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27 September 2013.

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What’s a ski chalet holiday all about?

gmw-blk-non-cmykHome comforts are important on holidays, and on active holidays in particular. Mountain ski chalet holidays offer a home away from home – with the added bonus that someone else is doing the cooking and cleaning for you.

Whether you are looking for somewhere you can meet the neighbours over tasty home cooked meals, an intimate space for you and all your friends and family, or luxury accommodation with that extra special something, you can have your dream ski holiday at a chalet.

What’s staying in a ski chalet like?

No two places are the same (except for identical ones built next door to each other) and each chalet tends to possess its own individual personality.

There are small chalets, where taking the whole chalet gives you privacy and a space to call your own. On the other side of the coin, there are big chalet-style hotels that can take up to 50 skiers and boarders under one roof. Either option offers a perfect alternative to hotels when it comes to skiing with large groups.

Wine tasting in Serre Chevalier

What’s the food like on a ski chalet holiday?

Napoleon Bonaparte is famously quoted as saying “an army marches on its stomach,” and we’re pretty sure that skiers and boarders are very much the same. Chalet holidays have got this covered.

Get up early to eat a hearty breakfast, followed by a little warm up before heading to morning training at the ski school.

In the afternoon, after a little packed lunch (which can be made up for you by your chalet hosts) and some R&R, it’s time to patrol the mountain passes and put all of that training into serious practice.

Waiting for you on your return is tea and cake –  helping to warm the insides and keeping those hunger pangs at bay until the evening meal.

When dinner is served, the wine starts flowing too – which is also included on chalet holidays – and another tasty meal will set you up perfectly for bed time, before it’s time to do it all over again the next day.

At some point in the week the chalet host gets a well deserved day off (once they’ve got your breakfast and afternoon tea ready, that is) and this leaves you with the opportunity to check out the local surroundings and rendezvous with the locals for one evening meal during the week.

 

Goat’s cheese tartlets

 

Great for families

Lots of chalets accept children all season, whilst some are restricted to the school holidays only, so if you’re travelling with kids (or want to avoid them) then there’s something to suit everyone.

Some chalets are specially equipped with childcare facilities on site, and with those essential items like bottle sterilisers, changing mats, potties and games, packing for your trip becomes that much easier.

Chalets are also perfect for multiple families staying together, with parents being able to relax on the sofas with a bottle of wine, and the little ones off playing with the games provided.

For a bit of luxury

A fair few of Crystal’s highest-rated chalets go hand in hand with extra pampering. In our Crystal Finest chalets for instance you can find plenty of added luxuries alongside swish furnishings and service to match. Food gets a refined upgrade and a few added touches such as pre-dinner canapés, excellent wine, after-dinner cheese, coffee, port and some top-notch chocolates.

Expect WiFi, iPod docks, TVs and DVD players to keep everyone entertained and Molton Brown toiletries so you smell lovely.

Chalet Leonardo, Meribel & Mottaret, France

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