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Arnaud Malbos is an instructor with the French Ski School in the ski resort of Le Lioran. From December through to the Easter holidays, he provides classes for adults and children keen to discover all the fun of snow sports in the Auvergne's hills. At Le Lioran, Le Mont-Dore or Super-Besse, skiing in the Auvergne offers many unique features. Here, Arnaud introduces us to a selection of them.
"The Auvergne’s ski resorts are renowned for being particularly family-friendly. Moderately sized, they offer a lively and intimate setting for guests. The calm evenings provide an opportunity for children and parents to enjoy a well-deserved meal after a day spent racing down the slopes. Special facilities have been introduced for our youngest guests including sledges, day nurseries and play areas, etc.
The Auvergne is also a land of vales and hollows, enabling skiers of all abilities to have a great time. You can ski through the fir tree woods and on a huge variety of small slopes. The large number of red-level slopes is your guarantee of an exciting time. The Auvergne’s resorts are neither too large nor too small. Here, everything you want is nearby".
"Super-Besse, Le Lioran and Mont-Dore cater for the same market segment, i.e. families. The Mont-Dore resort also attracts another type of enthusiast: those with a preference for couloir skiing and frozen waterfalls.
"Descentes aux flambeaux (torchlit downhill ski processions at night) are organised each week, as are festivities for holidaymakers and local people. These include the Snowshoe Festival, the Mountain Festival or other festivities around Christmas time. After a hard day's skiing, the Auvergne invites you to discover its delicious local produce and recipes including truffade, aligot, lentils, sausages or potée auvergnate (Auvergne hotpot)".
Skiing instructor at the ESF (French Ski School)