An Alpine Oasis
Staying in the huge, bustling resorts which are competitively tuned to meet the needs of the hordes of holiday makers who stream in and out has some serious advantages.
Even holiday makers who sigh to find their elbows jostled and poles knocked by the crowds are wary of other options - the road less travelled has a distinct lack of guarantees.
Happily, many ski enthusiasts have taken the gamble, reaped the rewards and are willing to share them. Below, Lloyd Rogers shares his reasons for moving to alpine village La Masure after years of seasonal work in Val d’Isere and never looking back.
From our new chalet, La Tillette in La Masure, you are between five and twenty minutes drive from five of the World’s top resorts; Ste Foy, Val d'Isere, Les Arcs (Paradiski), La Rosiere and Tignes. This allows you to follow your daily whims and tailor your trip to suit the weather, snowfall and group demands – Val d’Isere’s a great option if you’ve girls along who fancy a shop. I find it keeps me from the temptations of inertia and sticking to more familiar pistes.
La Tillette is great for powder hounds, sat at the bottom of some of the very best accessible off-piste (from the top of 4th lift in Ste Foy) with a free resort run shuttle bus service from just outside the chalet to take you back up to the resort. I do this more than actually ski in the resort these days. I can do 3 back to back runs using only the resort bus and then a fourth with a personal vehicle. My record is 5 and I will be going for 6 this season (with rally driver uplift...).
The famous off-piste runs on this north facing off-piste area are La Fogliettaz, Le Col du Granier and Foyeres. Guides come over with groups from all of the other local resorts just to ski this area.
Along with the pick of the pistes, there’s incredible food in the village. We’re only a 200m stroll to the celebrated Chez Merie resutaurant, home of inventive farmhouse cuisine. By reservation only, diners in the know come from far and wide to eat here. "Copied" in places but never equalled, Chez Merie is unlike any restaurant you are likely to find 'in-resort'. Family owned and run for over 25 years, this is ‘old money’ dining at reasonable prices in one of the finest, authentic properties in the whole Tarentaise valley.
We rent out rooms in our home, La Tillette, which sits in an acre of its own grounds and enjoys amazing panoramic views. We have 3 rooms available 10-16 Feb, 1 room 16-23 Feb. 4 rooms 10th March onwards. A warm welcome and delicious home-prepared cuisine await! 10% offer until end Jan. www.latillette.com: "For something quite special"
Contributions by Lloyd Rogers