This chalet is only available to guests booking the whole chalet for sole use.
Chalet des Neiges, Val D'Isere
Des Neiges, des Pentes and des Pistes are the three parts of a chalet built; the Funival and the La Daille bubble pass close by, while the Les Etroits chairlift goes practically overhead. The building is on a little unskied island, overlooking the bottom of the OK, Orange, Diébold, Raye and Verte runs. The location is so perfect that we not only signed a very long lease on these chalets, we also bought the shack next door to live in ourselves. Could we give a more sincere endorsement of the position than taking a mortgage likely to last longer than we do to share it?
Being right on the pistes is great. Getting to the slopes is no longer a chore, and queueing for buses a thing of the past. To shed a layer of clothing, you just dump it as you pass. And these aren’t just any pistes: they are World Cup Downhill pistes. Most people have their first run of the day on these runs, and some seldom leave them. They offer skiing for every standard, ultra-quick lifts back up and guaranteed snow from snow cannons top to bottom. And once the lifts close, they become lethal with tearaway toddlers on toboggans!
In the morning, you walk for a few seconds before stepping into your bindings to glide to the lift of your choice – probably the Funival, still the world’s fastest lift. At the end of the day, good skiers ski right back to the door and beginners stop where they started, thirty seconds’ walk away.
A few hundred metres up the slopes are the sunny terraces of the Folie Douce and Trifollet, where a therapeutic drink or two to music – live and loud at the Folie, more subdued at the Trif – set one up nicely for the final schuss home to a hot bath.
The only people who find the 20-minute walk from the main village less than ideal are those who spend more time in Dick’s than on the slopes, but the free bus runs until 2am, and the teenage sample we asked were enthusiastic: apparently, staying in La Daille gives time for a mint or two on the way home, while being right on the pistes means even with a record hangover one can still be on the first lift. Parents will be reassured to hear that.
The owner of the chalets is a furniture maker, so they are as meticulously finished and furnished as his showrooms in Aime. There are acres of wood, much of it quite old.
More importantly, the chalets are very comfortable and well appointed. The bedrooms are not huge – predictably, since the real estate they occupy must be some of the most desirable in the world – but they are tastefully decorated, and have underfloor heating, reasonable cupboards, good lighting and gorgeous bathrooms. Even the beds are bigger and firmer than usual in France. Each bedroom has a private ski locker in the ski room, with very effective individual boot warmers.
The sitting and dining rooms are magnificent. Bottomless bespoke sofas from Sofa Workshop, curtains from Material Matters, fireplaces from the only man in the Savoie who knows how to make a chimney draw like a blast furnace.
Des Neiges has a dining room and open-plan kitchen, and a large L-shaped sitting room with home cinema, dozens of satellite channels, plasma screen TV and WiFi.
Des Neiges has space for fifteen guests, Room 3 having three beds. If you fill the chalet, the fifteenth person pays half price.
Features - Chalet des Neiges, Val D'Isere
- Lovely bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms throughout.
- Huge, high sitting room with massive log fire, satellite TV, DVD, plasma screen, surround sound and balconies south and north, the latter overlooking the World Cup Downhill
- Separate dining room.
- Ski-in ski-out location actually on the slopes.
- Funival, La Daille bubble and Etroits chairlift just below chalet.
- Ski room with individual locker and boot warmers per bedroom.
- A chef and two assistants who live out.
The chalet has excellent hot water, more than adequate heating, CD players, radios, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, chess, backgammon, Scrabble and cards. Each chalet has a mobile phone for emergency and incoming calls. Guests wishing to use it for outgoing calls can buy credit from the shops. No chalet has a land line.
Please Note: For all parties booking, we levy a damage deposit of £1,000. This is payable by credit card prior to departure, and refunded after the end of the holiday upon satisfactory inspection of the chalet.
Accommodation - Chalet des Neiges, Val D'Isere
7 bedrooms for 14/15 guests, with 7 baths
- Bedrooms 1 & 2: Doubles (10' x 10') on first floor, bathrooms with wc. French windows onto balconies.
- Bedroom 3: Twin/triple (15' x 13') with three single beds, on first floor. Bathroom and separate wc.
- Bedroom 4: Twin (11' x 9') on first floor. Bathroom with wc.
- Bedroom 5: Twin (11' x 9') on second floor, next to dining room and sitting room. Bathroom with wc.
- Bedroom 6: Twin (13' x 9') on third floor, under eaves. Bathroom with wc.
- Bedroom 7: Twin (10' x 10') on third floor, under eaves. Bathroom with wc. The cupboards are in the bathroom.
- Dining room: (18' x 7'6" excluding kitchen.) On second floor with open-plan kitchen. French windows to balcony.
- Sitting room: (21' x 15') Next to dining room. Two french windows, each opening onto own balcony. Large fireplace. Plasma screen on wall for satellite TV (all channels), DVD and WiFi.
- Extra bed: Triple combination in Bedroom 3, this room can be used as a triple whether the chalet is occupied by one group or individuals/couples
Meals - Chalet des Neiges, Val D'Isere
We start with a proper breakfast. Fruit juice, porridge, Dorset cereals, bacon, eggs, baguettes straight from the famous local bakery, a croissant or pain au chocolat if you like, yogurts, British tea and fresh coffee from Italian espresso pots (with Nescafé and bizarre infusions for those who prefer them). A Cooked Breakfast option is also available.
You return from the slopes to find bread and jam, a freshly-baked cake, hot chocolate etc. left out for you.
Nightly canapés are followed by a three-course, fixed-menu, dinner-party-style meal. The cuisine is largely French, though with a fusion of other influences – what Londoners call Modern British. (Foreign, in other words.) With dinner, we serve free unlimited quantities of a selection of very drinkable French AOC wines and vins de pays.
Please note: The chalet host will have a day off during the course of the week, during which you will be required to eat out.