New Winter Experiences Season 21/22

Updated: Feb 26

Now that Autumn has arrived, you're maybe thinking about the upcoming winter season and what activities are available in some of Europes most magical ski resorts? Have you tried snow biking, or experiencing chemin des lanternes? Here's what's new in Crans-Montana (Switzerland), Les Gets (France), La Plagne (France), Val d'Isere (France), Morzine (France), Tignes (France), Serre Chevalier (Border of Italy) and more.

chemin des lanternes ©Rob Stewart

New Winter Experiences Season 21/22

New Ski Classes Available

French Alps-based ski school Oxygene that specialises in English-speaking ski and snowboard lessons, has launched two new resorts for this winter – Tignes and Serre Chevalier.

The school has also opened a brand new café in Tignes, Oxygène Café, run by instructors Federico Luzuy and Beatrice Davico, partnered with Caffè Vergnano, a socially and environmentally-friendly Italian brand that supports coffee projects run by women, helping them to be economically independent.

E-snowbike & Moonbike Adventures

Two new activities available with Oxygene this winter in La Plagne and Val d'Isere are incredible E-snowbiking and Moonbike adventures.

Have an electric time this winter with Oxygene on a fully guided E-Mountain biking session with a qualified professional. Ride across the terrain around Val d’Isère, once the lifts have closed. E-biking is a booming sport and with winter tyres, they are said to be surprisingly easy and stable to ride in most snow conditions.

Winter E-Mountain bike sessions are suitable for individuals and families with children over the age of 8. The bikes are set up ‘Enduro style’ and are easy to navigate across the snow.

Price: 39 Euros for a one-hour guided session, including equipment. A 2 hour guided trip to watch the sunrise or sunset costs 79 Euros per person, including equipment.

What about traveling to the moon and back onboard a MoonBike, a completely new concept, are fully electric snowmobiles, but without the noise and pollution. They are easy to ride and lighter than a snowmobile, but can still get up to speeds in excess of 40 km/h.

The Oxygene sessions are fully guided and start after the ski lifts have closed down in the early evening. They allow riders to explore the resort of La Plagne in a completely different way, turning the entire mountain into a playground.

MoonBikes are offered exclusively by Oxygene in La Plagne & Belle Plagne. Suitable for age 16 and over. Price: 90 Euros per person for a one-hour guided session, including equipment.

French Language Lessons

What about mastering French while on a ski holiday? Alpine French School is based in the traditional Alpine town of Morzine, a bustling chalet-style mountain resort with a large selection of restaurants, bars, shops and services, just over one hour’s drive from Geneva Airport. The ski area is linked directly to Avoriaz and Les Gets and lies in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, one of the world’s largest interconnected ski regions straddling France and Switzerland.

Accommodation Options

Les Gets

Chalets1066 ©Rob Stewart

British-owned and operated, Les Gets specialist operator - Chalets1066 has a highly experienced team of French/British staff that live in Les Gets all year round and have extensive knowledge of the resort and surroundings. Established in 2008 with over 40 properties including chalets in the French resort that’s located one hour from Geneva Airport and links with the Portes du Soleil ski area that includes Morzine, Avoriaz and Chatel (France) and Champéry, Les Crosets and Morgins (Switzerland).

As well as all this, Chalets1066 doesn’t employ any of its own catering staff, the prices are passed on directly to the customer and this means lower cost catered chalet holidays with exceptional quality food and wine. Here are some of the new accommodation options available for winter 2021/2022.

Chalet Grand Mouflon – ski in/ski out chalet on the slopes ideal for larger groups. Can be linked to next door chalet (Chalet Petit Mouflon), accommodating 22 people in total.

Sleeps up to 13 people in 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, hot tub, sauna. Limited availability for the peak weeks during the season, prices start from €2,811 per week for the entire property.