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Puy St Vincent France
Located in the largest park in France, the 92000 acre 'Les Ecrins', Puy Saint Vincent is a year round resort split in to two levels at 1400 and 1600 metres. Puy Saint Vincent is a friendly ski resort combining an authentic village atmosphere with all the advantages of a modern resort. Puy St Vincent 1600 is the larger, most convenient for ski lifts and has the lion's share of facilities. It is however dominated by one giant concrete complex of holiday flats with shops, bars and restaurants below. There are other large slopeside lodging options nearby. Puy 1400 is a more laid back affair. Whilst the lifts ascent from the small hamlet of Puy 1400, nearby hamlets Le Villaret, Les Pres, Les Albers and the original, church-filled village of Le Puy each has a smattering of hotels, shops and restaurants.
Located in the largest park in France, the 92000 acre 'Les Ecrins', Puy Saint Vincent is a year round purpose-designed centre split in to two resorts at 1400 and 1600 metres. Very wide raging facilities, including a night-skiing piste.
Beginners have nursery slopes at 1400 and 1600 and snow cover is normally good despite the southerly latitude, thanks to northerly exposure and increasing snowmaking cover.
The wide raging facilities, including a night-skiing piste and a new slalom stadium opened for the 2005-6 season. Night skiing is available during school holidays.
If you're staying for six days or more the Galaxy Advantage ticket offers a day in other large ski areas nearby including Serre Chevalier, Pelvoux, Montgenevre and the Milky Way resorts in Italy, Les 2 Alpes l'Alpe d'Huez and la Grave. With the exception of Pelvoux, to which there are two buses a day, you will need to work out your own transportation to these resorts however, there is no official ski bus link.
Hands free skiing: the validity of your lift pass is checked automatically when you go through the gates ad turnstiles. Your fidelity card can be used for skiing and researching your ski pass in all resort using the same system.
Children from age 18 months to six years are cared for in Les Marmottons nursery at 1400 or Les P'tits Loups at 1600. For children aged three and older both ski schools in the resort offer a special snow garden with their own lifts and fun terrain features along with specialist staff. There is also a free house play area for children aged under six accompanied by their parents.
An unusual extra option is a mini club available for children aged six to 12 on most days of the week which offers lots of activities such as trips with a piste basher, studying animal life and other educational, fun activities.
The tourist office can also provide a list of baby sitters, and you can find baby changing area in Puy Saint Vincent 1600m.
Along with skiing together; ice skating, tobogganing, cinema, crepes and pizza all make for a great family holiday too. Even the Briancon observatory offers special visits for children aged five and six. There's also a free games room for children age six and up accompanied by their parents.
At 1400 there are traditional hotel restaurants La Pendine and Le Saint Roch in the Les Pres hamlet, and L'Aigliere in Le Puy.
We also have three altitude restaurant, you can ski and take a break during your day skiing.
In 1600 you have about a dozen choices. The livliest is usually Le Tire Bouchon which does Karaoke (and take out pizza). For late night dancing the Caliente disco is the place to be.
There are plenty of evening activities including snowmobiling, cinema and quad biking and the resort's entertainments team organise extra events every day. A Festival of Laughter is staged every January.