Whether maximising minutes on snow, or minimising hassle for families and beginners, piste-side properties are now the number one requested type of catered chalet.
When the piste runs past your door, you get back the time others spend on a shuttle bus or schlepping skis to the lifts, to spend sipping cappuccinos and savouring croissants.
This Scandi-style chalet is situated mid-way down the piste climbed by the glass Telecentre “yoghurt pot” lifts, letting you ski both to and from the door and connecting you with all that’s going on in the Rond Point des Pistes. At the same time, La Breche is on the edge of the village proper, with all its bars and restaurants - you might say it offers “doorstep drinking” …
All of Avoriaz is famously on-piste, but this chalet lords it over most in being also right in the very centre. Finish your croissant, stuff feet into boots and be off on the green Dromonts or blue Boulevard de Skieurs in moments. Later you can ski straight back for tea, dropping off boots in the boot room where hosts have been will clean and keep them toasty. Perfect for the serious skier who wants to be first on the lift, or a leaner who wants be up and away while it’s still quiet.
It’s very rare that a chalet manages to be both charmingly traditional AND ski-in, ski-out - which is what makes La Rocheure one of our favourites. You can ski straight back to this refurbed 17th century farmhouse on Val d’Isere’s legendary red Olympic run, which makes for an exhilarating end to every ski day. Inside, it’s all wood, stone and panoramic windows, and you can relax with the help of a sauna, open fireplace and hearty chalet nosh.
Sharing a building with the separately run Chalet Olivier, this wooden mega chalet is bigger than most in VT (sleeping 28 combined, 18 on its own), making it ideal for a group who’ve come to get their skis into the 600km of the 3 Valleys, while smaller social groups are also keen returning customers. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot here (or, for that matter, more balconies), being able to ski down the blue Plein Sud piste to the Retour ski lifts, nursery slopes and the Peclet gondola.
However rare they may be in Italy, catered chalets just tend to go with the laid-back Italian way of doing things, and the large Soldanella’s direct access to the slopes keeps stress non-existent. 20m from the chalet, a curving blue leads down to the Ciampinoi Gondola where you can take off on the Dolomite Superski Area, test your mettle on the infamous Sella Ronda before skiing almost straight back to your Tyrolean doors at the end of the day. In the opposite direction you’re also only 200m from the centre of town and lifts like the Dantercepies and Biancaneve gondolas for access to dozens of ribbon-like blues and reds.
When you stay in Hellebore, your ski days begin cruising down a crispy-corduroy blue run - no jostling in a lift queue necessary. Better yet, you’ve not one but TWO pistes to choose between: the Saint Esprit and Melezes, both just 100m away. After exploring La Plagne’s snow sure slopes, you’ll return to the chalet on the same runs. Once those ski boots are back on their warmers it’s a matter of which comes first: sauna or outdoor hot tub?
Chalets designated to have “doorstep skiing” range from 0m to 150m+ from skiable slopes. The further ones are still super close but, it if you’re itching to be the first to fresh powder (or you’re avoiding walking while breaking in those new boots), above are all the chalets virtually on top of the piste - at most a hop skip and jump away, so you can ski straight down to a lift first thing… and back to your door at the end of the day for afternoon treats!
French resorts are the boss of slope-side lodgings and there’s rarely a pair of chalet doors you can’t ski from in some of the high purpose-built 1960’s set. But that’s not to say you won’t find well-positioned pads in other countries, or in the older prettier French places. Take a look at our top ten ski-in, ski-out resorts here.
Check out our recommendations from the four corners of the French, Austrian and Italian mountains above. Booking into ski-in ski-out accommodation doesn’t mean everyone can step outside clip-in and schuss. The adjoining run could be a bunny, a difficult intermediate, or sometimes even a black because the “doorstep” label doesn’t differentiate. To dig deeper read property details and ask our experts so you arrive with realistic expectations. Whether you want a pad moments from the nursery slopes or with access to off-piste, tell us your ski level and we’ll find the right options.
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