Off Piste in the Portes du Soleil

29th January 2022

If you’re a reasonably experienced skier or boarder (you can do a black run without breaking a sweat), come and join us!

(If you’ve never ventured away from the crowds before, don’t worry – the week before this one is an “introduction to off-piste” week, check that out here)

If you’re a bit more used to untapped territory, read on… we’ll go off with guides to explore what the vast Portes du Soleil area really has to offer.

We will also try to do an overnight ‘expedition’ staying in  a mountain refuge – a great opportunity for people to really do something extreme. This is an extra cost and depends on conditions and ability of the group.

And if the snow conditions aren’t right every day? The back-up plan is to get some jump instruction in, do some boarder cross work, and try and break some records on the downhill speed course. Ready for action?

We have guides booked for four full days, as well as a half day session to go through mountain safety, avalanche awareness and avalanche rescue.

The guides are included in the price of your trip, as is your avalanche safety kit.

– Shared accommodation in Chalet Armaillis (option of quad or twin rom)
– Safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) If you have your own, do bring it!
– 1 afternoon mountain safety / avalanche training
– 4 full days guiding
– Breakfast every morning (think porridge, cereal, baguettes, jams, toast, fruit, eggs) including a hot option each day and full fry up on one morning.
– Guests are encouraged to make sandwiches from the chalet supplies and take packed lunches
– Raid the fridge policy. There are always snacks, biscuits, crisps, cakes available. In the afternoons enjoy fresh waffles.
– For 5 evenings the chalet staff will prepare a simple but wholesome & tasty 3 course dinner and there will be loads of it!
– Unlimited tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks, beer, cider & wine (alcohol just with meals)
– Live-in HOFNAR hosts who do everything from cooking breakfast and keeping the chalet clean to  preparing dinner and leading the all important aprés ski! 
– Benefit of staying with a small group of like minded people, in a really laid back chalet where you can raid the fridge, wander around in your pyjamas, really make yourself at home and there are no kids! 

  • Flights are not included – just need to get yourself to Geneva airport
  • Transfers from/to the airport. We can easily arrange this for you at a cost of £80pp return
  • Ski/board hire. We have a deal with a local shop for 20% off. There are different grades of kit you can rent but you should expect to pay about £135
  • Lift pass. Most people opt for the all-area pass which gives access to the vast Portes du Soleil region. You can also get local passes and beginner options. Get in touch for more information, or to let us know which you want – we can have them waiting for you in the chalet so you don’t have to queue!
  • Lessons. We can arrange these for you, from around £150 for a week’s worth of group lessons. We can also arrange private lessons and guides.
  • Insurance. Essential! Do make sure it has ‘winter sports’ cover and if you’re hoping for some extreme action, check it covers you for the parks and off-piste
  • Two evening meals per week. Usually we go out as a group to local restaurants on the first and last evenings. Everything is a little flexi, and we’ll find somewhere to suit everyone’s budget.

Chalet Armaillis, Morzine

This was where the HOFNAR experience started.

Armaillis is a series of appartments located in the centre of Morzine – literally 30 seconds from the Super Morzine lift and 4 minutes on foot to the main Pleney gondola.

We normally takeover the whole of the ground floor which has large communal areas (a massive sofa!), wifi throughout and has regularly refurbished and nicely appointed rooms – there is a choice between twin / double rooms and 4 person (same sex) rooms.

We also have access to the sauna, which is real good after a day on the slopes.

The beautiful small town of Morzine is located in a valley in the French Alps, at the very heart of one of the largest ski resorts in the world – the Portes du Soleil. (Check out the pistes maps here)

Just 1hr and 20 minutes from Geneva it one of the easiest and quickest ski resorts to get to from the UK.

This historic mining and farming town has avoided the ugly tower blocks that blight many of the French resorts and remains a ‘real’ French town with a market on a Wednesday morning and a year-round population.

There are loads of shops and quite a few bars. It’s not exactly Ibiza but there is definitely a good aprés scene with loads of live music and new for winter 2019 the famous Folie Douce is opening up in neighbouring Avoriaz.