COVID and 2021

Covid and 2021
Covid and 2021 news

This has been an unusual year for all of us and we hope you have managed to get through it without too many problems. We thought you would like to know how we are managing COVID and 2021.

We are currently opening our apartments this winter season with the option of room service meals. As soon as restaurants can open, we will be serving meals in the dining room.

Skiing dates

The current date for the opening of the ski lifts is 7th January but this is still to be confirmed. The only skiing possible is ski touring.

Otherwise getting out on the mountain on snowshoes is the only other option. The good news is that there is plenty of snow.

The ESF has morphed into a semi-guiding operation with offers to lead you out onto the mountain on snowshoes or touring skis.

Groups must come from the same family group.

Equipment rental

All the equipment can be rented from the usual shops. Early reservation is advised as the shops don’t have as much of this equipment as usual alpine skis.

There is also a small cross-country ski track that runs around the resort. Perhaps this is the time to try it out?

All the latest information on other activities is on the Oz-en-Oisans web site.

We are hopeful that the summer will prove to be near normal and we will be open as usual from the end of May. We will be following any health guidelines that may be in force.

COVID and 2021 Summer

Last summer we were very busy in the 6 weeks from the middle of July-the school holidays. We are happy to say that the health guidance seemed to work as nobody got ill.

So, we’ll sign off 2020 by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to welcoming you soon in 2021.

Ski Resort Opening Dates

ski resort opening dates
Ski Resort Opening Dates

What are this year’s ski resort opening dates? Who really knows at the moment? The latest information from France Montagnes, a group of the larger ski resorts, is that they WILL be opening.

After the usual early opening of the upper slopes in some of the highest resorts with glaciers, all French resorts have shut again.

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COVID 19 Cleaning

covid 19 policies
Covid-19 Cleaning

We are updating our COVID 19 cleaning methods to match the current recommendations.

In line with industry best practice, we are following the advice of the French Government, our local Prefecture and those of the WHO.

In addition to our usual high standards, we are paying particular attention to those parts of the property that are often touched.

This includes door handles, light switches, room keys and other hard surfaces.

The soft furnishings in the rooms will be steam cleaned and everything will be thoroughly disinfected.

We are also installing hand sanitisers at the entrance of the building. Hand soap is always provided in the rooms.

The garage, which is used for cycle storage in the summer, will also be included in our COVID 19 cleaning.

For this summer we are closing the communal areas. The lounge and the dining room will be closed until we receive advice that it is acceptable for people to be in close proximity.

This will probably be when restaurants and bars are allowed to open as normal.

Until then, all meals, breakfast, and evening meals, will be served in your room. All the usual choices and standards will be maintained.

We’ll deliver a tray with your meal on it and pick up the tray later.

Spring is coming to Oz

spring is coming to oz

Spring is coming to Oz Station at last after a long winter season.

On the high mountains, the snow is receding and giving way to the hardy plants that flourish in the summer.

In Oz Station, the old brown grass is growing back green on the pistes and hedgerows. The trees are showing new leaves and the forest floor is becoming carpeted in flowers.

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Foraging for Jack by the Hedge

jack by the hedge
Jack by the Hedge grows prolifically in our area of France

Foraging for Jack by the Hedge is considerably easier than we thought. Unlike some wild plants, it grows in abundance in our part of France.

Also called Penny Hedge, Poor Man’s Mustard, Garlic Root, or Garlic Mustard, Alliaria Petiolata is a biennial belonging to the cabbage family.

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A Room With a View

a room with a view
The view from our house in the summer.

We don’t just have a room with a view, we have lots.

Each of our spacious suites has a fabulous view of the mountains. From sunrise to sunset they provide a dramatic backdrop to your holiday.

So, we have a room with a view but what else do we offer you?

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Mountain Huts Summer 2020

mountain huts
The Refuge du Goleon near La Grave.

This could be the first time since WW2 that there will be no mountain huts open in the summer.

For anyone planning even a day walk, this will have consequences. Lots of one-day walks are to a refuge to have lunch and then return. Now people will have to take extra food and drink with them.

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Hot Cross Buns

hot cross buns to celebrate the end of lent in oz
Hot Cross Buns are usually eaten on Good Friday to celebrate the end of Lent. We are just getting in a bit of practice.

Hot Cross Buns will be familiar to everyone in England but perhaps a bit of a mystery to others in the English speaking world.

They are no more than a spicy bread roll but baked only at Easter. I’ll explain the name.

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