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A First-Timers Guide To A Club Med Ski Holiday…

A First-Timers Guide To A Club Med Ski Holiday…

Day 1 – Club Med Peisey Vallandry

Having never skied before, I didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived at the beautiful French resort, Peisey Vallandry. I needn’t have worried; from the moment I arrived, I was converted. Clear blue skies, snow-capped mountains, wooden interiors & open brickwork added to its rustic alpine charm. A postcard-perfect scene that left me feeling as if I’d entered a magical winter wonderland.

My bags were whisked away to my room, which left me free to tuck into a delicious buffet lunch where I was overwhelmed with choice. French gourmet quality, fresh produce & French chefs at various cooking stations, the choice of food alone was impressive. With no need to worry about Michelin-star bills, Club Med offers superb, signature dining, all included in your ski package.


Even children are offered a separate area with a huge range of food to suit even the fussiest of eaters, whilst gluten-free options are available upon request.

Guided by a friendly member of resort staff, I was shown to my room, complete with balcony & stunning mountain views.

Day 2 – Hitting the Slopes!

Next up, time to conquer my fears and head to the mountain for my first taste of skiing.

The main lift takes everyone up the mountain (& back down if you don’t want to ski down!).


Beginners, intermediates & experts all head up for their lessons provided by the expert Club Med team. The instructors are so friendly and, thankfully, so patient! A couple in our group were complete beginners & by 12.30 were confidently skiing on the nursery slopes.


As a beginner I felt that our instructor, David, was superb at interacting with all of us & our varying levels of ski proficiency, whilst still managing to make it fun. He managed to truly put everyone at ease, even those as nervous as I was! Club Med also offers personal guides to show experienced skiers the slopes in the region & the opportunity to go off-piste if they wish (again all included in the cost).
Wine & canapes at the bottom of the lift served by the Club Med staff were a welcome way to end my first alpine adventure! It did seem rather indulgent when a 3-course lunch followed, though I did assuage my post-Christmas calorie guilt with a dip in both the indoor and (heated!) outdoor pools.
So, until tomorrow, au revoir, mes amis!


Day 3 – Club Med Les Arcs

This morning we left Peisey Vallandry and snow-shoe hiked across to Les Arcs, with some spectacular views over the mountains.

You can really see a different resort in Les Arcs, it has a much bigger ski area & is busier, with more of a village feel to it. Hot chocolate on tap (and I literally mean on tap as you could just help yourself) was exactly what I needed upon arrival.


If you are considering going here with a group of your friends, or with a partner & want a much livelier adult-only property with many ski options & even a town to visit, Club Med Les Arcs resort will tick all the boxes. Sadly, my familiarisation visit was over all too quickly, but I’ll be very happy to discuss my experience of Club Med Ski with anyone who might be interested.


If you are looking for a winter holiday - skiing or non-skiing - I cannot recommend Club Med enough as they are the only company who offer fully all-inclusive Ski packages. Also, some of Club Med’s mountain resorts are open throughout summer, where you can enjoy a whole host of activities including mountain biking, hiking and swimming without the worry of hefty bills for meals & exchange rates.

What’s Included in a Club Med Ski Holiday:

  • Flights & transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Lift pass
  • Ski/Snowboarding lessons
  • Gourmet full board cuisine
  • Open bar
  • Kids clubs from 4-17 years
  • Non-ski activities and evening entertainment

So if you’re considering an all-inclusive ski holiday, please call our team on 0121 213 0012 for help choosing the right Club Med resort for you. Plus, as Club Med specialists, we can offer you the very best prices with extra, exclusive benefits! Take a look at what other customers say about us on TrustPilot!

See you on the slopes!


  • 3rd August 2017
  • Deana Manser, Senior Travel Consultant