French Winter Week

8 Days

Price from: £340.00

Ref No: Activus 068

Winter Activity

Skiing or Snowboarding at the Puy Saint Vincent ski slope...

Now that autumn is here and winter just around the corner Activus Outdoors are offering a week of unforgettable winter fun based in Puy Saint Vincent. This year, the range of dates and activities on offer are greater than ever and for those of you that don't yet know, Puy St. Vincent is a heaven for freeriders, even on the foggiest and snowiest winter days.

  • French Winter Week image
  • Highlights
  • Snowpark
  • Expert guidance
  • Freeride Clinic workshop
  • Picturesque landscape
  • Family oriented
The Puy Saint Vincent Ski Centre is situated right at the entrance of the Ecrins National Park and offers ski adventures for young skiers and families. It has a good 78 km of ski slopes and a wide range of piste skiing terrain easily accessible even for beginners. Its slopes operate from 1400m up to 2700m above sea level. The Ski Centre also has a Snowpark and has recently acquired two new chairlifts that will further enhance your skiing experience.

We can also organise a 3 day ski workshop at our Freeride Clinic, where you will learn about safe off piste skiing/snowboarding under the expert guidance of a certified guide (See Activities Information for more details).

During your stay you have the option to try out French food at the recently renovated Chaumiere Lodge at specially negotiated prices. The lodge has a large lounge where you can chill out after a long day on the slopes, do some video analysis of your skiing and watch ski or snowboard films. Later in the evening, the Chaumiere Lodge opens its club area and the whole place comes alive as an apres ski. There is also a nearby spa centre should you wish to ease your sore limbs and there are ample shopping opportunities in the narrow streets of the ancient citadel of Briancon.

  • 6 days of accommodation + 5 days Galaxie Ski Pass (includes 3 day PSV Freeride Clinic)
  • 7 days of accommodation + 6 days Galaxie Ski Pass (includes 3 day PSV Freeride Clinic)
The Ski Pass includes a week of access to the slopes at Puy St. Vincent and a day of skiing in ski centres Serre chevalier, Les 2 Alpes, Alpe d' Huez, La Grave, Sestriere, Montgenevre, Via Lattea and Pelvoux and Vars.

• Exclusive extended Galaxie Ski Pass that includes a visit to the famous Vars ski resort, about 40 minutes' drive from Puy Saint Vincent which is every freerider's dream.

Activity Information

Ski slope plan at Puy Saint Vincent
Basic information about the Puy Saint Vincent ski centre:

  • 78 km of ski slopes
  • 13 cable lifts ( 5 gondolas, 3 chairlifts, 5 lifts )
  • 3 black/expert slopes
  • 9 red slopes
  • 11 blue slopes
  • 6 green slopes
  • 40 km of cross country routes
  • 60 snow cannons
  • 35% of slopes covered with artificial snow ( 15 slopes from 1400-2300m)
  • 1300m total altitude difference (1400 to 2700m)
  • longest slope – 7 km
The biggest mistake people can make is to take their skiing off piste with no knowledge or expert guidance using improper equipment and in dangerous conditions. Due to increasing media exposure, Freeride skiing has become very fashionable and accidents outside official slopes are on the increase. We want all our clients to experience the thrill of deep snow as safely as possible, because mother nature never sleeps and we rarely get more than one opportunity to do things right in high alpine terrain.

From what we hear from our clients and partners, there are a number of agencies offering Freeride Clinics and guided tours, but unfortunately many do not have the qualifications, equipment and experience required to safely and successfully carry out such projects.

The PSV Freeride Clinic run by our Outdoor Academy now provides our clients with expert professional tuition so you can venture off-piste confident in the knowledge that you have gained the necessary skills to keep you safe whilst enjoying your boarding or skiing in the future.

Our expert guides and lecturers have all the necessary licenses and qualifications and a ton of real life experience in the field. We also provide all the required equipment (avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and helmet) that is essential for all participants. Avalanche equipment, Avalungs, Freeride skis and other equipment is also available for rent upon prior reservation.

The Freeride Clinic includes lessons in:
  • techniques
  • choice of terrain
  • safe movement in the mountains
  • basic first aid techniques
Workshop clients are required to have an average level of skiing/snowboarding skill and their own mandatory equipment (skis/snowboard and backpack). Workshop clients can also test Fischer, Elan and Volkl freeride skis and Burton snowboards free of charge. Workshops are organised for groups of 4 to 10 people.


Accommodation is in one of a number of possible 4* apartments. Either:

Les Gentianes
Le Hameau des Ecrins
Dame Blanche
Parc aux Etoiles
Chalets Mona Lisa

The apartment buildings are only a few years old and situated on a sunny slope with a beautiful panoramic view. The location is good as it allows skiing up to the door of the chalets, provided there is enough snow. All apartment buildings have a reception area, swimming pool (internal or external), fitness studio, sauna and a car park.

Apartment - Inside Apartment T2 - Sleeps 4/6: Three room apartment for 4-6 persons measuring 35m squared. A lounge area with a convertible bed for two, kitchenette with dishwasher, microwave oven, fridge, dining area, bedroom with two separate beds, small bedroom with bunk bed, shower/WC, cable TV, telephone and a balcony.

Apartment T3 - Sleeps 6/8: Four room apartment for 6-8 persons measuring 60m squared. A lounge area with a convertible bed for two, kitchenette with dishwasher, microwave oven, fridge, dining area, bedroom with matrimonial bed, bedroom with two separate beds, small bedroom with bunk bed, shower/WC, cable TV, telephone and a balcony.


Day 1

Arrive by air and transfer to the Puy St Vincent ski slope. Get settled into your apartment and head down to the restaurant for an evening meal.

Day 2

Day one of Freeride Clinic workshop. Learn about safe off piste skiing/snowboarding with a qualified guide

Day 3

Day two of Freeride Clinic workshop. Choice of learning options available. Follows by an afternoon on the slopes

Day 4

Day three of Freeride Clinic workshop. Find out how to use avalanche equipment and learn some first aid techniques. Hit the slopes again after the session and practice your moves.

Day 5

Free day to explore the local area and Ecrins National park. Whether by foot, cable car or ski is up to you.

Day 6

Enjoy another full day on the slopes in the beautiful French Alps.

Day 7

Enjoy a final day on the slopes, practising what you've learnt.

Day 8

After breakfast there's time for a quick walk around the hotel grounds or a ride on the cable car to admire the view before you'll be transferred back to the airport


  • This itinerary is based on our 7 night/6 day ski package with the 3 day Freeride Clinic incorporated into the week's activities should you be interested.
  • A 6 night/5 day ski package is also available and again the 3 day workshop is included.

Dates and Prices Info

6 night's accommodation + 5 day Galaxie Ski Pass (including 3 day Freeride Clinic)
7 night's accommodation + 6 day Galaxie Ski Pass (including 3 day Freeride Clinic)

For prices listed in available dates, the price shown is for the maximum number of 8 people staying in Apartment T3. For other apartments and group sizes, prices may vary. For accurate listings of specific accommodation pricing options see below.

2011 Dates 02/01-09/01 09/01-15/01 15/01-22/01
T2 (4 pers)
£305 £375 £410 £445 £375
T2 (5 pers)
£370 £355 £385 £410 £355
T2 (6 pers)
£360 £340 £365 £390 £340
T3 (6 pers)
£385 £370 £395 £430 £370
T3 (7 pers)
£370 £360 £385 £410 £360
T3 (8 pers)
£360 £345 £370 £395 £345

What's Included?

  • 5/6 day Galaxie ski pass
  • 3 day Freeride Clinic workshop
  • 6/7 night's self-catering accommodation & bedding
  • Tourist tax
  • Electricity and water
  • Use of indoor pool, fitness and sauna
  • Discounted entry to the thermal spa
  • Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Refundable damage deposit - £275/apartment
  • Option to lease a TV – £30/week
  • Final cleaning £50–110 depending on apartment size
  • Garage hire £40
  • Optional rental of Fischer, Elan and Volkl freeride skis
  • Optional rental of Burton snowboards


How to get to the Puy Saint Vincent Ski Centre:
Nearest airport is Turin, Italy - From here, transfers take 1.5-2 hours

•  23 km from Briancon
•  130 km from Turin

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Suitable for...

Active families who are new to skiing/snowboarding and those who have previous experience of these winter sports. This package caters for all ability levels and is an ideal fun and snowy getaway for mums, dads and adventurous children and teenagers who love the great outdoors!

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