For the quintessentially alpine experience a traditional ski chalet in one of the world’s great resorts can’t be beaten. Browse some of the best here or call for recommendations.
With chocolate box charm and authentic alpine architecture, a trad. catered chalet with all of the home comforts (plus great food and wine) is our favourite kind of ski holiday.
In Meribel, sleeps 13. The Cervin is a traditional, Savoyard style chalet with sloping ceilings, a log fire and a scenic balcony looking out over the Meribel Valley. All six bedrooms have en-suite facilities.
In Meribel, sleeps 6-8. Petit Gibus is the archetypal chocolate box chalet. Free standing, it’s set in peaceful surroundings just below the Morel area of Meribel. The Morel lift is a short uphill walk away and the there’s a ski bus stop nearby to whisk you to the central ski point. The Famous Chez Kiki is close by for après ski, while the village centre is about a 10 min walk away. Ideal for 6 but can accommodate another two in a bunk bed room.
In Val d’Isere, sleeps 6-8. Behind the iconic old church in Val d’Isere centre, Petite Ferme has all the features of a traditional ski chalet: thick walls, original stone flooring, wooden beams and a sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and open fire.
In Tignes, sleeps 7-8. A charming trad’ ski chalet with split level communal areas, Marilyn has high speed lifts just 2 mins away and you can ski back. Access to the après ski is easy too as Le Lavachet is only a short walk away.
In Meribel, sleeps 8. This beautiful wood-clad chalet is set just above Morel in Meribel. The décor is to a high standard – all traditional style furnishings with modern comforts. Close to the blue run that goes into the village centre and the Chaudanne area, it’s in a super position for skiing. The village centre is little more than 15 minutes’ walk down the hill, but the local bus stops nearby if you don’t fancy the walk back up.
In Courchevel 1650, sleeps 8. This lovely traditional chalet is in a peaceful location just below the centre of 1650, which you can access via the recently installed village escalator. All bedrooms have their own facilities and there is a sauna and large balcony with amazing views.
In Val d’Isere, sleeps 10. A converted 200-year old farmhouse, this chalet brims with alpine tradition. The original wood and stone features remain, with fabulous new additions including a basement spa.
In La Tania, Sleeps 8-9. Occupying private grounds in the forest, Bois d’Emeraude is gorgeous indoors and out from its stone fireplace to its carved wooden balcony.
Many ski chalets now have been elegantly refurbished to highlight the traditional aspects of the architecture and at the same time provide you with the convenience of modern facilities.
Here we’ve created a list of some of those properties which we feel give you the most authentic feel of a traditional ski chalet, with terrific levels of service and facilities, in beautiful surroundings.
|Chalet Cervin||Meribel||France||13||In historic Mussillon, log fire|
|La Petite Ferme||Val d’Isere||France||6-8||Behind the church in old town, original features, vaulted ceiling|
|Chalet Petit Gibus||Meribel||France||6-8||Freestanding chalet, in historic Morel, log fire|
|Chalet Marilyn||Tignes||France||7-8||Hillside chalet, fireplace, sauna|
|Chalet Delmontel||Meribel||France||8||Freestanding chalet, peaceful location, log fire|
|Chalet Le Misti||Courchevel||France||8||Freestanding chalet, peaceful location, sauna|
|The Farmhouse||Val d’Isere||France||10||Restored 200 y/o farmhouse, old town location, open fire|
|Chalet Bois d’Emeraude||La Tania||France||8-9||In private grounds, original stone fireplace, outdoor hot tub|
|Chalet Rosanna||St Anton||Austria||19-20||Traditional Austrian style, fireplace, central location|
|Chalet La Bergerie||Val d’Isere||France||13||17th century shepherd’s hut, 2 outdoor hot tubs|
|Chalet Caribou||Courchevel||France||6||Steam room, wood burning stove, near lift station|
|Chalet Kilimanjaro||Val d’Isere||France||10||Outdoor hot tub, ski in/out, chauffeur service|
|Chalet La Rocheure||Val d’Isere||France||12-13||17th century farmhouse, ski to door, sauna|
|Chalet Katarina||Verbier||Switzerland||12||Peaceful location, south facing balcony,|
|Chalet des Amis||Morzine||France||8-12||Hot tub (with ‘drinks elevator’!), log fire|
|Chalet Chamois Volant||Les 2 Alpes||France||14-17||Near centre & slopes, 19th century farm building, hot tub|
|Chalet Nid Alpin||La Tania||France||14||Ski in/out, log fire, forest location|
|Chalet Jacques||Courchevel||France||10||Sauna, outdoor hot tub, fireplace|
|Chalet La Vielle Maison||Val d’Isere||France||12||Former farm cottage, wood burner, opposite funicular|
|Chalet Louis||Morzine||France||8-10||Hot tub, easy piste access, foodie chalet|
We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.