Frequently Asked Questions – Winter

 What bedrooms are there?

There are the following beds by bedroom:
        1.  Two single, which can be zipped together to make a double
        2.  One double
        3.  2 single
        4.  One double
Floor below
       5.   1 double (Writer’s Retreat)
       6.   2 single beds
       7.   2 single (bunk) beds in a particularly small room
(all with en-suite bathrooms, except bedroom 4 is along the corridor and bedrooms 6 and 7 are suitable for a family as they share a bathroom)
How do I arrange ski lessons?
There is a choice of 2 schools. You will need to call them directly, yourself, or send them an email.  They will ask you to pay in advance.
ESF (Ecole de ski Francais)

http://www.ski-school-legrandbornand.co.uk

Le Grand-Bornand Village +33 (0)4 50 02 79 10,
Le Grand-Bornand Chinaillon +33 (0)4 50 27 01 83

ESI StarSki

http://www.esi-starski.net
Le Grand-Bornand Chinaillon +33 (0)4 50 80 60 50
Résidence le Montarquis, Chinaillon, Le Grand-Bornand
How do I get my children to ski school?

You can give them a flying start by getting the teachers to give them a private lesson on the first day; the “Ecole de Ski Francais” teachers will usually pick learners up from the chalet if requested enough in advance.

Otherwise you can ski them or even walk them down the track for just over 1/2 mile to where the ski schools meet by the top of the telecabine, Le Rosay, which comes up from Grand Bornand, or ski the other way, across the slope, and down the green run (les fougères) to where the other ski school meets.  They will soon be off to school on their own. The chalet is not really recommended for adult beginners trying to cope with children who are also beginners.

Is La Ferme du Soleil suitable for the very young?

With enough notice we can usually organise someone to look after the very young while you ski.  There is plenty of snow for building snow-men or sliding down on little sledges.

We have a high chair and cot, and can organise special meals or meals at different times too.

Are there any nearby restaurants?

One door away there is a restaurant, and just down the hill is a cluster of 4 restaurants which provide meals throughout piste opening times.  There is another restaurant, La Bornerie, which is easy to get to on the staff’s Tuesday evening off, you ski diagonally across the hill to it – we can show you when you are here.  The lift’s are open on Tuesday evenings, from January to March, so it is easy to get back, too. Otherwise, on other nights, when there is no night-skiing, it is a long walk back to the house and can be difficult tif the weather is bad. The pistes have lots of other local restaurants dotted around, most are reasonably priced, some are downright cheap by comparison with some other ski resorts.

I can’t ski, what can I do?

Try racquets and you can walk over the hills and meet the skiers for lunch. We can usually lend you a pair to try for a day, they slip over stout walking boots. You can hire them from the ski shops.

I snowboard, what is it like?

Great, there is a wonderful snow park, all the usual pistes as well as unpisted runs from red to very black which are fun for snow boarders as well as skiers.

What happens about my bags if I ski in and ski out?

If you come by car, park it at Les Outlays (just near us) and we arrange to meet it with the skidoo when the slopes are closed at 5 pm, and we bring them up to you.  If you come by taxi, you leave your bags in our car, by the ski shop or in the ski shop, and they will be brought to you in the evening.  Remember you will need your ski clothes and sun glasses during the day, so pack them on top.

What time do I have to leave on my last day?

We will take your bags down about 08:00 and wave you goodbye by 09:00 as the house has to be cleaned and the beds changed. Some people ski all day and only leave the area in the evening. You need to book any flights to take this into account.

Which day is the staff’s evening off?

Tuesday.  It is also the night skiing evening during January to March.  This makes it very easy to return in the evening before 10:30 pm when the lift closes. We can suggest restaurants for you to go to that evening.

I am arriving by bus, how do I get to La Ferme?

You should take the ski bus from Le Grand Bornand to Chinaillon and get off at the stop for Ski Service, the ski shop at the bottom of Les Gettiers lift. Your bags will be collected from Ski Service’s special baggage storage (consign) area. Let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements.  If you have no bags or just bags that you can carry yourself, there is the alternative of taking the Le Rosay gondola from Le Grand Bornand and walking up the track to La Ferme.

How do I get from my car/taxi to the chalet in the evening?

Walk!  You can drive to Les Outalays from the Chinaillon or Le Grand Bornand and walk from there.  It is about 15 minutes up the track.  With company, it goes pretty quickly.

Do I have to brings towels or sheets?

No.

I have a special diet/I am a vegetarian/I have a special birthday

Just let us know and we will do our best

Is there a doctor around?

There is one “cabinet” during the day at the bottom of our slope and another during the day and evening in Le Grand Bornand.  You have to pay to see them but this should be covered if you have insurance.  The hospital in Annecy is new and said to be excellent (but I am not planning to find out personally) and you are probably covered by your E101 there in some circumstances.

Why is it called La Ferme du Soleil?

Because we are high up with the result that the clouds are sometimes below us – so it is grey in the valley and sunny where we are.

Why have you suggested one of the ski shops?

It is not the best range or the cheapest but it is very close and convenient if you want to change your skis or adjust your bindings.  With the others, they are just a bit further away.  The lift to our house is 50 yards from their front door.

Can I smoke in the house?

No, sorry; smoking inside anywhere but a private house is now illegal in France and we count as a hotel for these purposes.

How much snow is there?

Generally there is oodles and one does not even need much because the mountain mostly faces north and the skiing is over summer pastures rather than rocks. The area seems to have its own micro-climate because the valley to the west forces up the clouds over Mt Lachat and then it snows.  The area also has one of the biggest artificial lakes specifically built for snow cannons, too. The French ski team and French army sometimes use the area for training.  You can see the snow fall for the last 6 years at this site: click here.   You can also click here to see the history of the last 16 years snow levels if you are a member of the Ski Club of Great Britain.

What is the ski area like?

There are 117 pistes and 96 lifts in the Aravis ski area which includes La Clusaz, Le Grand-Bornand, Manigod and Saint-Jean de Sixt.

La Ferme du Soleil is above Chinaillon, a part of Le Grand Bornand area, around Mont Lachat (our mountainside), there are 360 hectares of “domaine skiable”, 90 kilometres of downhill ski runs, serviced by 38 ski-lifts. This fully linked ski area of Le Grand Bornand is spread out between 1000 and 2100 metres of altitude, with 48 pistes, north facing slopes which hold the snow, and 56 km of ski de fond (cross country) pistes. It is such a beautiful and varied mountainside that many of the guests don’t bother skiing the other areas available with the Aravis ski pass.

It has a history of good snow because of its micro-climate and geographical situation at the edge of the Aravis mountain range and its north-facing slopes keeps the snow late into the season.


 

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Winter availability and pricing 2015/2016

Winter Bookings & Price List 2015/2016
Generally holidays start on a Sunday evening but occassionaly we can be flexible.
For summer availability, please see separate page
2015/2016 season
Dec 2015 Days Price
Sunday 20-Dec-15 * 7 £895 Christmas Available
Sunday 27-Dec-15 * 7 £895 New Year Available
Jan 2016
Sunday 03-Jan-16 7 £795 Booked
Sunday 10-Jan-16 7 £680 Available
Sunday 17-Jan-16 7 £680 Available
Sunday 24-Jan-16 7 £750 Available
Sunday 31-Jan-16 7 £750 Available
Feb 2016
Sunday 07-Feb-16 7 £695 Available
Sunday 14-Feb-16 * 7 £850 Half Term Available
Sunday 21-Feb-16 * 7 £795 Available
Sunday 28-Feb-16 7 £695 Available
Mar 2016
Sunday 06-Mar-16 7 £695 Available
Sunday 13-Mar-16 7 £695 Available
Sunday 20-Mar-16 7 £695 Available
Sunday 27-Mar-16 * 7 £850 Easter Available
Apr 2016
Sunday 03-Apr-16 7 £750 Available
Sunday 10-Apr-16 7 £725 Available
Sunday 17-Apr-16 7 £695 Available
* The chalet should be filled by one party
The price per person per week includes
Breakfast: home-made bread, croissants, compôtes, fresh fruit, cereal,
            eggs, fruit juices, porridge, cereal, coffee, teas or infusions
Afternoon tea: homemade tarts, biscuits,pancakes or cakes.
3 course evening meal with aperitifs and wine with the meal (except one night per week).

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2015 – Spring, Summer and Autumn Availability and Pricing

La Ferme is divided into 2 - the upstairs with 4 double bedrooms and the Writer’s Retreat, which can sleep 2 or 4 (or possibly 6 by prior discussion).  It is possible to take the whole house or parts.

Unfortunately, the swimming pool will not be available this year.

Availability of La Ferme du Soleil Spring, Summer and Autumn

2014

Top of Writer’s Whole
house Price Retreat Price House Price
Sunday 3 May 2015 Available

£1,400

Available

£700

Available

£2,000

10 May 2015 Available

£1,400

Available

£700

Available

£2,000

17 May 2015 Available

£1,400

Available

£700

Available

£2,000

24 May 2015 Available

£1,400

Available

£700

Available

£2,000

31 May 2015  Available  £1,400  Available  £700  Available

£2,000

Sunday 07 Jun 2015 Available

£1,700

Available

£700

Available

£2,200

14 Jun 2015 Available

£1,700

Available

£700

Available

£2,200

21 Jun 2015 Booked

£1,700

Booked

£700

Booked

£2,200

28 Jun 2015 Booked

£1,700

Booked

£700

Booked

£2,200

 Sunday 05 Jul 2015 Booked

£2,000

Booked

£800

Booked

£2,300

12 Jul 2015 Booked

£2,000

Booked

£800

Booked

£2,300

19 Jul 2015 Available

£2,000

Available

£800

Available

£2,300

26 Jul 2015 Available

£2,000

Available

£800

Available

£2,300

Sunday 02 Aug 2015 Available

£2,000

Available

£800

Available

£2,300

09 Aug 2015 Provisionally booked

£2,000

Provisionally booked

£800

Provisionally booked

£2,300

16 Aug 2015 Available

£2,000

Available

£800

Available

£2,300

23 Aug 2015 Available

£2,000

Available

£800

Available

£2,300

30 Aug 2015 Available

£2,000

Available

£800

Available

£2,300

 Sunday 06 Sep 2015 Available

£1,400

Available

£700

Available

£2,000

13 Sep 2015 Available

£1,400

Available

£700

Available

£2,000

20 Sep 2015 Available

£1,400

Available

£700

Available

£2,000

27 Sep 2015 Available

£1,400

Available

£700

Available

£2,000

Sunday 04 Oct 2015 Available

£1,200

Available

£700

Available

£1,800

11 Oct 2015 Available

£1,200

Available

£700

Available

£1,800

18 Oct 2015 Available

£1,200

Available

£700

Available

£1,800

25 Oct 2015 Available

£1,200

Available

£700

Available

£1,800

 

 

Please download and complete the Booking form, Summer – House

(also available in PDF form if you have difficulties Booking form, Summer – House)

Return it to us by email at  lafermefrance@gmail.com

or fax + 33 9 57 76 34 01.

The Writer’s Retreat’s prices are for 2 people for a week, although prices for longer periods are available. Additional people are £120 per person per week for the next two people (in bunk beds). There is a maximum of 4 places in the Writer’s Retreat, except by prior discussion.

 

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Dogs!

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Dogs have always been welcome at la Ferme du Soleil, provided that they are well behaved and do not bark. There are two rooms which might suit dogs particularly well, one slightly nicer than the other, as they lead directly to the outside through French windows.

We have a dog who sometimes comes with us. The easiest way to bring your dogs up is to park at Les Outalays and walk up the track. Alternatively you are allowed to bring them on Le Rosay lift from Le Grand Bornand.

If there are other people staying at the time, we may ask them if they mind. We may make a small charge per night for your dog.

If you need any special food for your dog, please arrange this with us well in advance.

Please do not let them sleep on the beds and clean up after them outside the house!

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