France

France boasts a great variety of excellent ski resorts for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, including the most popular ski resorts in Europe. 

If you need help to arrange accommodation or travel, our co-coordinator in resort may be able to assist you, please refer to relevant venue page. 

Please call the BASI office or one of our European Business Partners for assistance.

For foreign travel advice for France click here
 

Areches Beaufort

This traditional old Beaufortain village of 2000 indigenous inhabitants is a charming resort offering rural peace and quiet. For more information try visiting the following sites; http://areches-beaufort.com/?lang=en & http://www.onthesnow.co.uk/northern-alps/areches-beaufort/ski-resort.html 

To download a piste map for Arêches please click on the following link; http://Arêches-beaufort.com/wp-content/uploads/telechargements/plan-des-pistes-Arêches-beaufort.pdf

To receive a resort pack and ski map for Arêches click on the following link; http://www.snowplaza.co.uk/france/Arêches-beaufort/ski-map/

Welcome Meeting and Time;

The welcome meeting will take place at 21:00 in the Hotel Les Ancolies on the evening before your course. It is important to make every effort to be at this meeting but if you are unable to attend, the ‘on snow’ meeting point will be at the ski lift base station in Arêches on the first morning of the course at 09:00

Evening Lectures;

Evening lectures will take place at Hotel Les Ancolies in the seminar room. Your BASI trainer will be able to provide you with timings for the lectures during the course.  For directions and more information about Hotel Les Ancolies please click on the link; http://www.hotel-les-ancolies.com/

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Bessans

Bessans is a beautiful village situated in the Haute Maurienne valley in the Vanoise, it has good transport links in and out of Modane, Lyon, Geneva and Chambery.

It is famous throughout France for its extensive and immaculately prepared track system which extends up to 133km cut for both Skating and Classic techniques. Snow cover is normally very good and situated at 1750m the tracks are open from the third week in November through to the middle of April.

It is one of only a handful of dedicated cross country ski- resorts in France which has been given the coveted four Sapins rating for quality. There is also an international standard Biathlon stadium in the village. The French National team often use this facility for training both early season and through the winter.

View the Bessans website here

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Chamonix

Some of the world’s steepest, and most challenging skiing, breath taking scenery, and a rocking nightlife make this one of the best (expert) ski resorts in the world. 

Chamonix is not convenient, nor conventional, but it has steep, high, long, tough runs and is perfect for the adventurous and would be expert skier. 

Unless you are based next to one of the half dozen separate mountains and stick to it, you will have to drive/bus each day, as the ski areas are spread along a valley almost 10 miles long. Only two of the areas are interconnected. In the shadow of Mont Blanc, it is the most famous ski town in France, and is an experience hard to beat!

Welcome Meeting and Time 

If you have received official communication from BASI that your place on the course has been confirmed you should be available to attend a welcome meeting with your Trainer on the evening prior to the start of your course.
Please meet at:
Résidence les Cîmes
1537, Route des Praz 
74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc
at 18:15
Telephone Number : 0033450533809 

Visit the Chamonix website here.

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Chatel

Châtel is a village in France’s Haute-Savoie region and a base for the Portes du Soleil ski area. A cable car runs from the center to the Super-Châtel piste, which has panoramic mountain views and summer hiking and biking trails.

View the Chatel website here.

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Courchevel

Part of the famous Trois Vallees ski area, Courchevel is in the Savoie region of south-east France, around 150km south-east of Geneva, and around 50kms form Albertville. Renowned for its unrivalled positions and excellent snow conditions, the resort comprises of 4 villages at different altitudes, set along the St.Bon Valley. 

From Courchevel 1300 (originally Le Praz), through 1500, 1650 and finally 1850, all are connected by lifts and a free local bus service. Courchevel is one of the most fashionable resorts in France due to the variety of runs and sophisticated range of shops and amenities. Some resort attractions are: floodlit skiing once a week at 1650, an ice rink at 1850 (skating/ice hockey), parapenting, hot-air balloon rides, snowmobiling and tobogganing. Plus, of course cinemas, numerous restaurants and abundant nightlife.

Welcome Meeting

A pre-course meeting for the Mountain Safety & EMS courses will take place at 18:30 the evening before your course starts. 

Here are directions to your meeting place:

SALLE DE REUNION DE MORIOND
As you go into the Tourist Office entrance in 1650 Courchevel, don't turn right into the actual Tourist Office, but go straight up the stairs past the first level, to the second level, and it's on your right. The meeting point for all other courses will be advised closer to the date. 

A pre course meeting for the Level 3 Tech and the Coach courses will take place at 18:30 the evening before your course starts.

This will be at the Télécabines du Praz, which is the room on the lake side of the bubble station.

On Snow meeting points:

Mountain Safety & EMS - please meet your trainer on the 1st morning of your course at 08:45 in the Bubble Bar at Courchevel 1650. They will be wearing a BASI branded uniform.
Level 3 Tech & Coach - please meet your trainer on the 1st morning of your course at 0845 at the Télécabines du Praz lift station in Le Praz (Courchevel 1300). They will be wearing a BASI branded uniform.

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La Grave

La Grave enjoys legendary status among experts and offers some of Europe's most challenging high-altitude skiing, with a vertical drop of around 2200m. It lies in the heart of the Massif des Ecrins on the road between Briancon and Le Bourg d'Oisans. The mighty 3982m La Meije towers above the village - the last great peak of the Alps to be conquered. 

View the La Grave website here.

Pre-Course Meeting 

A pre-course meeting will be held at 18:30hrs in the meeting room of the Edelweiss Hotel, on the evening before your course starts. 

If you can't make the welcome meeting please contact the Edelweiss Hotel and leave a message for the attention of one of the Guide(s). Tel: +33 (0) 476 799 093. 

Meeting Point

The meeting point for all courses will be at the bottom of the Telepherique de Glaciers de la Meije, situated in the resort centre. The Guide(s) for the course will meet you there at 08:45am. 

Lecture Facilities

Evening lectures will be held at in the meeting room at the Edelweiss Hotel in the town centre.

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Meribel

Meribel lies deep in the Savoie region of south-east France. Situated in the heart of Les Trois Vallees - one of Europe’s largest ski areas – the four stations of Courchevel border one side of Meribel, whilst Val Thorens, Europe’s highest ski resort, lies adjacent to Meribel on the opposite side. Val Thorens has been extended to create a fourth valley which has opened up a further extensive area of groomed and off-piste skiing. Meribel at 1450-1700m, was conceived in the thirties by Military Scotsman Peter Lindsay. An attractive resort primarily made up of wooden and stone chalets winding up hill from the village centre. Further up the Meribel valley is a second satellite village: Meribel-Mottaret at 1800m. Both villages are connected by ski lifts and a free bus service. 

View the Meribel website here. 

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Morzine

Ideally located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine connects 12 resorts in France and Switzerland, overlooking the magnificent Mont Blanc to the south and Lake Geneva to the west. It is this geographic location, which provides unusually high snowfalls, even on the lower slopes of 1000 metres up to 2,400 metres.

Just 75 minutes from Geneva airport, Morzine is one of the quickest and easiest alpine resorts to reach.

Visit the Morzine website

Welcome Meeting

A pre-course meeting for the Level 3 Tech courses and the 5 Day Coach -Ski Course will take place at 18:00 the evening before your course starts. 
This will be at the BASS Office , 19 Le Baraty, 74110 Morzine, tel: 0033450757453.

Lectures 

Evening lectures will take place directly after the on snow training so take workbooks and shoes along with you in the mornings. Lectures will usually be held at the Palais des Sports, close to the Super Morzine gondola. Your trainer will confirm timings at the pre-course meeting.

On Mountain Meeting Point 

Please meet your trainer on the 1st day of your course at Cafe 'Chez Etienne’ which is attached to the TOP of the Pleney Gondola, Morzine at 9am.
The gondola opens at 08.45 so you should be able to get into the cafe by 8:50. They will be wearing a BASI branded uniform.

For the Alpine Level 1-4, Morzine, 28 January 2017
As you are attending an afternoon course please meet your trainer on the 1st day of your course at Cafe 'Chez Etienne’ which is attached to the TOP of the Pleney Gondola, Morzine at 1245pm to start for 1pm.

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Tignes

Tignes is served by the large well linked ski area called L'Espace Killy. Tignes shares the L'Espace Killy with Val d'Isere and with over 300km (190 miles) of pistes. Tignes boasts a fast & efficient lift system 97 lifts including 2 high speed underground trains (funicular railways) one of which transports you from Tignes Val Claret to the 'Panoramic Restaurant' on the Grand Motte Glacier. All standards are catered for with '5 free lifts for beginners'.

Visit the Tignes website here.

Pre-Course Meeting 

Your pre-course meeting will be held at 18.00 in ‘Tignespace’ the night before your course starts. This is the sports and conference centre located in the centre of Tignes.  

On Snow Meeting Point 

The meeting point on the first day of your course will be outside the front of Maison du Tignes in Le Lac, snow-side at 0900. (The big tourist information centre) Your Trainer(s) for the course will meet you there. They will be wearing a BASI branded uniform.

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Val d'Isere

In the heart of the Savoie region of south-east France lies Val d’Isere, 180km south-east of Geneva, 160km east of Grenoble but only a few kilometres from the Italian border. Val d’Isere is near the head of the long narrow Isere valley that ends in the Col d’Iseran, a mountain pass closed in winter. 

The resort stretches from the satellite village of La Daille at 1780m, through Val village along to the sleepier hamlet of Le Fornet at 1930m, some 5km away. All 3 communities have major lift stations and are connected by a free ski-bus service.

Visit the Val d'Isere website.

Pre-Course Meeting 

A pre-course meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs on the evening before the course commences. 

This will be at Rize Coffee Bar, which is located by residence 'Le Portillo’ (on route towards La Daille, on the right hand side of the road, next to Val Pizza). See the following map:

NB: There will be no pre-course meeting for CPD courses (1 day or 3 day)

On Snow Meeting Point 

The meeting point for the course will be at the Information Board opposite the Sun Bar and STVI Solaise lift pass office at 9.00 am. Your Trainer(s) for the course will meet you there. They will be wearing a BASI branded uniform. 

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