Ski the Alps with Penny Pitou - January 25 - February 2, 2019
COURCHEVEL, FRANCE $2995 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 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!
Courchevel 1850, France
The Trois-Vallees of which Courchevel 1850 is a part, is one of the largest "Ski Circuses" in the world. Nine ski areas, including Meribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens, combine to offer limitless skiing with one ski pass. Courchevel 1850, the highest of the 5 Courchevels, sits on a broad, sunny plateau. Ninety percent of the hotels are built directly on the ski slopes eliminating transfer buses and taxis. Lifts are only a few feet away from every doorstep. Ski terrain is varied to suit all abilities. A few statistics on the Trois-Vallees: 183 direct link ski lifts, including the world's two largest aerial trams (160 persons), 1662 snow-guns, 360 miles of marked runs, 54 miles of cross-country trails, 1500 ski instructors, 1100 lift attendants and enough lifts to service over 259,000 skiers per hour! Courchevel spends $12,000-$16,000 every night to groom its runs - more than any other resort in the world. The Trois-Vallees ski circuit covers a total of 40 miles, 20 of them on snow. This is simply the finest and most extensive skiing in the world.
Altitude - Courchevel 1850: 6,100 ft. Highest point served by lift: 10,496 ft. (Val Thorens) Vertical drop: 4,396 ft. Cross-country trails: 54 miles Ski Terrain: Beginner 20%, Intermediate 25%, Advanced 40%, Expert 15% Transfer time via motorcoach from Geneva: 3 Hours
Hotel Les Ducs De Savoie: The Les Ducs is a charming 70 room Savoy style hotel located in the quiet Alpine Garden Forest about 10 minutes from the center of Courchevel 1850. The rooms are of various sizes and include radio, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobe and TV. A cozy piano bar with open fireplace and over-stuffed couches add to the ambiance. The hotel has a large swimming pool, sauna and steam bath. A ski rental shop is on the premises. You can ski out the back door in the morning and ski home at night. A gondola from the center of Courchevel up to the hotel operates until 8:00pm to allow for apres-ski shopping and sightseeing. The Les Ducs is noted for its fine cuisine and mouth-watering dessert buffet.
- Private Motorcoach between airport and hotel
- 7 nights accommodations at Hotel Les Ducs De Savoie (3-star)
- Buffet breakfast and dinner daily
- Welcome cocktail
- Porterage at hotel
- Free use of hotel swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam bath
- 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
Standard room south-facing with balcony: +275 per person
6-day 3 Valles lift ticket (includes "Carre Neige" ski accident insurance)