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Les Deux Alpes

Berangere Hotel

We have just returned having visited for the first week of the season - 10th to 17th Dec 2011 having booked a few days before we departed.

Initially we were worried that there wouldn’t be enough snow –we ended up getting loads of it and some windy weather – but that’s the chance you take at this time of year.

We flew from Gatwick to Geneva then the 3.5 hour transfer to Les Deux Alpes. It sounds worse than it actually is – we had a really enthusiastic friendly meet and greet from Ski Host Mike, nice coach lovely scenery – the time flew by.

This was our first trip to Les Deux Alpes – but third trip with Mark Warner – having stayed previously at the Tarrantaise and the Christina a few years back. I’d say this one is easily the best – nice room and bathroom with sunny balcony overlooking the slopes, comfortable large bar area and dining room, larger than expected indoor pool, steam room and sauna.

Food was excellent with buffet breakfast and tea with cakes and soup at 4.30. In the evening, we had one buffet night and five nights with a choice of three starters, mains, desserts and wine. Dinner was a very sociable affair - by mid week we had grown to a table of six with a group of people that we’d met - but there’s no pressure to share tables if you don’t want to.

There were several families with young children staying and it appeared that they were well catered for –there was in house childcare. The young ones had their own evening meals. They certainly all seemed happy and well behaved.

The Hotel is situated at one end of the town –a good ten minute walk from most of the shops and bars. There was snow on the ground in town while we were there –I thought it was pretty with many wooden chalets. There were quite a few nice bars – our favourites were the Polar Bear and the Sherpa (Dutch and noisy in the evening)

We skied with Ski Host Rosie most days which was really good fun and a nice way to get to know the ski area.

The skiing in Les Deux Alpes is varied, with lots of nice blue runs at the top of the mountain and a wide selection of red/blue and green across the area. There is a chair lift and two button lifts on the green run next to the hotel so we were able to ski out of the hotel and get up the mountain from here. A long green road type run or a black run comes back down so it is possible to ski to the hotel door. The main gondola – the Jandri Express starts in the town and goes up to the glacier runs. If you wanted to walk down from the hotel (with skis) to this – it’s about a 15 minute walk – there are free buses into town too.

Without exception all the staff we met were friendly enthusiastic and helpful - Assistant Manager Elle even tried to change our early transfer time but couldn’t due to the bad weather.

To sum up, despite a week of fairly bad weather and therefore not as much good skiing as we would have liked – we had a brilliant time – met some lovely people and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mark Warner to anyone.

All pictures are taken from our room on the 3rd floor

View From Window 3rd Floor Berangere Hotel 3598 View From Window 3rd Floor Berangere Hotel 3601
View From Window 3rd Floor Berangere Hotel 3602
View From Window 3rd Floor Berangere Hotel 3671

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