The apartment has two bedrooms: one double and another with two singles and bunk beds. There is one bathroom and an open-plan living room/kitchen. Furnishings are quite basic but you should find all you need. The terrace is private to the apartment.
LARGES HORIZONS. APT #103
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a) Flight to Geneva (EasyJet/Swiss/BA) – Flying time about an hour
b) Train from Geneva Airport to Aigle. Journey time approx. 1hr 20mins. Beautiful view around Lake Geneva.
The train station is part of the airport. Come out of baggage reclaim/customs and turn left following signs to the Gare. The Train to Aigle is usually the one that heads to Brig via Montreux and Lausanne and you can purchase tickets from the Ticket office or from the automatic ticket machines. The return fare is approx. CHF68.
c) Cog railway from Aigle to Leysin. Journey time approx. 20 mins. Come out of Aigle train station (same side as you got off the train) and turn right towards the trams sitting there. The one to Leysin is Brown and Cream. You should get a ticket on board to Leysin Feydey Station. Fare approx. CHF9.80F (or you can buy a through ticket including the Leysin leg in the ticket you buy at Geneva station).
When you get to Feydey, the apartment is about 5 minute walk. Come out of the station and turn left up past Jacky’s ski rental and up to the junction. Turn right down the hill, past the Lynx bar on your left and several little shops. Turn left when you get to the first road on your left, there should be a signs for the Ecole Suisse de Ski and the Buvette …. Just at the top of the hill on your right is Larges Horizons. The front 2 doors into the hallway which will be open and apt #103 is down the stairs and left at the very end of the corridor.
d) Get the Eurostar from Waterloo to Paris Nord, two stops on the RER to Gare de Lyon where you can catch a train to Geneva. From there catch a train to Aigle as before. A more interesting and pleasant way to travel if time is not such an issue. Take a bottle of wine and enjoy it. London-Geneva return around £90 if you book in advance. Booking advice is here and buy tickets here.
Leysin and the surrounding area should provide enough skiing excitement for all but the most advanced skiers for six or seven days. There is a good mix of gentle tree-lined swooshes with some more challenging red and black runs. It is also possible to hire off-piste guides from the Ecole Suisse de Ski by the Telecabine. Off course lessons (private or in groups) can be booked here too.
You can get over to Les Mosses (shuttle bus from the bottom of Solpraz) or get a bus up to the glacier at Les Diablerets. Villars and Chamonix are not far away – although no Bowens have ever needed to venture that far!
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