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Choosing good Ski Chalets

Written by Alpine Elements   
Friday, 14 January 2011
Just as important as snow conditions and piste grooming is your skiing holiday’s accommodation and, for many, the Ski Chalet is THE ski accommodation.

It is what appears on the front cover of many winter holiday brochures, the epitome of the alpine experience, and with good reason.

Good ski chalets combine the best of the old and the new. A traditional wooden design with a sun terrace or garden, possibly balconies, comfy lounge/dining room with a welcoming log fire, maybe a sauna or hot tub. Many of the older chalets have relatively small bedrooms, with the newer buildings having larger ones, with more headroom. Newer build chalets also tend to have more lounge / dining space. Ski-to-door is always a nice option, though not vital.

An excellent example is the lovely traditional wood and stone Chalet Cretet, refurbished for 2010/11, in the trendy resort of Meribel. The Cretet can be reached from just off the edge of the piste, but as it is only 200m from the main Mottaret slopes, giving an easy route to the extensive Mont Vallon area, access is hardly an issue. Inside there is a mezzanine balcony, five bedrooms (each with ensuite or private bathrooms). Outside the balcony gives unbridled views of the mountains, a superb place for some Apres Ski relaxation. For further relaxation there are both a sauna and a hot tub.

While the Cretet is towards the luxury end of the market, there are plenty of other ski chalets to suit all budgets. Specialist catered ski chalet companies like Alpine Elements have a wide range of properties in various resorts, and often have deals such as free lift passes or discounts. If you are able to get a group together to take a whole chalet there can be some excellent group savings to be made. All is not lost if you want exclusive use of a chalet but can’t fill the capacity, by paying a supplement winter tour operators will give you that exclusivity. This is just the job if you want a whole chalet for your family - without having to worry about other guests.

For the best ski chalets it’s always best to book early, there have been some particularly good early-bird discounts this season. Slightly reduced supply has meant that late bookers have not always managed to get the chalets they want in their preferred resorts. However, if you are shrewd, and shop around, there are some excellent deals to be had, especially in the pre half-term period.

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