Jul
31

Winter 2016_17 Opening Dates and Ski Passes

Expected opening dates for winter 2016/2017:

  • If conditions allow:
    The weekend of 3/4 December 2016 Pierre-Longue / Rochassons area.
    Every day from 10th December 2016 ( Linga /Pré-la-Joux and link with Avoriaz).
    The whole area from 17th December 2016.
    Closure on the 23rd April 2017.

Lift pass prices for Chatel, La Chapelle and the Portes du Soleil have also been released for 16/17 season. See here.

The prices for 6 days skiing in the full Portes du Soleil, which 90% of our clients opt for, are just 255 euros for an adult and 191 euros for a child. That is just 0.39 cents per km of available skiing!! not bad!!!

At Chalet Le Dragon we can pre-purchase your Portes du Soleil lift passes in advance of your arrival. This saves time on your first day of skiing and is one less hassle whilst you are looking for your gloves, sunglasses and kids goggles!!

The team at Chalet Le Dragon look forward to seeing you this season.

Emma & Matt

www.skibikeorhike.com

Chalet Le Dragon

Jul
30

Chalet Le Dragon New Year

Planned your New Year Ski holiday yet? – we can help you AVOID travelling on Christmas Day and New Years Day!

This year, the standard chalet changeover day isn’t going to work for most people – traditional Sunday to Sunday bookings will mean that you must travel on Christmas Day and New Years Day!!!!!

We are taking bookings to help you! Book now for a 7 night New Year stay commencing on the 26th, 27th or 28th December and avoid travelling on these important family days.

Book now at Chalet Le Dragon for this coming ski season – awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the 4th year running and now our 7th season in the Portes du Soleil.

A stay at Chalet Le Dragon offers you:

  • Airport Transfers included for groups
  • ALL beer and wine throughout you stay included
  • 650km of internationally-linked pistes for all abilities
  • Several smaller local ski areas of 60-120km of pistes
  • Brand new lifts linking Super Chatel and Linga ski areas
  • Choice of 8 ski lifts, with nearest lift 2 minutes away
  • Large “home from home” chalet, 5 large luxurious bedrooms, large lounge, open fire
  • Stunning mountain and valley views throughout the chalet
  • Pre-dinner G&T and nibbles
  • Hearty, home cooked evening meals, local cheese board and lovely wines
  • Emma’s freshly made cakes every afternoon with warming own recipe vin chaud, tea and coffee
  • Covered outdoor hot-tub with 36 jets, massage therapy and lights
  • 10 minute walk to a traditional French village – shops, 10 restaurants and après-ski bars including the famous “Fer Rouge” micro-brewery

We would love to welcome you to our ski chalet this winter, please visit our website or you can email us directly.

See you soon,
Emma & Matt

Jul
30

Chalet Le Dragon July 2016 Update

Have you planned your next ski holiday to Chatel yet?

All the politics is a bit confusing at the moment both home and abroad, but we think the best thing to do is to keep doing what we do best… ski holidays at Chalet Le Dragon in Chatel and the Portes du Soleil.

We will still be taking payments for your holiday in UK £ – even though Euros are the currency that we use daily to buy your food, diesel, electricity, firewood and wine when you stay with us.

With the current instability, this may have to change in the future, but if you get in quickly and book now, we guarantee no currency changes or quoted price rises before the end of August!! You pay our quoted price for the holiday and the price stays the same – guaranteed!

Book now at Chalet Le Dragon for this coming ski season – awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the 4th year running and now our 7th season in the Portes du Soleil.

Cerificate of Excellence 2016

A stay at Chalet Le Dragon will still mean the following:

  • Airport Transfers included from/to Geneva
  • ALL beer and wine throughout you stay included
  • 650km of internationally-linked pistes for all abilities
  • Several smaller local ski areas of 60-120km of pistes
  • Brand new lifts linking Super Chatel and Linga ski areas
  • Choice of 8 ski lifts daily, with nearest lift 2 minutes away
  • Large “home from home” chalet, 5 large luxurious bedrooms, large lounge, open fire
  • Stunning mountain and valley views throughout the chalet
  • Pre-dinner G&T and nibbles
  • Hearty, home cooked evening meals, local cheese board and lovely wines
  • Emma’s freshly made cakes every afternoon with warming own recipe vin chaud, tea and coffee
  • Covered outdoor hot-tub with 36 jets, massage therapy and lights
  • 10 minute walk to a traditional French village – shops, 10 restaurants and après-ski bars including the famous “Fer Rouge” micro-brewery

We would love to welcome you to our ski chalet this winter, please visit our website or you can email us directly.

See you soon,
Emma & Matt

Jul
26

smartyDNS

Having moved to Europe, we still miss some of what UK TV has to offer and want to catch-up on missed episodes of the soaps and other UK TV. Due to geographical barriers and restrictions, this can been a challenge for even the most technically minded people!!

With the rise of on-demand streaming, tablets and smartphones, we now use the internet more than ever before but streaming I-player and other catch-up TV seems to be an impossible challenge for Expats – until now!

After large amounts of internet research, we have discovered that it is possible to watch these catch-up services using a couple of very clever web companies. SmartyDNS is our current smart DNS provider.

Smarty DNS

Catch-Up UK TV – how to set up

Wehave been running this solution for over 6 months without fail!

Firstly, Smart DNS, offered by companies such as SmartyDNS allows a simple router or device configuration change. We recommend doing this at ROUTER level so any device accessing the internet router goes through the Smart DNS. This is a great offering for our ski chalet clients!

SmartDNS replicates many of the traditional VPN features, but without the compromise of speed loss. It permits access to restricted websites in different countries without even having to dial a VPN connection. You can make changes on your device, but we suggest all the changes are done at router level so you can just browse as normal without changing all of your device settings.

For Smart DNS to run smoothly it requires a stable IP address. We couldn’t understand why our access kept stopping and our IP address kept changing. It turns out that some internet providers change your IP address monthly, daily or even hourly. If this is the case, then the Smart DNS service will need to be logged in to continuously ensure an uninterrupted service. The way around it is to use a service such as  “no-ip“ which can update your authorized SmartDNS address automatically by monitoring for changes to your IP address. Amazing really!!

So it is a simple 2 website process to get UK TV catch up – SMARTY DNS and NO-IP

Jan
26

Ski Season 2015/16 Guest Comments So Far…

Chalet Le Dragon
 

Ski Season 2015/16 Guest Comments So Far….

We are 7 weeks into this ski season and we thought it might be time to share some of this years guest comments with you.

A big thank you to our guests so far! If you like what you read, please drop us a line at contact@skibikeorhike.com or visit our chalet websites www.skibikeorhike.com / www.chatelmountainbiking.com

Just wanted to say thank you to you both and Sam for looking after us all so well on our ski break with you last week. We had a fantastic time, despite the rain we still got plenty of great skiing/boarding in.
You have a beautiful chalet, and organising of lessons, ski hire etc was spot on.

 

Matt and Emma took great care of us the whole week. Taking us to and from the slopes, preparing wonderful home cooked meals and freshly baked cakes. the only problem is you get so spoilt that it makes leaving very difficult. Especially as there was 50cm of fresh snow the day we left.

 

How do I begin?…thank you so much for such a fantastic and exciting holiday that I sure will not forget. It’s been so wonderful coming back after a hard day of skiing to a gorgeous chalet that made me feel at home. Hope to come back as I have had such a great time here.

 

Beautiful chalet,our room was perfect! The food was divine and we need never have felt hungry. A pure indulgent week full of adventures, food, wine and great company! Without a doubt we would want our friends to experience your fabulous hospitality

 

A big thank you from all of us for an exceptional weeks holiday. The chalet is delightful. Very comfortable and clean and the level of service provided in all matters ski and activity was second to none. All of us enjoyed the food greatly, it makes a change from some of the over-the-top recipes we’ve experienced as a group elsewhere. The cakes were also rather good and combined with the cheese, there are a number of us that will be living in Benedictine conditions on our return! A particular thanks to Matt for ferrying us around all week. It made the whole holiday work seamlessly. We all agree that this is one chalet we could willingly return to in future years.

 

Sep
11

10 Reasons to Book a Ski Holiday at Chalet Le Dragon 2015/16

Here are our 10 reasons to book your next ski holiday with us at Chalet Le Dragon in the Portes du Soleil, France.

Chalet Le Dragon
Keen Prices

Unlike the majority of ski holidays, we have held our prices as low as possible over the last 6 seasons and constantly check our prices against the competition. We appreciate that a ski holiday isn’t the cheapest holiday you can take, so have tried to make the accommodation element as affordable as possible. We will quote you the complete price that reflects the service that we offer you. We will always quote you the price in £UK so you know where you stand and this year transfers are now included.

Transfers to / from Geneva INCLUDED

It can be quite a challenge and costly to find a way to get to your alpine accommodation. We take all of the effort and stress out of booking your transfers, as we do it all for you. Just let us know your travel times and we will arrange for either a private minibus or a shared transfer to meet you at Geneva – see Magic Transfers.

Magic Transfers
High Quality Ski Hire at the Chalet with SkiHire2U – prices held 2015/16

We understand how much hassle it can be to go out from the chalet and visit a ski shop after you have spent all day travelling to your chosen accommodation. At Chalet Le Dragon we work very closely with SkiHire2U, a local mobile ski hire company. They offer the flexibility to come to the chalet and fit your skis, boots, poles or snowboards. Their equipment is normally new or in its first season and is professionally serviced before being signed over to you for your holiday. If you want to change the kit or upgrade to more advanced skis etc, just let us know and we will arrange it seamlessly behind the scenes for you.

SkiHire2U
Ski Lessons Organised for You

There are many options for ski lessons and it can be a minefield working out the best options from a distance. We have worked with all of the ski schools in the past and we can discuss with you your requirements and then suggest the best options. If you want a ski school, private lessons, Independent Instructors or even off-piste and heli-skiing, we can help.

Lift Passes Arranged and Collected in advance

La Chapelle local, Evasion, Chatel or full 650km Portes du Soleil lift pass? We will discuss with you your skiing ability and then suggest the best lift pass for the individuals in your group. 90% of the time, clients take a full PDS lift pass because the options it offers for varied skiing is superb.

hands free lift pass
Highly Ranked on TripAdvisor – winner 2013, 2014 & 2015

This isn’t us saying it! It is our previous clients that have taken the time to write comments and then rate our service at Chalet Le Dragon. We pride ourselves to be in amongst the top ranked chalets in the entire French Alps. Our reviews are consistently Excellent and we learn from, and respond to every review personally. Check us out … TripAdvisor reviews.

Trip Advisor Certificate 2014
Slope Transfers Morning and Evening

As part of our service we will take you to your chosen ski lift each morning, and then collect you later in the afternoon at an agreed time. Close to Chalet Le Dragon there are 8 lifts within a 2 to 12 minute drive. We load the skis into the van for you, no walking through car parks and no carrying skis on buses – it is all done for you and we transport you as close to the lift as we can!! We discuss with you each morning to ensure that you depart from the best lift for your plans for the day.

Chalet Le Dragon Slope Transfers
Experienced Chalet Owners – Now Our 6th Ski Season

We live in the adjoining Petit Dragon all year round. During the ski season we ski the entire Portes du Soleil as often as we can. Outside the ski season we mountain bike and hike the area so we have a full understanding of the terrain.

We started our chalet business from scratch, having moved here in 2010 with our young family. We have built our business through enthusiasm and sheer hard word. It is important to us that you have the kind of ski holiday that we would like to be on ourselves!

Matt and Emma
Personal Service

Following on from our 5+ ski seasons of experience we pride ourselves on offering a service beyond your average chalet package holiday. We like to think that we are better than the standard offerings provided by the cheaper package ski holiday companies. We are on-hand all of the time to answer questions and take time to make sure that your holiday is going well – your holiday is important to us.

Cosy “home from home” Chalet with Roaring Log Fire

At Chalet Le Dragon there is nothing better than sitting down on the large, comfy sofas, kicking off your slippers and sipping one of our free house wines in front of the roaring open fireplace. Enjoy a free beer, or glass of wine, after a hard days skiing whilst tucking into the freshly made cakes, or take tea and coffee after dinner by the warming open fire. New for this season is also an Internet TV with Netflix and also a SONOS music player.

Cosy Fireplace
 

If you are considering a ski holiday in 2015/16 then contact us now for a quote. We look forward to hearing from you.

Send us an email at contact@skibikeorhike.com

Jan
07

Chatel Webcams

Latest Chatel Webcams – 7th January 2015

 

Chatel Morclan Webcam
chatel rochassons webcam
Chatel Village webcam

Dec
29

Quick Ski Tour from Panthiaz

Just 2 minutes from Chalet Le Dragon is the Panthiaz ski lift. Rarely any queues and just a quick bubble ride up to the start point. Lovely skiing there today with cold crisp weather, blue skies and fresh powder to be found in abundance!

Here’s a few photos of our investigative trip out on the snow!!

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Panthiaz  Chalet Le Dragon

Dec
29

After Heavy Snow comes the cold temperatures!

We waited a long time for the snow to come in a large quantity. Well it certainly did this weekend (27th/28th December 2014).

France has been hit by a huge winter storm, causing chaos for travellers and tour operators all weekend. With reports of drivers being stuck in their cars and passengers missing flights, it has certainly been a hard weekend!! See BBC report here.  Telegraph report here

Here are some early morning photos at -14 degrees!

Winter Snow

Winter Snow

Winter Snow

Winter Snow

Winter Snow

Winter Snow

Winter Snow

Oct
12

Afternoon Tea at Chalet Le Dragon

Afternoon Tea at Chalet Le Dragon, Portes du Soleil

Lemon Drizzle Cake

The 11th Reason to Book a Ski Holiday at Chalet Le Dragon

As if the 10 great reasons below aren’t enough to stay at Chalet Le Dragon – we haven’t even mentioned the delicious, freshly baked, afternoon cakes awaiting your arrival each day from skiing!

Chalet Le Dragon Lemon and Poppy Seed Ring Sponge
 

Chalet Le Dragon Orange Ring Sponge with Glace Icing
 

Chalet Le Dragon Chocolate Fudge Cake and Heart Shaped Biscuits
 

Chalet Le Dragon Carrot Cake
 

1. Keen Prices – no price increases for the last 4 seasons
2. Transfers to / from Geneva organised for you
3. High Quality Ski Hire at the Chalet with SkiHire2U
4. Ski Lessons Organised for You
5. Lift Passes Arranged and Collected in advance
6. 2013 & 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
7. Slope Transfers Morning and Evening
8. Experienced Chalet Owners – Now Our 5th Ski Season
9. Personal & Attentive Service
10. Cosy Chalet with Log Fire and Spectacular Views

If you are considering a ski holiday in 2014/15 then contact us now for a quote. We look forward to hearing from you. Send us an email at contact@skibikeorhike.com