A COUPLE of weeks ago my husband and I were busy enjoying ourselves on our annual ski trip. A week of sunshine, snow, good food and carving down some superb pistes. We went to Val Thorens in France (click here for my resort guide), part of the famous Three Valleys – a world away from the stress of daily life. It was our second time in VT and we booked up a little later than usual with only 8 weeks to spare.
Val Thorens is home to a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Self catering apartments co-exist next to luxury 5* hotels and there is even a hostel for those such as students who may want to keep costs to a minimum. This year we opted for a catered chalet – Chalet Curling which is a part of the Chalet des Neiges Hermine complex. We had never stayed in a chalet before but the prospect of homecooked food (made by somebody else no less) and freshly baked cake after a day on the slopes drew us in.
Booked through Crystal Ski, we paid a reasonable price for our package – around £750 each for a week long stay including flights, transfers and meals which consisted of breakfast, afternoon tea and a three course dinner each night complete with free flowing wine; a packed lunch could be provided at additional cost. The complex housed a wellness centre with indoor swimming pool, an inviting sanctuary after a hard day’s skiing!
The rooms were basic but clean and comfortable. We were lucky enough to have a balcony overlooking some pretty amazing views and an ensuite shower. There were shared facilities for the other guests and from what I saw they were of a high standard. The communal areas were open plan and well presented with french doors leading out onto the balcony – a perfect spot to catch the sunset over the snowy peaks.
There is a ski shop in the main foyer next to the boot room and a sheltered carpark for those who wish to drive to the resort. Whilst we didn’t use these facilities ourselves, they are conveniently placed if you need them.
Our hosts Amy and Ben were engaging, attentive and really great cooks which made the experience all the more enjoyable! The only drawbacks (really only minor inconveniences) to bear in mind are the location of the chalet – a 10 minute walk to the slopes with a steep hill leading up to the chalet which at times was difficult to negotiate in ski boots. Whilst our fellow chalet guests were fun and good-natured our worry is that next time we might not be so lucky.
Overall we found a catered chalet to be excellent value for money. It was cosy and provided a welcoming retreat from the bustling town, we didn’t even have to think about mealtimes and if all we wanted to do was kick back and relax, it was easy to unwind in a home away from home environment. We would love to go back with a group of friends and rent the chalet exclusively.
Have you been to Val Thorens? Where did you stay? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!