Les Arcs, France
15th-22nd March 2020
Replenish, restore and rejuvenate on this skiing and yoga retreat in the French Alps. Whether you want to ski, board, walk or simply relax, our friendly and flexible programme, delicious healthy food and cosy eco chalet provide everything you need for the perfect holiday.
- Twice daily yoga
- Yummy meals cooked by a qualified natural chef
- Delicious organic wine
- Winter sports - skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing & walking
- Relaxing & game playing in front of roaring open fires
- Steamy moments in the eco wood-fired hot tub and sauna
- Glorious mountain views
- Restorative massages
We have a flexible and relaxed approach to the week with the emphasis on fun.
This is an example of what a day looks like and all activities are optional.
7.45am - Wake up and warm up with yoga
9.00am - Hearty breakfast
10.00am - Head out on the slopes
10.00 - 4.00pm - Ski all day as you wish (earlier/later collections can be arranged)
4.00pm - Back home for cake, a sauna/jacuzzi or a massage
6.00 - 7.00pm - Relaxing yoga
7.30pm - Three course supper
9.00pm - Wine, chats and/or board games by the roaring fire
The yoga will take place in a warm, cosy room with eco fire and snowy view.
Pre-ski – Wake Up, Warm Up Flow
A dynamic breath lead flow practice to get you warmed up for a day out in the snow. The focus will be on a full body opening and energising.
Post-ski – Rest and Restore
A gentle, nurturing practice to stretch out the body, relieve aching muscles and encourage ultimate release and relaxation after a day out on the slopes.
Your Teachers - Polly
Although she's been skiing and practising yoga for many years, Polly ran her first official "snowga" - ski, yoga - retreat last year and just loved every minute of it.
Everyone who joined agreed that the combination of yoga and skiing (or snowboarding) is an absolute winner and Polly made sure that the classes were always tailored to alleviate any aches and pains the group had. Giving the body a proper chance to do a full warm-up and cool-down meant that everyone could spend more time enjoying themselves on the slopes and round the dinner table.
Your Teachers - Eleri
Eleri first fell in love with Yoga as an 11 year old. Since then it has been an integral part of her life.
In her early 20’s she spent a number of years as a Seasonaire in Les Arcs. Spending hours everyday skiing for months on end helped her appreciate how just how beneficial yoga is; not only as a way of preventing injury but also in improving her skills as a skier. Upon completing her 200hr training with Frog Lotus international her first job as a yoga instructor was at the British Ski academy in Les Houches, introducing young athletes to yoga.
The practice of yoga has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat; something she aims to pass on to all of her students. Her classes are powerful, playful and heartfelt, deepening your practice and helping you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Chalet Sterwen, is located in the picturesque Tarentaise Valley in a pretty hamlet near Les Arcs. It is a beautiful, cosy eco chalet converted from a charming seventeenth century farmhouse which mixes rustic design with modern comforts. The yoga studio offers beautiful alpine views to refresh and inspire the mind and a lovely roaring eco-fire.
The chalet is in a fantastic location, in the middle of Paradiski - an incredible ski region with 425km of slopes and 3 wonderful areas to explore: Les Arcs, La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry. Perfect for everyone from beginners to experts, you'll find plenty to satisfy the adventurer in you. If you would prefer there is also Nordic skiing, snow-shoeing and hiking available nearby.
For ski hire these guys are brilliant. If you pre-book what you want they will come to the chalet on the first night and get us all kitted out for day one. For options, prices and to book visit:
You can get two types of ski pass – either one for the local area (which is still huge and amazing!) for £240.00 or one for the extended area for £270.00. We are a mixed ability group so you can choose to ski with whoever suits, take lessons or head out on your own adventure. Often we meet up for lunch to catch up on all the fun.
After leaving her hometown Nairobi, Kenya and many travels later Jessica has worked in many cultures, this has inspired her cooking through traditional methods, different flavours and ingredients. She cooks wholesomely with a mindful approach where nutritional value has become as important as the tastes and sensations. She'll serve up an abundance of colourful and nutritious food - a mix of mainly vegetarian, with fish and meat being served on a couple of the nights. There's always an abundance so guarantee you will not go hungry!
Every day you'll have a buffet breakfast and hot served options before skiing, yummy cake for afternoon tea when you come in off the slopes and a three course plated dinner. One night we'll all head out for supper so Jess can have a night away from the stove. Her passion is infectious so no doubt you will go home inspired and with several new recipes!
£799 per person based on three sharing a triple room
£950 per person based on two sharing a twin or double room
Single supplements are available on a limited basis @ £1,399 - please enquire
7 nights' accommodation
Twice daily yoga
Breakfast, afternoon tea and three-course dinner (6 nights)
Private shuttle bus to and from the slopes
Daily room cleaning
We can also help with:
Ski and snowboard hire and lessons
Nordic walking and snow-shoeing
Transport and Logistics
The nearest airports are Geneva, Lyon or Chambery where flights from the UK run regularly and conveniently. It's an easy 2 hour drive away. Hire a car, take a train to the local station in Laundry or the main town Bourg St Maurice and we'll pick you up.
Alternatively we can organise your transfer through our trusted local partners.
The week of yoga and skiing in Les Arcs was fantastic. I was a bit apprehensive as I was going on my own and had never taken one of Polly’s yoga classes but by the end of the day of arrival I knew I had made a great choice. The chalet was well run and warm, Ceri’s food was delicious and there was lots of it, and the group was fun and easy to get on with. Everyone was looked after skiing and snowboarding - which was great for me as I’m not a confident skier - and the yoga was pitched perfectly so as to warm up for skiing and stretch out afterwards. I’d love to go again and would definitely book other retreats with Polly. She’s a great teacher as well as kind and funny and she really cares for her guests.