Catered chalets in Meribel

Meribel is undoubtedly one of the world’s best ski resorts – apart from being right in the centre of the massive Three Valleys ski area and one of the highest and most extensive in Europe the resort has an extensive après ski scene and thriving nightlife, as well as plenty of activities off the slopes and a charming main village with plenty of shops and restaurants. There is also a vast array of catered chalets in Meribel to choose from.

Catered chalets in Meribel

Meribel Centre at night.

Visitors tempted here by the resort’s reputation and snow record have a fantastic choice of accommodation with almost 100 catered chalets in Meribel to choose from, scattered across the different villages. From simple apartments with basic catering to luxurious, top-of-the-range chalets with exclusive chefs and tailored menus, there is a catered chalet in Meribel to suit every budget and skier.

Catered chalets in Meribel: A chalet that has it all.

The Chalet Bambis really is an all-round player in the league of catered chalets in Meribel. Sleeping 8-10 people, this characterful chalet boasts a ski in/out location (rare in Meribel) as well as being located only 150m from the centre of town. If this is not enough, there is also a shared driver service between 8am and 10pm for guests to make their way around resort comfortable and quickly. Four of the five bedrooms are fully en-suite, and there is also a sauna in the chalet to relax in at the end of the day. A high standard of food and service can be expected, with a cooked breakfast to start each day, full afternoon tea and then four course dinner with complimentary wines, beers, and soft drinks, plus coffee, port and chocolates to wind down the evening. No travel is included with this chalet (Alpine Answers can help to arrange flights and transfers) but childcare is available on request in this chalet.

Catered chalets in Meribel

Chalet Bambis: Catered chalet in Meribel

Catered chalets in Meribel: A chalet that is great value for money.

The Chalet Petite Silene is primarily notable for its fantastic value for money, especially in Meribel. With four en-suite twin/double bedrooms this contemporary chalet is spacious and very comfortable. Located just 100m from the centre of Meribel and 300m from the ski slopes, the location is ideal for families and groups who prefer convenience and ease of access. There is a small outdoor hot tub and sauna which are great additions, and the food is of a good standard without being fussy (wine, beers and soft drinks are all included).  Again no travel is included, but for between £600 and £700 per person per week the Chalet Petite Silene is an extremely well-priced catered chalet in Meribel – we suggest that you snap it up before anyone else does.

Catered chalets in Meribel

Chalet Petite Silene: Catered chalet in Meribel

Catered chalets in Meribel: A chalet that is perfect for children. 

When you have little ones in tow on a ski trip, the main concerns when choosing a chalet tend to include location, childcare, and being well-looked after as adults once the children are asleep. The Chalet Ardour fits this bill perfectly; the operator is well-established in Meribel and provides excellent crèche and private nanny facilities to its clients, with ski school runs, children’s lunches and high teas, toys and equipment and babysitting all very well organised. On selected weeks of the season childcare is free (subject to availability), which can make a sizeable difference to the overall cost of a holiday as well as removing the hassle from arranging independent childcare and ski crèches. The Chalet Ardour itself sleeps up to 10 people in five en-suite bedrooms, and is just 200m from the ski slopes and centre of town. For the adults, the delicious food and complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks alongside the outdoor hot tub and spacious, double-height lounge with log fire, should make for a relaxing week away.

Catered chalets in Meribel

Chalet Ardour: Catered chalet in Meribel

Catered chalets in Meribel: A chalet with flexible catering. 

Sometimes on holiday, especially on a ski holiday, you just want to relax and enjoy a meal in the comfort and privacy of your own chalet, whether cooked by yourself or your chalet host. Sometimes, however, you want to try the local Savoyarde specialities or that exclusive new restaurant that everyone is talking about. The Chalet Etoiles allows its guests to do just this; breakfast and afternoon tea are included daily but the evening meal is completely flexible at £25 per person per night. This is ideal for skiers who like to mix things up a little, catering-wise, and who aren’t quite sold on the idea of a fully catered chalet in Meribel. This modern chalet-apartment is less than 100m from the nearest piste and has private parking for 2 cars as well as a heated boot room and TV den, so would work well for a self-drive semi-catered holiday as well as a fully catered option.

Catered chalets in Meribel

Chalet Etoiles: Catered chalet in Meribel

Catered chalets in Meribel: A chalet where ‘the sky is the limit’.

One of the most exclusive and expensive catered chalets in Meribel is the stunning Chalet Brames, a wonderful property tucked away in private grounds yet just 150m from the main lift station. Deserving of its 6 stars on the Alpine Answers website, this six bedroom luxury chalet has a large garden, private office, cinema suite, billiard room, extensive spa with hammam, ice plunge pool, massage room and outdoor hot tub, and not one but two chauffeured 4 x 4 vehicles at the beck and call of guests. The quality of catering is extremely high, with a professional chef to create exquisite meals suiting the party’s tastes and preferences, daily champagne and canapés, carefully selected wines from the extensive cellar, special children’s lunches and dinners, and an open spirit bar to top it all off. All of this comes at a price, ranging from £1,600 to £5,600 per person per week excluding travel, but if money is no object then the Chalet Brames is definitely ‘The One’.

Catered chalets in Meribel

Chalet Brames: Catered chalet in Meribel

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Are you a skier that likes to sail?

Are you like me? Are you a skier that likes to sail? Growing up I always lead an outdoor life. Until my early teens my father was a farmer so much of my childhood was spent mucking about on the farm. There was the dairy herd to look after, as well as wheat to grow and harvest, so there was plenty to get involved with. I lived with my parents and my younger sister in a Kent village which was only 10 minutes drive from the South coast. With the sea close to hand and a father that liked sailing it was a natural thing for sailing to become very much part of our lives (although not part of my mother’s). My father was one of those men who built a yacht in the back garden – one which we did eventually crane over the house, put on the water and sail at weekends. The Summer holidays especially were spent either on the farm or messing about in boats. My father sold the farm in the late 70′s and later set up a yacht brokerage business which he managed until he retired. Boats were constantly in my life until I graduated from university and moved to London in 1987.

Yachts and sailing did not feature again until 1995 when I decided, almost out of the blue, that I would like to get into yacht racing. I attended a Royal Ocean Racing Club (in St James’s, London) crew finding evening and touted myself about as a semi useful addition to someone’s crew. Following that late summer evening I spent the next four years campaigning on half a dozen racing yachts based on the Hamble River, Hampshire, competing in both inshore and offshore races, culminating in the 1997 Fastnet. I served in crew positions all around the yacht starting as some muscle on the winches and finishing on either bow or spinnaker trim. However, the back of the boat (the helm, navigation and tactics) were always reserved for the yacht owner or his cronies.

Now I am in my (ummmm) late 40′s I am thinking that it would be fun to charter a yacht, perhaps in the Med or in the BVI’s, and take my family sailing. Who knows, perhaps my daughter who is currently dinghy sailing as a 12 year old will get the sailing bug like I did? So recently I set about looking into a bare-boat yacht charter in the Med for the summer holidays. Pretty soon I realised that I needed to produce an ICC (International Certificate of Competence) before I could bare-boat charter a yacht. Despite a childhood spent in dinghies and on dad’s small yacht, and my early 30′s spent racing on larger yachts I had never thought to obtain an official qualification. So there was only one thing I could do and that was to go back to school. I needed to get my RYA Day Skipper Practical exam, the minimum qualification required to then obtain an ICC.

Are you a skier that likes sailing?

Southwest Yachting – White Oryx IV

The Day Skipper qualification is a 5 day course (or two weekends) and covers the basics of: preparation for sea; deck work; pilotage; meteorology; rules of the road; boat engine maintenance and repair; victualling; emergency situations; yacht handling; passage making; night sailing and navigation (plotting course, understanding tidal heights and streams, use of electronic nav. equipment, use of way points etc).

To train and assess me for the RYA Day Skipper Practical I used Southwest Yachting. Martin Musgrove runs this and other training courses on board is Bavaria 42′, White Oryx IV, which is moored at the delightful Buckler’s Hard on the Beaulieu River, Hampshire. I can honestly say that his teaching methods and the organisation of 5 day course was without fault. In fact it made me wish that I had embarked on the qualification process 15 years earlier. Perhaps if I had then I would have obtained Coastal Skipper and then my Yacht Master qualifications. And if I had gone down that route 15 years ago I might have ended up ocean yacht racing instead of skiing. However, then I would not be here at Alpine Answers writing this blog.

Are you a skier that likes sailing?

Martin Musgrove – Southwest Yachting

Are you are a skier that likes to sail? Do you want to charter a yacht for your family’s next summer vacation? If you are like me and don’t have your ICC then I would thoroughly recommend you get yourself booked in with Southwest Yachting. Let Martin teach you through one of their practical courses. You won’t regret it.

 

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Ice diving in Tignes

Whether you are a complete beginner skier or an off-piste expert, a ‘quiet-night-in-cat’ or an ‘après-ski-tiger’, Tignes ski resort has a chalet or hotel for you. In fact, there really isn’t much, as a ski resort, that Tignes does not lend itself too. Even if you want to go ice diving in Tignes that’s no problem to arrange. While it may not be one of the most charming of resorts to head to in the Alps, there certainly is enough of everything you would expect from a ski holiday to make up for this! We set out to find a few unique pearls enclosed within the amazing oyster of Tignes ski resort.

Ice diving in Tignes

Ice diving in Tignes

Tignes Le Lavachet, Val Claret and Le Lac are all smoothly connected by a very efficient bus service running every 10-15 minutes. From all three of these points in Tignes ski resort you can then ski out and explore the vast Espace Killy ski domain, all 300km worth of pisted perfection.  For the non-skier still hoping to gain a thrill, then for 80 euros you can take the wheel of an Audi TT for 10 laps of the ice driving circuit! Or how about some scuba!  As a keen scuba diver I was astounded to find a diving centre in Tignes that offers a night dive experience under the frozen lake in the middle of the resort. A bone-chilling experience not to miss?

Ice driving in Tignes

Ice driving in Tignes

Although rather over shadowed by the party scene in Val d’Isere (the neighbouring resort) there is in fact a vast array of bars and clubs in Tignes – certainly enough to satisfy all but the extreme hardcore party-goer. An office favourite for an early evening drink is the Alpaka Hotel bar, Tignes Le Lac, and it’s not just because of the free shot you receive with every drink you buy on Sundays! The interior has a really cosy Alpine atmosphere and the cocktail list is comparable to something you’d expect to see in London bar. This combined with the owners’ huge but friendly Irish wolfhound, Oscar, who warmly greets all guests really does make it something different.

With any Alpine holiday it’s always worth trying out some of the local food. The Clin d’Oeil restaurant in Tignes Le Lac provides tasty fresh food and a great choice of local wines. Thierry and the rest of the front of house staff serve their food with passion and complete the package by wearing their traditional berets. A three course meal for 2 including wine will cost around 90 euros.

Chalets in Tignes

Where to stay you say? Chalet Aigle ticks every box under the sun – an ideal ski in and ski out location, a wellness centre to relax in after a long day’s skiing and well prepared 4 course dinners in the evenings.

Whether it’s a short break, romantic escape or a family ski holiday in Tignes ski resort, simply call the Alpine Answers team and we will be able to provide the perfect holiday options for you. Tel: +44 (0)20 7801 1080.

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Catered Chalets in Tignes

Tignes is one half of the world-class Espace Killy ski area, which has 300km of snow-sure pistes up to 3456m above sea level, two glaciers and a huge range of on and off-piste skiing for all levels. Often overshadowed by its famous older sister Val d’Isere, Tignes is a large resort composed of five villages – Tignes Le Lac, Lavachet, Val Claret, Le Breviere and Les Boisses. These were mostly purpose-built in 1952 after the old town was submerged on completion of the nearby hydroelectric dam, meaning there are many conveniently located, ski in/out catered chalets in Tignes and a very efficient, well-planned lift system.

The ‘Eye of the Needle’ above Tignes Le Lac

The ‘Eye of the Needle’ above Tignes Le Lac

Tignes has a lot to boast about for a resort that offers very good value-for-money chalets; the 4th largest funicular in the world (at 4.2km) whisks skiers up to the Grande Motte glacier (which offers year round skiing), and has 113 snow cannons producing around 450,000m³ of artificial now every year. There are 4 nursery slopes in the Tignes villages, making it great for beginners as well as intermediate and advances skiers and snowboarders. There is also a long list of activities for those who want to try something a little different on their winter holiday, with ice diving, snow kiting, mountain biking and ice driving all popular après-ski activities. In terms of accommodation there are many catered chalets in Tignes as well as hotel options and self-catering apartments, so there really is something to suit every budget.

The view from Tignes Le Lac over the lake towards Val Claret

The view from Tignes Le Lac over the lake towards Val Claret

If you’re looking for luxury then Tignes is really not the resort for you, although next-door Val d’Isere will be more than able to fulfill your requirements. For everyone else, however, Alpine Answers can offer a choice of 48 catered chalets in Tignes; nearly all come as a package with flights and transfers from the UK, three quarters are located close to a piste or lift, nearly half have hot tubs and all are family-friendly with many offering childcare.

Catered chalets in Tignes – Le Lac

Tignes Le Lac is the main village right on the lake shore, with great lift accessibility (including the brand-new Aeroski lift) and easy access to the Val d’Isere side of the Espace Killy as well as the Tignes bowl. With plenty of beginner slopes and multiple ski schools operating, this is a great option for families as the lifts are never far from the accommodation. There is a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants in Le Lac, which is why many of the catered chalets in Tignes are based here.

The catered Chalet Grande Tourne in Tignes, France

The catered Chalet Grande Tourne in Tignes, France

The Chalet Grande Tourne is a great option for a family or group of 8 looking for a great value deal; this chalet costs between £400 and £500 per week without travel. The chalet is simple but comfortable with three bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, but most importantly an unbeatable location 100m from the centre of Tignes Le Lac and enjoying ski in/out convenience. This would be a good option with the snow train from London or Ashford direct to Bourg-St-Maurice, which is only a 30m transfer by minibus.

Catered chalets in Tignes – Val Claret

Val Claret, the highest village at 2,300m, lies at the opposite end of the lake to Le Lac, and is extremely convenient for accessing the Grande Motte glacier and the terrain parks of both Tignes and Val d’Isere. There is a selection of cafe/restaurants, mainly on the slopes for skier’s convenience, and a couple of bars and clubs to keep guests entertained (notably Blue Girl and the Melting Pot).

Chalet Colombero is a 6 person chalet that has been recently refurbished, with good access to the bars and lifts of both nearby Val Claret and Tines Le Lac via the free and efficient ski bus. This chalet costs between £500 and £900 per person per week, including offers on ski hire and lift passes on selected dates. With regional flights available and a children’s high tea at 5.30pm, this chalet would work well for a family or small group.

One of the twin/double bedrooms in the catered Chalet Colombero in Tignes, France

One of the twin/double bedrooms in the catered Chalet Colombero in Tignes, France

Catered Chalets in Tignes – Les Brevieres

Les Brevieres is by far the oldest and prettiest village in Tignes, being tucked down at 1,550m below the imposing dam. It is less well connected to the main ski area, but has everything a skier could ask for in its small, unspoilt centre next to the l’Isere river. Les Brevieres is ideal for families that want to get away from the busy main area, or for groups on a budget as prices tend to be lower.

The pistes down to Tignes Les Brevieres, and the main bubble lift station

The pistes down to Tignes Les Brevieres, and the main bubble lift station

The Chalet Le Loup is one of the cheapest catered chalets in Tignes, and is conveniently located just 25m from the centre of Tignes Les Brevieres and the ski lifts.  Sleeping 8-9 people in four bedrooms, the chalet has a cosy living space with TV, Playstation and board games, and two shared bathrooms. For only £300 – £375 per person per week (excluding flights and transfers) this chalet offers very good value for money in the massive Espace Killy region.

The cosy living room in the catered Chalet Le Loup in Tignes, France

The cosy living room in the catered Chalet Le Loup in Tignes, France

Catered Chalets in Tignes – Chalet Hotels

As well as a good selection of catered chalets in Tignes, Alpine Answers has some very well-located chalethotels that can cater to large groups, families, couples and single skiers. These include the standard catered chalet board and wine with dinner, but often come with additional facilities and childcare options.

For couples and families with children the Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percee is a fantastic property right in the centre of Tignes Le Lac and opposite the main lifts (as seen through the window in the image below). This 120 bed chalet hotel has been refurbished for this season, and now boasts an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room, VIVA beauty salon, large restaurant and bar and childcare crèche facilities. There are a mixture of family suites and standard twin/double rooms to suit any party and children from 4 months to 12 years old can be looked after by the qualified English nannies. With regional flights from the UK and share transfers prices start from £700 per week, rising to £1,600 per adult over February half term.

One of the recently refurbished bedrooms in the catered Chalethotel Aiguille Percee in Tignes, France

One of the recently refurbished bedrooms in the catered Chalethotel Aiguille Percee in Tignes, France

Why not enquire about one of these fantastic catered chalets in Tignes with the team at Alpine Answers, and let us do all the legwork for you. Tel: +44 7801 1080

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March Ski Deals

Of all the months to go skiing, March is certainly one of the best when it comes to getting a deal. Many people have an aversion to going this late in the season, although it really is a perfect month to take advantage of spring skiing and slightly warmer weather on the slopes. The other great reason you should snap up a one of these March ski deals is all the children are back at school and there is hardly anyone on the piste – therefore the chances of queuing for more than a few minutes at a lift are rather slim.

Now that we have convinced you that spring is definitely one of the best times to pack your skis and head to the Alps, check out some of these fabulous March ski deals currently available… 

March Ski Deals – best option for a large group of friends

Chalet Andes, Tignes – France. Sleeps 20

March ski deals, Chalet Andes - Tignes

Chalet Andes, Tignes – France

With sweeping views over Tignes, a hot tub, sauna and indoor pool this chalet has it all. If you book Chalet Andes for sole occupancy for any time throughout March you will receive 2-4-1 on lift passes, saving over £100 per person.  Now all you need to do is heard together 20 of your closest chums and you are all set. Surely that can’t be too difficult?!

March Ski Deals – best option for food fanatics

Chalet Couchire, Val d’Isere – France. Sleeps 16

March ski deals, Chalet Couchire - Val d'Isere

A sample of the fabulous food served in Chalet Couchire

Good quality food is something that can often make or break a catered chalet holiday. Well, rest assure this is something you don’t need to worry about when booking into the Chalet Couchire. The property is run by a company that is renowned for serving some of the best chalet cuisine in Val d’Isere. Book for the w/c 9th March for £925 per person and save £270 per person.

March Ski Deals – best value for money chalet hotel in a luxury resort

Parc Victoria, Cortina – Italy. Sleeps 70.

March ski deals, Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria - Cortina

Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria, Cortina – Italy

If you have done your fair share of skiing in purpose built resorts and fancy something more traditional, then don’t look any further than Cortina in Italy. Situated in the stunning Dolomites, Cortina offers much more than just skiing. Stay in the Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria and you will be right in the centre of the action with the main street at your doorstep. Whilst the hotel is a touch on the dated side of things, at £599 per person you would be hard pressed to find a better value for money option in this resort. This price is valid for travel on the w/c 22nd March and includes a saving of £190 per person.

March Ski Deals – best ski in /ski out chalet hotel in a large resort 

St Christoph, St Christoph – Austria. Sleeps 136.

March ski deals, Chalet Hotel St Christoph - St Christoph

Chalet Hotel St Christoph, St Christoph – Austria

When it comes to ski holiday wish lists, a ski in/ski out location is the most frequently requested followed closely by a large and varied ski terrain. Now, if these requirements are high on your priority list then I would snap up a room in the Chalet Hotel St Christoph for just £499 per person in the picturesque Arlberg ski area (which includes Lech and St Anton). This price is valid for the w/c 22nd March and includes a saving of £280 per person.

All prices are based on staying in a twin share room with flights from London Gatwick, shared resort transfers and include catered chalet board.   

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