If you know me…you know I LOVE to tell stories. Especially my own since I get to talk about myself. Go figure. Allow me to grace you with a story if you haven’t already heard it.
Over the summer, my Instagram was poppin’ and the kindred spirits over at Ski Peak decided to comment on one of my pictures. They stated that I would be the perfect person to enter their giveaway! We all know the internet is nothing but lies and scams but for some reason, I felt compelled to just “check it out”. All you had to do was like the Facebook page and tag 10 friends. Since I never play by the rules, I decided to tag 100!
Low and behold, 2 days before I was about to jet off to Italy, I woke up to my phone going crazy! I HAD WON! OH EM FUCKING GEE. Now, I can’t sit here and say that I’m not lucky and I never win anything because I do, but never anything like this! An all-expense paid trip to go skiing in the French Alps! (excluding plane ticket) You bet your sweet little snow bunny ass I was stoked, but skeptical still. After about a week, the owner Jaime, emailed me and finalized everything. It was really happening!!
Come January, our bags were packed and we were ready to set off on a snowy adventure to the Alps! Here is everything you MUST know about Ski Peak!
Transport & Transit
Let’s just say that the small town of Vaujany nestled in the French Alps is not the easiest to get to. The closest airport is Grenoble but they only run on weekends! Since we had spent New Years in London, we decided to fly into Lyon which was 1 hour further than Grenoble. Once we got there, we rented a bright orange jeep and set out on a mini road trip through the mountains. I honestly prefer this route; you get to enjoy all the scenery during the drive.
If Lyon is not the cheapest place, Geneva isn’t too much further either BUT if you reallllllly wanna get technical, you could spend some time in Paris…even though you know how I feel about Paris and take the fast train (approx 3 hours) into Lyon. regardless, the hassle is worth the trip!
Common Area’s & Rooms
When we first arrived, I was in shock. We didn’t get this huge Chalet to ourselves. Sina and I had to SHARE it with other families! Only one small room with connecting bathroom? UM, HOLD UP. I thought I was going to be treated like a queen, not a peasant? Not only that, the families had “kids!” You know how I am with kids…not good. I calmed down, tried to look at the situation in the least bratty way possible and make the best of it. I soon found out that it was all going to be a lot of fun. The kids and their parents were amazing and we all felt like one big happy family in there. The room we stayed in was all you really need. A quaint space with a beautiful view…we literally only went in there to sleep.
The main common area had two couches, very cozy next to a wood burning fireplace along with some chairs and an incredible view. The area was also the large dining room where everyone sat together at night to eat (but I’ll get to those juicy deets in a minute)
The downstairs common area was the best. Foosball, ping-pong, sauna, hot tub, board games, huge TV with movies… it was perfect! The Foosball games got pretty intense. What more could you want after a long day of skiing?
Eating & Drinking
When is eating and drinking NOT the most important part of a place? But here, it was more than I could have ever dreamed of! See, here at Ski Peak, they have a Michelin Starred chef who diligently prepares 5-8 course meals every night. YOU READ THAT RIGHT…5-8 COURSES. I mean damn, my dessert has a pregame! I had heard about this place being on another level but I had no idea it was like this.
There is one kitchen for the whole Chalet. The chef will prepare some afternoon cakes & tea if you’re taking a break from the slopes…but dinner is where it gets interesting. If a new family enters the Chalet on either side…the chef will prepare a huge dinner with lots of options like this…
But if #nonewfriends come, you get a 5-8 course meal. Starting with a curated drink of choice like a sparkling Bellini, followed by small bite-size appetizers. Most of the ingredients I couldn’t even say OR remember, I just know they were fucking delicious. We would then all sit at the table and one by one the next courses would come out. Did I mention two bottles of wine on the table at all times that the chef paired to perfectly compliment his food? Slowly making my way back to queen status 🙂
You wanna know the best part about all of this is? Having someone to cook for you! Included in the room price at Ski Peak is all the amenities and food! Sure, any outside food and drink at local restaurants you have to pay for but why go there when you can have an 8-course meal made by a professional chef? Have you ever been on vacation, especially skiing/snowboarding and then get back only to realize you still have to cook or go out somewhere? I don’t know about you but I’m beat after a long day! Ski Peak is the best of both worlds. Awesome accommodation, AND great food.
Activities & Amenities
There is plenty packed in to the tiny town of Vaujany. To start, Ski Peak offers a range of amenities that go beyond the chalet!
Ice Skating Rink
If you’re staying a week, the rink is free, and if you aren’t it’s only $7 a person! A great way to show off your not so flattering figure skating skills.
The Bowling Alley
Who doesn’t love a good competitive game of bowling? One of my favorite things to do as a kid actually. If you aren’t exhausted from the activities during the day, make sure to stop in a for a couple of rounds!
Right outside of the game room. The best way to unwind after a harsh day (harsh for me at least) on the slopes.
The Swimming Pool
Yeah, you swim. But when it’s cold and your balls shrink up, I suggest the Jacuzzi.
Aside from the sport and leisure center, Vaujany has many other recreational things to do that will keep you busy the entire time.
Sadly this time around the weather was not permitting. The winds were too heavy, or the clouds were too low or blah blah whatever. I was ready to go, wind or not! That’s why I said before, plan these things during the beginning of your trip so that you have some extra days to spare in case of inclement weather. Sucks ass I didn’t get to do it here but you should go for me!
I had never skied before but I tried. Tried being the keyword. Thankfully I found Monica, the absolute best ski coach in town. I opted for the private lesson because I don’t like sharing. Monica is so patient and knowledgeable and only laughs a little if you eat shit going down the mountain. I suggest always taking a lesson to freshen up on your skills unless you’re like my boyfriend and a superhuman at everything you do (eye roll).
I won’t go into detail about the slopes…at the time there was hardly any snow when we were there 🙁 That didn’t stop them from being awesome, but it could have opened a lot more runs if Mother Nature would have dusted us with some powder. Regardless, there is something for everyone. I will say that Vaujany has The Sarenne, the longest black run in all of Europe! My boyfriend did it, TWICE. (another eye roll). Definitely a site to see…if you dare!
A helpful hint: If you somehow lose your confidence skiing as I did, 4 vodka/OJs should do the trick. I was so upset the 3rd day I started to do terrible on the slopes. Even Monica noticed. A few Ketel Ones later and I was shredding shit up again. A little liquid courage never hurt 😉
There are some yes, but we had everything we needed at Ski Peak…and no I’m not just saying that. We only ventured out for lunch when we were on the slopes. Average pizza and beer, but at night we stuck with the multi course meals.
Service & Staff
Since the day I won this getaway, the owner was more than accommodating for all my crazy questions and concerns. For the months leading up to my trip, he guided me through every step. Jaime made sure that everything went as smooth as possible. Although we didn’t get to actually meet him while there, he left us in good hands.
Every single staff member (not that many of them) made us feel right at home. They helped book lessons, and activities…even helped me film some things outside as well. You just don’t get that kind of interaction at a large-scale place. And obviously, the chef and his sidekicks blew every meal out of the water. I would go back strictly for the food!
I know what you’re thinking…”You won this trip bitch, of course, you’re gonna say all this shit.” Ha, yes I did win this trip… but I wouldn’t be writing about it if I didn’t truly enjoy this experience. Unlike sponsored posts or paid trips where it is mandatory you write about your vacation, I don’t have to, but I choose to!
I enjoy telling people about those hidden gems you find all over the world. This isn’t some 5-star luxury resort with 6000 count Egyptian cotton sheets…but it’s worth a mention. Look at this sunset and then tell me if you think it’s worth it.
Between the hospitality (seriously, I’ve lived in the south my whole life, I know hospitality) the families we met, the slopes we skied, the marathon dinners we ate, I want people to know about it. For the price linked here, you really can’t beat it! One of the families we met comes back every other year! Out of all the ski places IN THE WHOLE WORLD, they choose Ski Peak to stay at time and time again. That has to tell you something right?
Price Range: $$$
Company: Ski Peak (Chalet Saskia)
Location: Vaujany, France
Would you recommend? YES!!!!
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