Dreaming of yoga, skiing and snow-boarding this winter season? Rockin’ the slopes and carving some inspirational yoga into your holiday? Outside there is ice, snow, powder and breathtaking mountains. Inside the beautiful stone and wooden chalet there are log fires, bespoke rooms and congenial communal spaces lit by candles, warm smiles and tall tales of mountain adventures. Delicious vegetarian meals, home made breads, juices and house wines are served daily as the sun rises and sets over the mountains of the Oisans ranges.
You will be accommodated in a bespoke, eco-friendly, boho chic chalet in a haut village, within five minutes' walk to the first ski lift. Single, double, or twin rooms are subject to availability. Private or shared bathroom choices are available.
This bespoke spacious chalet has homely elegance in a traditional building surrounded by snow covered mountainous vistas. It is a converted 200 year old traditional Oisans stone barn which faces south with panoramic uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains.
Snuggle, cocooned in the warmth of this comfortable homely hideaway where there are 6 bedrooms with either en-suite or private facilities and 2 bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Log fired sitting rooms and libraries offer plenty of nooks and corners to rest with a hot chocolate steaming in your hands.
There is also Wi-Fi connection available in this accommodation. The eco-friendly chalet generates its own hot water on sunny days.
This snow yoga holiday offers you:
The yoga is inside a lovely hall space. Whilst practically it will be tailored to the needs of a skier or snow-boarder, yoga retreat is also a time to deepen other aspects of your practice. Daily meditation in serene silence, pranayama the science of breath, enjoying the purest of air. Sweet strong intuitive Hatha yoga flow to start the day and a shorter quieter evening practice of restorative sahdana to cultivate stillness every other evening. A loving yogic enquiry into the essence of you through a powerful cocktail of asana, mindfulness and breath, this practice has grown from and is inspired by the teachings of Mr. Iyengar, Ashtanga and Swami Sivananda. The shala space looks over the mountain, the eyes drawn towards the rising sun and then to the heart.
The village is a spring board into the ski resort of Alpe D’Huez - one fast lift takes you into the heart of the ski area. If you are new to skiing, you can book ski school or private instruction and can enjoy staying local as you learn this exhilarating sport. More experienced skiers might choose to buy a lift pass for the whole resort and there will be a ski orientation tour for the first three mornings for those who like to ski in a group and would like to get to know what the mountain can offer. Boots, skis and boards can be hired and picked up and dropped off in the village. Ski guides can be hired for off-piste adventures.
This retreat will take place in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. This is an ancient village where time has been preserved in the twists of the timbers that support the tumbling tiles and wood piles high beside the cow shed door and yet, you can potter up the road and with one ski-lift. It is located into the heart of one of Europe’s favourite ski areas, Alpe D’Huez. Pumping pistes and a rock and roll aprés ski make this an area that offers both peace and passion for the ultimate ski-yoga getaway.
Traditional skiing food is hearty and plentiful. You will enjoy a wholesome and healthy brunch type breakfast to propel you up the slopes. The evening meal will be vegetarian, have three courses and pay homage to some local specialities. Meals are available in the chalet every evening except one when you will eat in the village.
The walking around these mountains is soul affirming. Snow shoeing is fun and doesn’t require a lift pass. There is dog sledding from Alpe D’Huez and a swimming pool that your lift pass gives you access to. There are cultural information tours around the village, whilst adrenaline seekers might fancy a paragliding trip or to learn to snow-kite. There is a also a cross-country ski area. A six-day pass also gives access to Les Deux Alpes which can be driven to or a helicopter trip can be arranged.
Massage or physio therapy treatments are also available to purchase and enjoy in the chalet.
Emma Spencer-Goodier recommends certain flights to ensure straight forward cost efficient group transfers. Flights are to and from Grenoble with Easy Jet or British Airways. From here transfers of one and a half hours to the resort need to be arranged, details can be shared on enquiry.
You could also be green and choose to travel by train, from Saint Pancras London to Grenoble with a change in Paris gives a total trip time of between 6 hours 40 minutes and 7 hours 30 minutes. The advantage of booking early is to ensure very cheap flights and trains.
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