Combining yoga and snow sports is a wonderful formula that embraces the serenity of the mountains and the passion of the pistes.
This ancient sleepy village is perched on the edge of the mountain over looking the Oisan ranges. Here, time can be seen in the twists of the old timbers that support the tumbling tiles and the firewood and the snow pile high beside the cowshed door. Outside we embrace the clarity of snow, ice and powder, whilst inside our stone and wooden chalet there are cosy nooks to nestle beside log fires and congenial spaces lit by candles, warm smiles and the tall tales of mountain adventure.
Quiet and beautiful Villard Reculas is just one fast modern ski-lift from the heart of the Alpe D’Huez, a world class ski area with over 250km of slopes.
Our yoga is practiced in a warm hall space overlooking the mountains and facing the rising sun. Morning practices will offer meditation, pranayama and a flowing hatha flow asana class whilst our evening sessions will be restorative in flavour to serve as a gentle balm for tired muscles after a day on the slopes. There will be five morning classes and three evening classes during our week together.
After a hearty breakfast each day guests can potter along to ski school or make their way into the resort for the day. There are three full mornings of ski orientation for intermediate skiers who wish to get to know the area. Tea and cake are set out to welcome home hungry skiers each afternoon before either yoga, a massage, a sauna or just a quiet chill out.
Things to do
In addition to your skiing, snow-boarding and yoga, Villard Reculas and Alpe D’Huez offers snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, paragliding and snow-kiting. There are extensive sports facilities in town with even an outdoor swimming pool steaming in the snow drifts. A six-day lift pass also gives you access to Les Deux Alpes which can be driven to or a helicopter trip can be arranged.
For a more sedate experience there are cultural information tours around the village and ice caves that can be explored. For those who enjoy some après-ski, the Folie Douce provides a really amazing, intense ambiance that is a combination of circus, festival and a snowy street-style groove.
Accommodation & food
Our chalet is bespoke, spacious and has boho chic elegance. It is a converted 200 year old traditional Oisans stone barn which faces south with panoramic uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains.
Snuggle down - cocooned in the warmth of this comfortable homely hideaway - where the bedrooms have their own private bathrooms. A limited amount of single person occupancy is available on this retreat.
Sitting rooms with log fires and libraries offer plenty of cosy corners to rest with a hot chocolate steaming in your hands. There is wifi and massage treatments are available. Eco-friendly, the chalet generates its own hot water on sunny days. It is a five minute walk to the slopes or there is a free navette bus. A hearty vegetarian breakfast is provided each morning and there is a three course vegetarian supper with wine for six of the nights of your stay.
We so enjoyed absolutely everything during the week we spent with you in the mountains. It was all just perfect – I can’t think of anything I would change.Jane
We both had a fabulous time. I loved your style of teaching – such strength and beauty and I look forward to more yoga with you in the future.Sandra
The 'snow yoga' holiday with Emma was amazing - starting the day with magical meditation and yoga, looking out across the snow covered mountains with candles flickering, as the sun came up was inspiring, followed by great skiing and then a wonderful evening yoga session adapted to how sore our muscles were from skiing. Great location and food and as ever a wonderfully positive, uplifting and fun atmosphere that Emma created. Thank you Emma hope to join you again soon.Jane M
I've just got back from the most Amazing ski and yoga holiday with Emma. Starting the morning with a great yoga session before heading out onto the snow was one of the most refreshing holidays I've ever had. Great food and fantastic new people. Thank you Em. xCharlotte
Snow ski and yoga adventures in the heart of the Alps. Simply beautiful. Look forward to returning next year for sure.Lizzy
Emma's classes are thoughtfully prepared and she gives out so much encouragement. love and technical advice that I am amazed she still has energy to spare at the end. Her blend of expert yoga knowledge woven with literary dexterity and music choices give her classes a unique feel that is both testing and hugely enjoyable.Derek
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Yoga and skiing holiday in the heart of the Alpe D’Huez, France, 27 January - 3 February 2018
accommodation, yoga tuition, breakfast, tea time, hors d’ouvres and dinner with wine (with the exception of one evening in the village), ski orientation and transfers from Rochataille.
ski pass, ski lessons, equipment hire, transfers to Rochataille, holiday insurance and one evening meal in the village. Although not included in the price, advice and help with these bookings is available.
Easyjet and BA both offer flights to Grenoble.
If you arrange your flight to Grenoble then contact www.bensbus.co.uk - they meet you at the airport and offer reasonable transfers to Rochetailee where you will be met by your host or a taxi and transferred up the mountain.
If you decide to travel by Eurostar to Grenoble there is a company called Transaltitude who offer transfers to the village. From St Pancras London to Grenoble with a change in Paris the total journey time is between 6 and 7.5 hours.
Check-in is after 2pm on Saturday 27 January and check-out is before 10am on Saturday 3 February.