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Visitor reviews for Les Coches Ski Resort
January 28, 2016
Paul Gammage from United Kingdom
Les Coches is different to another reviewer's report in many ways!
Since her report back in 2012, it has added in new lifts and the run back to the village from Dos Rond and the beginner area at Plan Bois, is much easier than before, believe me.
Some new cut throughs have been added at a couple of the more difficult pitches, making the run home easier for beginners especially.
In good snow, from Dos Rond, try the Pierre Blanches run, which joins into the Mont Blanc, as this may be the easier option?
The location of Les Coches and the access to Les Arcs is a big draw, as the variability in terrain that then becomes available, is huge. The trees around Les Coches also help in bad weather, if you are forced to go skiing!
Les Coches is quiet(ish) in the evening, but there are enough good restaurants and a couple of bars that should be sufficient for most.
Both schools (ESF & Evo'2) are good here too!
We nearly always drive these days and Les Coches can be easily reached in 10 hours, from the Calais area. By travelling overnight on the Friday, this can then make extra skiing on the Saturday morning, very achievable. One note of caution, the valley road can be slow in peak holiday times!
Prices are always going to be higher, the further up the mountain you go. However, with a car, the supermarkets in Bourg' are easily reached for a good range of "food" shopping if needed, making the self catering stay more affordable. There are very good catered chalet options available too.
We have used Erna Low a lot in the past and also contacts within the village, but we now use Ski La Source more and more, with no complaints at all.
We have tried catered chalets, self catering chalets and self catering apartments and we still mix it up, but are more biased theses days towards self catering options.
We like Les Coches; it must have something going for it, as this will be my 18th season, but we do other ski areas whenever possible. So I feel we can make an honest comparison!
Almost forgot, the ability to ski in/ski out of most of the accommodation, is fantastic here.
Hope you enjoy Les Coches, as much as we do.
Les Coches Ratings
Overall: 3.9. Based on 7 votes and 11 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Les Coches.
Public Transport: 4.1
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Les Coches, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Les Coches, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.3
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.7
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Les Coches.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Les Coches, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Les Coches is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Les Coches relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Les Coches, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Les Coches are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Les Coches is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Les Coches, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) Les Coches usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.4
(1) The staff at Les Coches are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Les Coches are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.2
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Les Coches has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Les Coches, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Les Coches, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Les Coches, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Les Coches has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.5
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.3
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.9
(1) Overall, Les Coches is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.9
(1) Overall, Les Coches is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 17, 2014
JULIAN WARD from United Kingdom
The resort is small, quiet and compact; worth a few seasons. If you want party, party, party go to the larger resorts, there's plenty!
i have skied all over Europe at different resorts catering for different levels and disciplines. Les Coches is one of those low key places with great access to all areas if you want it. If you want 24/7 entertainment then no, if you want family friendly and a few beers with your group after a full day's skiing then yes.
3rd year skiing at Les coches, will try somewhere different next year.
March 05, 2012
Fiona from United Kingdom
As a very new snowboarder, Les Coches was a mixed bag!
*Beautiful location - couldn't stop staring at the views
*Small and friendly village with plenty going on but family-centred
*Loved the gondolas and the chairlifts were fairly easy (i.e. flat dismounting area!)
*Two good schools and plenty of hire shops
*The 'easy' runs have narrow, steep sections putting them off-limits to novice snowboarders and there is no easily accessible short run to get started on. We were confined to the beginner area the whole week, as the only other realistic option was a 1.5 hour or more struggle down a very variable blue run. Blah.
*Some parts only accessible by skiing to them down difficult runs or long, difficult drag lifts.
*The only grocery shop is very, very expensive... (top tip: the one in Monchavin is much cheaper)
All in all, the feeling I'll remember most from Les Coches is that of being a trapped onlooker. There's nothing much to do apart from ski or snowboard, and for a beginner there's very little that's realistically accessible. My highlight was going for a walk!
Only recommended for skiers and experienced boarders or those wanting a full week of lessons.
August 02, 2011
Mike from United Kingdom
Stayed in Les Coches at Chalet Mazot in March 2010, for a long weekend. Great late season snow and quick access to both the La Plagne and Les Arcs area for some fantastic skiing. Snow coverage was great, even at end of season due to height of the resort.
Would also thoroughly recommend Chalet Mazot: direct access to the slope, great food and excellent hosts.
Resort is picturesque and quiet - not for Apres-Ski Junkies, but a great family resort.
Highly recommended, and perfect for access to some great snow sure skiing.
February 28, 2011
David F from United Kingdom
Les Coches is a wonderful, wonderful resort and so centrally located.
Access to snow sure high skiing when rarely these marvellous tree lined runs back the the resort are a bit thin. These runs through the trees have to be some of the best skiing around.
Not a trendy young persons place with clubs and bars but more an upmarket family resort: not outrageously expensive like nearby Courchevel but Paradiski skiing is as good if not more varied and extensive than the 3 valleys. Mountain catering could be better ~ we will give 3 Valleys that ~ but improves here every year. Also avoids the traffic jams getting further up the valley to Val D'Isere. Paradiski is the best.
Along with Montchavin a definite 5 star resort.
Highly recommended but keep it to yourself.
February 08, 2010
Richard Waite from United Kingdom
We love the central location of this spot (Les Coches) and the north facing sure snow slopes coupled with the village atmosphere-- very hard to beat!!!
January 04, 2010
Peter from United Kingdom
We have been going to Les Coches for the last few years. Just returned from another week over Xmas staying in the Le Boulier apartment (La Coudraie) which has spectacular views over Mont Blanc and ski-in ski-out all year round. Great snow and easy access to the whole of La Plagne and Les Arcs with Les Coches providing some good tree lined piste and off-piste powder runs. Check out ski-les-coches.co.uk for a large family appartment - had Xmas dinner for 10 in the dining room.
December 01, 2009
Jo from United Kingdom
What an awesome looking forecast.
We stay in Les Coches with "ski-lasource" every year and have done for 5 years, It's so personal; they really look after you. Chris and Linda run the company and they seem to hire such brilliant hosts every year. The food is scrumptious.
Linda is up there at the kid's meeting point making sure the kids are all settled. They really go out of their way and make sure you feel cared for and you enjoy your hols.
Can't wait to go back to chalet Versoye at Les Coches on the 12th. It's such good value for money and you are guarenteed a lovely holiday!
search ski-lasource on google their based in Les Coches/Montchavin.
p.s- yay! the powder has fallen
December 04, 2008
Jez from United Kingdom
Les Coches is fantastic if you want a quiet, tour-operator-free, authentic village that is linked into one of the best ski areas in the world. You can be in the heart of La Plagne within 20/30 minutes and there are some excellent tree-lined runs down to the village - great in limited visibility. Les Coches has got all the shops/services you'll ever need - plenty of quality ski hire places (recommend Slalom Sports - order on-line at Skimium.com). It's north facing so the snow is reliable and the double-decker cable car to Les Arcs is nearby. We love it.
November 23, 2007
TORY from United Kingdom
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