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.
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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!!!!
Have you ever won a trip? Where is one of your favorite ski destinations? Check out my latest YouTube video to see my entire Ski Peak experience from start to finish!
You have lady luck shining on you! I have never won a giveaway as amazing as this (never won even one giveaway in my entire life!) Your adventure was just so amazing. The Chalet was beautiful and I wouldn’t mind sharing it. The view of the snow capped peaks are beautiful!
It was like a dream!!
I first scrolled through this post and saw the pix. My reaction went something like this – omg, look at the living room! omg, what a spread, yum! wow wow wow!
And then I read how you had to share the chalet and my reaction was almost the same as yours. such a beautiful place and to share it with so many noisy people….aarghh no! Glad to know you enjoyed and actually had a good time! 😀 Loved the post, and the place.
haha I swear when I first saw pictures of this place I was in awe. Then it all became real!! Thank youuu!
so cool that you won something!!! I never win anything cool haha. Though I probably would have had a similar reaction to you when I saw I was sharing the chalet with kids…I’m not much of a kid person either. It sounds like it ended up being an awesome trip though–good service really does make a difference 🙂
Yeah I was veryyyyy skeptical at first but it ended up being better than I hoped for!
The experience you had is clearly reflected in your post. Congratulations for such an achievement. This whole seems like a must experience. The couches, jacuzzi; in fact the entire space looks so cozy. The sunset picture is actually worth it. It is a very good recommendation. Thanks for sharing.
No problem! It was a dream come true.
There is no shame in winning. The place looks amazing, and you did a great write-up.
Thank you!! It was soooo amazing.
Amazing! I wish I’m lucky enough to experience something like that. How nice it is to have a Michelin Starred Chef who is preparing you food. Very cool! 🙂
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Right?? It was amazing.
This Ski Peak looks great: rustic and cosy! Lucky you for winning this trip, I guess that proves that sometimes the web is not all about spam 😉
I know it’s hard to know what is good and what’s not! I got lucky though.
This looks absolutely amazing!! If I ever find myself in vaujany, I would definitely want to stay here. It makes such a huge difference when the staff is nice and accommodating! So glad you had a great experience here
It really does, and the whole experience is like nothing you will have at big resorts!
I’ve never won a trip, but it certainly looks like this was an amazing trip to win! The food is unbelievable and I would love to eat those 5-8 courses. The sunset is spectacular too. I’d love to go here, but I’m not sure I’m a good enough skier to enjoy it.
All you need is a little vodka like me 😉 haha
I’m far too terrified to ever go skiing (it really isn’t for me) but Ski Peak looks like something out of a fairytale. The chalet looks SO cosy, and with all that food, I think a ski holiday is something I could do – without the skiing of course!
Yeah it is a little intimidating at first but some vodka will do the trick!
Very cool that you won this and the house is pretty much to die for gorgeous. The living room, the sauna and the hot tub, I would never want to leave. I grew up in Colorado this reminds my of home!
Awesome! Yes felt super homey Im sure it reminded you of Colorado!
Wow! First of all congratulations on your win. Looks like you had an awesome time on the trip. The rooms look pretty. The whole cottage looks so beautiful. And look at the view of the alps while you are in that tub…just mind blowing. And the food also was so great…wonderful!!
That is one hell of a trip. After seeing the jacuzzi picture i was like, mannnnn, what m i doing here? Still remains a question :p
But loved the post and the way you put it 🙂
Oh man, that Jacuzzi has the most amazing view! I could sit in their for hours. A very lovely resort you got to stay in. I really think we need to do a ski resort getaway soon. The snowy mountains are just breath taking.
First of all, congrats on winning! The Chalet looks awesome! Glad you managed to get along with that family & kids. The food looks too impeccable!!! Alps skiing looks spectacular…
Wow! You are lucky. Good that you didn’t play by rules 😉 An all expense paid trip to go skiing in the French Alps must surely have been one amazing experience. The chalet looks pretty huge and a beautiful place to stay. The food looks delicious and its really great staying in that pretty chalet with someone to cook for you.
Thank you!! Haha yes so happy I never play by the rules 🙂
That’s a freezing place to stay but I am sure the food keeps you warm enough. The rooms do seem pretty cozy for the cold. I love your photographs, especially your reflection on the rainbow glass.
First of all that is such a wonderful win… and then a wonderful stay… what a memorable experience for you!
I think the trick is tagging 100 instead of 10 😉 🙂
I think so too! haha
A free trip, amazing common area and personal chef? Winning!! Loving this location and the write-up. Inspiring me to just throw my name in the hat for chance-to-win opportunities. =)
You totally should!! I enter more giveaways now than I did!!
Wow! This is so amazing. From the jacuzzi to the michelin star chef. What an experience for you.
It was amazing!
I’m glad you got your queen status, after all! Informative yet hilarious post. I kind of loathe skiing – and ice skating for that matter – but I would go there for the views, the sauna, and food (of course)!
Yeah I saw how much I sucked at skiing and figured that all the other amenities were better!
Wow, that place looks amazing! Congratulations on winning the competition. I’ve skied for years and never stayed anywhere that fancy!
Thanks girl. For the actual price on the website it’s not too expensive at all! I would definitely go back.
You lucky gal! What an amazing giveaway! Looks like you had so much fun on your trip. Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful your trip was!
It was amazing!!
That is something to call luck 🙂
I really love the Alps, especially for skiing. I haven’t heard about Vaujany previously and have myself only been to Chamonix. I guess that it doesn’t matter where in the Alps you are, there will for sure always be a great view. 🙂
I have never heard of Chamonix so I guess we are both in the same boat haha. Yes anywhere in the Alps is gorgeous.
Ummmmthe French alps , the incredible interior, the slopes & the jacuzzi make me want to seek it giveaways and tag 1,000 of my friends because girl , I don’t play by the rules either 😂🙌🏻
Girllllll you gotta do whatcha gotta do to win 😉 haha
You definitely did a great job of rolling with the punches. I know I would have been side-eyeing people IMMEDIATELY after finding out that I would be sharing a common space with kids. Considering that you won this trip though? Rock on.
Yeah it definitely all evened out in the end and was more amazing than I could have imagined!!
What beautiful views! The Jacuzzi in the mountains must be so relaxing. I love nature and being surrounded by the snowy peaks. That must have been an amazing trip! 🙂
Yes same here! It was a blast
GIRRRLLL, the photos are tooo darn good and the place looks dreamy and wonderful, so happy that you won the trip 😉 Even if I don’t win free passes, I’d love to ski in Vaujny someday 🙂 X
Honestly for the price and what you get, it is a pretty good deal. I would definitely go back and ski!
What a cozy yet luxurious accommodation! This looks like the ideal cold weather getaway. Now I just need to learn how to ski!
It’s not terribly easy but definitely fun once you get the hang of it!!
you lucky duck!! what an awesome prize! loved reading about your trip!
This place looks so warm and cosy, I love that little fire place there. And then the view outside! Mesmerizing.
WHAT A WIN! <3 my god. I am glad you won and told us this story. The place looks like a fairy tale. The sunset is worth a million dollars:) Fab post!
Thanks pumpkin!! I know it was a dream come true.
What a wonderful stroke of luck that you landed this trip. the place looks amazing especially with the breathtaking views. The jacuzzi looks awesome and so does the food. More reasons to take the giveaways more seriously.
Oh wow, you were incredibly lucky, this looks absolutely amazing! The hotel looks just perfect, not to mention the food and the leisure centre! I’ll definitely be participating in more giveaways 🙂
Winning this is amazing. I like the hot tub – those views are unforgettable…count the blessings and keep them coming!
The hot tub was great!!
Ok this place looks very beautiful and cozy and the location is amazing. I can imagine waking up to the mountains everyday. I hope you enjoyed your stay! They need to have another giveaway so that i can enter
They will probably be doing another one closer to the summertime so be on the look out 🙂
I’ve never been skiing before. Mostly because I don’t like cold or snow. Though maybe if I was in a beautiful location like this, I would enjoy it more. But I would probably spend most of my time in that hot tub 😛
Yeah I am not a big skiier but it was fun to learn!
It looks beautiful. I have ‘won’ a trip to the timeshare presentation twice. i respectfully declined and was not amused they called actually stating i won the opportunity [to be pressured for 90 minutes]. Anyways… i sorta don’t like you right now, but I will get over it
hahaha those timeshare things will get you!
wooohooo! it is nothing less than a heaven! I would love to spend at least a week of my life there! just wonderful! <3
You’re not just lucky but a living example that dreams do come true! Even the ones with travel in them. This looks like such an exciting trip. I just might start trying my luck again 😉
I would have loved to win this trip. In spite of the initial misunderstanding about kids, looks like you really enjoyed the vacation. 5-8 course meal sounds like my kind of vacation.
Yes it was incredible!
I like the variety of other activities available there such as ice skating, bowling, and the sauna. The place looks very stylish and cozy inside after a day on the slopes. It must be great to go in the sauna after snow boarding all day.
It’s a shame that you had to share the chalet with other families (I don’t like children either), but its good that at least you’ve made friends. My eyes got stuck on that amazing dinner the chef prepares for you, in your own chalet. That is simply amazing! I could never get bored of that, of my own chef! 🙂
This place looks amazing. The chalet seems to be beautiful. The view from the outdoor swimming pool is simply stunning. Would love to visit this place some day.
The location is absolutely mind blowing. I loved the accommodation as well. Since I myself don’t know skiing , so I can relate to your condition. But Its always great to try some new activities.
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