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Ski Chalet Vacations {Helpful Tips For Planning}

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Ski Chalet Vacations

Post Last Modified – August 09, 2023 ¦

Things To Consider Planning Ski Chalet Vacations

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If you’re a lover of ⛷ snow skiing and 🏂 boarding, then you know how difficult it can be to find the perfect accommodations for your …

🌺 Ski Chalet Vacations 🌺

So in the interest of making things a bit easier, my guest author is going to tell you what to look for and consider, when choosing the right ⛷ ski chalet for you. 

First, check out this short 📹 video on 10 Cozy Mountain Lodges for a Romantic Winter Getaway.

10 Cozy Mountain Lodges – YouTube Video

Ski Chalet Vacations

I will divide Chalets into two groups.

Ski Chalet Vacations

The British invented ⛷ ski chalet holidays, but the Europeans have refined them. Going to a chalet has become an essential for many, but getting the right chalet isn’t that easy.

The big question is – just what are you looking for in a ⛷ ski chalet? ❓

Most people don’t know what they want. They have probably been skiing a few times and experienced a few different ones, but still they aren’t quite certain.  

They can spend hours with tour operators or reviewing 🏠 vacation rental properties.

Family Chalets & Young Skier’s Chalets

Ski Chalet Vacations Tip #1

Location.   Where the chalet is, matters. Just like buying a house, renting a chalet is all about location, location, location.

Especially when you have little ones to think about. Too far from the slopes and you could be in for a week of complaining.

Well if we are being honest here, they are always going to complain about something. At least if you get this right you can limit the amount of complaining.

In fact, base the resort you choose on this criterion alone. If the chalets are more than a ten minute walk from the lift then I would say – look elsewhere.

Catered Ski Chalets

Catered or self catered.

The big question for families when they book is; do I want catered or self catered? ❓

Families should always go catered if available and your budget allows. This is your vacation and you’ve come to enjoy full days on the slopes.

It’s always great to have meals ready and waiting for you, back at your chalet!😎

Log Fire

 An Open Fire

Another essential for the family is an open fire. It is the little touches that make a holiday and having a fire that really gives it that postcard feel.

There’s nothing like a game of – Monopoly while relaxing by the fire with your family! 🙂

board games

Board Games.  

As much as I don’t want to put a damper on things, at some point it may just rain during your skiing holiday.

The best family ski chalets will have board games, books and a variety of other things to do included. Occupying yourself and the children is essential, during down time.

Two resorts I would particularly recommend for family ski chalets are; Meribel and La Plagne

(Ski resorts in the Tarentaise Valley – 🏔 French Alps of France. 🏔)

Young Skier’s Chalets

Ski Chalet Vacations Tip #2

group of snow skiiers

Just to clarify when the term young skier is used, it generally refers to between the ages of; 18-25.

Go Self Catered.  

It is cheaper!

Also when catered there may be set times that you have to get up to eat. Alcohol and altitude are a pretty wicked combination, especially for those late nights out on the town. So, it may not always be that easy to get up for morning breakfast, before heading out to the slopes once again. 🙁

Save yourself the aggravation of worrying about it and go catered!

No Bunk beds.  

Not every person in their twenties is a mad party animal. Groups can be divided by those who go home early and those that don’t. So bunk 🛏 beds have the potential for arguments. Especially if someone else is on the top bunk. Save yourself the argument by avoiding them.

It will make the trip more enjoyable!

A Lounge.  

Sometimes this is sacrificed for an extra room, in an attempt to cut down on costs. The only problem is; where do you commune?

After all, skiing is a sociable activity. Telling stories of wiping out or great runs in the lounge, can bring a group together.

Not to mention it’s a place for legendary chalet games like; Avalanche and Bend Over the Box!

ski village

Be close to the Village.  

Being slope side is not essential if you’re young, but being close to the center is. To get the full experience, you have to get out and about. 

Getting involved in all the après ski activities is the only way to say that you have; truly been skiing!

snow skiier

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These are just some of the things to consider when picking a chalet. Remember that you are going to spend a considerable amount of time in your chalet, so choosing the right one is important.

Guest Author at Gr8 Travel Tips

A special thanks to Martin Nolan for submitting this informative Guest Post.

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