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This one looks very well set up:

http://www.camping-bourgsaintmauric...ces-campsite-winter-caravanning-park-les-arcs

Heated rec room, drying room, etc. and only 30 mins from Ste Foy, our regular non-Cali resort. Three valleys, Val d'Isere, Tignes, etc all in the area.

We're now seriously looking at doing a three week trip with the kids next xmas; one week in the van with one child, one week in a catered chalet, and the final week back in the van with the other child. The kids get two weeks each, dad gets three!:D

We are booked in there for one night on our way to Les Arcs. With four of us I would not ski camp and we are just using it so we can get up into Arc 1950 early on a Saturday morning. I hoped to go ski camp this winter but work got in the way, I was heading to Camping Le Giffre in Samoens, it looks to be near the Grand Massif express.
 
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This one looks very well set up:

http://www.camping-bourgsaintmauric...ces-campsite-winter-caravanning-park-les-arcs

Heated rec room, drying room, etc. and only 30 mins from Ste Foy, our regular non-Cali resort. Three valleys, Val d'Isere, Tignes, etc all in the area.

We're now seriously looking at doing a three week trip with the kids next xmas; one week in the van with one child, one week in a catered chalet, and the final week back in the van with the other child. The kids get two weeks each, dad gets three!:D

Wow, that one looks great.
My friend and his old man did 4 nights in December, without any campsites in their converted T5. Slept in the lift carparks and didn't shower the entire trip. Grim.
He said the challenge was ensuring skis and boots were dried as much as possible before storing back inside the van. Diesel heater helped to warm the van when returning back from the pub until they got inside their sleeping bags. Used again early mornings for an hour. But he said it was a blast, can follow the best snow conditions and he is coming with us in March. Couldn't have been that bad, especially as we plan on hitting a half decent campsite.

I stayed here a few years ago in the summer and the spa area was better equipped than some hotels.

http://en.oetztalcamping.com/
 
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Wow, that one looks great.
My friend and his old man did 4 nights in December, without any campsites in their converted T5. Slept in the lift carparks and didn't shower the entire trip. Grim.
He said the challenge was ensuring skis and boots were dried as much as possible before storing back inside the van. Diesel heater helped to warm the van when returning back from the pub until they got inside their sleeping bags. Used again early mornings for an hour. But he said it was a blast, can follow the best snow conditions and he is coming with us in March. Couldn't have been that bad, especially as we plan on hitting a half decent campsite.

I stayed here a few years ago in the summer and the spa area was better equipped than some hotels.

http://en.oetztalcamping.com/
Likewise, that looks superb. Goes straight on the list for our odyssey. :)

I would never try and ski/camp with more than me and one of the kids, and certainly nowhere without a hot shower, boot room and some form of communal lounge. That said, I could see the odd trip in the future on split boards, parked in the middle of nowhere, when the kids get a little older. :D
 
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I will let you know anything that maybe useful once I get back from trip :thumb
 
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Check out this link. Really good stuff :bananadance2
Also a second part to the story if you have a look.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/alpine-ski-road-trip-blog-part-one/

That's a great article, but it amazes me how little research was done before going! I would've thought an isotop (or similar) would be mandatory...

Interesting point about the snow blocking the heater though.

The site in Bourg St Maurice is at the top of my list. Will check it out when I'm there in a couple of weeks.
 
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Yep us too.
Booked my tunnel crossing for March 11th today. Whoop

Like the idea of parking practically on piste. Ski in/ski out California.
 
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That's a great article, but it amazes me how little research was done before going! I would've thought an isotop (or similar) would be mandatory...

Interesting point about the snow blocking the heater though.

The site in Bourg St Maurice is at the top of my list. Will check it out when I'm there in a couple of weeks.
I read a report about the Bourg camp site, I think it was on the snowheads forum. It was very positive, they said amongst other things that the site ran a daily shuttle bus to the funicular.

When are you going?
 
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I read a report about the Bourg camp site, I think it was on the snowheads forum. It was very positive, they said amongst other things that the site ran a daily shuttle bus to the funicular.

When are you going?

Usual family trip to Ste Foy at the end of Feb, but we drive through BSM to get there so will stop and have a look. I'm always up and down between BSM and St Foy anyway (c.20mins drive) and the car park in the resort is <100m from the chair lift.
 
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We are back from our half term ski trip and we stayed at Camping Le Versoyen in Bourg. Our plan was to stay over in BSM for one night and get up to Les Arcs early on the Saturday and enjoy quiet day on the slopes before everyone else arrived.

The site was fine, there was a fairly big area of tarmac for pitching up on with EHU's in banks of four so you were never far from one. This area was adjacent to the toilet/shower block which was heated and nice and warm. The site was also a short walk to the Super U and the Intermarche. Unfortunately there were no staff about when we arrived, despite a sign saying the office was open until 8pm, so I don't know if there was a drying room. We will stay there again.
 
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Caravaneige Le Martagon is my favourite; underneath Meribel, heart of 3V, 100m from 3V-cablecar stop Le Raffort. Shower, drying room, dishwashing room and a fine restaurant!

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Christmas 2015
Installing ourselves in sunny mountain weather
35 cm in one night!
 
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Le Versoyen does have a drying room. We have done 5 motorhome ski trips to this site and it is perfect. We don't bother with the bus but walk along river to funicular every morning. We leave our skis with Gordon and Rosie who run the hire shop next to the funicular.
 
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Plus one for Samoens, I've been there in the winter and summer. Everything close by, gondola right outside campsite. Town within 10mins walk, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets and vets.
There's also a cross country course which goes past the campsite and a leisure centre.
Amazing walks too.
 
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Yep us too.
Booked my tunnel crossing for March 11th today. Whoop

Like the idea of parking practically on piste. Ski in/ski out California.

Thought I should do a post camp update.
So we ended up Wild Camping for 4 nights. There is an aire which is free, has some toilets and a pub across the road. We stayed there one night, but after being woken up by some Scottish skiers looking for cocaine we decided to find another place to camp the following nights.
Loads of places to park providing you are considerate.
We were fortunate it never snowed in Chamonix valley so didn’t have a snowed in van on our trip.
Diesel heater required before bed and in the mornings. Good quality sleeping bags used and we were all fine.

I slept in the roof and two friends downstairs. No insulation used, apart from some bubble foil on the windows behind the blinds and an external insulated silver screen on the front.

Wore merino wool long Johns for sleeping, it was cold if you poked out of the sleeping bag without the diesel heater running.

For showers we used the local swimming baths which had a small spa area, all included with your ski pass.
After skiing each day this is where we went to freshen up.

Local bakery in Cham that opened at 7:30am. Fresh sandwiches and crossiants plus coffee, plus we had juice and cereals in the van and a brew kit.

Lunch was on piste and dinner tended to be somewhere out in Chamonix.

Skis and equipment all inside van. I removed two draws under the seat and the skis were stored safely in the van out of sight.
We made sure to dry off and wipe skis before putting away to reduce moisture build up.

Can’t think of anything else.

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Give Bavaria a shot, lots of good day resorts near campsites
 
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some good wintercamping spots in italy, austria?

Austria:
- Innsbruck is a good base to visit a lot of dif skiresorts
- Fis Ladis Serfaus great with kids
- Montafon/Silvretta Nova huge resort

(Germany:
- Zugspitze. Camping next to Garmisch)

Happy camping!
 
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See also camping arlberg in pettneu, near sankt anton. Small private bathroom cottage next to your cali!
I will try this campsite next month. Lots of snow for the moment, i’ll give them some more time to prepare the slopes...
 
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This one looks very well set up:

http://www.camping-bourgsaintmauric...ces-campsite-winter-caravanning-park-les-arcs

Heated rec room, drying room, etc. and only 30 mins from Ste Foy, our regular non-Cali resort. Three valleys, Val d'Isere, Tignes, etc all in the area.

We're now seriously looking at doing a three week trip with the kids next xmas; one week in the van with one child, one week in a catered chalet, and the final week back in the van with the other child. The kids get two weeks each, dad gets three!:D

I spent three weeks there last winter. Good facilities and convenient for supermarket and town.
 

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