The photos and description in the listing area are an accurate representation of the property. There are great views across the valley from the balcony. Although the property nominally sleeps 12 I would say it is more comfortable for 6 to 8 given that one bedroom contains bunkbeds with no storage and another is on an open mezzanine floor. Also there is a lack of kitchen and living space to accommodate a larger number of people. The kitchen is adequately equipped but, again, it would be a struggle to cater for a large group. A couple of points to note that are not clear from the listing:
• There is an additional linen/towel charge of 15€ pp
• There is a cleaning charge of 80€ if the apartment is not left as found
• There is an additional charge for wifi although it is free in the reception area
• If you want to use the TV you’ll need to plug an external device to it as only French channels are available
We flew into Grenoble as it is the closest airport. There was only one flight option: Ryanair on Fridays from Stansted. This is my least favourite travel combination but the flights were on time and not affected by any industrial action. There is only one car hire option (Hertz) so I would advise booking early. Also it took over an hour to obtain the car as there was only one person on duty. There are very few flights into Grenoble in the summer so facilities are limited. There is a hypermarket / café, petrol station (and McDonalds if you must) close to the airport.
The apartment is location on the top floor of a large residence in the Venosc area, which is a quiet part of the resort. It’s a 5-10 minute walk to the nearest shops/restaurants or 5 minute drive. There is a free shuttle bus stop at the entrance to the residence.
We were self-catering and found that all of the local supermarkets are of a convenience type and had little choice. If you can I would recommend that you stock up at a hypermarket before getting to the resort. We did eat out once at L’Alisier, which served typical mountain food and was ok but nothing special.
I took my children one morning up to the glacier to ski. As you would expect, the number of pistes is limited; the main activities were slalom practice for skiers and playing in the large snow park for boarders. Be aware that it, if you’re a boarder, it will be icy (obviously) and that there are only T bar drags – not an ideal combination…
Also went mountain biking. Decided that it would be wise to have a lesson before launching ourselves down the mountain. We used Bike Infinity and the instructor was very good although it’s pot luck as to the group ability, which can be restrictive in what you do. We then hired bikes and equipment from Hors Limites as the equipment was of better quality than Bike Infinity.
For the above activities expect to pay 80€ pp for equipment / lift pass for a morning.
There is also, of course, walking and I’d recommend a walk down to Venosc village, lunch then telecabine back up.
I didn’t think that it was much cheaper to visit in summer rather than winter. In conclusion, I would recommended going to Italy instead, where the people are friendlier, the food’s better and it’s less expensive :-)