Yoga and Skiing in the French alps
|St Foy French Alps winter, France|
|14 - 21st January 2018 (Sunday - Sunday, 7 nights)|
|04 - 11th March 2018 (Sunday - Sunday, 7 nights)|
|11 - 18th March 2018 (Sunday - Sunday, 7 nights)|
|18 - 25th March 2018 (Sunday - Sunday, 7 nights)|
Here at AdventureYogi, we believe that yoga with skiing or snowboarding is the perfect match. After running our yoga and ski holidays since 2007 (our first ever adventure!), we know that the key to a fantastic ski or board and yoga experience is; an equal emphasis on the yoga, the skiing/boarding along with plenty of relaxation too. With this unique combination you are guaranteed to feel invigorated on the slopes helping you ski all day without feeling a lag of energy in the afternoon (this has been tried and tested!) and free from strain or injury if you haven’t skied for a year.
Book this retreat
£940.00 – £1,367.00
Early bird offer available
Early birds expire 12 weeks before the holiday
About the teachers
Bess Shipside – January 14th – 21st 2018 – Bess teaches a Hatha flow based asana practice but comes more from “how does that feel” rather than precise alignment based practices. Connecting the heart to the body and mind through physical movement and the breath and infusing mantra and affirmations in each class be ready to be taken on a transformative journey.
Chetana Thornton 11th – 18th March 2018 – Chetana has been on her path from a young age and has been teaching for 20 years. Having lived and immersed herself in her practice, she teaches with wisdom and knowledge and playfulness. Drawing on many yoga styles, she fuses it all together from Hatha, vinyasa flow, and restorative yoga.
About the yoga
Prepare for your day of snowboarding or skiing with a dynamic yoga class to awaken the mind and bring heat to cold muscles. These sessions pay special attention to warming the body, stretching out the legs and building stamina for your turns and powder runs. The yoga class will be 1 hour, so we can get up to the slopes early too!
After your full day skiing or snowboarding, return to your mountain yoga retreat to unwind and relax tired bodies with a restorative evening yoga class. This gentler, slightly longer session will vary each evening and include pranayama and meditation to help mind and body really let go and allow you to enter a state of deep relaxation after a hard day on the mountain. Afterwards, pamper yourself with a massage, have a well-deserved sauna or simply enjoy a good glass of wine in front of the fire while we make you a hearty dinner.
SuitabilityThis holiday is suitable all levels of skiers, St Foy is a great resort to learn and also for those who love off-piste. For the intermediates, you visit Val D'Isere, Tignes, and Les Arcs during the week. All levels of yoga are welcome in our spacious yoga space. Non-skiers are welcome there are plenty of activities on offer.
- All ages
- Men & Women
The ski schedule for the week
St Foy is a fantastic quaint French ski resort and is ideal for all levels. It’s great for beginners because you can walk to your lessons from your ski in ski out accommodation at the bottom of the baby slopes, and then if you feel like you need a break, you can come and relax at the apartments. For intermediate/advanced it is a fun resort, and for those who favour off-piste, it is a hidden gem, a playground of trees and wide open bowls.
We spend two days at St Foy; the other four days will be spent in the ski areas of Val d’Isère & Tignes and Les Arcs so that you can experience three different ski resorts. Spending 2 days at each helps you to get to know the areas. You are welcome to stay at St Foy if you prefer and if you are a beginner you will stay here for your lessons. You can join the more advanced group towards the end of the week. Our hosts will brief you in the morning with a piste map of each ski area so that you can explore the slopes with confidence.
The great thing about St Foy is the reasonably priced lift passes, they are €30 per day and €165 for the week, which is much cheaper than surrounding resorts.
Things to do
Non-skiers will find plenty to enjoy too. There are well-marked trails for snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing or simply hiking which offer breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. One of the best trails takes you to the picturesque tranquil farming hamlet of Le Monal where you can picnic gazing at the glaciers of Mont Pourri across the valley. You could also choose to try your hand at dog-sledging with your own sledge pulled by a team of huskies.
The less active can while away the day soaking up the sun with a chocolate chaud, a glass of vin chad or perhaps a beer on one of the mountain restaurant terraces or be pampered at one of the two spas at Sainte Foy.
We can arrange
- Ski or snowboard hire – we ask for your sizes closer to the holiday
- Ski or boarding lessons – same as above
- There are experienced massage therapists on hand to soothe any aches and pains and help you to relax. Treatments are at an extra cost.
You will be met at the airport by our drivers and arrive at the chalet between 5pm – 8pm depending on when your flight arrives. You will be shown to your room and have some downtime before the welcome meeting and dinner. Departure will be early on Sunday morning in time for flights for 1pm onwards.
- 7.15am: yoga Power Hour! To warm muscles and awaken the mind
- 8.15am: energy filled breakfast
- 8.45am: we are ski-in ski-out so go up the mountain at your leisure at St Foy – if we are going to other resorts then this is the departure time of in resort transfers
- 9.30am - 5pm: If you are heading to new resorts the minibus will take you for your day on the mountain. Lessons/guides arranged for you
- 5pm: pick up from mountains at prearranged place (can also be before and is discussed on the day)
- 5pm - 6.30pm: relax, afternoon tea, holistic treatments and sauna time
- 6.30 - 7.45pm: yoga to unwind and warm down achy muscles
- 8pm: 3 course wholesome vegetarian evening meal with local organic and vegan wines
- 10pm: bedtime!
We make sure you are well looked after on your holiday with top class and experienced mountain hosts, yoga teachers and guides to make your yoga ski holiday with us exceptional
- Eight days cosy, spacious and luxurious chalet apartments ski-in-ski-out
- FREE transfers from Bourg St Maurice rail station or Geneva airport
- 1 power hour of yoga each morning to prepare for the slopes
- 1.5 hour evening restorative class to soothe achy limbs
- Sauna to iron out any aches and pains
- Breakfasts: Delicious brunch after yoga – with granola, delicious local breads and croissants, eggs, juices and fruit
- Dinners: 3 course vegetarian dinner with wine and tea/coffee on 6 nights
- Unlimited organic house wines while dinner is being served
- Après ski tea on 7 days
- Free in resort transfers to the variety of ski destinations in the valley
- Transport to and from dinner out on one night when it’s chef’s night off
- Hosts: Experienced and friendly AdventureYogi hosts and in resort hosts to look after your every need
- Treatments: There will be on-site massage but this will be at an extra cost
- Flights and insurance
- Ski hire, ski pass
- Ski or snowboard lessons if required
Our accommodation is in 3 ski-in ski-out apartments in the picturesque resort of St Foy. We have been lucky enough to find these 3 spacious, cosy, luxury apartments that are wood and stone built in traditional Savoyard style. They have spectacular views across the Tarantaise valley to the Aiguille Rouge and Mont Pourri mountains and are right at the foot of the pistes. As they are private homes, they have a very high quality of furnishings and equipment throughout with plenty of storage space.
These apartments are ideal if you are a complete beginner and/or you are having ski/board lessons, as you can come and go as you please and if you don’t fancy skiing you can relax in the village and enjoy the sun terraces! Also great for all levels too!
Mariel: This is where the yoga studio is, spacious enough for 14 yogis, with beautiful views. There are 2 single rooms available with a bathroom to share.
Les 4 Saisons: Sleeps 6 in 3 twin or double rooms. There are 3 bath/shower rooms of which 2 are ensuite. It has a cosy living space for everyone to share and also has a sauna for all guests to use.
Montséti: This apartment also has 3 twin/double bedrooms, with 1 bathroom and 1 shower room shared between the 3 bedrooms. This will be the communal dining chalet, spacious enough to have a table for 14 guests.
The transfer airport is Geneva
We require at least 4 people per minibus and a maximum of 8. The transfer will depart at 2pm (or as soon as everyone is through from arrivals in the event of flight delays) on arrival day. Your flight should therefore arrive no later than 13.30. Earlier/later transfers may be possible depending on numbers.
The meeting point is in front of the Hub café to the left of the arrivals gate.
You will be dropped-off at or before noon on departure day so flights can be any time After 13.30pm from Geneva
Transfers are included in the price
There are a choice of 3 apartments with twin, double and Single room options.
Mariel: This is where the yoga studio is, spacious enough for 14 yogis, with beautiful views. There are 2 single rooms available with a bathroom to share. Single room: Early Bird: £1230, Standard price, £1345
Les 4 Saisons: Sleeps 6 in 3 twin or double rooms. There are 3 bath/shower rooms of which 2 are ensuite. It has a cosy living space for everyone to share and also has a sauna for all guests to use. Twin/ double room shared: Early bird: £940pp, Standard price: £1045pp
Montséti: This apartment also has 3 twin/double bedrooms, with 1 bathroom and 1 shower room shared between the 3 bedrooms. This will be the communal dining chalet, spacious enough to have a table for 14 guests. Twin/ double room shared: Early bird: £940pp, Standard price: £1045pp
Early birds expire 12 weeks before the start date of the holiday
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any availability?
Most retreat will show the availability on their specific page. If you are unsure or need to book for a larger group, you can always contact us before placing your order.
Whats the booking process like?
To reserve your space we ask for a £150 (UK) or £250 (abroad) deposit immediately, paid online on the page of the retreat you want to join, or over the phone by credit or debit card. We will then send you out your final invoice, your booking form and ask your room preference. We then ask you to pay the full amount 6 (UK) or 8 (abroad) weeks before the retreat or holiday. You can pay online, by bank transfer or Paypal but we add the 3.6% charge incurred by Paypal. Please call 01273 782734 to pay over the phone by debit or credit card. Two weeks before the retreat we will send you your welcome pack via email, and help you iron out any concerns you may have.
How do I pay for my retreat or holiday?
Firstly, pay your deposit online on the page of the retreat or holiday that you would like to book. We will send you a confirmation and your final invoice to pay. You can pay online by card, by bank transfer or Paypal but we add the 3.6% charge incurred by Paypal.
I haven’t done much yoga before, can I come?
We have designed our weekends and weeks for people who love yoga, whether they are beginners or have been practising for years. All our teachers are very experienced and are more than capable of adapting the classes to all levels. Our ethos is about being open & friendly, and we set up our business to spread the incredible word of yoga to people who perhaps wouldn’t have gone on a yoga retreat before. So don’t be shy, there is no time like the present to start your journey with yoga.
What is included in the price of a yoga holiday?
You will find everything included by looking under "what's included" tab on this page. If you have any particular request or requirements, feel free to contact us.
Do I have to attend all the Yoga sessions?
Of course not, we understand we all want different things. Our two-hour sessions normally also include meditation or mindfulness, so it's worth giving it a go.