Have you been stuck to the TV the past two weekends watching the Six Nations 2016 tournament? Unfortunately for us it looks like Ireland won’t be retaining the trophy this year with England and France looking the strongest contenders almost halfway through. If you weren’t able to get a hold of Six Nations tickets, or if you’re just having withdrawal symptoms for the week ahead, then we recommend checking out the Tournoi des 6 Stations in France!
While you might think that the French Alps should just be the sight of family ski breaks, we assure you there’s a lot more going on than you might assume. Monday saw the start of the Six Stations Tournament where rugby 7s games involving both ex-professional players from France & further afield compete alongside non-professional players in the snow. From Monday – Friday the tournament will visit four different alpine ski resorts in France with ex-international Brian Liebenberg teaching the basics to those staying in the resorts during the day. He’ll be accompanied by different retired players at each resort with our favourite resort of Valmorel hosting names including Remy Martin, Pierre Bondouy, Richard Dourthe and Olivier Magne.
Each evening however is when the real action takes place with 3 games after the slopes have closed. An even cooler event will be experienced on Sunday though with Le Clusaz. This sees the players skiing down the slopes of Haute Savoie with a rugby ball instead of ski poles! So, if you’re a rugby fan who also enjoys ski holidays then this is the tournament for you. Although it’s too late now to fly out and join in on the fun, be sure to keep an eye on the fixtures for next season so you can forget about the lack of Six Nations fixtures with a unique event which you can enjoy as part of an alpine ski break.
Whether you’re hoping to get Six Nations tickets for next season (or some remaining fixtures for the 2016 Six Nations tournament!), or just looking for something special to add to your next family ski break after a long day on the slopes, be sure to keep a close eye on details of the 2017 Tournoi des Stations. For those looking a short family ski holiday in the beautiful French resort of Valmorel for the remainder of this ski season, we have a short 3 night weekend ski break available from €500EURper person including 3 nights in 3* hotel on half board basis, 2.5 day ski pass and return airport transfers.
Photo Credit: © Valmorel Tourist Board