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Briancon, France  (# 20782)
 Piste Facing Puy St Vincent Studio Apartment
  Briancon vacation rentals Property ID 20782  

Major City: Briancon
Distance: 10-20 mi

Type:   Apartment
Area: Skiing

Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
Baths: 1
Size: 50 Sq M

Internet: No
Pets OK: No
Pool: No
Spa: No

Calendar: No
Exchange: No
For Sale: No
Credit Cards: No

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Name: Dave McMillan

Languages: English

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Puy St Vincent is a purpose built ski resort situated over one mile
above sea level in the Ecrins Mountains in the French Alps. It is
famed for its micro-climate and excellent skiing. It was awarded
International Family Ski Resort of the Year in 2003.

Our apartment is situated on the first floor of the main building
overlooking the piste. The balcony affords stunning views of the
mountain and the activity of the skiers coming and going throughout
the day.

The accommodation is what is known as a studio apartment. There is a
main living area with kitchen, dining table, settee and chairs. The
settee converts into a double bed. In a separate room there are also
two bunk beds. The bathroom is equipped with bath and shower. There is
a balcony with table and chairs for lunchtime meals, for sunbathing
and for people watching. The apartment is well equipped with glasses,
crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. There is a fridge, an electric
cooker and a 'four' oven. Duvets, pillows and blankets are provided,
but you will need to bring your own duvet covers, under sheets and
pillow cases. You also need to supply your own towels.

The accommodation is basic and cosy - French style - but is perfectly
placed for your holiday. It is situated on the first floor of the
Sapporo building. There is a lift or stairs that take you to our ski
lockers and straight out to the piste. The lifts are just down the
slope. It is one of the few resorts where you never need to walk
anywhere with your skis on!

The apartment is south facing and is a real sun trap even in the
coldest months of winter. Temperatures on the balcony frequently reach
30 degrees centigrade at lunch time even in January!

Downstairs within the same block you will find the supermarket,
boulangerie, chemist, other assorted shops, ski hire, bars and restaurants



Puy St Vincent is a purpose built ski resort in the French Alps. It
consists of two villages; one at 1600 meters where the main ski
activity takes place and the other at 1400 meters where there are ski
chalets, some hotels, bars, restaurants a church and the Mairee. You
will probably spend the vast majority of your time at the upper location.

The resort is self contained with a number of shops including some
excellent but expensive clothes shops, a supermarket with a good
selection of fresh produce, a very good boulangerie and various
touristy shops for souvenirs.

There is L'office du Tourism and a small skating rink (which doubles
as a swimming pool in the summer) opposite the apartment along with
the Caisse for buying your ski passes. Skis and boots can be hired
from any one of three outlets. We use Chaud Sport which is situated
directly beneath the apartment.

Ski lessons can be booked through one of the three ski schools that
operate at the Resort.

There is a good range of restaurants that will satisfy all tastes. The
menus are typical of the region but you can always get pizzas or steak
and chips if you prefer. After your meal try some of the local
liqueurs - Genepie made from a wild mountain flower is particularly
good. All the staff at all the outlets speak good English.

Ski lifts open at 9.00am and the last lift closes at 4.30pm

The supermarket closes at lunchtime so it is advisable to buy any
provisions for lunch before going out to ski in the morning.

If you fancy a day or an evening out then visit the nearby town of
Briancon. The old town is very quaint. There are a variety of large
supermarkets at Briancon including Champion and Geant and if you are
desperate for some fast food there is a MacDonalds.

The resort is also very popular in the summer. There are a wide range
of activities ranging from tennis, mountain walking, rafting, cycling,
luge and swimming. There is also an adventure park with aerial runways
in the trees. Some of the lifts are open to take you up to 2000
meters. Look out for the Marmottes - beaver like creatures that guard
the mountains. A walk up to 2000 meters will take you through the
world's largest alpine rockery!



There's only one word to describe skiing at Puy - FANTASTIC!!!! It is
quite simply the best place to ski imaginable. Although the resort may
at first seem quite limited as it only has 50 km of piste there are so
many off-piste opportunities for all standards of skiers that it is
just a perfect place to spend a week. In addition your ski pass also
gives you the opportunity to use the other local resorts of Mongenevre
and Serre Chevalier.

Pistes are well groomed and maintained and there is a good balance of
Greens, Blues, Reds and Blacks. The highest point is Pendine which is
at 2700m and there is a run from here all the way down to 1400m.

Our favourite runs include:

* La Draille - first thing in the morning when there is no one else
* Carmen - black run from the top of the mountain
* Grand Combe - from the top of the mountains through a steep gulley
* Le Chemin - a fast green run from 2000 meters, down to the village,
that winds through the trees and with lots of opportunities for young
skiers to go over 'the bumps' and for older skiers to miss them!*
* Bois des Coqs - an exciting fast red run though the trees along the
edge of the mountain.

Ski lifts open at 9.00am and the last lift closes at 4.30pm. It is
wise to make sure that you are not at 1400 towards the end of the day
because if you miss the lifts (you need to take two to get back up)
then it is a very long walk!

On two evenings a week there is night time floodlit skiing for those
who can still stand up!

Ski passes are relatively inexpensive working out at about £80 per
week. The can be obtained from the Caisse opposite the apartment.



Rates reange from £250 upto £350 nper week.


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