This chalet is only available to guests booking the whole chalet for sole use.
Chalet des Pistes - Val D'Isere, France
Chalets des Neiges, des Pentes and des Pistes are the three parts of a chalet. 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 drop it off 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 Tea Bar 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 to chew on 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 down the valley near Aime. There are acres of wood, much of it quite old.The sitting and dining rooms are magnificent. Tons of wood and stone, bottomless sofas, and fireplaces from the only man in the Savoie who knows how to make a chimney draw properly.
Please note: Charter flights from Gatwick to Grenoble includes ski carriage (except 8 December 2013 and 27 April 2014.
Features - Chalet des Pistes, Val D'Isere
- Part of beautiful building designed
- Lovely bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms throughout.
- Spacious sitting-dining room with log fire, TV, DVD and WiFi.
- Ski-in ski-out location right on Val d’Isère’s World Cup slopes.
- Funival, La Daille bubble and Etroits chairlift just below chalet.
- Ski room with individual locker and boot warmers per bedroom.
- One chalet girl who lives out.
- Damage deposit for all bookings.
Accommodation - Chalet des Pistes, Val D'Isere
3 bedrooms for 6 guests: 3 bath(s)
Chalet des Pistes has a single sitting-dining room with wide-screen TV, DVDs and WiFi. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and six contented customers.
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, safes, 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 dryers.
Twin (13'6" x 10'6") on second floor, under roof beams, bathroom with wc.
Twin (10' x 9') on second floor, under roof beams, bathroom with wc.
Double (11' x 9') on first floor, by the living room, bathroom with wc.
(17' x 17' including open-plan kitchen) on first floor, with windows on three sides, wraparound balcony on two, TV, DVD, WiFi and big fireplace.
Meals - Chalet des Pistes, Val D'Isere
We start with a proper breakfast: fruit juice, porridge, cereals, bacon, eggs, baguettes straight from the famous local bakery, a croissant or pain au chocolat if you like, yogurt, Twinings tea and fresh coffee from Italian espresso pots (with Nescafé and bizarre infusions for those who prefer them).
Afternoon tea & cake: on your return from the slopes to find bread and jam, a freshly-baked cake, hot chocolate etc. left out for you.
Most people are very happy with our normal formula of canapés followed by dinner with 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. With dinner, we serve free unlimited quantities of a selection of very drinkable French AOC wines and vins de pays. This is, unfortunately, only with dinner, not breakfast, and we stop serving the wine when the coffee appears.
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.