Chalet Panda Reviews
Our transfers from our home to Chalet Panda and back again via Gatwick and Geneva went very smoothly. This was probably helped by having a Sunday transfer day. Chalet Panda was reasonably conveniently located being about 200 yards from the nearest lift and extremely cosy with very friendly and helpful staff, namely the chalet boys - Duncan and Matt. The Arc 2000 resort manager was also very helpful. The food was great with plenty of reasonable wine with every evening meal. Our only complaint was that the bread was never fresh, and always too dry. In addition to having easy access to the slopes, Chalet Panda was even colder to our evening entertainment in the nearby pub, with a large screen showing major sports and regular quiz nights.
Apres Ski: 4/5
I have never skied this late in the season before (the end of March), but there was no choice this year, as my son had started uni and was no longer free at half term. I have been to Les Arcs before and enjoyed the wide variety of snow and pistes and given the altitude I figured that we should still be sure of some good snow. As it turned out, we did, but we would have been less happy at any lower lying resort. It snowed at the start of the week and this gave a very welcome top-up the resort at 2000m and upwards, but only a short lived reprive for the lower slopes. We managed a trip to La Plagne, but the conditions were better on the Arcs side of the Vanoise Express. As the week progressed, it got sunnier and warmer and we had to set out both earlier and higher for the best conditions. Matt and Duncan at the Chalet Panda provided an excellent selection of meals and cakes which were very welcome when we returned to the chalet in the afternoon. This is not exactly the kind of ski-in/out accomodation, that you can often find in France, but it had a range of facilities close-by and was very reasonably priced.
Apres Ski: 4/5