Ski Chalet La'Folie' - 2 floor apartment In Oz En Oisans (Alpe d'Huez), Luxury appt, ski in/out, central location in charming village of Oz-en-Oisan
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About Alison McGrigor
We bought the chalet in 2014, having rented it for two years before that. The apartment is ideal for families and groups, the skiing extensive and the town most characterful. We can wholeheartedly recommend Oz as a fantastic convenient place to base yourselves. It is charming and pretty (unlike most purpose built stations) but completely safe for children given its size and the fact it is traffic free. The skiing is fantastic for all abilities. You can ski right down to the ski school meeting place, and get back on a gondola with the children without needing to take off your skis!
Alison McGrigor purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Alison McGrigor chose Oz
Many people consider Alpes d'huez to be the best ski resort in Europe. There are runs for all abilities, from Marcel's farm (an easy fun zone for kids) to the super-feisty Tunnel, with all levels of run, and snowpack in between. For the less experienced, the nursery slope and kids area is on the doorstep. For the most experienced, you can try the 'grandes descent' from the top of Tunnel to the bottom of La Fare (two black runs which cover a significant drop in altitude without taking a lift. Oz en Oisans has easy access to the Alpes d'Huez via one gondola (which is in front of the chalet). The quieter area of Vaujeny is via a different gondola. Our property is perfectly situated in the beautiful, twinkling resort of Oz. We are in the centre yet on the slope. The chalet is spacious, characterful and has everything you need for a perfect break.
What makes this Apartment unique
- proximity to everything you need in a ski holiday - services of our local agent - full instructions given about getting there, where to purchase ski pass, prebooking ski school, etc. - use of pool and sauna - use of private lockable ski 'cave' - the skiing starts outside the door! - covered car parking
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Great chalet location in child friendly village
The chalet is in a great location. Although up some steps it is worth as the village is very small and friendly great for families. We left our skis and boots at the ski hire so did not have to carry them far. The ski lift is very close as bars and places to eat. The ESF ski school is excellent with good English speaking instructors. The chalet was great and comfortable enough space for the 8 of us. The kitchen is small and not shown in the photos but otherwise the balcony looks over the ski slope about 50 meters away. I would recommend and visit again.
Thank you for your review and we're delighted you had a good time! We would be very happy to welcome you again and absolutely agree that the ski school is fantastic and the village great for families in particular. One point to note for future guests is that our (private, lockable) ski 'cave' on the second floor affords direct access to the piste. Our building is one of the closest to the Alpette gondola. So for most people in most conditions that would be more convenient than storing skis in the ski shop (and should mean no carrying skis!). But Romain, our manager who also works in the ski shop, is very happy to assist of you prefer to store them there. Thank you very much for the feedback and taking time to do review!
Fabulous location and genuine to and from the door skiiing
There had been no snow for nearly three week's and we feared the worst but the pistes in Oz and Alpe d'Huez are so well maintained that nearly all the lifts and slopes were open and we had a fabulous week's skiing at the end of January. We were spoiled for choice and a week really isn't long enough to explore all the slopes available. Furthermore, the scenery around Oz is jaw-droppingly spectacular. We loved being able to ski to and from the apartment building and there were a couple of very good, reasonably priced restaurants just seconds away. The only two small negatives are the lack of wifi and the slightly awkward access to the apartment but these are definitely compensated for by the traffic free village and the superb skiing. We would definitely stay here again to enjoy more fantastic skiing and to explore the slopes we never had time to reach this time round!
Great apartment in a lovely location
We stayed here at Christmas and found the apartment ideal for our needs. We are two families with older children (ages from 15 to 21) and diverse skiing experience and ability. Although there was sadly no snow in the village itself, many of the main runs in Alpe d'Huez and Alpette were open with artificial snow and there was real snow higher up the mountain. Oz is small and quite quiet, which suited us well. There's a great bakers and a decent small supermarket, as well as cafes, restaurants, ski school and equipment hire shops. The apartment is simple, but comfortable and very well located near services and the main cable car to Alpe d'Huez. It had everything we needed for the week and the complimentary use of the swimming pool and sauna in the next block was a nice bonus. Communication with the owners was very straightforward and helpful. We would love to return (hopefully when there is more snow!)
Thank you very much for taking the time to review and we are delighted that you enjoyed staying at chalet la folie. We've just got back ourselves (week after you!) and were pleased to see that, notwithstanding the paucity of snow across the Alps (sadly), the standard on the pistes was really quite good through a mixture of moving and creating snow at the bottom, and decent snow at the top. We would, of course, be delighted to hear from you again. Alison
Perfect location, excellent facilities
We spent four nights at the apartment with friends. Very comfortable and perfect for so many adults as there are 4 showers! The view from the balcony was stunning - on to the piste dropping into Oz and the main area of the resort. It was very comfortable with everything you need. The people looking after the flat in Oz were very friendly and located in the better ski hire place (called 3G). Excellent restaurants in Oz - including great home made tartiflette to take away from the supermarket. The skiing was fantastic - loads of choice - stunningly beautiful - and great food up there too. One of our bests meals was on the piste. Highly recommended ! We are planning to return next year.
Thanks so much - we are delighted you had such a lovely time! Alison
Fantastic ski chalet in picturesque village of Oz
La Folie was absolutely prefect for our stay. The setting is stunning and all the amenities were nearby- supermarket, restaurants and bars. The accommodation was very spacious and was ample for our party of 9. Very comfortable beds and lovely dining/entertaining area. Also great to have a pool and sauna on site which we used and which were very nice. So convenient to be able to ski in and ski out and Oz en Oisans is a beautiful resort with really fantastic slopes - lots of variety for all levels of skiers. We had super snow so the conditions were great. I would highly recommend this and will definitely visit again.
Thanks so much for your fantastic review. We are delighted you had such a great time! Alison
A home away from home!
Despite not being able to drive to the door, the apartment was actually very easy to get to - a lift and some steps and a lift in the chalet itself. The apartment is well-appointed with lots of bedrooms and a spacious living/dining area. The location is fantastic - close to the pistes, supermarket and ski hire shops. Quite simply put, it is the best ski apartment I have stayed in, with some awesome skiing right on the doorstep.
Thanks so much for taking the time to review and for your kind words. We're delighted you had such a good time.
Special interest holidays:
Skiing out the back door in one of Europe's biggest ski areas! There are two gondolas, a ski school and a ski kindergarten withing moments walk. Fast connections on queue free gondolas will have you in the heart of the Grands Domaines very quickly (see ski map). Or ski over to Vaujeny for sunny, quiet pistes. After millions of pounds of investment in advance of the 2014/5 ski season, Sarenne, reputedly the longest piste in Europe, is open throughout the season for a spectacular ski from the top of the glacier. Summer skiing is usually available from the end of June (as long as conditions permit - usually mid/late July).
This is mountain biking Mecca: Oz regularly hosts the junior World Cup and the French national championships. All the equipment is hire locally.
The apartment is close to many famous climbs. The Alpes d'Huez legendary 21 hairpins are nearby (accessible by gondola in the summer) as are many other famous landmarks and passes (including Col de Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer etc). The nearest sizeable town (20 mins by car) of Bourg d'Oisans is a hub for road cycling. We have an arrangement with a knowledgable english owned biking business which can arrange drop offs and pick ups with bikes.
The Oisans mountains provide a fantastic backdrop for all sorts of walks. From reasonably gentle 'top of gondola to top of gondola' hikes, stopping at mountain restaurants, to more extreme mountain adventures involving refuges and via ferratas, the Oisans mountains cater for all levels.
Airports: Grenoble (1.15), Lyon (2 hours), Geneva (2.15 hours) or Chambery. We can help with transfers (from €50 pp return out of Grenoble) (or see Oz en Oisans public website for buses etc).
From Calais: 9 hours driving.
No car necessary (once you are there!); car free resort with everything nearby.
Allemond is nearest town for doctor, pharmacy etc: 20 mins down mountain.
In summer, you may wish to drive to Bourg d'Oisans for cycling, canoeing etc - this takes about 30 mins. Grenoble 45 mins /1 hour.
There are a number of bars,restaurants and pizzerias in the village. As well as the 'Sherpa' supermarket, there are a number of shops selling local produce and two boulangeries. There is a credit agricole cash-point.
The tourist office, which sells lift passes and can also supply details and book of a wide range of activities (particularly useful in summer) is 5 mins walk from the apartment. The ESF office is next door to our development and the meeting place just below.