Limited Availability for the Rascard Frantze

The Rascard Frantze, a chalet-style property situated beside the piste down in to the village is one of our most asked about hotels. Owned and managed by the delightful Francesca and her family, the Frantze is a wonderful place to stay, offering comfortable accommodation and excellent local cuisine.

The property is almost fully booked already for this coming winter, but they do have a few rooms available on the following dates:

Rascard Frantze in Champoluc

23rd December 2017 x 7 nights x 2 Standard double bedded rooms
30th December 2017 x 7 nights x 2 Standard double bedded rooms and 1 x Standard triple bedded room
6th January 2018 x 7 nights x 2 Superior triple bedded rooms
13th January 2018 x 7 nights x 1 Superior triple bedded room
31st March 2018 x 7 nights x 1 Standard triple and 1 x Standard double bedded room

• One of most popular hotels with so many repeat guests that rooms are seldom available
• 5* TripAdvisor rating
• Rated 5* by Ski 2 clients
• Recommended in The Telegraph
• Ski from the door
• Available as part of a Ski 2 holiday package to include airport transfers, lift pass and lunches
• Family-owned and managed
• Stunning location, with views down the valley

Call 01962 713330 or email info@ski-2.com for a personalised quotation

Gift Shopping in Champoluc – for Children

Are you coming to Champoluc on a special family ski holiday? Want to give your children something to remember the trip by or take home to their friends? Lucky for you there is plenty to interest the little ones around the town centre. Take a short walk (or ask Ski 2 for a minibus ride) about 5-10 minutes down the road from the Ski 2 office and you will find an array of toys and souvenirs.

Does your child like to snuggle up warm in slippers or a cosy blanket? Or perhaps they fancy a trinket for their bedroom or some fancy chocolate? They might like to check out L’Emporio, on the left on the way down the hill.

If you love to write postcards together, you’ll find a stationery shop a little further down on the same side, but watch out because it also sells lots of toys, children’s helmet covers, irresistible fluffy onesies and games galore.

Near the sometimes frozen tree (it thaws out towards the end of season) you might have fun perusing the selection at Livres et Musique, a book and music shop with the biggest selection of postcards in town, loads of kids’ picture books and other fun souvenirs.

Maybe, like I was, your child is a rock and gem aficionado? Ask in the office and we can direct you to a hidden gem (excuse the pun) of a shop. If you’re staying in La Rouja, rock delights are just a stone’s throw away!

Enjoy shopping with your little ones, but if you don’t find the right souvenirs this time, you could always go for an ice-cream at Dolce e Salato!

Thank you to all the staff at CartoleriaGiornaliGiocattoli di Fassin Roberto, L’Emporio and Livres et Musique for being so welcoming and allowing us to take pictures of your beautiful shops.

Snowshoeing in the Aosta Valley

Jenny and Christina have gone snowshoeing in the sunshine…

It’s a sunny Thursday morning in March and we are waiting with great anticipation for our guide, Marzia, and her energetic dog, Majul. Marzia arrives and starts by orientating us in the valley, driving us through the old villages, pointing out the boundaries of Ayas and describing the other municipalities that make up this beautiful area.

We arrive at the pretty patterned town hall of Antagnod and Marzia shows us how to kit ourselves up with snow shoes and poles. Off we go!

Ascending up through the trees, we feel invincible as we glide across the top of snow that would thwart the everyday snow boot. We emerge amongst attractive stone houses, which Marzia explains would have been used in the summer. Only houses with wooden parts were used in the winter, as the wooden sections were where fodder for livestock was stored.

stone house in the aosta valley

Continuing on upwards, we are greeted with spectacular views as we wind our way up to the Barmasc area, known for summer hiking and mountain biking and once frequented by Pope Jean Paul II.

Diving back into the woods, we walk along the banks of a 600-year-old hand built aqueduct, constructed in a time of drought to provide locals with the necessary water supply to survive in this mountainous environment.

Excited for the descent, Marzia explains that the best method is to walk like Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, adding a touch of dynamism to our steps and forging our own tracks through the fresh snow so as not to sink. It feels like a good bum workout and makes for a very attractive gait!

After a wonderful morning of exploring, we remove our snow shoes to find our feet feel as light as feathers. At Marzia’s recommendation, we take a short stroll through Antagnod and have a delicious bowl of Valle d’Aostan soup, followed by a well-earned ice cream. A morning well spent and a great alternative to skiing or snowboarding.

If you’d like us to help you organise an excursion, please let us know when you arrive in Champoluc. It is not possible to pre-book outings as we have found guests have the best time when we discuss the possible routes and weather/snow conditions together in resort.

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March 2017 at the 3* Hotel Petit Tournalin

The authentic, family-run 3* Hotel Petit Tournalin is one of our most popular hotels in Champoluc. It’s situated just next to the Hotel California and Hotel Le Rocher in a clearing in the pine trees, an easy stroll to our ski deposit at the bottom of the main gondola. Excellent home-cooked food using locally sourced ingredients, make this hotel a favourite amongst our guests – who have given it rave reviews this season.

March 2017 Availability

Sunday 19th March 2017 x 3 nights – based on 2 adults sharing 1 x twin or double bedded room – £598 per person x 2 people, with free ski equipment hire

Hotel Petit Tournalin

Included with the price:

  • 3 nights half board accommodation, based on 2 people sharing – breakfast and dinner
  • Return transfers between any of the 6 airports listed on our website
  • 3 day full area Monterosa lift pass covering the resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna
  • Snack lunches each day at a choice of mountain restaurants.
  • Ski guiding – available on the first morning of your holiday (for parallel skiers) to explore the Monterosa ski area
  • Free use of our own ski deposit at the bottom of the main lift
  • Free use of the Ski 2 Night Bus for transport around the village until midnight, 7 nights a week
  • One free entry to the new indoor swimming pool in Champoluc during your stay
  • The services of our friendly and experienced resort team – 24 hours a day
  • FREE ski equipment hire if required – Standard skis, boots, sticks and helmet

These prices do NOT include

  • Flights. Details of which airlines service which airports found here.
  • Ski lessons. If required, please find out more about our British Ski School
  • Nursery care. The Ski 2 Penguin Club comes with our own British staff – £47 per day and £32 per half day.
  • Wintersports insurance
  • Drinks with evening meals

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Easter at the 3* Hotel Castor

The Hotel Castor is a family-run hotel just a short stroll from the ski deposit and the bottom of the lift. It is very popular with our regular guests and is especially suited to family groups.

Champoluc offers great snow around Easter time, with most pistes situated above 2,000 metres.

Prices below are for 2 adults and 2 children using a family room or 2 adjacent rooms.

Saturday 8th April 2017 x 7 nights

Based on 2 adults and 2 children aged 11 or under sharing an open-plan family room.  £1,105 per adult, £420 for the first child and £320 for the second child

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Recent guest review

A fabulous hotel. Friendly, charming – rooms are cosy, warm, plenty of hot water! Staff are incredibly friendly, cheerful and helpful. Food is amazing – and amazing value: four courses every night for dinner, brilliant breakfast spread with home made cakes etc. We stayed over new Year and enjoyed the special meal – six courses, champagne, all the trimmings. Everything home made and delicious. Champoluc is a lovely village too

This price includes all of the following benefits:

  • Return transfers between any of the 6 airports listed on our website – Turin (90 minutes to resort), Milan Malpensa (2 hours to resort), Milan Linate (3 hours to resort), Milan Bergamo (3 hours to resort), Geneva (3 hours to resort), Genoa (3 hours to resort), Chambery (3 hours to resort) and Sion (2.5 hours to resort).
  • Half Board accommodation – breakfast and dinner.
  • Full area Monterosa lift pass covering the resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna.
  • Snack lunches each day at a choice of mountain restaurants. Vouchers are valid in 6 mountain restaurants spread across the ski area and are valid for one dish from a choice of four or five – typically something like a bowl of pasta, toasted Panini, large hot dog or similar, all served with a hot or cold, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. Unused vouchers can always be used to buy après-ski drinks in the bar at the bottom of the main gondola.
  • Free use of our own ski deposit at the bottom of the main lift.
  • The services of our friendly and experienced resort team – 24 hours a day.

 

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