A guest returning from a JSE holiday in January 2011 had this to say:
“It was awful.
Far too much snow. Groomed pistes with 2 to 3 inches of powder and no ice, lumps or bumps.
Ques at the lifts are terrible typically taking 30 to 40 seconds during week days and 2 or 3 minutes at the bottom lift on a Saturday.
Some people even had the cheek to ski on the same piste we were on.
Food is cheap, tasty and in most cases you know what you are ordering. Where is the challenge in that?
The bar staff and owners are really pleased to see you and in some bars you pop in for a quick drink and then they insist on giving you free beer and food.
The worst thing is when you try and leave the resort to go home, the Hotel owners surround your taxi and keep hugging you. Anyone would think we were in Royston Vasey and not allowed to leave.
It was nothing like a traditional ski holiday so next year we have been discussing going back to France or Italy where we can guarantee crap snow, overcrowded pistes, big ques and expensive, non de script food and beer served up with belligerence and attitude by staff who couldn’t give a toss if you were there or not.
After all. That’s what we have come to expect a real skiing holiday should be all about.”
Phil Hutson, Leicester, UK, January 2011