2022 Advice and tips
In the modern world, ‘Working From Home’ (WFH) is more common than ever. But why not combine business with pleasure? How about an office with a view of the mountains? Plenty of resorts are creating exciting new offers for a your dream WFH ‘workation’ in the snow.
Great deals for WFH in a ski resort
How can you not be motivated when working from the mountains? Incredible natural vistas, and outdoor exercise on your doorstep. Ski resorts understand: to be effective, you have to be stimulated, so head for the mountains to get the change of scenery you need and WFH in a dream setting. In Saint François Longchamp in the Savoie, you can rent a 2-room apartment for 4 people from €790 pm, with always-on high-speed wifi.
Or for the best combination of skiing, relaxation and WFH, Le Dévoluy offers a midweek short stay, from Tuesday to Thursday for 2 people from €231 (excluding school holidays). This package includes two nights’ accommodation, a 4-hour lift pass to take a well-deserved break during the day and entry to the O'dycéa Balnéo spa. There are plenty of options to strike the perfect balance between work and pleasure. The Pierre & Vacances premium residences l'Hévana in Méribel and l'Amara in Avoriaz welcome teleworkers in a 100% relaxing setting. With a broadband connection, incredible views and heated swimming pool to relax in after work, you have all you need to ‘work from home’ in complete tranquility. Available from €1,640 per week (excluding school holidays) in a 2-room apartment at the Hévana residence.
Boost your creativity by co-working
Already well-established in large cities, co-working spaces are starting to appear in ski resorts. Whether you want to find a space where you can concentrate during your holiday or you simply want an alternative to your apartment, with the bonus of an excellent Internet connection, an increasing number of co-working spaces await. In Val d'Isère, head to Centre de Congrès Henri Oreiller, at the foot of the mythical Face de Bellevarde piste, and settle in to your new office, opposite the resort. This co-working space also has a relaxation area to take a short break in the superb surroundings.
Co-working space in Val d'Isère
Discover the appeal of a ‘workation’ in the Pyrénées, the Thiers Lieux association in Bigorre offers a well-connected and quiet space at Tourmalet Pic du Midi. While in Saint Lary Soulan, fully-equipped and connected workspaces are available in the heart of the village, allowing you to host meetings direct from the mountain if required.
For an ultra-stylish and comfortable co-working space in the mountains, head to Les Gets to discover ‘La Casa Co-working’. Created by Pacôme Schmitt, a former top athlete, the location has been designed purely to combine work and comfort in its seven available offices. It’s the same situation in the ‘Wanderful Chalet’, on the edge of the forest in Arcs 1600. Pick from a selection of work spaces that are equipped with printer, Wi-Fi, meeting rooms and, most importantly, the mountain on your doorstop when you need a break.
La Casa co-working ©Pacôme Schmitt
Wanderful Chalet in Les Arcs @Philippe Gall
Other shared workplaces are being created all the time like ‘Le Chosa’ in Les Contamines Montjoie, located in the center of the village, ‘Le Pêle’ in La Clusaz with its 20 workstations, and also in Crest-Voland/Cohennoz in the Val d'Arly .
You can also find free Wi-Fi points in Peyragudes, Montclar, Chabanon and Oz 3300.
Do your team building in the mountains
When we work from home, it can be easy to feel cut off without the social glue that binds us together in the office. Why not try out a team building session in a ski resort and promote that interaction within your team? In Val d'Isère, the Club des Sports organises ski races especially for seminar or team building groups. During a run, imagine you’re Dave Ryding when you race against your colleagues.
Or for a challenging and spectacular experience, visit the ‘compagnie des guides’ in Saint-Gervais. Bond with your co-workers while you take part in heart-thumping activities such as ice climbing or bungee jumping.