Morzine and Les Gets luxury chalets

Les Gets, quite possibly one of the prettiest resorts in the Alps, is quickly catching up with some of the more known resorts with exclusive luxury chalets.  With its Savoyarde charm and traditional French feel, Les Gets’ own ski area is perfect for families. However, by skiing up and over the Pleney mountain into Morzine you can then cross the village to take the Super Morzine Gongola which opens up the vast playground of the Portes du Soleil. With over 650km of pistes and large areas of off-piste terrain there is plenty of skiing and boarding for experts too. We look at some of the best Morzine and Les Gets luxury chalets below.

Les Gets - Portes du Soleil

Skiing down into Les Gets from the Chavannes slopes

Morzine, slightly better known than its pretty neighbour, is now also a contender with having some of the swankiest chalets around.  Outdoor pools, cedar sauna huts buried in snow and Michelin trained chefs are what’s to be expected in  a chalet with a self playing grand piano, an indoor slide from its bar to its snooker room, or a cinema complete with its custom cashmere snuggle rugs.  OK, so the village hasn’t got Hermes or Chanel but why go into the village to shop when you’re staying somewhere incredible – you’d would be hard pushed to even have to drag yourself out to go for a ski!

Morzine - Portes du Soleil

Morzine – Portes du Soleil

The fairly fledgling The Boutique Chalet Company are certainly putting their stamp on the luxury chalet market and have been expanding at a rapid rate throughout Morzine and Les Gets with chalets like Ferme de la Corderie.  The Ferme du Moudon which was made famous by the television show, Grand Designs, is everything you would expect from its pedigree.  And then there’s the food, oh the food, totally designed to suit you and your tastes, there is no set weekly menus in this kind of chalet.  The talent and imagination of the chefs working in the Morzine and Les Gets luxury chalets make you feel so lucky you’re there.

Ferme de la Corderie - Les Gets

Ferme de la Corderie – Les Gets

I’d love to go but I can’t fill a chalet I hear you say? Well this winter season for the first time, The Boutique Chalet Company are offering their ‘Boutique Weeks’.  You get exactly the same service as you would if you had booked out the entire chalet but you can book by the room to share with other guests – a great way to make new friends and live in alpine luxury for a fraction of the cost!

The privately run Ferme de Montagne in the La Turche area of Les Gets is certainly not to be over looked. With its 2 to 1 staff ratio you know that you are going to be pampered.  Included in the price is also a ski guiding service which means you don’t even need to look at a piste map!  This boutique chalet hotel has thought of everything. There is even a well stocked pillow menu to ensure that guests have a perfect night’s sleep. This attention to detail in the service and the inspired culinary offerings are what draw returning guests back each winter.  Short stays are entirely possible during low season weeks so why not book a romantic short break at the Ferme de Montagne?

Dinner at the Ferme de Montagane - Les Gets

Dinner at the Ferme de Montagane – Les Gets

After the success of the Chalet Grand Corniche in Les Gets, Consensio have taken on Chalet Jejalp in Morzine which is the ultimate chalet to get away from it all.  From the minute you enter the chalet with your very own slippers lined up waiting for you, you know you’re going to be very well looked after – and who doesn’t want to quaff champagne while having your skis and boots fitted in the chalet?  Waking up in a Consensio chalet is the ultimate in indulgence – you tell your chalet host the night before your tea or coffee choice and they’ll wake you up with it, and even open the curtains for you if you like.

Chalet Jejalp - Morzine

Chalet Jejalp – Morzine

The luxury doesn’t stop when you leave the chalet either, Les Gets has some fabulous mountain restaurants. Don’t let its exterior put you off as Chez Nannon serves the best Cotes du Boeuf and La Paika is worth a trip for BBQ giant prawns alone.  Sunday lunch at Le Grandes Ours on the ‘locals’ mountain of Mont Chery in Les Gets, is a hidden gem – the views over to Mont Blanc are simply stunning.

If you would like to stay in one of the Morzine and Les Gets luxury chalets that we feature above please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Top Five Value For Money Ski Chalets That Won’t Break the Bank!

We know how expensive a ski holiday can be, particularly when you start to add on flights, ski hire, lift passes and other unexpected expenses, costs can really spiral. However, did you know that if you were to choose a lesser known resort which links into one of the larger ski areas, it can be cheaper than you think? Furthermore, most of the ski chalet operators who have chalets in these smaller resorts tend to be independent. This means the food, wine and service in resort is so much better than big mass market operators. Generally, the owners are on hand in resort making sure their clients are looked after very well.

Advantages of staying in a lesser known resort:

• Smarter and often cheaper accommodation
• Better service, food and wine in your chalet
• Fewer lift queues and crowds
• Often very easy access to a large ski area
• Unspoilt villages with traditional atmosphere
• Better value for money

Below is a list of our “top five value for money chalets” in some lesser known resorts that won’t break the bank…

1. Chalet Panorama**** – Maria Alm, Austria (Sleeps 12-18)

Chalet panoramaFrom the luxury furnishings to wonderful spa – no elements have been overlooked at this ski chalet. The Panorama is located 300m from the centre of town and slopes and you can ski to within 200m of the chalet. The chalet boasts a luxury spa with sauna and steam room. The chalet also offers an excellent level of food and service. All bedrooms are ensuite.

7 Night Price: Exclusive use of chalet – £535 per person Chalet Board (Exc. flights and transfers). For departures on Tuesday 3rd January and Tuesday 10th January, 2017.

Maria Alm – is a traditional and unspoilt village with quite a large and un-crowded ski area. For those looking for a some real Alpine charm.


2. Chalet Endymion***** – Veysonnaz, Switzerland (Sleeps 10 -12)

3Chalet Endymion is a new luxury chalet built right on the slopes just above Veysonnaz. It is ski-in ski-out and is 1 minute’s skiing to the base of the Thyon Gondola.
There is also a delightful and spacious living/dining room as well as sauna, indoor hot tub, study, boot room, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, balcony seating, and outdoor dining. All bedrooms rooms are ensuite.

7 Night Price: Exclusive use of chalet – £800 per person Chalet Board (Exc. flights and transfers). For departure on 14th January, 2017.

Veysonnaz is a small, family friendly resort which offers great value considering its position in the massive 4 Valleys ski area.

3. Chalet Alpage*** – St Martin De Belleville, France (Sleeps 12 -14)


Chalet Alpage is a traditional and rustic alpine-style chalet filled with charm and character and offers guests a high degree of luxury! The Saint Martin de Belleville main ski lift is located about 200 metres from the chalet and you can ski back all the way to the chalet from the slopes (snow permitting). The chalet is situated only a short walk from the village centre and its restaurants, shops and bars. All bedrooms are ensuite.

7 Night Price: Exclusive use of chalet – £643 per person Chalet Board (Exc. flights and transfers). For departures on 12th March and 19th March, 2017.

St Martin de Belleville is a totally traditional Savoyard village with an old church, small square, pleasant buildings and very easy links into the entire 3 Valleys ski area.

4. Chalet Samoens**** – Samoens, France (Sleeps 12-17)

4Chalet Samoens is situated in the heart of the pretty and traditional mountain town of Samoens. The chalet has a large open plan main living/dining area with a central open fireplace – the feature of the space. There is also a large balcony off the sitting room that offers great views over the town of Samoens and to the mountains beyond. The chalet has a fantastic and huge spa area which comes with sauna, hot tub, showers and ‘relax area’. The level of service and food is of a very high standard. All bedrooms are ensuite.

7 Night Price: Exclusive use of chalet – £645 per person Chalet Board (Exc. flights and transfers). For departures on 21st January and Saturday 28th January, 2017.

Samoens is a traditional valley town with charm and character with access to the Grand Massif ski area. There is a traffic free centre with narrow streets and appealing shops, bars and restaurants.

5. Chalet Auriane**** – Tzoumaz (Verbier), Switzerland (sleep 12)

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The chalet Auriane combines the luxury of an exclusive boutique hotel with the traditional feel of an alpine ski lodge. The chalet is perched on the side of the mountain and it is possible to ski in/out. There is also a lift just 100m away. There is a superb spa area with sauna and hammam. From the large outdoor Jacuzzi there are superb views over the entire valley and the resort of La Tzoumaz. All bedrooms are ensuite.

7 Night Price: Exclusive use of chalet – £825 per person Chalet Board and includes flights from Gatwick to Geneva and private transfers. For departures on 22nd January and 29th January, 2017.

Tzoumaz is a very small hamlet that links into the Verbier ski circuit. This is a quiet place to stay so if you are after lots of nightlife, forget it! On the other hand if you are after some superb skiing and some good quality down time this would be the perfect place to stay.

For more details of these ski chalets and other value for money chalets in smaller resorts call our Ski Experts on 020 7801 1080


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Brexit: Book an All Inclusive ski deal to beat the falling pound

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This year, due to Brexit and the fall in the value of the pound, many ski companies are offering some excellent deals this season. The best ones on the market have to be the all-inclusive ski deals, which offer excellent … Continue reading

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Our Guide To Who’s Offering the Best Early Booking Ski Deals

Are you still looking for the best Early Booking Ski Deal for 2016?

Don't Miss out! Early Booking Ski Deals for 2016

You may already be aware of the fact that we deal with over 100 ski chalet operators many of which offer some very attractive early booking ski deals for 2016. The only problem is they all tend to offer something different, which can be confusing to even the most savvy wheeler dealer. To make things a little easier for you we set out below some of the early booking deals we think you should consider.

SKI TOTAL – one of the larger chalet operators on our books with 101 chalets.

Early Booking Ski Deals
New Year – This is a 9 night holiday departing on 30th December 2016. GET 2 FREE NIGHTS as you only pay for 7 nights. 2 FREE DAYS lift pass (8 days for the price of 6). 2 FREE DAYS ski hire (8 days for the price of 6). £100 pp New Year Special discount valid for limited period as well.
During the rest of the season – SAVE – 50% on ski & boot hire and FREE GROUP PLACES – Up to 1 in 5 travels free and finally, Buy one adult lift pass and get the second one at half price.

ALPINE ACTION – have 14 very good, value for money chalets in Meribel and chalets in La Tania.

Early Booking Ski Deals 
Christmas – 20-27 December – Get £250 off brochure price.
FREE LIFT PASS for the party leader when booking a whole chalet.

LE SKI – 31 chalets in Courchevel, La Tania and Val d’Isere. Great food and service.

Early Booking Ski Deals 
Fill any chalet and ALL guests get a FREE LIFT PASS (Guests must take a Le Ski charter flight).

MERISKI – the Meribel specialist with 9 fabulous chalets.

Early Booking Ski Deals
Pay for your chalet in full by 30th September and receive a 10% discount on the price.
Free private transfers when booking certain chalets and weeks.

SKI CUISINE – Another Meribel specialist and favourite operator of Alpine Answers have 7 chalets.

Early Booking Ski Deals
Book a chalet for the week 7-14 January and get a 15% discount
Book a chalet for the week 4-11 February and get a 10% discount
Book a chalet for the week 11-18 March and get a 10% discount

SKI OLYMPIC – 11 chalets in 4 top French resorts

Early Booking Ski Deals
Christmas – 20-27 December – FREE LIFT PASSES for all guests.

SKI VAL – 28 chalets in 3 of the best resorts in the Alps.

Early Booking Ski Deals
Pay a double deposit and receive a 5% discount.

SKIWORLD – The largest independent chalet operator in the UK. 138 chalets in many of the best resorts.

Early Booking Ski Deals
Get £50 to £100 off per person in all their chalets subject to availability.
BOGOF ON LIFT PASSES for various January departure dates.

VIP SKI– Have 68 luxurious chalets in many top resorts.

Early Booking Ski Deals
Book by 31st October and get £100 OFF per person on January weeks as well as the 12th March week.

CONSENSIO HOLIDAYS – One of the UK’s premiere chalet operators with 13 of the highest spec chalets on the market.

Early Booking Ski Deals
22-29 January 2017 – get a 15% discount on 3 of their finest chalets.
12-19 March 2017 – get a 15% discount on 3 of their finest chalets.

CLUB MED – The foremost All-Inclusive operator.

Early Booking Ski Deals
Are offering some amazing early booking deals with many of their hotels, especially in January selling for under £900 all inclusive!

Need help finding the best Early Booking Ski Deals?

The above are just a sample of the kind of early booking ski deals we can offer you. To save you a lot of time and trouble trying to find yourself the best deal out there, call us on 0207 7801 1080 to ensure you get the best Early Booking Deal deal possible. Click here to search all our chalets 

We are here to help and look forward to helping you get the most out of your next ski holiday.

Happy skiing from all the Alpine Answers team.

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Christmas and New Year Departure Dates 2016

Christmas and New Year departure dates 2016 have been thrown into some confusion for the Winter 2016 as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are on a Saturday in December 2016. We explain how the ski holiday industry is getting around this issue.

In travel industry parlance (particularly regards chalets) the ‘changeover’ day is the day that guests are expected to leave and new guests are expected to arrive. Chalet operators will want to ensure that as far as possible every bedroom is occupied throughout the season without gaps in their reservation planning and given that the accepted holiday duration is 7 nights the easiest way to achieve this is to make sure that all guests arrive and leave on either a Saturday or Sunday. This then allows bookings to be dove tailed together ensuring maximum occupancy, efficiency and revenue.

New Year Departure Dates 2016

New Year Ski Holidays in Megeve

For those chalet tour operators that also have an ATOL licence to enable them to include flights as part of their chalet holiday packages the fixed change-over day of either Saturday or Sunday also helps them to arrange contracts with their charter airline partners.

In a normal year a Saturday or Sunday changeover day suits everyone – chalet operators get to fill their properties without gaps and guests are happy to travel weekend to weekend as it best suits their work commitments and holiday entitlement. However, this season Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on a Saturday (Christmas Day and New Year’s Day on a Sunday).  As guests would be very unlikely to want to travel on the key days of the festive period alternate changeover days were required. However, in dropping the normal weekend changeover days the ski holiday industry has opened Pandora’s Box.  With so many possible combinations of stay durations available to the chalet operators over Christmas and New Year the ski holiday industry has ended up in something of a muddle. Choosing a chalet with the correct changeover days over Christmas and New Year to suit your specific needs has all become rather complicated this season.

Luckily we are here to help. With 25 years of experience and dealing with well over 150 different ski chalet operators covering all shapes, sizes and prices of properties we are uniquely placed to give a round up (as far as this is possible) on the differing changeover days offered for Christmas and New Year ski holidays this season. We look at 40 different chalet companies to spot the more common durations/changeover days on offer and explain the relative merits of each.

Christmas Ski Holiday changeover days

Saturday 17th – Monday 26th December (9 nights)

Ski Amis is one of only a few chalet companies offering a Christmas ski holiday which starts Saturday 17th December. This allows them to offer holidays of a 9 night duration (priced at their normal 7 night price) which end on Monday 26th December.  Ski Amis offer cheaper priced chalet holidays in some of the best French ski resorts and represent great value, especially if you are driving out to the Alps. The dates above account for under 3% of the chalet market.

Sunday 18th – Monday 26th December (8 nights)

Just under 10% of the chalet holiday market, the most notable players being Club Med, Consensio, Mountain Exposure, Scott Dunn and YSE, are offering an 8 night Christmas duration from Sunday 18th to Monday 26th December. These companies offer flight inclusive chalet holidays from mid market to high end.

Monday 19th – Monday 26th December (7 nights)

Just over 10% of the market offer these dates. The most notable are Cimalpes, Tasty Ski and VIP Ski with the latter also including flights and transfers in their packaged holidays.

Tuesday 20th – Tuesday 27th December (7 nights)

35% of the market is offering Tuesday 20th to Tuesday 27th December and are those that ordinarily would have Saturday as their changeover day. These companies include: Alpine Action, Bramble Ski, Chardon Mountain Lodges, Le Ski, Mountain Rooms & Chalets, Neilson Ski, Ski Cuisine, Ski Olympic, Ski Val and Skiworld, and they cover the full price range with most holidays packaged with flights and transfers.

Wednesday 21st – Wednesday 28th December (7 nights)

Just 4% of the chalet market is offering this duration with companies including Purple Ski, TG Ski, Kaluma and Ski Hiver all with chalets available.

Friday 23rd – Friday 30th December (7 nights)

33% of the market is offering Friday 23rd to Friday 30th December and given the late arrival of the snow for the last two winter seasons one could argue that this later arrival for the Christmas period offers the best chance of good snow. Three days may not sound much but as the weather in the Alps can change very quickly during December arriving in resort on the 23rd rather than the 20th might make all the difference to the skiing conditions. The main holiday companies offering these dates are: Alpine Infusion, Fish ‘n’ Pips, HIP Hideouts, Inghams, Mark Warner, Meriski, Mountain Heaven, Ski Armadillo, Ski Blanc, Ski Esprit, Ski Famille and Ski Total.

Saturday 24th – Saturday 31st December (7 nights)

Although there are a handful of other smaller operators Ski Beat is one of the very few larger companies which are offering the standard Saturday to Saturday stay at Christmas. The later arrival will maximise the chances of best snow but arriving on Christmas Eve and returning back to the UK on New Year’s Eve may not be to everyone’s liking. Ski Beat offer very competitively priced chalet holidays (with flights and transfers included) to the main French ski resorts of the Espace Killy and Three Valleys ski domains. 5% of the market is offering the dates above.

New Year Departure Dates 2016 – Ending 01st – 04th Jan (60% of market)

This is where the fun begins! Most of the chalet holiday market (60%) is offering a 7 night stay over New Year.

20% of the market has chosen the dates Monday 26th to Monday 02nd January and these companies include: Cimalpes, Club Med, Consensio, Mountain Exposure, Scott Dunn, Ski Amis, Tasty Ski, VIP Ski and YSE. 37% of the market is offering Tuesday 27th to Tuesday 03rd January (Alpine Action, Bramble Ski, Chardon Mountain Lodges, Le Ski, Mountain Rooms & Chalets, Neilson Ski, Ski Cuisine, Ski Olympic, Ski Val and Skiworld). 2% of the market offers a 7 night stay from either Sunday 25th or Wednesday 28th December.

Longer New Year Ski Holidays: Ending 07th/ 08th Jan (40% of market)

18% of the market offers the Friday 30th December to Saturday 07th Jan (8 nights) and these companies include Fish ‘n’ Pips, HIP Hideouts, Inghams, Mountain Heaven, Ski Blanc and Ski Famille. However, the longer 9 night duration from Friday 30th to Sunday 08th Jan offered by the likes of Ski Esprit, Mark Warner, Meriski, Ski Armadillo and Ski Total may prove to be more popular. These 9 night duration holidays are beginning to be marketed at a 7 night price which makes them very good value. 16% of the market is offering these 9 night dates but there is a small 2% of the market that offers 9 or 10 night durations starting on either Thursday 29thor Friday 30th December. 6% of the market (the most notable being Ski Beat) offers a 7 night stay from Saturday 31st December to Saturday 07th January. However, arriving on New Year’s Eve may be too late for most.

Very Early January Ski Holidays: 4 – 11 nights

The 60% of chalet operators that offer a New Year holiday ending very early in January are then offering a short break holiday to get them back on track with the normal 7 night weekend to weekend duration holiday which would start on either Saturday 07th or Sunday 08th January.  There are lots and lots of variations on the short breaks on offer during this period but the most popular dates and durations on offer are as follows:

Monday 02nd – Sunday 08th Jan (6 nights)

16% of the market: Club Med, Mountain Exposure, Scott Dunn, VIP Ski and YSE.

Tuesday 03rd – Saturday 07th Jan (4 nights)

22% of the market: Alpine Action, Mountain Rooms & Chalets, Neilson Ski, Ski Cuisine, Ski Val (Val d’Isere) and Skiworld.

Tuesday 03rd – Sunday 08th Jan (5 nights)

7% of the market: Chardon Mountain Lodges, Le Ski, Ski Olympic and Ski Val (St Anton)

Bramble Ski which is a large company offering a wide range of luxury chalets in Verbier, Lech, St Anton, Gstaad, Tignes and Zermatt are offering a 7 night holiday from Tuesday 03rd to Tuesday 10th January to coincide with the Russian New Year holiday period at the start of January. Consensio which is also aimed at the international luxury market is also offering a holiday to fit with the Russian New Year period. They have a great collection of luxurious chalets that are bookable for a 9 night holiday from Monday 02nd to Wednesday 11th January. Both companies then offer a short break from Tuesday 10th or Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th January to get back on track with the normal weekend to weekend rotation of guest arrivals and departures. Together these two companies offer nearly 8% of the chalet market.

Have you got this far? Still confused?

See, I told you it was a bit complicated. To make life easy on yourself all you need to do is call us and tell us roughly what you are looking for in your ski holiday (budget, number of people in your party, type of resort and accommodation etc) and then also let us know if you have any dates that you are bound by. Perhaps you have a family Christmas planned at home with people to stay, or maybe you need to get children back to school in Early January. Just let us know these little issues and we will do the rest.

We have been dealing with the ski holiday market (especially chalets) for 25 years and know exactly what will work and what will not work for you. So don’t tie yourself in knots trying to work out which Christmas or New Year departure dates 2016 suit you best – instead let us do all the figuring out for you. Alternatively why not make a great start by viewing all our Christmas chalet holidays or our New Year chalet holidays here.

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