This week Christina and Jenny, part of our resort team in Champoluc, went on a little mission to check out the Monterosa Terme Spa and report back to you. If you’ve chosen to stay in Champoluc with Ski 2 you too will have access to Monterosa Terme – a luxurious spa with heated pools and relaxation rooms nestled in the valley at the end of the village.
Entering through the reception area, the girls’ first impression was of the local contemporary art hung around the walls. The reception staff are all multi-lingual and ready to help you to hire a towel, robe and slippers for just five euros or you can bring your own from your hotel.
Once inside, Christina and Jenny began with the thermal pool journey, dipping their toes in the salt water pool, then they stretched out in the large heated pool and dived under the water to emerge outside surrounded by snow and ice.
Next to the pools is a relaxation lounge where you can curl up with a good book and enjoy a view of the snowy mountains. There is a café/bar too, where you and your family can enjoy the complementary buffet or purchase something special with a tap of your wristband and pay later.
For just 12 euros, Ski 2 customers can escape the children and venture into the adults only ‘wellness suite’, where two wood-lined saunas, a Turkish aromatherapy steam room and a Hamman with salt scrub await you. Not to mention a circular hot tub with a domed ceiling, monsoon showers and hot and cold therapy pools. The girls would particularly recommend the second cosy relaxation room, which offers you a further quiet space with unbeatable views, free tea and fruit, loungers and swinging egg chairs to while away a few more hours in.
Tea Room and Wellness Area
Jenny and Christina loved it so much that they treated themselves to membership for the season! So if you’d like to give the Monterosa Terme Spa a try, just pop into the office in Champoluc where the team will sort you out with your spa voucher.
What fun will your little ones have while you are skiing?
Arriving at the hotel
After a comfortable (and probably sleepy) journey from the airport, you and your little penguin will arrive at your hotel, find your room and get settled in for the night.
Arriving at the Penguin Club
The next morning, one of our Ski 2 Resort Ambassadors will take you over the bridge and up the snowy road to the Penguin Club. Surrounded by trees and snow, there’s lots of outdoor fun to be had if you are lucky enough to have sunny weather.
There are plenty of toys, games, jigsaws, books and DVDs to choose from. If your little penguin likes to get creative, they can colour in their own penguin to add to our penguin scene on the wall.
Sledging anyone? There are plenty of sledges for all the penguins. There are also some strap on skis if they are too small for ski school, but would like to have a go. And, of course, lots of other fun outdoor toys to play with. Or they could always build a snowman!
Or they could always build a snowman!
Have a go at skiing?
For the bigger penguins, we offer Penguin Club + ski. Your penguin will spend most of the day having fun at the Penguin Club and then one of our dedicated nannies, who is also a qualified ski instructor, will take them up the mountain to learn how to ski. Your penguin will first need to get kitted up in ski hire…
…they will then take the gondola up to Crest, where they can play on the nursery slope.
After all that excitement, it might be time to curl up with a hot chocolate or have a nap in the Penguin Club cot room.
Find out more about our family ski holidays or if you would like to speak to one of our team, give us a call on 01962 713330 or email us
Excited for your next family ski holiday but unsure whether to stick with Champoluc or explore France? Perhaps you already know you love the Portes du Soleil, but you’d also like to explore Italy? Or maybe you’ve never been to either? A Ski 2 Countries holiday could be for you!
New-this-season, Ski 2 now operates in the authentic French village of Les Gets. Just one hour from Geneva, the town has a vibrant programme of activities and events for children and adults. You’ll have access to 120km of skiing in the Portes du Soleil area and at the end of the day you can ski down into the village. Ski 2 has two catered chalets, where our friendly British staff will be on hand to make your stay comfortable and prepare you tasty meals, and one self-catered apartment, all within a few metres of the lift so you can get each day off to a flying start and enjoy après-ski without worrying about getting home at the end of the day.
Why not treat yourself to lunch at Lodge Le Chasse Montagne? On the ski slopes, this beautiful lodge restaurant with 360⁰ fireplace serves delicious food in a sumptuously themed atmosphere. Don’t miss the strip lights that make you feel all powerful as they light up at your foot’s command!
When you’ve had your fill of French cheese, wine and rolling pastures, a beautiful drive with one of our transfer drivers (who know these mountains like the backs of their hands) winds its way up the valley and through the Mont Blanc tunnel. You’ll enjoy fantastic views of the Valle d’Aosta before taking a left up the tributary Ayas Valley and alighting in the pretty Italian village of Champoluc. There you will be greeted by our resort staff and have access to our ski hire facilities and the Ski 2 office for all your queries.
Your first ride up the mountain will reward you with views of the Matterhorn and you’ll be free to ski across three valleys. Pristine pistes with no crowds, bombardinos (avocaat/eggnog and brandy) with your lunch and you can ski into the village at the end of the day. Lift passes included, British ski instructors if you need a helping hand, free shuttles around the village and access to the Penguin Club for the little ones.
Why not have your cake and eat it too?
If you’re ready to find out more about us, the resorts and where to stay then give us a call on 01962 713330.
Valle d’Aosta is renowned for beautiful, snow-capped peaks such as the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc. It is home to the town of Champoluc, nestled in the Ayas Valley. Not only a fantastic place for a ski holiday, it’s also the perfect venue for training to become a future star.
We recently trained a team from Moreton Hall School who went on to win 8 medals at the British Schoolgirls’ Races in Flaine and are hoping for the same success for Simon’s son, Ryan Brown, who at the age of 17 has been selected as one of 17 future winter sports stars who will travel to Erzurum in Turkey from 11th to 18th February to compete for Great Britain in the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOWF).
The European Youth Olympic Winter Festival is a hugely important event for young alpine skiing athletes between the ages of 16 and 18 who hope to go on to compete in the Winter Olympics. This year, around 1300 participants will travel to Erzurum in eastern Turkey. At 1757m above sea level, it is the largest city in the region and has some of the best winter sports facilities in Turkey.
Ryan will compete in alpine skiing, which has been an event at the Winter Olympic Games since 1936. Currently training in Courmayeur, Ryan had the following to say “training is going really well, if a little cloudy. I’ve been focusing on keeping my top line still and making sure my movements are as smooth and streamlined as possible. I’m really excited to ski in a new country and looking forward to competing”. Ryan has raced before, but this will be the biggest event he has taken part in and hopefully the first of many. Good luck Ryan!
Four girls from Moreton Hall School in Shropshire have returned from the famous British Schoolgirls’ Races held in Flaine, France, with the trophy for the Best Overall Non Registered Combined Team having swept up 7 other titles between them!
Sisters Charlotte and Alysha Brown, team mate Freya Reeves and her sister and reserve Georgie Reeves trained in Champoluc with Ski 2’s lead instructor John Stewart in the three days before the race. Alysha and Charlotte may have grown up in England, but have close links to Champoluc, where their father Simon Brown runs Ski 2.
Simon said: “It was an obvious choice for the girls to train here in Champoluc, the conditions are fantastic and we know the resort like the back of our hand – our son Ryan has just qualified for the Winter Youth Olympics – so you can’t argue with the fact the valley has some of the best training conditions in the world!” (As if that weren’t enough, Simone Origone, 9 time World Record Holder for speed skiing is Champoluc born and bred.)
The girls had a brilliant time competing against over 150 girls from 31 schools. Both non registered and registered racers can take part with prizes for the different categories. The first day saw the girls competing in Giant Slalom (GS) and Parallel Slalom and the second day saw the Slalom. The events concluded with a prize ceremony in the Flaine auditorium where the atmosphere was alive!
Next year, Ski 2 hope to enable more schools to bring their girls to train in Champoluc.
In Coach John’s words: “It went really well! The girls smashed it in some tricky conditions!”
Full list of prizes: 2nd Non Registered U 14 GS (Charlotte), 1st Non Registered U16 GS (Alysha), 2nd Non Registered GS Team (Moreton Hall A), 1st Non Registered U 16 Slalom (Alysha), 1st Non Registered SL Team (Moreton Hall A), 2nd Non Registered Best Overall U14 (Charlotte), 1st Non Registered Best Overall U 16 (Alysha) and 1st Best Non Registered Overall Combined Team (Moreton Hall)