Breakaway Point, or the Great Races at La Plagne
One of the main attractions of La Plani is the Olympic bobsled track, built before the Olympics in Albertville in 1992. The only one in France, this route is considered…

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Igloo village in Les Arcs: some love cooler
At seven in the evening we had a rendezvous with Philip. Having dressed up in all the warmest and most voluminous, we stood under a starry sky, like three snowmen,…

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Peyzansky spirit: between La Plana and Les Arches
The third whale, on which the Paradiski zone stands, is the resort of Peisey Vallandry, located between La Plana and Les Arcs. When the legendary Vanoise Express ski lift was…

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In Leukerbad, crowds of people who have not seen the elevator and are not particularly eager to join the skiing caste. And it’s true, the healing mountain air, long walks along mountainous routes, relaxing thermal springs, absolutely fantastic photo wallpapers in the window with a meditative, energetically very strong picture – all this is more than enough, in my opinion, to dream of mountains as a full-fledged vacation, not taking skating into account. I now think that in my 80 I will be torn in the winter in the mountains, just to watch and breathe. That is, the mountains – this is not only skiing, it’s a whole world.

I thought about it in this connection. Already, several moms from Moscow have asked me this question – “What can you do there in Leukerbad if you are not a skier?” So they asked – we answer. In addition to the thermal springs that we visit every day, 40 km of hiking routes and eating fondue in restaurants, there are plenty of opportunities for sports non-ski. For example, next to our apartments, a few steps from the children’s slide, there is a large indoor sports complex Sportarena. Under the same roof there is nothing gathered here.

Want to go skating on the rink? You are welcome. Adults for 9 francs, and children from 6 years for 7 francs can ride as much as they please. Skate rental costs only 5 francs, and for 30 francs you can buy a family ticket for two adults and two children, including skate rental. The quality of ice is very decent, people, as a rule, quite a bit. For kids, there are such funny helpers here – penguins and bears, circling along the skating rink with the kids on the footboard. By the way, large glass windows of the restaurant and bar come out to the skating rink, so particularly lazy parents look at the children skating from above, sipping coffee.

Also in Sportarena there is a spacious gym (entrance ticket 12 francs), a curling court with the opportunity to work out with an instructor (20 francs per person for two hours), spinning (a gym with exercise bikes), table tennis, volleyball, 6 tennis courts (25 francs per hour), squash court and even a football field. In short, do not get bored! The sport complex is open from 9.00 to 21.00 daily. We’ll tell you honestly, so far only a skating rink has been tried, but we’re seriously thinking about doing curling, desperate housewives’ sports – they are really fun with brushes on the icy floor!

We also found a children’s playroom with multi-colored plastic furniture and a children’s slide – here you can play with younger kids who have not yet driven the ball and are not skating.

In general, absolutely no sport in the mountains can not do, it seems, anyway.

“Frosts” will hit us here too (they promise as much as -8), so we go in search of authentic Swiss raklet and other hedonic routes.

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