LA CLUSAZ, FRANCE
For me, ski holidays have to have the right balance. There has to be a good amount of skiing but a bit of time to relax, unwind and shop, of course, is also important.
The destination or resort is just as vital as the mountain itself and after a short getaway to La Clusaz in France, I realised that this pretty village is exactly right balance of apres ski for me.
We jetted off in the middle of March for just less than a week, flying from Edinburgh to Geneva. The journey was surprisingly quick and after a short drive from the airport winding up and up the mountain, with a very good driver I have to add, we were there.
We stayed at Le Cimes, a large chalet offering a selection of individual and luxury apartments. It was incredibly comfortable with cosy additions throughout and a spa which we often had to ourselves. Breakfast was brought to our apartment every morning allowing us to awake to freshly baked croissants and baguettes.
Of course the trip included a great amount of skiing with breaks for lunch and hot chocolate at the slopes' many bars and restaurants but we also took time to explore the town of La Clusaz.
This small yet picturesque town offers everything you need for a getaway, whether you ski or not. There are plenty of cosy coffee shops, a variety of restaurants offering a selection of local produce as well bars and clubs creating the perfect apres ski scene.
A wander through the town's winding cobbled streets and square, which are overshadowed by towering chalets and traditional buildings, each with wooden shutters and sloping roofs, kept me occupied for a morning.
There were plenty of shops selling home accessories, sheepskin rugs and clothing along with a market offering fresh fruit and vegetables, marinated olives and of course, macarons.
See you again La Clusaz...