The ski season has just ended for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and if you are like me, mad about skiing, you would probably have started planning your next ski season.
One of the best ski holidays I had was in Courcheval, France in a lovely chalet, fantastic snow and daily ski touring with a local guide over a massive ski area. These ski chalet holidays are so different from staying in a self-catering apartment or even a hotel. Over the years, I have done almost all the combinations. At the end of a long and tiring ski day, you don’t really want to have to cook, you just want to have someone else cater to your every whim while you relax in front of a log fire.
Some of my ski friends are not too bothered with the food on offer on ski trips but not me. I think a holiday is spoiled if we have to suffer horrible food all week. Especially the dreaded €10 hot dog in the French mountain cafes and indifferent hotel fare at most ski hotels.
Ski holidays in self-catered accommodation is very affordable but not much fun. It also depends on the crowd you ski with, whether anyone is a decent cook. I have had ski holidays in ski hotels where they do a half board with dinner at night. The food at these hotels varied depending on the hotel and the country. I have also done some ski holidays with Club Med where you get guaranteed snow ( they will take you to the nearest mountain with decent snow) and vast buffet for breakfast and dinner. Not the best quality but made up for by the quantity. At most of the luxury catered ski chalets, you get really good meals. Most of them have highly trained chefs who cook great 3-course dinners every night. Nowadays, our decision on where to stay on a ski holiday is decided by the food and drink offerings.
Planning the next ski season- a ski chalet in Val d’Isere
One of my better weeks of skiing was in Val d’Isere in France. The skiing in Val d’Isere is great for all levels but you would enjoy it more if you are an intermediate skier or better. There is a massive ski area here and it offers enough variety for a week’s skiing. If you stay near the Solaise, this high-speed lift will give you access to the most of the other slopes and access to Tignes too. You can buy a local ski pass for Val d’Isere only or get the extended one that gives you access to Tignes too.
This year, I am thinking of heading back there and maybe stay at one of these luxury catered ski chalets in Val d’Isere. Le Chardon has 5 mountain lodges to choose from. All of them are in the Manchet Valley and are all ski in/ ski out. A vastly better choice than the place we last stayed in Val d’Isere which required a bus ride to the nearest ski lifts. They have thought about all the necessities like boot warmers, in-house masseur and outdoor hot tubs.
Instead of heading out in the slushie snow for dinner, you can dine in style at the chalet. Le Chardon has their own chefs and sommelier. Every meal is catered to the guests requirements and you can choose from a selection of fine wines or get pairing suggestions from the chalet manager.
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