A French ski chalet is a great choice for a ski holiday. Most French ski chalets are offered on a fully catered basis where you will enjoy a continental breakfast (sometimes with a cooked option) in the morninng, annd afternoon tea with a cake on your return from the slopes. This is followed by a three course evening meal with wine.
There are several types of typical French ski chalet. There are traditional wooden free-standing chalet, which are very picturesque and quaint, often with overhead beams, wooden carving and bright furnishings being typical. Chalets of this type do tend to have quite small rooms: this is simply because land is at a premium in French ski resorts.
A chalet-apartment is the most common type of chalet which usually offers larger rooms than a traditional stand alone chalet, and may feel more spacious. They are also likely to be more modern in their décor. Many of these apart-chalets in resorts such as Tignes and Val Thorens are also ski-to-door. However, they will certainly lack some of the quaint and picturesque look of the typical French ski chalet.
The crème de la crème of French ski chalets: the luxury ski chalets. Nowadays, with celebrities such as Kylie and Richard Branson holidaying in the French Alps, it is not surprising that the ultimate in luxury isn’t hard to find here if you can afford it. However, little extras such as a hot tub, swimming pool, sauna or Wifi and Sky TV don’t have to come at huge cost. Try an Alpine Elements ‘4 Diamond Premium +’ chalet for a little bit of extra comfort at a sensible price. Examples of these include Chalet Nyon in Morzine or Chalet Cretet and Chalet Inextremis in Meribel.
If you’ve never been skiing before, take our word for it and don’t even think about going self-catered. You’ll need all your energy for hitting the slopes hard during the day, and why slave over a hot stove when your fully trained chalet host can take care of it all for you, while you relax and take in the atmosphere.