Venosc

Camping Le Champ du Moulin***
38 520 Venosc France

Website:
http://www.champ-
du-moulin.com/fr/caravaneige.htm

Longitude: 6.119866
Latitude: 44.98596

 

18 Feb 2014 - Update by Simon Huddart

Aire/Campsite Details:

The Champ du Moulin camp site is located down in the valley by the village of Venosc. The Les Deux Alpes resort is easily reached by a rapid bubble. The bubble and kiosk for ski passes is a 5 minute moderate up hill walk. The camp site has an arrangement with Venosc sports so you can leave your kit there in a locker after the first walk up.

This was my first time motorhome skiing (definitely not my last) and the campsite had a number of advantages: The road is easy and never more than 900m so even if it is heavy snow in Les Deux Alpes, it may be raining on the road you use. There are no sharp hairpins.

The site was easy to exit in snow (wish I had known that - it would have stopped me worrying!), and the owner is delightful.

There were restaurants within walking distance (average but quaintly French), bread at the site, and supermarkets in Les Deux Alpes.

The site has a sauna. Very quiet and peaceful - would make a good base for winter walks as well.

In February the site did not get the sun so even if it was melting up top, the site remained crisp - probably a good thing as it reduces the risk of black ice.

Resort Details :

No beauty queen! Some dull large blocks but the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. I did not eat at the top as the last bubble is at 7pm, but lunch was often of good quality and reasonably priced.

Skiing Details:

Les Deux Alpes does not have the expanse of e.g. Val D'Isere, but does have a good variety of runs. The green runs are either at the top by the glacier, or are tracks down to resort. Reds and blacks are lower down and straight down to resort. This has the advantage that at the end of the day your run is not kerfuffled by learners.

 

The lovely village of Venosc is connected by cable car to the ski resort of LES DEUX ALPES. It s 13 hours from Dover to the site. Unfortunately we arrived during the owner’s lunch (12.30) and had to wait until they finished before we could be sited. The site has a nice restaurant with local Savoyard dishes - tartiflette etc, however you need to book on pizza night as we got turned away as full. The site will arrange ski passes as part of the package There are up to sixty pitches depending on the weather. The site is easy to get to and fairly low at 1000m. The pitches are well spaced out - room for kids to make snow men etc. Lovely hot showers; large airing facilities for gloves; jackets; ski suits etc and all in the same facility. As the outside water taps were iced up the fresh water had to be obtained from the same place where you emptied the wastewater! Not the best set up. The site is located next to a river and only gets sun am (if it's out) and can be very cold pm onwards. There is a municipal swimming pool next door and a lovely area for walking and sledging.

To get to Les Deux Alpes you have to walk to the telecabine which takes about 10 ( uphill!!) minutes then about 10 minutes up to the main resort which is just a purpose built town - very busy; very commercial. The bars like all ski resorts are rather expensive as are the restaurants. Skis can be hired from Venosc sport, which does a discount deal with the campsite. Skis and boots can be left in in a locker here at the end of each day. After a days skiing you can spend the evenings out in Venosc. The village is a good 15 minutes walk uphill with 3 restaurants, however it is very quiet. The food in this region is superb. you can imagine Les Deux Alpes caters for everyone - beginners probably don’t need a full pass. - However Les Deux Alpes is a strange resort as the runs on the glacier at the very top are very flat and can be used by first week skiers with the steeper runs into the village. In Les Deux Alpes there was a Champion (small) supermarket on the way back to the telecabin.

Information thanks to Helen