Le Bilboquet is situated in the mountain village of Les Coches with stunning tree lined views from the balcony of the Tarentaise Valley and Mont Blanc. It is ideally situated in the centre of the Paradiski area close to the Vanoise Express between La Plagne and Les Arcs. Le Bilboquet is an apartment building built in the traditional Savoyard style.
The apartment situated on the second floor is privately owned and has a warm cosy feel. It has been fully refurbished and re-decorated for this ski season. It is individually furnished and well equipped with newly fitted furnishings and lights. The apartment has a dishwasher, hob, new fitted oven, fridge/freezer, slow cooker and kettle. All new Savoyard styled crockery, utensils and home accessories have been added. All new luxury linen, quilts, pillows, bath mats and tea towels are also provided. There is newly fitted LED TV and DVD with a selection of films plus a playstaion PS3 with a good selection of games. There is also an ipod docking station Additional items include a hair dryer and hoover. Large personal ski locker adjacent to apartment.
The apartment will be fully prepared for our guests by our Local Property Management Company. Prices include cleaning, bed linens, towels, bathmat and tea towels.
Please note that the apartment is non-smoking and no pets allowed.
The ski accommodation consists of:
main living area with:
- fully equipped kitchen with combi oven, dishwasher, fridge with small freezer, large larder cupboard. Slow cooker for casseroles when you return.
- lounge with two sofas (one pull out) offers three adult length comfortable beds
- dining area (seating for 5)
1 separate double bedroom with tall cupboard and dressing area.
1 bathroom with shower attachment and wash hand basin - plus unlimited hot water for much needed après-ski baths.
Hallway with ample storage wardrobes
Underfloor heating throughout the whole apartment
Covered balcony with views
Personal ski locker
There is ample free parking in front of the residence.
It is possible to ski in to Le Bilboquet (snow conditions permitting) from Les Coches nursery piste on a gentle slope. It is a two minute walk along the same track to the nursery piste (150m) and a short blue run down to the nearest lift.
Les Coches offers two free beginners lifts which provide excellent areas for children and adults who want to learn the ski basics without the requirement for purchasing ski lift passes.
The wide blues and reds of the Paradiski area are perfect for intermediates and the blacks on the Bellcôte Glacier and Aiguille Rouge are testing enough for any advanced skier or boarder.
This is a great area for boarders, beginners and experts alike. There are some fantastic cruisy blues to get you started, a great off-piste playground, half pipe, board parks and boarder cross.
The apartment is in a tranquil setting, only a three minute walk to the village centre with shops, Boulangerie, Charcuterie, Delicatessen serving local foods, Souvenir shops, a Spar mini Supermarket, Tourist office, Ski hire, Restaurants and Bars. There is also a hairdressers, laundrette and cash point. The apartment is conveniently located close to slopes, lift system, ice skating rink and only 250m to the ski school meeting point. There is a free bus to the village of Montchavin below with swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi suite.
Les Coches shopping square have regular welcome evenings and host live music.
The Rhone/French Alps region
The well established resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs have now become a part of one of the largest ski areas in the world with the opening of the Vanoise Express cable car connecting the two areas. The distinctive double-decker cable car connects the two resorts via Les Coches in La Plagne and Plan Peisey in Les Arcs creating a combined ski area that is known as Paradiski with a huge 425kms of marked pistes.
The village of Les Coches is ideally positioned for exploring both La Plagne and Les Arcs.
Both Les Arcs and La Plagne comprise modern purpose built winter factories but also a few pretty villages such as Champagny, Les Coches, Montchavin or Peisey Vallandry. Bordered by the scenic Vanoise National park, the area includes some typically pretty mountain landscape.
For thrill-seekers, Les Arcs' famous Flying Kilometre course is the place for the World's speed record on skis with more than 150mph to beat.
La Plagne (Les Coches)
La Plagne has 10 satellite villages of which Les Coches is one. If you still need more skiing then you could always get the Vanoise Express (leaving from Les Coches) over to Les Arcs for the day.
Altitude Maxi: 3250m
Altitude Mini : 1200m
425 km of slopes
240 Marked Tracks:
182 Ski Lifts
Bellecote Glacier (Les Coches / La Plagne)
Aiguilee Rouge 3226m (Les Arcs)
1 Bob Sleigh run (La Plagne hosted this event during the 1992 Winter Olympics)
Ice Skating – in Les Coches
Les Coches is a quieter alternative to bustling La Plagne yet it shares its giant neighbour's Paradiski ski domain, one of the world's largest.
This means that the ski lifts rise for an incredible 2000 vertical metres above the village to snowsure glacier snow fields, a figure matched by less than a dozen other resorts on the planet.
Les Coches has a small selection of bars and restaurants, supermarket, boulangerie, and laundrette. There's a further selection of bars and restaurants as well as a nightclub in nearby Montchavin, linked by ski lifts and a shuttle bus.
Les Coches is not aimed at the party going crowd, but more at people who appreciate skiing in a traditional French resort. The skiing and boarding is suitable for all abilities with gentle runs back to resort for beginners and a huge domain with two glaciers for snow-sure skiing for the experts. Snow making facilities ensure runs remain open back to the resort to the end of the season.
The village has a natural appeal for families, which has earned it the Famille Plus accreditation for the quality of its services awarded by the French government's Ski France organisation. Montchavin is traffic free and offers children's clubs and a nursery, so is a perfect location for families.
Child-minding facilities (with state accreditation) include the Baby Club Montchavin which provides indoor and outdoor activities including drawing, painting, games, sledging, walks, snowman building and time for a nap, if required, for one to three year olds.
Activities in the village include snowshoeing, an ice rink at the top of Montchavin gondola lift, with 800 sq m of artificial ice rink, a cinema and a well being centre with Turkish bath, sauna, massages and beauty treatments.
In other La Plagne villages nearby which can be skied to there are more activity options, including the rare chance for the brave to descend a bobsleigh run, in this case built for the 1992 Winter Olympics staged in the area. You can either take a 'taxi' bobsleigh at top speed behind a professional driver or jump in a 'self steering' craft with friends which goes a little slower but is still fast enough.
If you prefer the Alps for your summer holidays then there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained in the La Plagne / Les Arcs / Les Coches area
- Hiking in the Alps / Walking / Nature Trails – why not take a family picnic
- White water rafting or canyoning (H2O Rafting Centre Landry 10 minutes away).
- Mountain Biking or cycling, (ski lifts open during peak summer months) , Paragliding, Horse riding, Summer skiing (on the Bellecote Glacier above La Plagne or in Tignes which is only 50mins away), Tennis (Les Coches, Maçot, Bourg St Maurice), Climbing – rock and walls, Ice climbing on the glacier, Off road driving, Archery, Swimming pool in Montchavin (outdoor), Golf in La Plagne, Helicopter Rides, Fishing, Sailing and other motor sports acitivities at Annecy, Sight Seeing (Annecy, Petit St Bernard pass (border to Italy)
- Swimming - there is an outside pool complex in Monchavin or a fresh water lake 10 mins away in the direction of Aime
Les Coches is conveniently positioned close to the large Town of Bourge St Maurice (15 minutes away) where there are three large supermarkets. Super U, Intermarche, and Lidl. Macdonalds and a wealth of shops and restaurants.
How to get there
The nearest airport is Chambery (105 km) or Grenoble, Geneva and Lyon are within 2-3 hours.
Eurostar and the Snow Train stop at Landry (10 km), which is at the foot of the mountain and is a 15 minute taxi journey to the village.
We drive via Calais (8-10 hours). If you wish, we can email you suggestions for the best route and places to stay. In the summer, use of a car will enable you to experience this wonderful part of France more fully. However, a car is not essential.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information. We are happy to help you organise ski hire, lifts and lessons, if required.