Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Soccer Boots to Ski Boots in Heart of the French Alps ; PETER SPENCER and His Football-Mad Son Jamie Found an Ideal Resort for Families and Snowsport Beginners at la Rosiere

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Soccer Boots to Ski Boots in Heart of the French Alps ; PETER SPENCER and His Football-Mad Son Jamie Found an Ideal Resort for Families and Snowsport Beginners at la Rosiere

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SIX year old Jamie didn't know what he'd let himself in for when he agreed to go skiing with his dad.

I say 'agreed' but in truth he had little choice in the matter.

I like skiing, so, much like football, my son is expected to follow suit... ski suit, crash helmet and goggles.

If it was a daunting prospect, he didn't show it. He seemed far more bothered about missing the footie coaching sessions that have become a staple of his half term holidays. But he cheered up at the thought of going on a plane.

We travelled to the French Alps on a Sunday rather than the Saturday purely because the air fare with jet2.com was a couple of hundred pounds cheaper. And, as all parents will tell you, (until they bore the child-free rigid) holiday prices soar during the school holidays, so any discount that can be had is grabbed with both hands. But the one-and-ahalf hour return. "ights still cost over Pounds 450 each. Yes, that's half term for you. Having decided against a package, it proved less of a headache to organise as much as possible online beforehand.

We "ew to Chambery airport since it is the closest to the place we were bound for... the sunny, Savoyard town of La Rosiere.

But La Rosiere is still a couple of hours taxi ride away, resulting in a hefty Pounds 220 fare each way... each way!

We tried two di'erent "rms, Spanish out"t suntransfers.com for the outward journey and English-owned the Cool Bus for the return. Both were utterly professional, prompt and reliable. But the return leg really sailed by because our driver was an entertaining and informative former Times journalist now living the good life in France, with a lady called Emmanuelle.

La Rosiere, at 1,850m, is a family-friendly resort, with 160km of pistes, in the shadow of Mont Blanc, with easy access to the more challenging La suile ski runs over the Italian border.

Arriving on Sunday afternoon was a bonus as we could quickly deposit our clothes in our apartment, hire our skis and boots and arrange lift passes in preparation for an early start the following day.

sen, taking advantage of the fact there was no disapproving mum in the vicinity, we headed to Le Comptoir sports bar for burgers, chips, table football and the "rst of approximately 50 games of pool.

After watching a Batman "lm in French we collapsed into our bunk beds, to be roused by a breathtaking snowy mountain view in the morning.

Our self catering accommodation, called Le Tyrol, was perfectly positioned, near the tourist ozce in the heart of La Rosiere. sough compact, it came equipped with all mod cons.

But we weren't interested in "nding out how they worked as the chalet's function, as far as this dad and lad were concerned, was to provide somewhere cosy to shower and sleep after exciting days on the slopes.

Jamie learned to ski with the local, highly rated branch of the Ecole du Ski Francais, headed by Yorkshire native Simon Atkinson, who has been in the French Alps over 20 years. …

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