COVID UPDATE

Posted by: Peter
1st September 2020

We’re very confident there will be a ski season, albeit with appropriate precautions, as all countries look towards localised lockdowns rather than country wide measures.

As autumn begins, our biggest concern is the issue of potential quarantine, which in realistic terms will prevent the great majority from travelling. The government is under a lot of pressure to change its approach in the next month or so towards testing at the point of entry, bringing the UK in line with other countries, giving a much-needed boost to the travel and air industries.

At this point, however, we cannot for certain rule out the situation where either there is another UK lockdown or where measures are imposed which in effect stop people going abroad for a holiday. This would mean ski resorts still operating, but without British skiers, which of course would be hugely difficult for us with our apartment owners.

Read on…

COVID UPDATE

Posted by: Peter
21st May 2020

We’re very confident there will be a ski season, albeit with appropriate precautions, as all countries look towards localised lockdowns rather than country wide measures.

As autumn begins, our biggest concern is the issue of potential quarantine, which in realistic terms will prevent the great majority from travelling. The government is under a lot of pressure to change its approach in the next month or so towards testing at the point of entry, bringing the UK in line with other countries, giving a much-needed boost to the travel and air industries.

At this point, however, we cannot for certain rule out the situation where either there is another UK lockdown or where measures are imposed which in effect stop people going abroad for a holiday. This would mean ski resorts still operating, but without British skiers, which of course would be hugely difficult for us with our apartment owners.

No-one was prepared for the sudden enforced finish to the season in March and we paid for apartments which sat empty, which of course is unsustainable. After considerable negotiation with owners and agencies, for this season only we have come to what we think is an equitable solution.

In the event of a French lockdown and the ‘closure’ of the village, we will not be expected to pay for accommodation and can therefore issue a full refund, subject to a small administration fee.

If the UK government alone impose restrictions which mean British skiers can’t travel, Val Cenis would still be open and this would mean owners receiving nothing for apartments which could have been sold to French skiers, or Dutch, Belgian or Italians who wouldn’t be prevented from coming by UK restrictions.

In order to be even handed to those renting accommodation, our clients, and to cover ourselves, we will be operating the following system this winter.

If for any Covid based reason you have to cancel your holiday you can get a full refund up until 32 days before your date of departure, subject to a small administrative fee.

Why 32 days?

After you inform us by e-mail, we then have time to tell the owner/agency and give 31 days, or one full calendar month either for ourselves or the owner/agency to rebook the apartment.

Within 32 days of your departure, any cancellation may result in the loss of your 30% deposit, which will go towards accommodation costs. Obviously if the apartment can be re-rented then this will be refunded, but you must either ensure you are covered by insurance, which will be difficult in the present climate, or accept you may lose this amount.

Clients cancelling for non-covid19 reasons will be subject to our normal cancellation charges as shown below.

We are confident the upcoming season will go ahead, and assuming travel restrictions are eased we’re looking forward to seeing regular MGS skiers and others new to Val Cenis, which after all will offer a much safer environment than bigger purpose built resorts where there are innumerable large hotels or group based chalets. Our market is basically self-catering apartments and the lack of crowds in the Maurienne valley should make Val Cenis a great place to ski during this highly unusual period.

PRICES
Click here the prices for self-catering apartments. Some are the same, our biggest increase on last season is 3.5% and some weeks are cheaper.

BOOKING
If you feel you would like to provisionally book a holiday under the above conditions, please telephone our free number (0800 689 4135) to discuss your requirements and leave a Holding Deposit, or you can make an enquiry using our contact form.

We look forward to hearing from you and of course, to seeing you in Val Cenis!

Snow has arrived

Posted by: Peter
13th November 2019

THOUGHT THESE MAY BE OF INTEREST…

If you’re stuck with grey people in a grey office on a grey day, cheer up, it’s snowed in Val Cenis.
Probably too early to stay down low, but should be a decent base developing higher up – and it looks beautiful!

We’re looking forward to welcoming our first guests in a few weeks time.

Posted by: Peter
24th September 2019

Ski & Snowboard Show 2019

With Autumn just starting to make it’s mark, the annual London Ski Show is fast approaching, in less than a month in fact and of course if you’re around Battersea Park at the time, please do drop in to see us, tickets are available at: Ski & Snowboard website.

We’re gearing up for a great few days at Battersea Park so if we can help with your holiday plans for this winter, please don’t hesitate to pop along or get in touch with us here on 0800 689 4135 or via our contact form.

Posted by: Peter
16th April 2019

WELL ANOTHER SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE…..
Beautiful sunny day here today and the competitions in the week long Challenge des Moniteurs have started. Over 800 entrants for the slalom alone..
We’d just like to say a HUGE thank you to all MGS clients this year, hopefully everyone had a good time. We’re already well under way for next winter so it looks as though most did enjoy themselves and apart from one horrendous week in March, the weather generally was kind to us.
Despite a lower than average snowfall, conditions have been very good and it does show the value of North facing slopes and of course hard work by those who prepare the pistes. The lifts will close next Sunday with over two metres coverage on the upper slopes and the runs to village level still in.
We will continue to post photos during the summer and from everyone in the above photo, thanks again for joining us in Val Cenis and we look forward to seeing many of you again next season!

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THURSDAY 4TH APRIL

Posted by: Peter
12th April 2019

WOWSER!
It snowed last night and this morning, before gradually clearing up as the afternoon continued. Above the telecabine there is a lot of fresh snow and although on the piste front where the ground has warmed up recently this will disappear quite quickly, it does mean a nice top up for next week.


Everywhere was ‘off piste’ today and it will be a couple of days before the bashers smooth everything out. This afternoon was just a fun time with almost everyone ending up face first at some point. Certain areas will remain closed for a day or two because of avalanche risk at this time of the season, but the snow in the trees looks lovely and very Narnia like…


Tomorrow will start cold and then sunshine will dominate so it should be a great day with fresh snow and blue skies. The weekend is forecast to be partially cloudy with the possibility of some very weak showers, before the sun comes out again on Monday and it becomes somewhat colder. The remainder of the week is expected to be a mixture of cloud and clear periods, with isolated showers and the rain/snow line around 1500m, so village level.


All looks good for our last week of the season. The roads are clear and shouldn’t present any problems for those driving. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of old friends again and welcoming some new clients to Val Cenis. The winter has flown by and it seems only yesterday we were looking forward to starting another season.


Tempus does indeed fugit when you’re having fun!

DO YOU FANCY SOME OF THIS NEXT WEEK??

Posted by: Peter
1st April 2019

These two photos are of the piste front at 9.00am this morning. There are bare patches because of the sustained sunshine we have had, but as you can see everyone can ski down easily to Bella and other bar/restaurants on the front.Higher up the snow coverage is good.

We have had a cancellation and therefore have a NICE TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT FREE for the 6th – 13th APRIL.

It can take between 2 and 4 comfortably, great all round position and we would be happy to offer this at a very good price as it is so last minute.
e-mail skimajor@aol.com for details.

THURSDAY 28TH MARCH

Posted by: Peter

IT AIN’T ‘ALF HOT MUM!

Another beautiful week in the mountains. Sunshine, blue skies and spring temperatures. Of course this has meant quite a bit of melting lower down, where some slopes have become worn and one or two closed. Runs to resort, however, are complete if a little heavy later in the afternoon.

Higher up is much better with a good snow coverage and if anything the pistes have improved as time has gone on following a hard freeze on soft snow early in the week. Today we came down the Quebecois on the Mont Cenis side and it was lovely, just a pleasure to ski, and as ever, conditions in Termignon are excellent.

Off piste is mixed, with no real powder but still untracked areas and some beautiful quiet areas to visit, as the video shows. This was a little walk to the Col de Sollieres one afternoon, under Jerome’s guidance and paced perfectly by the ever young (76???!!) Stewart Graham. The hardest bit was keeping up with the suncream….

Summarising broadly, the lower third of the mountain is moving towards the end of the season, the upper two thirds have a good coverage and offer great skiing across the whole area – all will be fine for the big Challenge des Moniteurs, beginning the 13th April.

The forecast is for sun to dominate again with temperatures creeping still higher over the weekend, before a depression moves through on Tuesday and a significant cold snap hitting the Savoie. Some snow showers are forecast mid-week, nothing major, but it will remain unsettled until Friday at least.

With the first week of the Easter holidays upon us, we’re looking forward to catching up with some old friends and introducing new clients to the late season joys of the North facing slopes of Val Cenis. Many will be leaving on Saturday having had a great week and shortly going back to work with the tell tale google marks we all love…..

THURSDAY 21ST MARCH

Posted by: Peter
25th March 2019

THE SUN IS SHINING AGAIN!

After the horrendous weather last week, a huge anticyclone has brought settled conditions to the Alps. With blue skies and largely quiet pistes, it has been much more pleasant and the smile is back on our faces.

When there is a sustained period of sunshine, as seen throughout February and this past week, the true value of North facing slopes becomes very clear indeed. The South side of the valley is largely devoid of snow and resorts with lots of similarly orientated pistes will be suffering greatly. From a high point, say the top of the Plan Cardinal chair, it is amazing to look down the valley and see snow on one side and rapidly greening fields on the other.

Lower slopes have of course been affected and some are worn, with soft snow later in the afternoon. Further up, however, conditions are much better and there is some excellent skiing all over the mountain. Despite the lack of true powder, there are also great opportunities off piste and incredibly, still some untracked areas.

The anticyclone will remain in place for the next few days, with warm temperatures over the weekend. During the coming week it will weaken and some cloud will move through at different times, but the chance of precipitation is low. It is also expected to be slightly colder after the weekend.

Next week brings the end of March and Easter is approaching rapidly. With a good depth of snow over two thirds of the mountain and runs to resort still complete, everyone should be looking forward to their holiday and hopefully there will be a bit more snow before the end of the season to really make things tip top!

THURSDAY 14TH MARCH

Posted by: Peter
15th March 2019

EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK!
Without doubt this has been far and away the worst week of this season in terms of weather, hideous would be one way of describing it….
The photo of young ‘Enri with his MGS hip flask was taken during the balmy days of February, winter has since returned with a vengeance.
Warm, wet air over the weekend was followed by a very rapid cold snap and incredibly windy conditions. Nearly all the lifts shut on Monday as the ‘tempete’ continued to blow. Suddenly it was very warm on Tuesday, before once again Wednesday saw a dramatic drop in temperature and more strong winds.
Today it’s cloudy with weak snow showers which will intensify this evening as another depression moves through during the night, again accompanied by strong winds. On Friday precipitation will continue with the risk of rain at village level. Saturday is expected to be sunny and warmer, which will be nice for those arriving of course, before another system arrives on Sunday bringing a drop in temperature once more and weak snow.
The rest of the week is expected to be mixed, with cloud and sunshine alternating, but no significant precipitation. Normal March temperatures.
Clients this week have been very positive in what at times have been very difficult conditions. There is always one dodgy week each season and after the flaming sunshine of February it’s a pity to have such extremes in a short period.
Once things calm down the pistes will recover as the bashers get round and repair the damage. Off piste if 20cms falls over the next few days, conditions will improve hugely.
The weather cannot be changed, but all at MGS will do our best to make sure everyone has a great time, so let’s keep that glass half full and look forward to a fun week coming up!