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Bastille Festival Competition: WIN a magical snow holiday to the French Alps with Club Med

Now you’ve experience a taste of the Alps at the Bastille Festival, this is your chance to experience the real deal!

THE PRIZE: 7 night all-inclusive holiday for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids OR 2 adults only) to your choice from our 25+ snow resorts in the French Alps!

To participate, simply tell us in 25 words or less, why you want to experience an unforgettable snow holiday just below ⬇️

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6 reasons why you’ll love a Club Med snow holiday

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#1 Logistics? All sorted

Enjoy maximum time on the slopes with your lift pass ready, small group lessons for ski or snowboard all organised with professional instructors and the kids all taken care of in Kids Clubs or in ski and snowboard lessons. And it's all included!

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#2 Tailored services for maximum fun

We've thought of everything to make your holiday easy: a ski rental shop available in the resort, our Easy Arrival service with your equipment ready to go in your own heated locker, and services for the little ones with from baby clubs to babysitting.

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#3 A kid’s paradise

Kids will have endless fun during their snow holidays! All activities and age-specific clubs were created with them in mind so they can enjoy the very best of their holiday away. Whether they take part in a group ski or snowboard lessons for all levels of experience with English-speaking instructors or have fun in the Kids Clubs - we’ll take care of everything to make their time amazing.

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#4 From Ski to Apres Ski

Get the real mountain experience at your doorstep. Go snowshoeing, nordic walking or just dive in the pool. Parents can relax in the hot tub while bub is in the Kids Club or reunite for a fun time together in the indoor heater pool with a view. All included!

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#5 Foodie delights

From cheese fondue to Savoyard specialities like pierrade (meat barbecue), we bring the winter experience to life through tantalising local gourmet discoveries and a full open bar. With an extensive choice over breakfast, lunch and dinner - there's so much to indulge in, it's time to enjoy it all. And it's all included!

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#6 Our amazing snow resorts

With a Club Med holiday, your alpine experience will be fulfilled thanks to our well-located resorts. Each destination will treat you to a traditional chalet experience or a modern mountain masterpiece and take your breath away with amazing views.

Feeling inspired? Now learn more about our amazing snow holidays

Prize terms and conditions:

Prize is valid for a 7 nights stay for 2 adults and 2 children (17 years old and under) in superior rooms at your choice of Club Med snow resorts in France, excluding Valmorel Chalets and Grand Massif Samoens Chalets. Prize winner will be drawn 24th July and contacted by e-mail. Your holiday must be booked within 1 month before departure for high season and 3 months before departure for low season. Prize valid until 1 August 2020. Blackouts over peak travel periods apply, including but not limited to Christmas and New Year, school holidays, Chinese New Year and Golden Week, and other peak travel periods. Prize does not include: flights, transfers, local expenses, tours, rental gear, exclusive honeymoon package, additional child minding services, spa treatments, motorized sports and other activities that are available at extra cost. For other terms and conditions please contact Club Med.

6 reasons a European Alps ski holiday needs to be on your list

Hundreds of kilometers to ski and snowboard on, charming historical villages, high peaks and blue skies… there are so many reasons to choose the European Alps for your next holidays and experience what a white winter is really about. Whether you want to try skiing for the first time, enjoy the mountain feel or discover a new experience – here’s our top reasons why you should make your European ski trip a reality.  

#1 - Surround yourself with the most beautiful mountains in the world

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There’s nothing quite like the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Ask anyone who has been and they’ll tell you the view is quite literally breathtaking. With mountains peaking through the clouds from 4,800m high – you’ll feel on top of the world.

#2 - Indulge in authentic European food & wine

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Cheese fondue, fresh crispy bread, al dente pasta, local cheeses and more local fresh produce from France, Italy and Switzerland… it doesn’t get any better than this! Plus, with a choice of French and Italian wines to taste, your holiday will be a full food feast.

#3 - Ski down the biggest ski domains in the world

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#1 - Les 3 Vallées domain, France:  600km of slopes / 335 ski runs / Club Med Val Thorens

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Paradiski domain, France: 425km of slopes / 253 ski runs / Club Med Arcs Extreme, Club Med Peisey-Vallandry, Club Med La Plagne 2100, Club Med Aime La Plage

#3 - Via Lattea domain, Italy: with 400km of slopes / 240 ski runs / Club Med Pragelato Vialattea

Now THAT’S something to brag to your friends about!

#4 - Wander through charming local villages

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Experience a whole new world, local cultures, traditions and languages from charming snowy and sleepy villages. Stay in authentic wooden chalets, discover the unique charm of the valley you are staying in and learn about the thousands of years of history and age-old architecture.

#5 - Maximum slope-time, minimum wait-time

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For any passionate skier and snowboarder – great conditions and maximising time on the slopes is super important. With fast-speed gondolas designed to deal with crowds and all weather conditions, queuing time is reduced and you can get to the top in no time. Qualified instructors will also give any beginner, intermediate or advanced snow sport lover an amazing experience - they’re your key to the mountain!

#6 - Experience the thrills of spring skiing

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Have you ever heard of spring skiing? From the end of March till the end of April – you can still ski in many of our resorts and experience beautiful weather with great snow conditions, minus the crowds!

Bonus: We recently launched flexible stays in our European snow resorts for 2020 departures. This means you can just pop in our resorts for just a few days of snow experience even if part of a bigger European trip! No excuses to not book that dream European ski holiday.

If you’ve yet to experience a white winter in Europe… here’s your chance with more than 15 Club Med snow resorts in Europe.

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20 reasons to book an amazing snow holiday for 2020

It’s time to decide on your next holiday destination – so, which will it be: sun or snow? Although sipping cocktails pool-side and basking in the sun is always a great relaxing holiday, why not shake things up in 2020 and take your next holiday to new heights with an unforgettable snow escape?

From the soaring peaks of Mont Blanc in the French Alps to the perfect powder slopes of Hokkaido in Japan, there are so many reasons to make your next holiday one in the snow…and why you shouldn’t delay and book one NOW! So sit back and relax, we’ve listed 20 reasons why you should book a snow holiday for 2020 below…

1. Amazing snow conditions and resorts to experience

With over 20 on-snow resorts, you’ll be sure to experience the most incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions with kilometres and kilometres of fun.

Ski, snowboard or snowshoe in the 4th largest ski area worldwide from the brand new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama or slide nonstop on the 14-kilometre long slope from the mountain top at the new resort Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon to the Valley of Giffre.

Thinking of somewhere a bit closer? Japan is known for its incredible powder snow and conditions are almost always great. No excuse not to go and glide on that fresh powder!

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2. Finally experience a European white winter of your dreams

If you’ve yet to experience a white winter in Europe… here’s your chance with more than 15 Club Med snow resorts in Europe. Whether you want to try skiing for the first time, just enjoy the mountain feel or discover a new experience - all kinds of activities are available and promise an amazing snow holiday in the mountains.

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3. Slide through the fresh powder of Japan

For an authentic Japanese experience and endless powder snow, the Hokkaido region is one of the best choices for a snow holiday that’s not too far from home. Need more convincing? Tomamu has just been awarded as the number 1 resort in Japan by international travellers on TripAdvisor and Sahoro as the Number 1 hotel for families in Japan by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice.

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4. Try new destinations you’ve never thought about

Did you know that there are some ski resorts in China? If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, snow, and fun - Club Med Beidahu or Club Med Yabuli are waiting for you! Be a pioneer and discover skiing in China before everyone else. Taste a traditional Chinese fondue, a typical dish to share in a warm-hearted spirit, and hit uncrowded slopes in wonderland-like landscapes.

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5. Embark on a culinary journey

From cheesy tartiflette and fine wine in Europe or fresh sushi, Yakiniku BBQ and sake in Japan: your tastes buds will be tingling. More than just a ski holiday, embark on a culinary journey and discover local cuisine and specialties.

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6. You won’t believe how easy it is to organise

With Club Med, it’s all taken care of so you can just focus on relaxing, having fun and reconnecting with loved ones. Lift passes are ready, lessons are booked, and ski gear is even awaiting for you in your locker. It doesn’t get much better than this!

7. Beginner? Snow-worries…

Whether you’ve never set foot on snow or had only a couple of lessons, no worries at all – we’ve got you. From having small group lessons with English-speaking professional instructors to getting introduced to the mountain lifestyle - your first ski experience will be unforgettable. Check out our ultimate guide for the first time skier here for more information.

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8. Enjoy the mountain to the fullest

Even if you want to ski or snowboard, you can definitely have an amazing snow holiday by trying other activities such as snowshoeing in stunning landscapes or having a bit of fun with sledding or ice-skating. Plus, all of Club Med snow resorts have an array of unique adventures on offer as well as indoor activities.

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9. Ski where the Olympians do

As an official partner of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA), Club Med regularly have winter Olympic athletes training in the resorts. Are you ready to ski alongside our country’s athletes? You might pick up a tip or two!

10. Make lifelong memories with loved ones

Booking a snow holiday is also the occasion for you to reconnect with your loved ones. Everything is already taken care of, so take a moment to relax by the crackling fire, a tea or hot cocoa in-hand, and enjoy every moment with your loved ones.

11.  Kids will have the time of their lives

Kids at Club Med are in their winter element! Little ones can learn to ski from 4 years old and make new friends from around the world in the included Kids Clubs, teens can enjoy the slopes during the day and hang out with new friends in the evenings, and adults can enjoy the different mountain elements knowing their children are very well looked after. Families can also share amazing moments together with the new family experience restaurant in our new resorts, where children are inviting their parents to dinner for a fully interactive experience.

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12. Revive and relax after the slopes

After a big day shredding the powder slopes of Japan, Italy or France, there’s nothing more satisfying than relaxing in the sauna, getting a well-deserved massage at the spa or swimming in the heated indoor or outdoor pool.

Each Club Med snow resort has unique spa partnerships with the best well-being brands such as Nuxe, Cinq Mondes or L’Occitane. Post-ski bliss!

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13. Snap the ultimate Instagram shot

Warning: your friends might be a little bit jealous seeing the blue-bird snow days! With incredible landscapes, trendy design and delicious food, there are so many nice shots you can take during your holiday.

Start first by choosing the subject for your photo, get creative and find a new angle, take advantage of the golden hour for a nice light and there you go - you have the perfect shot! Here is one of the great shots that you could take during your next snow holiday.

14. Indulge in luxury

Thinking of going the extra mile for your snow holiday? Discover the Exclusive Collection by Club Med - a series of luxurious resorts set within stunning destinations such as Valmorel Chalet-Apartments, Le Belvedere Exclusive Space in Les Arcs Panorama, Le Lodge Exclusive Space in Valmorel resort and Le Refuge Exclusive Space in Val d’Isere.

All these exclusive spaces offer luxurious accommodation, services such as bottomless champagne from the bar from 6pm, dedicated friendly hosts and more…

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15. Here’s your excuse to look stylish on the slopes

A snow holiday also means… ski and snowboard gear! And what better excuse to buy new gear for your upcoming holiday? Rental shops are available at the resort so don’t worry about bringing skis and snowboards, but why not buy that cute beanie or warm puffer jacket and feel super comfortable as well as super stylish?

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16. Wake up to snowy views every single day 

Get cosy in your room and admire snowy views every single day. Designed by the world’s best architects and designers, feel comfortable in your home away from home with lazy morning sleep-ins, afternoon naps after skiing all morning or getting ready for an evening at the resort. It’s your own private space in paradise.

17. It feels good to plan the next holiday

Maybe you just came back from holidays but it always feels good to look forward to the next holiday, right? Even if it’s for 2020, don’t worry - just the thought of planning your dream snow holiday will make you feel good.

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18. The earlier you book, the more you save!

Great news - planning your holiday early means you get the best deals, especially for snow holidays with Club Med. If you book at sales opening on 30 January 2019, you can benefit from up to 30% off your dream holiday – the best offer guaranteed of the year. Which means all that’s left to do is sit back and relax until your holiday!

19. Planning in advance means more time to relax

Once you book your snow holiday with Club Med, it’s all taken care of. You just have to choose from a wide variety of activities, restaurants, and amazing experiences once you get there. Enjoy the all-inclusive convenience from accommodation, gourmet meals, open bar, sports and activities: with us, it is all included in one package. Easy!

20. Go once and you’ll want to come back every year!

The fresh air of the mountains, the warm and fun vibes, the fresh powder… you’ll quickly understand how addictive a snow holiday is and we promise you - you’ll definitely want to come back again.

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Convinced yet? Book your snow holiday here with Club Med!

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Samantha Wills tells us about her ski trip to the French Alps

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This article was reposted from samanthawills.com. Read the original story here. All photos below are courtesy of Samantha Wills.  Samantha Wills is the driving force behind her namesake Australian jewellery brand, Samantha Wills. Here, she shares her snow holiday experience from the luxurious Club Med Valmorel Chalets in the French Alps.

Destination: French Alps

Les Chalets Club Med de Valmorel

I am thrilled to be partnering with Club Med again, showcasing all of my favorite things in their Exclusive Collection of Villas & Chalets, in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

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Last year, I showed you all my favorite things from paradise at the The Finolhu Villas in the Maldives and this year I am beyond excited to take you to a true winter wonderland at The Valmorel Chalets, in the stunning French Alps.

I grew up in a small beach town in Australia, and now living in NYC, I get to experience snow (still a novelty to me!) every winter… But nothing prepares you for the breathtaking beauty of the Alps. It. Is. Truly. Breathtaking.

Luxury

At Club Med Valmorel, there are accommodation options spanning all budgets. The Chalets are the ultimate luxury option & sit at the top of the property…. Annnnnnnd when you check into your Chalet, you get your very own butler. I’m not talking about a virtual-butler-app-push-a-button-to-get-room-service type of butler. I am talking about a real life butler, who will unpack your bags when you arrive so you instantly feel at home, will be upstairs in your Chalet’s kitchen when you wake up, with the open fire place roaring & cooking your whatever you would like for breakfast, and have your favorite type of Nespresso coffee steaming hot for you to enjoy before heading out for the day.

That same butler will also be back at your chalet at your specified time in the afternoon to prepare you the most delicious afternoon tea, a different delicious every day from a local patisserie, that you enjoy by your fire place after your day of alpine adventuring (or spa treatments!). Then when you are out at dinner, your chalet will be magically turned into a haven of relaxation ready for slumber, with nothing left for you to do but to slip into your turned down bed, enjoy the gourmet chocolate on your pillow, and dream away on your bed that feels like a cloud, so you are rested to do it all over again the next day. THAT type of butler.*

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Cuisine + Cocktails

Club Med is known for its all inclusive holidays. The Chalets at Valmorel are obviously included in this, however their location on the property sits at the top of the resort, where your private balcony looks down over all the happenings. Like the butler privilege, there is also a driver on call, to whizz you back & fourth from the village, where you enjoy an open bar & all dining, inclusive in your experience. In full disclosure, the word ‘buffet’ scares me. To me, it is reminiscent of primary school birthday parties at Pizza Hut… Trays of cold pizza, wilted salad & as much soft serve ice-cream you could physically whip into your bowl….

So I am going to refrain from using the dreaded ‘B’ word, and try to explain to you the luxury that is Club Med Valmorels all inclusive dining; Imagine a collective little gourmet restaurants… Italian, Japanese, Seafood, Home Style Roast, French, a salad & juice bar… A bakery, a patisserie & a locally, hand made ice-cream parlour. Now imagine all these little gourmet restaurants where in a large room, like individual pop-up spaces, each with their own team of chefs, preparing the food there in front you, fresh fish going from grill to you plate, the cheese on the pizza’s bubbling as they are taken straight out of the oven, French baguettes at the bakery so addictive you are convinced they must contain something illegal, and a patisserie offering that is more like edible art…. And no soft serve here; choose from 8 flavors & the hand made ice-cream is served to you parlor style, by an ice cream connoisseur…. What you CAN do for yourself (I mean, word from the wise; it is VERY hard to get back into normal life after spending a week in this heavenly experience!) is scoop your own warm chocolate from the fondue fountain (it alternates between milk & white chocolate) to drizzle over your ice cream…. Me? I’m a Mint-Choc-Chip-with-warm-milk-chocolate-topping kinda gal.

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So that gives you an idea of the type of luxury you will experience by checking into the Club Med Valmorel Chalets, but I have two things that I love even more that I want to share with you. If you’re like me – you have a bucket list. My current bucket list is made up of incredible experiences, Scuba dive with manta rays, wake up in one of those bungalows that stretch out over aqua waters, like the ones I had seen on pinterest a million times over, learn to snowboard, have lunch on the top of a snow covered mountain in the French Alps, with views to mountain tops in Italy….You get the drift. Sometimes you don’t know where to start with your bucket list items, and find yourself wishing you had someone just to tell you where to go, what to do, and how to do it. The experience of Club Med is that for me, and should you wish to do it in a 5 star way; Their Exclusive Collection of Villas & Chalets, allow you to do so in the utmost luxury.

Customer Experience

The second thing, is how truly, genuinely warm & lovely the Club Med team are. I am lucky enough to travel a lot for work & pleasure, and from all my travels, the hospitality & focus on people is incomparable to how the team at Club Med treats their guests. Bear with me as I jump out of vacation-mode & quickly defer to business mode. I have a business, I am involved in a few businesses, I love learning about business. One of my favorite areas to learn more about how other businesses do things, is in their customer engagement focus, strategy & above all, mindset. On this trip, in speaking with some of the Club Med team, I learnt that everyone who works for Club Med signs a contract that states that they will do everything they can to ensure the guests are having an awesome time, to make sure the guests are smiling. How incredible is that?

The second thing I thought was very cool, was how the company structures their reporting pyramid… From the majority of their team (and it’s a big one!), to their managers, to senior management who report into the executive manager of the entire resort….

Then at the top of the pyramid; Us. The Customers. With that focus on customer experience, in addition to having experienced 5 star luxury, having enjoyed some amazing cuisines, wine & cocktails, ticking some breath taking stuff off my bucket list (snowboarding down from over 2000ft in the French Alps!? Tick!) You leave with a full heart & new friends, both other guests at the resort, & also members the Club Med team. It’s hard to explain – But when you experience it, you will know exactly what I mean… And if you are Les Chalets Club Med de Valmorel bound, be sure to say hello to my new friends there; Laura & Thibault – Who made our stay so spectacularly incredible.

Bucket List

Not a skier or snowboarder…. Neither was I! But I wanted to be! Snowboarding was one of those things I’d always said I wanted to do, and what cooler place to learn the sport then in the French Alps?! So with 5 private lessons booked, the fear of god, and determination to be able to at the very least snowboard down a kiddies slope, I put my big girl snow pants on, and met my instructor Laurent (picture; a French Justin Timberlake. I know, poor me!) for him to impart his 16 years of ski / snow board instructor knowledge to me.

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My first lesson started on the kids slope; The Piou Piou (meaning tiny bird).  There is NOTHING tiny about this bird, I am 5’10” in the shade, and if the fear on my face was not an indicator, my finger nails digging into his arm where. Laurent assured me, that in the coming days we would be up there *points to French Alps glacial sized mountain. I said he was kind to say such lies, and we got to work.

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And guess what, by day 3 we were up 2000ft on the mountain! My dismounts from certain chair lifts required just as much work as my fledging Olympic snowboarding career, but it was INCREDIBLE! Flying (sometimes falling) down the mountain, surfing on snow, with pine tree branches with white dustings, and the world famous Mont Blanc mountain in view. It was so surreal. No words I find will do it justice.

On my last lesson on day 5, Laurent had me speeding down the mountain, and on the final run, pointed over to what now looked like a flat plateau of snow, the Piou Piou. It was an incredible feeling, to think on five days before that was my starting ground. Like all graduates of the Piou Piou, admittedly most of them where aged under 5 years old, Laurent gave me my own Piou Piou medal as a symbol of how far I had come in only a few days. I pinned on the inside of my jacket, and while going up in the lift solo the next day, I took a glance at and felt pretty damn good.

While I may not make the next Olympic team, I definitely will now be snowboarding at any chance I get, plus its one more thing I can tick off my bucket list. With the gratitude to Laurent for his patience, & empathy… And for not laughing (on the outside) when I stacked it off the chair lift.

Take the adventure

So there are my favorite things & recommendations from my time at Les Chalets Club Med de Valmorel.  If you are wanting a winter wonderland adventure, and granted there are many places in the world where snow falls, but at Club Med Valmorel you get to experience all these things in the French Alps (And as the ancient French proverb goes, Snowboard & Ski instructors in the French Alps are all French Gods of the snow (read; Really Hot).

So whether you want to tick some alpine adventuring off your bucket list, experience pure luxury by the fire place as the snow falls outside, eat gourmet cheese & the best breads you will ever taste with every meal, enjoy wine on a snowy mountain top whilst overlooking the Mont Blanc (You can do this even if you are not a skier / snowboarder), or if you simply want to road test a new treatment on the spa menu daily & have the best seat in the house to watch the final runs of the day; the outdoor Jacuzzi…. Then The Valmorel Chalets, in the stunning French Alps are waiting for you. – SWx

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*Since publishing this post, Club Med has evolved the services offered at the Club Med Valmorel Chalets to include a 24 hour concierge service and a butler available at extra cost.

Want to discover more? Watch this video below, or jump on our website to learn more about the Club Med Valmorel Chalets. ✳ ⛄ 

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