The most delectable thing about high-end chalet dining is that everything revolves around you - from gourmet feasts to good old fashioned comfort food, chefs are sure to whip up something splendid that’s tailored to your tastes.
Slake your thirst with a bottle from the chalet cellar or opt for the house Champers which, in the greatest lodgings, flows freely - it’s no secret that the chalet elite serve some of the finest fare in the skiing world.
Breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meals are provided in true catered chalet tradition, and at this level of lux you can expect ingredients of the highest quality (locally sourced where possible) – complemented by the likes of hors d'oeuvres and carefully paired with wines. On the traditional chalet hosts night off, your concierge or host can book you a table in one of the best local eateries.
While they’ll expertly dish up night after night of fabulous fine-dining, the key here is that you call the shots: Your chef will happily prepare mountain favourites, home comforts or good old TV dinners should you fancy something a touch less formal, while tasting menus and banquets can be arranged for special occasions.
Whizzing up fresh baby purees, serving healthy suppers and sometimes inviting mini sous-chefs to help them make their pizzas ― chefs can cater exceptionally for children. Brief them on your child’s dietary needs and preferences and they’ll be able to plan accordingly. High chairs can usually be supplied on request too.
In some chalets, an early supper for children will see them well fed and tucked up before you sit down for your evening meal, while in others everyone dines together – if you have sole occupancy, who eats what and when is entirely up to you.
Collaborating with master sommeliers, most high-end chalets have a tried-and-true collection of house wines, daily selected to suit to your evening meal. If you don’t spot your personal favourite on the menu, staff will usually be able source it before you arrive.
Many chalets can arrange wine tastings on request, for which the fully stocked cellars in Grand Corniche and Domaine de Toit du Monde are an oenophile’s dream. Meanwhile Marco Polo has its own cave and fromagerie for intimate wine and cheese evenings.
You’ll also find fridges and bars stocked with all sorts of soft drinks and top spirits, and should the occasion call for champagne, the likes of Pol Roger and Perrier Jouët.