Looking for a cosy, home away from home feel where you can relax and unwind after a day on the slopes? Then a catered chalet holiday is the ideal option! It’s no surprise it’s the most popular type of ski holiday, especially for groups and families.
As a travel agent for all the major ski tour operators, Iglu Ski has the widest range of chalet holidays to choose from across France, Austria, Italy and North America.
What's included in a catered chalet?
You can ski as hard as you like all day and not have to worry about where to eat or what to cook as your meals are freshly prepared right in your own accommodation. It is great value for money and the easiest way to enjoy the slopes.
With a catered package a choice of continental or cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and a three course dinner (including wine) is included in your flight, transfer and accommodation package. Some of our more premium operators even do canapés and aperitifs and a glass of kir before the dinner is underway! And if you hadn’t had enough food then a traditional Savoyard cheese board usually follows after the last course.
What can I expect from a chalet holiday?
As chalets are usually smaller, meals are generally enjoyed in a communal dining space, cooked by your own chalet hosts.
A choice of continental or cooked breakfast will fuel you before you head out for the day and you’re be welcomed back with freshly baked afternoon tea. Dinner is cooked in house each night with one or two nights off in a standard week, depending on the operator, in which you can go and explore local restaurant options.
Most chalets in Europe adopt a traditional alpine style with original features authentic to the area. Chalets generally feature a public lounge area, dining area and boot room and sometimes feature hot tubs, open fireplaces, balconies or a bar.
You can find out more about how catered chalets compare to hotels in our dedicated guide.
What type of accommodation options are there with catered chalets?
Chalet‘s range in size from 4 people to 20+ but adopt a more personal experience than what you would find in a hotel. You can choose to book a single room within a chalet, sharing the building with others, or if you have a group, you can look for a suitable chalet to take sole occupancy of so you can enjoy your very own chalet on the mountain!
Iglu Ski also offers a selection of Chalet Hotels which include the same chalet style service and catering in larger hotel-style accommodation. Most rooms take 2 people and can usually be arranged as a twin or a double room. There are also chalets that have single rooms available and triple and quad rooms, great for families. Most chalet rooms have ensuite or private bathroom facilities.
Top chalets by size
|Val Thorens, France
|St Anton, Austria
|Chalet Cristal 4
|Val d'Isere, France
|Chalet Crocus Blanc
Where are the best chalets?
Ski chalets are most popular and more common in Europe and in particular France. Ski chalets can be found in all the major French resorts usually in close proximity to a town or bus stop. Meribel, La Plagne, Val d’Isere and La Rosiere all offer a large selection of chalets in France, with some even ski in – ski out for ease of getting out on the slopes.
Chalets are also available in Austria, Switzerland and Italy although are less common. Chalet holidays can be found in North America but the catering and offering does differ.
Finding your perfect catered ski chalet holiday
Group Ski Chalets
Having a family reunion or wanting to away with a group of friends? Staying in a chalet for sole occupancy is a great option as you’ll have the place all to yourself and it makes the holiday extra special. We offer a range of chalets for group holidays from budget to more luxury. Take a look at our page or ask one of our ski specialists to help find a chalet that will suit your group perfectly.
Family Ski Chalets
Several chalets have child care facilities available which are perfect for families with younger children. Our team can also help recommend chalets that are well positioned for ski schools and easy access to the slopes so you don’t have to worry about trekking to the slopes with all your kit!
Ski In Ski Out Chalets
The best positioned chalets right on the slopes. Ideal for keen skiers who get first and last lifts back!
Luxury Ski Chalets
When it comes to luxury, ski chalets are available in abundance. Expect exceptional service, premium facilities and extraordinary views.
Most Popular Ski Chalets
The best chalets as chosen by you! Our customers’ top picks based on chalet location, proximity to the slopes or facilities. Be quick, as these get booked up fast!
Ski Chalets with hot tubs
There’s nothing better than a soak after a hard day on the slopes whilst taking in beautiful mountain views! It’s a necessity for some so we’ve put together our favourite collection of chalets with hot tubs for you to choose from.
Traditional Ski Chalets
Combining modern facilities with authentic traditional experiences, these chocolate box chalets are the idyllic backdrop to any picture perfect holiday.
Control how you get to your chalet with a self-drive holiday and enjoy complete flexibility with your booking.