Ski the Alps with Penny Pitou - February 1 - 9, 2019
VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE $2895 per person double occupancy
Trip Leader: Penny Pitou
Perhaps best known for winning two silver medals in skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley (the first American to win a medal in Dowhhill), Penny has taken her European ski racing experience and successfully run ski and hiking trips to the Alps for over thirty eight years. Her knowledge of the mountains, the people, and the countries combined with her ability to speak German and French fluently make for great trips - well organized, educational and fun. Penny personally escorts each trip, but gauges the abilities of the individuals when deciding daily adventures. Having achieved over 75% repeat business consistently on each trip over the years, Penny must be doing something right! Come join her on a skiing or hiking adventure!
Val d'Isere, France
Once a hunting village owned by the Duke of Savoy, Val d'Isere is now a huge internationally famous ski center. Once home of legendary Jean-Claude Killy, it compromises, along with neighboring Tignes, a vast ski circus with nearly 116 lifts accessible on one lift ticket. Val d'Isere is an old village which experienced a great deal of new construction in preparation for hosting the prestigious men's alpine events in the 1992 Winter Olympics. It is the resort which annually hosts the first major men's race of the World Cup season. It is an eclectic town with chic boutiques, food stores featuring traditional Savoyarde specialities, excellent restaurants and frenetic night clubs. The Grande Motte Glacier in Tignes makes skiing acessible to 11,315ft.
Altitude of resort: 6,070ft. Highest point served by lift: 11,315ft. Vertical drop: 5,245ft. X-country trails: 12 miles. Ski Terrain: Beginner 16%, Intermediate 490%, Advanced 24%, Expert 11% Transfer time from Geneva: 4 hours
HOTEL CHRISTIANA: The Hotel Christiania has successfully combined alpine charm and subdued elegance. The stonework, wood and fabric make for a very harmonious decor. The ski slopes are only 100 yards from the front door and the restaurant is one of the finest in Val d'Isere. Each room has direct dial telephone, satellite TV and radio. There is a private health center in the hotel which includes a large swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, solarium, exercise room and several types of massage. Service at this fine, family-owned and operated hotel is impeccable. Entirely rebuilt, the Christiania combines the best of contemporary comforts with traditional service best known to grand hotels.
- Roundtrip Motorcoach transfers between airport and hotel
- 7 nights accomodations at the Hotel Christiania (4-Star)
- Buffet Breakfast and multi course dinner daily
- Welcome Cocktail
- Porterage at hotel
- Free use of hotel swimming pool & spa
- Local Ski Guides--5 days (good INTERMEDIATE skiers and up)
- Tips to ski guides and hotel staff
- Prearrangement of lift ticket purchase
- Taxes and service charges
- Personally escorted by Penny Pitou
Cat "B" room - +275 per person
Cat "B" Superior room - +375 per person
6-day Val d'Isere/Tignes ski pass (includes "Carre Neige" ski accident insurance)
***AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED - We would be happy to arrange your air.