Courchevel ski resort in France is giving four guests the chance to spend the night in one of their cable cars, 2,738 metres above sea level
For most people, the prospect of spending a night in a cable car is the stuff of nightmares. The team at Courchevel ski resort in France, however, begs to differ: they are offering the chance to win a night’s stay in one of their cable cars, the Saulire gondola, through the website Airbnb.
The cable car, which has been fully converted to include two beds and furnishings – although no bathroom – will provide a room with a view for four guests this March.
Guests will dine in the car while suspended above the resort, with views – starlit or moonlit, if you’re lucky – of the surrounding mountains. Once the car reaches its station above the resort – and finally near a toilet – guests will be able to bed down, in the knowledge that they will wake up in prime position to hit the slopes the next morning.
House rules include: “Please do not call asking for more ice,” and “Lines are for travel, not for washing.” They also note: “If the gondola’s a rockin’ don’t come a knockin’,” hinting that the offer may be aimed at ski fans eager to join the pylon-high club.
The accommodation is being offered as a part of Airbnb’s “A Night At” initiative, which gives guests the opportunity to stay in unconventional places. To enter, you have to explain in 100 words why you would like to stay at the top of Saulire. Past places have included the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, a Waterstones bookshop in London, and Barcelona and Spain footballer Andrés Iniesta’s family vineyard in Spain.
This article was written by Will Coldwell, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 28th January 2015 13.05 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010