Enfin la fin de ban but there’s nothing fun or sing-song about the announcement of the reopening of French borders (when/if it comes) I should have been skiing en France but won’t be.
Thankfully due to travel providers par excellence Ski France it’s been rescheduled for March and I may still get on the white powder (steady) then.
Never one to look un cheval cadeau in the mouth but is there not a whiff of opportunism about the timing with the February mid-term holiday market there to be milked.
Follow our lead
The current regulations are for those enter France from the UK required to show evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken within 24 hours before departure.
They must also self-isolate for 48 hours after they arrive and then take another test.
With the UK easing its own travel restrictions last week it doesn’t just mean easier access but also saves families money.
People who are fully vaccinated no longer need to take a coronavirus test before they arrive in the UK.
And they can take a cheaper and quicker lateral flow test rather than a PCR after they arrive.
The changes save a family of four around £300.
We will, of course, wait to see what the French have up leurs manches…
Saturday is the projected day for the doors to reopen.
But in the meantime we share the sentiments of Kuoni CEO Derek Jones who tweeted…
‘Holidays saved as France set to reopen borders for British visitors. Finally its time to dig out your ski gear ⛷.’
With all things skiing the tried and trusted Travel provider is the one we tend to go back to.
As it’s Val d’Isere that’s on my ticket I checked it out with Crystal Holidays.
Now we all draw the conclusions we want so I skimmed over the boast of challenging slopes (they all are to me).
And I zeroed in on their claim of the best apres (I’m better at that).
For the uninitiated, Val d’Isere is a 300km area, shared with neighbouring Tignes.
It is well served for long blues (mais oui) and reds.
And not-so-confident skiers can stick to the greens (phew).
Or head over to Tignes to find some easier blues to practise on.
Apres ever after
And I’m glad to see that in Val d’Isere it’s recommended to hit up La Folie Douce in your ski boots to apres-midi live entertainment.
So we’re advised to follow the après vibes to Cocorico at the bottom of the lifts.
And end the night with DJs and dancing in Dick’s Tea Bar.
Deal us in
Crystal have seven nights from Saturday 29 January self-catering at the Residence La Daille, departing from London Stansted and going to Chambéry.
You’ll be two minutes’ walk to the lift, have a mini-market and bakery nearby.
And you can treat yourself to some spa time at the neighbouring Hotel Samovar.
Now I’m all about the indulgence and when I do get out there in March, it’ll be the high-end chalet life for me.
So bravo as we say enfin la fin de ban.
But as I’ve been here before from Africa, to Europe, to America all in the last 18 months.
I’m fervently praying to Le Dieu.