Chalet des Neiges
If you went in the Funival or the La Daille bubbles last winter, you passed close by, while if you took the Les Etroits chairlift you practically went overhead. The building is next to the Toit du Monde restaurant at La Daille, on a little unskied island, overlooking the bottom of the OK, Orange, Diébold and Verte runs.
A few hundred metres up the slopes are the sunny terraces of the Fruitière and Trifollet, where a therapeutic drink or two to music – techno at the Fruitière, everything but at the Trif – set one up nicely at the end of the day for the final schuss home to a hot bath.
Chalet des Neiges has seven bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. When a single party fills the chalet, it has space for fifteen guests, Room 3 having three beds. The fifteenth person pays half price.
The heart of the chalet is the dining room, with its long table and open-plan kitchen, where one of our top chefs and two assistants will be serving some of the best food in Val d'Isère. After eating or, Heaven forbid, drinking a little too much, it is a mercifully short stagger to the large L-shaped sitting room with its huge log fire, balconies, WiFi and dozens of satellite channels on the plasma-screen TV.
There is a small sauna in the basement, and each bedroom has a private ski locker in the ski room, with very effective individual boot warmers.
Bedrooms 1 & 2:
Doubles (10' x 10') on first floor, bathrooms with wc, French windows onto balconies.
Twin/triple (15' x 13') with three single beds on first floor, with bathroom and separate wc.
Twin (11' x 9') on first floor, Bathroom with wc.
Twin (11' x 9') on second floor, next to dining room and sitting room. Bathroom with wc.
Twin (13' x 9') on third floor, under eaves. Bathroom with wc.
Twin (10' x 10') on third floor, under eaves. Bathroom with wc. Its cupboards are in the bathroom.
(18' x 7' 6" excluding kitchen.) On second floor with open-plan kitchen. French windows to balcony.
(21' x 15') Next to dining room. Two french windows, each opening onto own balcony. Large fireplace. Plasma screen on wall for satellite TV, DVD and WiFi.
Val d'Isère Resort Info
Val d'isère skiing
Val d'isère is justifiably ranked up there with the best resorts in the world. Lift linked with Tignes with which Val d'isère makes up L'Espace Killy, there are 300km of varied pistes to please everyone from beginners to pros. Expert skiers and snowboarders are particularly spoilt for choice in Val d'isère with the 1992 Olympic course, the 'Face', plenty of off-piste (remember to take a guide) and a world class snow park.
Val d'isère ski resort
Val d'isère has not only world class skiing but also boasts some world class après ski. The Folie Douce at the top of la Daille gondola is probably the most famous of Val d'isère's après haunts but is far from the only one. Restaurants on and off the mountain are pricey but good, which added to a good range of accommodation and lot's to do for the non-skiers makes it easy to see Val d'isère's attraction.
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