In the village centre
Smack in the middle of the main street, a few paces from all of the shops, restaurants, bars, pharmacies, physios and anything else
Slopes 4min walk
The most sumptuous four-bedroom, four bathroom chalet in Val d’Isère, in the most perfect location, Chalet Pic Noir (the black woodpecker) will satisfy even the most discerning of skiers and non-skiers.
Yes, we know what you’re thinking: oh no, not more tour operator twaddle! Once you read sumptuous and discerning in the same sentence, the alarm bells start ringing…
So can we justify the hyperbole? Well, Pic Noir, Perdrix and Ptarmigan are adjacent apartments occupying the whole third floor of the brand-new Résidence du Savoie in the village centre. The architect is Michel Covarel, who has pretty much single-handedly transformed Val d’Isère into the elegant resort it has become. Pic Noir is quite amazing – more like something from House & Garden than a ski chalet. Its kitchen alone is as big as some apartments!
The sitting-dining room is spectacular. Full of granite and old timber, with good lighting, modern sofas, a roaring log fire and a massive balcony. It offers the most amazing views from La Daille to Solaise, from the main street to the Face de Charvet.
Designerish people will enjoy all of the little colour-coordinated touches; their husbands will love the sliding glass around the fireplace, which means one never needs a fireguard, yet it lights like a blast furnace, then glows through the gloaming.
The four bedrooms are beautifully fitted and finished, and all have the option of two good-sized single beds or a huge double. Please specify which you would prefer when you book your holiday.
The bathrooms (one bath, three showers) are also sumptuous, with wonderful showers.
Bedroom four is a perfect twin or double, but with a window onto the hall rather than the outside world. We sell this room to one person with sole occupancy, but no supplement. Yes, you read that right: a large twin or double room to yourself free of charge, just because it doesn’t have a view! And if you want to bring someone else, that person pays just half price. The shower off bedroom four opens into the sauna.
And can the position really be described as ‘the most perfect location’? Well, if you remember the old Perdrix Blanche restaurant, or if you know the new Fondue Factory, Chalet Pic Noir is literally on top of them. Bang in the middle of the main street, a few paces from all of the shops, restaurants, bars, pharmacies, physios and anything else one may want after a day on the world’s best slopes, which are just a four-minute walk away.
There is nowhere better in Val d’Isère for seven or eight people…
We are extremely well-suited to families. Some of our chalets are large, some small. Some are very smart, some very good value. And some have Extra Beds for children costing half the normal price (without flights), or 85% of the normal price if flights are included (though we cannot guarantee flights for extra beds).
Chalets are more relaxing for families than hotels, where parents are constantly worried that their brood will upset fellow guests, or self-catering apartments, where most of someone’s holiday will be spent shopping, cooking and clearing up.
And, perhaps surprisingly, Val d’Isère is the ideal family ski resort. It has good snow, short queues, wide nursery slopes with free lifts, and extensive new beginner runs higher up the mountain at the top of Solaise. (Beginners do, however, need a ski pass to access these higher nursery slopes) The flat village, free and frequent buses, very good ski schools, English-speaking instructors, and lots of British youngsters also help hugely. Where to Ski and Snowboard magazine describes the nursery slopes as ‘95% perfect’.
4 bedrooms for 7-8 guests
1 bath, 3 showers
Bedrooms in order of preference (in our opinion)
Twin/double (11′ x 11′) with bathroom and wc.
Twin/double (12′ x 10′) with shower and wc. Walk-in cupboard.
Twin/double (11′ x 8’6″) with shower and wc.
Twin/Double (12′ x 9′). A perfect twin/double but with a window onto the hall rather than the outside world, so we sell this room as a single to one person with no supplement. Optional second person pays just half price – see below. Shower and wc. The shower off this bedroom also opens into the sauna.
Bright room (30′ x 15′) with south-facing balcony giving a bird’s eye view over the village centre and beyond. Log fire, TV and WiFi.
Next to Bedroom 4, with an entrance from the corridor as well as a door from Bedroom 4’s shower. Please note that the use of the sauna is at your own risk and that of your party members. We cannot accept responsibility for accidents/injuries that occur during the use of the sauna. Children must be supervised when using the sauna.
Second Bed in Room 4
The cost for this bed is half the quoted Pic Noir price if a flight and transfer are required, or 35% of the quoted price without flight and transfer. Extra beds can only be used when one party books the whole chalet.
We start with a proper breakfast. Fruit juice, porridge, cereals from Rude Health, bacon, eggs, baguettes straight from the famous local bakery, yoghurt, tea and fresh coffee from Nespresso machines (with instant or infusions for those who prefer them). On one morning breakfast will be self-service with fresh croissants and pains au chocolat delivered to your chalet.
You return from the slopes to find bread and jam, a freshly-baked cake (except on staff days off), tea and coffee left out for you. If you would like hot chocolate, please inform your chalet staff (and tell them how you like it!).
Dinner is where we pull out all the stops on five nights of your holiday. Our policy on food is straightforward. We start with the best cuts of meat and the best fresh fruit and vegetables, not really counting the cost. Everything we need is available in Val d’Isère. Most people are very happy with our normal formula of canapés followed by a three-course, fixed-menu, dinner-party-style meal. The cuisine is largely French, though with a fusion of other influences.
A small proportion of our guests wishes to eat different food from the rest of their party. If you request a different diet, we will be able to offer one alternative meal so that the normal meal or this alternative will be suitable for vegetarians, vegans, dairy free, no red meat or no onions/no garlic.
Or you could tailor-make a menu for your party for the week and ask us to cook, say, two fish meals, one chicken, one red meat (when vegetarians can simply not have the meat) and one vegetarian meal – or whatever combination suits your group. This way everyone enjoys the same meals all together and, dare we say it, eats a little more healthily.
If a diet is more complicated than those mentioned above, we may have to make a charge for special ingredients but we will let you know in advance. If you want us to buy in special non-dairy milks and yoghurts there will be a charge in the resort, much the same way as the alternative wines mentioned below.
There are some diets we cannot cater for. We regret that we do not have the separate fridges, etc., required for Kosher diets, we do not have access to Halal meats, and we cannot guarantee that our chalets will be nut-free.
With dinner, we serve free unlimited quantities of a selection of very drinkable French AOC wine and vin de pays. This is, unfortunately, only with dinner, not breakfast, and we stop serving the wine when the coffee appears.
We also have a wine list from which you can buy everything from slightly smarter wine to Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild or d’Yquem. We sell these wines at less than they cost because you are not drinking the house wine.
Damage deposit for all bookings
•½ of Espace Killy •Fantastic après •Traditional chocolate box village •Skiable glacier
Ski never-ending pistes and powder, ogle at colossal peaks and cosy Savoie architecture, then end the day with some of the world's most wild and wonderful après ski. Val d'Isere is considered by many to be the best ski resort on earth, and we’re inclined to agree.
Great for •Families •Groups •Non skiers •Catered Chalets
Snow Report: Top 215cm, Bottom 120cm
Snow Forecast: 25cm expected this week
Snow History: January average depth 113cm
Approx. airport transfer times depend on conditions:
|Chambéry (CMF)||145km, 1h45|
|Geneva (GVA)||180km, 2h40|
|Grenoble (GNB)||210km 2h50|
Val d'Isere lift pass price last reported as €294 (adult 6 day). Ask for a quote when booking Chalet Pic Noir.
Night skiing: Yes, every Thursday
Val d'Isere has NSEW facing slopes.
Usually open for skiing October - May.
|Top of slopes:||3300m|
|Bottom of piste:||1550m|
|Total length of trails:||300km|
|Longest piste:||10km (Tignes)|