This chalet is only available to guests booking the whole chalet for sole use.
Chalet La Couchire - Val D'Isere, France
Much of the best skiing in Val d’Isère starts 75 seconds from the door of La Couchire. The Fornet cable car might not win any awards for architecture (though the Pompidou Centre did), but it serves the best snow and emptiest slopes in the area. There are pistes for everybody, from long, easy blues to the wicked black Forêt mogulfield, and an infinite off-piste area. Now that even the highest runs have snow cannons, this must be some of the most snow-sure skiing in Europe. Guests from La Couchire are already in the powder while everyone else is on the bus, and they can even be on the slopes of Solaise in no time, via the up-and-over or the never-busy Laisinant Express, which now links with the Datcha.
The hamlet of Le Fornet itself is gorgeous, the hugely popular Arolay and gastronomic Atelier d’Edmond restaurants are in it, and on the slopes just above are the excellent Edelweiss and Le Signal, recently named best mountain restaurant in Europe. The chalet has a superb dining room, next door to a sitting area with a log fire where guests tend to meet for pre-dinner drinks. Downstairs is the main sitting room, with a second log fire and a large flat screen for DVDs when the conversation has dried up, or WiFi if you wish it would...
Please note: Charter flights from Gatwick to Grenoble includes ski carriage (except 8 December 2013 and 27 April 2014.
Features - Chalet La Couchire, Val D'Isere
- Vast, beautiful ski chalet, built especially for us five years ago.
- Super bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms throughout.
- Most rooms give option of large twin beds or huge doubles (please specify which you prefer when booking).
- Two log fires, DVD with plasma screen, separate dining room, ski room with boot warmers.
- Fornet cable car 50m from front door, pistes 100m, bus 10m.
- Rapid access to major ski area with glacier, empty pistes, easy pistes, off-piste, moguls and good mountain restaurants.
- Stunning views of miles of mountains and the pretty hamlet of Le Fornet.
- Val d’Isère’s best restaurant next door and most popular restaurant nearby.
- A chef and two assistants who live next door.
- Damage deposit for all bookings.
Accommodation - Chalet La Couchire, Val D'Isere
La Couchire’s best bedrooms are among the biggest in the resort, with stupendous views from the Galise, on the Italian border, to the Grande Motte, above Tignes. Most of the bedrooms offer the choice of large twin or vast double beds (please specify which you prefer when you book). Only Bedrooms 7 and 8 are more typical of Val d’Isère, as profligate with space as an iPod Shuffle. Because they are less des res than the other bedrooms we charge extra pppw less for them. All eight have really smart bathrooms.
8 bedrooms for 16 guests: 4 bath(s), 4 shower(s)
Huge twin/double (L-shaped, outer walls 18' x 16') under eaves on top floor, up same staircase as Room 4. Vast windows to watch sunrise over Italy. Bathroom with wc.
Very big twin/double (21' x 12'6") under eaves on top floor, up same stairs as Room 3. Vast window to watch sunset over Bellevarde. Shower-room with wc.
Twin/double (L-shaped, outer walls 15' x 12') under eaves on top floor, up same stairs as Room 2. French window to balcony looking south up pistes. Bathroom with wc.
Twin/double (12' x 10') under eaves on top floor, up same stairs as Room 1. French window to balcony looking south up pistes. Shower-room with double basins and wc.
Twin/double (11' x 10') on ground floor, big french windows to wide terrace with superb views in all directions. Bathroom with snazzy corner bath and wc.
Twin/double (16' x 8'6") on ground floor, looking west. Shower-room with twin basins and wc.
Twin/double (12' x 10') on first floor, by dining room, looking west. Shower-room with wc. Discount per person per week in this room.
Double (11' x 9') on first floor, by second sitting room, looking east. Bathroom with wc. Discount per person per week in this room.
(17' x 16') On ground floor, with french windows to wide terrace. Superb views in all directions. Fireplace. TV, DVD and WiFi.
(L-shaped, average dimensions 16' x 12') On first floor, with french windows to vast wraparound balcony. Two open-plan kitchens, and another sitting area for ante-prandials.
Meals - Chalet La Couchire, 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.