SKI & YOGA RETREATS
Morzine, Avoriaz & Les Gets, Portes du Soleil, French Alps
11th - 18th January 2020 • 21st - 28th March 2020
From £1,770 per person (includes 6 day lift pass)
Join us at Chalet Belle Chery for a week of ski development and yoga. This retreat is designed to improve ski performance whilst strengthening the connection between your body and mind.
Explore the 12 linked resorts of the Portes du Soleil, one of the largest ski areas in the world, and unwind in a luxury chalet. This is one ski holiday with an exciting twist and not to be missed.
12 hrs expert ski tuition in small, same ability groups
Twice daily yoga practice
Two yoga workshops
Luxury accommodation in converted alpine barn
Video ski analysis
Creative vegetarian cuisine
Full Portes du Soleil ski pass covering all 12 linked resorts in France and Switzerland
DETAILS & HIGHLIGHTS
11th – 18th January // Portes du Soleil
21st – 28th March // Portes du Soleil
Chalet check in is from 4pm at the earliest on arrival day and check out on departure day is at 10am. Airport transfers are arranged to reflect these times, please ensure you book appropriate flights to avoid waiting for a long time in airports.
Nestled in the snowy hillside, just 10 minutes from the nearest ski lift, this stunning converted barn radiates traditional character with all the pleasures of modern luxury living. The focal point of Chalet Belle Chery is undoubtedly the vaulted ceiling with open plan living / dining area and a crackling stove.
The panoramic glazing offers incredible views across the valley to the mountains beyond. Curl up in the cozy sofa around the fire, the perfect place to relax after a long day’s skiing. Or soak tired muscles in the Jacuzzi on the outdoor terrace. Kick back in the cinema room and get lost in an inspirational ski film. Or sink into the bath with a view of the mountains.
Find out more about Chalet Belle Chery here.
We have created a healthy and energizing vegetarian menu with our chefs to give you the fuel for a full day out on the mountain and on the mat. Combining fresh and colourful ingredients, our menu is creative but most importantly it tastes delicious!
Why vegetarian? We wanted to create a different ski chalet experience, so although we don't provide heavy indulgent dinners, you can guarantee you will feel full and satisfied. A vegetarian diet is also in line with yogic tradition and it's a great opportunity to learn about inventive ways of using vegetables to create delicious and substantial meals. We can cater for all dietary requirements including vegan and gluten free.
Granola and porridge
Fresh bread and croissants
Apple and cinnamon chia pudding
Fresh fruit platter
Eggs made to order
Assorted jams and nut butters
EARLY BIRD OFFER: £1,770 per person (Book before 30th September 2019 for discount)
PRICE PER PERSON: £1,860 (Book 1st October 2019 onwards)
Prices based on SHARED OCCUPANCY IN TWIN ROOM OR DOUBLE ROOM. Single occupancy can be arranged at a supplementary cost, please contact us for details.
A 20% deposit is required to secure your place, the full balance is due 10 weeks before the start of the retreat.
Luxury Chalet Accommodation
We will be staying in the luxurious Chalet Belle Chery, a beautifully converted mountain barn. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. The chalet accommodates 14 guests however this retreat will only ever have a maximum of 10 guests.
Breakfast or brunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day
Breakfast or brunch (depending on the day's schedule), afternoon tea and dinner are provided each day of the retreat. Snacks will be available to take with you up the slopes. All food is vegetarian and designed by our own chefs. We can cater for all dietary requirements.
6 Day Lift Pass
All guests will be issued with a 6 day full area Portes du Soleil pass worth €250, that provides access to all 12 linked resorts that stretch across France and Switzerland. There will not be an opportunity to ski on arrival day unless arranged personally.
Shuttles to and from the slopes will be arranged daily. We will make a group decision based on the conditions and weather as to where to start and finish each day.
You will receive 12 hours of ski instruction with top qualified British instructors in small groups.
Twice Daily Yoga Sessions
Wake up each morning with an energizing vinyasa flow and return home each evening to a relaxing yin yoga stretch out before dinner.
Two x 2hr Yoga Workshops
Twice per retreat we will wake up to a two hour long yoga workshop delving deeper into yoga and breathing technique, meditation and a little yoga theory.
Ski Video Analysis Session
During the week our instructor will take video of your ski performance for a video analysis session one evening. This is of course not compulsory if you would rather not see your skiing on a big screen! However it is a great visual way to gauge your performance and learn how to implement corrections to improve your skiing.
Yoyosno Goody Bag
On arrival you will find a personalised goody bag waiting for you.
Pick up from airport, arrive in the mountains and settle in to the chalet.
Ski rental will be delivered to the chalet.
Enjoy your evening meal, meet your fellow guests and glide off to bed after a night time meditation.
Ski Lesson Day
Rise and shine with a morning wake up flow followed by a hearty breakfast.
Transfer to the slopes at 9am, your ski lesson will start at either 9:30 or 13:00 for three hours. The rest of your day is yours to explore the ski area.
Return to the chalet around 16:00 for afternoon snack and evening yoga.
Enjoy a delicious vegetarian dinner then kick back in the cinema room or have a cheeky hot tub soak before bed.
Yoga Workshop Day
We start our day with a cup of tea followed by a 2hr yoga workshop.
Roll up for a delicious brunch and then take your shuttle to the slopes around 11:30.
Enjoy some free ski time exploring the resort before taking the shuttle back to the chalet around 16:30.
Relax and enjoy the beautiful chalet with afternoon tea.
After dinner we will have a Yoga Nidra session before bed to send you on a dreamy sleep.
Ski Lesson Day
Today takes the same format as Day 2.
Your ski instructor will build on the techniques you learned in the last lesson. We will explore another area of the resort together, maybe venture further afield into Switzerland.
We will take some video footage of your skiing today. And then later this evening we will have a look at it on the big screen to get some analysis and tips from our instructor on how to improve.
Yoga Workshop Day
Today will take the same format as Day 3.
Your yoga teacher will delve a little deeper into the positions you learned in the first workshop. We may also take the yoga up a gear and get a good sweat on in order to earn that delicious brunch!
You can then take the shuttle to the slopes. Or you might like an afternoon off to relax in the hot tub, take a stroll around Morzine or Les Gets and enjoy the shops, or read a book on the sunny balcony overlooking the mountains.
Ski Lesson Day
Today takes the same format as Day 2 and 4.
This is the day we can take the tips from the video feedback and really put them into practice.
We might start exploring some more challenging terrain and give bumps or some easy off piste a try.
Tonight we will have a ski movie night in the cinema room complete with tasty snacks. Curl up with a blanket and be inspired!
Ski Lesson Day
Today takes the same format as days 2, 4 and 6.
This is your last opportunity to squeeze as much info as you can out of your instructor!
We will revisit some goals we made earlier in the week and hopefully we will see a change in our ski performance.
We set a few challenges for the final ski day or perhaps explore another part of the resort we are yet to visit.
A light breakfast will be provided for all guests before they depart the chalet.
Transfers will be arranged to take you to the airport in good time to catch your flight home.
You will leave the mountains feeling stretched, strengthened, motivated and rejuvenated.
* All schedules and timings are subject to change.
** Ski lesson days and yoga workshop days will be scheduled according to weather forecast, however all retreats will consist of four ski lesson days and two yoga workshop days.
All your ski lessons will be with top qualified British instructors. They are designed to help you progress your technique and to learn tactics for tackling different terrain.
What to expect
Building confidence to tackle slopes that you find more challenging.
Developing tactics and technique for a variety of conditions.
Tuning in to movements and our own bodies to allow for more efficient skiing.
Having a jolly good time and exploring the mountain!
We may tackle bumps and a variety of snow conditions and even venture into easy off piste terrain. Our goal is to improve your ski experience by helping you to think less and to feel calmer, happier and more at ease on the mountain. Everything from pre arranged ski hire to evening meditation, is designed to make this ski holiday as simple and stress free for you.
In order to maximise your time on skis you will be split into groups according to ability. We chat to everyone who books on to our retreats to make sure that ski levels will match up with others on the retreat.
It’s really important that you can fulfil the following pre-requisites. At the moment our retreats are designed for people who have done a bit of skiing before, however if you are a complete beginner and you are interested in the retreat, then please let us know - if we have enough interest we may be able to offer a beginner skier option.
If you have any queries as to whether the ski course will work for you, Amy will be happy to discuss it with you.
– Comfortable skiing on blue runs
– Can make short side slips
– Have used chairlifts and button lifts before
All yoga sessions will be with our one of our own yoga teachers. The yoga classes and workshops have been designed to help you get the most out of your week with us on the mat and out in the mountains.
Whether you are an advanced yogi or you have never tried yoga before, each session will be tailored to your needs. Join us on the yoga mat for a daily morning Vinyasa style practice to wake up and warm up the body in preparation for the slopes. After a day on the mountains wind down with a restorative Yin session in the evening, designed to stretch and soothe the body after a day on the mountain.
During each retreat we will have two mornings dedicated to a 2hr yoga workshop. Delving deeper into asana technique, pranayama and meditation, your teacher will guide you through a session designed to discover the connections between your skiing performance and your own personal yoga practice and to possibly challenge you to new levels in your practice. On these days we invite you to join us later for a bedtime Yoga Nidra session to relax your body ready for bed and a dreamy deep sleep.
Do I need to have tried yoga before?
No! Our classes are designed so that you can take it at your own pace and join in as much or as little as you would like.