ski experience lies in the dining. In Courchevel, one of the most highly-sought after ski resorts in the Alps, the quality of the food and wine is of a higher altitude than the surrounding mountains. Many of the resort’s establishments have been awarded Michelin stars and offer a luxurious experience to perfectly complement a day of gliding down the pistes.
Here’s my choice of the very best restaurants for a luxurious ambience, exquisite wines and sumptuous menus during your skiing break in Courchevel.

 

Chabichou

Dining at Chabichou is an experience with the stars, in more than one way. This restaurant not only boasts two Michelin stars, but is also the first choice for celebrity star-power. Although it may push the upper reaches of your price range, it certainly rewards its diners with sensational gourmet cuisine, prepared by chefs Michel Rochedy and Stéphane Buron.

Les Airelles

Les Airelles, which is proud of its two Michelin stars, is led by famous chef Pierre Gagnaire. It’s not just about the food here, but also about the opulent décor – be sure to gaze up at this venue’s astonishing hand-painted ceiling. An evening meal guarantees a wonderful glow of romance, but you should also book a table at lunch and indulge in the fine buffet on offer – you will feel suitably refreshed and ready for an afternoon of skiing.

Le Kintessence

This restaurant is the best place in Courchevel for savouring vintage wines, as it boasts an exceptional cellar that you can only dream of owning. Its outstanding collection of wines matches the wonderful taste concoctions served up by chef Nicolas Sale.You can also combine your visit here with a stay, as the restaurant is located in a five-star hotel –it’s the perfect way to relax after a vigorous day on the slopes.

Azimut

The modest appearance of this restaurant belies a gastronomic extravaganza for those who venture inside. Azimut offers incredible, traditional Savoie dishes, which are presented without pretension or fussiness. Dining here is a reinvigorating experience after working up an appetite on the mountain. Be sure to try the sumptuous tartiflette and spicy sensations that chef Francois Moureaux ingeniously creates.

Le 1947

Le 1947 is a place where you can feast on more than just the food. Its amazing décor and displays of culinary magic are truly special sights to behold – and the restaurant even opens the kitchen to diners, showing them what’s going on behind the scenes. With fur throws draped across the chairs and dishes served on porcelain dinnerware, you will be suitably spoilt after your skiing efforts.

Before You Go

While you’re busy dreaming of the glamorous prospect of snow, ski and fine dining, remember to invest in skiing travel insurance before you set off. Nothing kills an appetite like an unexpected eventuality you’re not covered for, so finding a good skiing travel insurance will give you peace of mind when you’re out on the slopes, and will allow you to savour your gastronomic experiences all the more.

Your Guide to Barging on the Canal de Bourgogne

Your Guide to Barging on the Canal de Bourgogne

The Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy is often revered as one of the nicest canals to navigate in France, with beautiful scenery that features charming French houses and colourful greenery. There are lots of historical sites to visit along the way too, including cathedrals, abbeys and markets. Length and Route
This 242-kilometre-long waterway connects Burgundy to Paris. If you want to expore the canal on a barge holiday in France, I would recommend travelling on the Saône Tiver from Saint Jean de Losne to Dijon, before winding down towards Monereau, passing through Yvonne, to finally reach the Seine. History and Feats of Engineering

 

Conceptualised in the seventeenth century, this canal is an incredibly well thought-out chef d’oeuvre of engineering, perfect for your barge holiday in France. The waterway opened in 1832 and took over 50 years to build. It features 127 locks, the most impressive of which is at Pouilly-en-Auxois. This lock is continuously filled by an underground reservoir via a tunnel system; it serves as a watershed from which the water flows both towards Dijon in the south and towards Migennes in the north.

The canal boasts many ingenious features. Its best one, though, is the tunnel which links the Pouilly-en-Auxois lock with the small port of Escommes. It is a very narrow two-and-a-half-mile-long underground passageway that was dug out from the rock in the early nineteenth century. Even today, it remains an essential connection between the north and south of France. Attractions en Route

The great thing about a barge holiday in France is that the canal wends its way through a number of beautiful French cities, giving you time to explore their history and soak in a little local culture. Cruising along the Canal de Bourgogne allows you to explore the Northern and Southern areas of the region.

In the north, be sure to visit the Abbaye de Fontenay. Though founded in the early 1100s, its structure has been incredible well-maintained with its cloisters, scriptorium and dormitories still intact. It’s a breathtaking piece of architecture, and now that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, even its gardens and ponds retain their original glory.

As you travel further down south, you’ll want to visit the monumental Notre-Dame de Dijon. It’s a Gothic-style church with an ornamented façade that boasts gorgeous columns and archways, as well as the typical gargoyles. Inside, you’ll find lovely colourful stain-glass paintings. Both edifices are an unmissable time capsule, the first providing unrivalled insight into Cistercian life and industry, while the second lets you revisit French Catholic practices.

If you have time, you should also stroll through Dijon’s market. It wouldn’t be a barge holiday in France without sampling French wines, local cheeses and artisanal breads. There are also pâté and terrine stalls that are worth a visit, as well as local delicacies like snails on offer. Make sure to try Dijon’s famous mustard and take some back with you as a souvenir. It’s a real treat for the tastebuds!

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury itineraries for a barge holiday in France and other great destinations. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Family Fun in the Sun: A Guide to Les Arcs

Family Fun in the Sun: A Guide to Les Arcs

Looking to escape to the mountains with your young ones for that magical, glowing combination of sun and snow? Les Arcs is one of the best skiing resorts I know for families, with accessible slopes for youngsters and intermediate skiers, a great range of activities, and affordable prices. Here’s why it makes an ideal spot for a winter holiday destination the whole family can enjoy.
Beginner-Friendly Slopes

 

Les Arcs is home to over 200km of pistes, many of which are perfectly suited for beginner or intermediate skiers, comprising gentle, smooth runs lined with trees that all lie within easy reach of the main accommodation villages. The best blue runs for new skiers are at Peisey-Vallandry, served by their own drag-lifts, at Arc 1800, which is near the fantastic Mille8 complex, and Arc 1600, which is served by the Combettes lift. There are also good runs for novices at Arc 1950 and 2000, while slightly more seasoned skiers should make for the Apocalypse snow park, which has plenty of pistes for those of an intermediate level.

Winter Activities

What’s great about Les Arcs is that it’s not just a skiing resort, but an all-round winter holiday haven with a vast array of activities for the whole family:

• Snowmobiling at the Arc Aventures forest park is a fantastic way of exploring more of the mountains for families with children aged over 10. All you need is a driving licence and you’re free to roam.

• At Rodeo Park, meanwhile, you can take part in a Luge Run and ride down the toboggan piste by night, for an added icy thrill! If you have a ski pass it’s free, and open to children aged over 10.

• If the weather doesn’t play ball, then play the Laser Game instead. Housed in two large ultra-flourescent rooms in Arc 1800, and open long into the evenings, this is guaranteed to entertain the whole family and exercise your competitive spirits.

• Over at Arc 2000 in the Place de la Patinoire, meanwhile, there is a large natural ice rink, with plenty of space for mastering the skating basics – simply hire some skates and let yourselves loose.

Mille8 Centre

This is the real jewel in the crown at Les Arcs for families – a gigantic centre containing both an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, fitness room and gym, spa with steam rooms and saunas, and much more besides. After all that work on the slopes, what perfect way to unwind than with a massage jet and bubble bed? If the children still have energy to spare, there are waterfalls to explore and a river splash and games area that will be sure to tire them out!

Getting the Best Out Of Your Trip

Taking the whole family on a skiing break is a great way to get active and enjoy lots of different things together, but it’s always safe to prepare for any small bumps and bruises you may encounter along the way. Taking out a comprehensive winter sports insurance will give you all the cover you need, and keeping you protected in the case of any eventuality. Make sure to choose a full winter sports insurance, as these policies take into account all the many different activities you’ll want to take part in out on the slopes. To find out more about which winter sports insurance is best suited for your family, get in touch with InsureMore, and we’ll help you prepare for your perfect snow-filled, action-packed holiday in the mountains.