Jul 112012

The Irish Club of Luxembourg’s ski trip was back with a bang in 2012…a change of location, two extra days skiing and a gourmet dining experience.

People on a Sales Lentz coach about to go skiing33 people, representing seven different nationalities, attended the Irish Club ski trip to Morzine in France. The trip was held from 25 to 29 January 2012, so for four days skiing compared to two/three days in previous years.  The trip got off to a great start when the very appropriately green coloured luxury coach arrived to take us to our destination. It wasn’t long before corks were popped and various other beverages were consumed to help us relax into the long journey. The coach was extremely comfortable and with a great selection of DVDs to keep us amused, before we knew it we had arrived in Morzine.  One of the main advantages of the coach was it was great not having to worry about excess charges for overweight luggage or having to pay extra for ski equipment.

2 skiers in the distance on an otherwise empty ski slopeMorzine is a traditional Savoyard town in the Portes du Soleil which is made up of 12 interconnected ski resorts across France and Switzerland, accessible with one ski pass. Due to the vast area covered by the Portes du Soleil, there is something to suit all level of skiers and snowboarders. There were a number of people on the trip who absolute beginners and a number of people who tackled the infamous Swiss Wall on the first day! We also had some non skiers who kept themselves busy with all the other amenities in the town including ice skating, snow shoe trekking, paragliding, horse drawn sleigh rides and numerous spa/beauty clinics.

3 apres skiers in the Hotel TremplinWe stayed at the three star Tremplin Hotel which is right at the foot of the main slopes, less than 25m to the main gondola. Everyone thought the location of the hotel was fabulous and this more than made up for the “cosy” rooms. There was a great selection to chose from for breakfast at the hotel. In the evening we dined at a separate restaurant around a 5 minute walk from the hotel, Le Clin d’Oeil (currently the #1 restaurant in Morzine according to Trip Advisor). The quality (and quantity) of the food was amazing and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and drink which was all included in the price.

A number of people requested skiing lessons, so we organised two classes with the ESF, one for complete beginners and one for people who had skied once or twice before. Classes were held for two and a half hours each morning. Also on Saturday, we organised a day long guided ski tour of the Portes du Soleil. We also arranged discounted lift passes for everyone. Two types were available, Morzine/Let Gets pass which covered two ski resorts and was ideal for beginners and a full Portes du Soleil pass which covered all 12 ski resorts in the area both in France and Switzerland. We also managed to secure a 30% discount of ski hire for everyone.

The age range of the trip was very varied with people from their mid 20s to late 40s, members and non members of the Irish Club and there was a good mix of couples and groups of friends. Thankfully no one was injured on the trip. A number of people mentioned that they would be interested in going for a week long holiday, so that is being investigated for 2013.