The back country ‘safari’

This exciting addition to the HOFNAR portfolio sees us exploring the wider Haute Savoie region. Based in our brand new Chalet Hubert we will be exploring resorts outside of the Portes du Soleil, including the Grand Massif, Praz de Lys, Le Grand Bornand, La Clusaz and of course Chamonix (conditions depending).

We are fully in the hands of Guillaume Omont – head high mountain guide of ESF Morzine. He has been looking after our groups for a number of years now and always delivered the goods!

The price includes four full days of guided skiing/snowboarding, with a half day session on the first day to cover mountain safety, avalanche awareness and avalanche rescue.

Safety equipment and minibus travel between resorts is included.

We will buy lift passes as and when we need them – although this obviously adds to the expense, it means we have maximum flexibility to go powder-hunting!

To come on this trip you need to be a really accomplished skier /rider but it promises to be the ultimate snow holiday.

– Shared accommodation in Chalet Hubert
– Safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) If you have your own, do bring it!
– 1 afternoon mountain safety / avalanche training
– 4 full days guiding in various resorts
– Minibus transfers between resorts
– 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
– 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!  – Shared ‘semi-catered’ accommodation

– Flights are not included, you just need to get yourself to Geneva airport (look on kayak.co.uk for some of the best prices)
– Transfers from/to the airport. We can easily arrange this for you but it costs £70pp return
– Snowboard hire. We have a deal with a local shop and we get 20% off. There are different grades of kit you can rent but you should expect to pay about £145.
– Lift pass. We will buy lift passes each day for the different areas. It may be a case that we’ll need just one ‘up’ as we then hike to new areas. I think budget for £50 per day… but it should be less
– Clothing. You need your own ski/snowboard gear – beg, borrow, steal off friends otherwise use ebay, TK Maxx. For help just give us a shout!
– Insurance. Essential, do make sure it has ‘winter sports’ cover and if you are more on the ‘crazy’ side just check it covers you for parks and / off piste.
– 2 x evening meals. Usually we go out as a group to local restaurants at your own expense first and last evenings. Everything is a little flexi, so this could be changed if (for example) there’s a birthday or other special event.

Chalet Hubert is our brand new chalet (2018/19) situated in about as central as a spot as you can get. It is just 30 seconds from the main Super Morzine lift and 2 minutes from the Pleney lift.

It has all been completely renovated and is new throughout. Brand new beds, bedding, linen. There are six en-suite twin/double bedrooms, there is underfloor heating, large fireplace and a smart TV.

It is modern, bright and yet still has the charm and the class of a mountain retreat. This chalet, although maintaining the laid-back vibe HOFNAR is famous for, is ran with a slightly higher level of service than our other chalet.

More pics coming soon, follow the progress on FaceBook…

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.