Different Diet, Packed Lunch, Wine List, Soft Options, Linen Change, Extra Towel Change, Heart-Attack Breakfast, Bon Viveur, Tutti Frutti, Eight Days a Week, Fresh Flowers, Hampers with Champers, Resort Taxi Service, Scheduled Flight and Taxi Transfers, Helicopter Transfers
We do not automatically provide every customer with the expensive frills most do not require. Not everyone needs daily linen changes or vintage wine. We provide what most guests seem to want, then let you add any extra touches which are important to you. The most frequently booked is the Different Diet option.
Different diets, packed lunches,
hampers, linen and towel changes, scheduled flights and taxis are available to
individual guests. All other options are for parties booking whole
chalets only. Please discuss your requirements with our staff in the office and book these options before you go.
DIFFERENT DIET – £25 per person per week (for the cook)
Not everybody wants to eat the same food. Sadly our chalets do not have vast kitchens or teams of chefs to cope with cooking a separate meal for everyone every evening, and we can only cope
with alternative diets, on any grounds, including health, religion or
dieting, by increasing the cook’s hours or lowering the standard
of everyone else in the chalet’s food.
Therefore, for people who do not want to eat the same food as everyone else, we offer several solutions. Individual
guests can simply avoid whatever they don’t like. Or the whole chalet can
agree on menus acceptable to everyone.
If neither of these options works, the chalet cook can come in earlier to prepare alternative food for each guest who wants different meals from the majority of people in the chalet. We charge £25 per week and this goes directly to the cook. It will be added automatically to the invoice of anyone requesting different meals. Please do not expect
different food without paying. It isn't fair on the chef or your fellow
We are unable to purchase gluten-free ingredients in Val d'Isère. Obviously it is possible to avoid eating wheat in cakes and bread, we rarely serve pasta and your chef can thicken sauces with cornflour. If you wish you can bring gluten-free supplies such as rice cakes etc. Should the chef be asked to cook with these gluten-free ingredients and so have to prepare separate meals for anyone requiring gluten-free meals, we would charge the full £25 per week for this Different Diet.
If just one meal needs replacing (eg. pork or fish) we charge £5 for a single different meal.
If you have any other dietary requirement, please do discuss this with us well in advance of your holiday. We will do everything we can to prepare suitable meals but there may be a considerable extra charge.
Please note that we cannot provide totally vegan meals or a kosher environment and we cannot guarantee that our chalets will be nut-free.
PACKED LUNCH – £25 per person per week
This is for proper skiers who eat breakfast at 08.00 and don’t
stop at noon: a substantial snack on six days, including the final
Sunday, comprising two baguette sandwiches filled with ham, cheese or
something similar, a can of soft drink, a bar of chocolate and a piece
We offer a wine list from which you can select fine wines at
less than their cost price, since we deduct the cost of the house vins
de pays and AOCs you will not require. The list changes from week to
week, and cannot really be seen in advance. Please pay the staff in
SOFT OPTIONS – £5 per person
Contrary to popular opinion, chalets are not allowed to run their
own bars, however small, convenient or lucrative for the chalet girls.
This way, you can either send us a fiver per person and let us know in
advance whatever beer, coke, tonic, etc. you require, or simply give the
chalets girls some money on arrival in Val d’Isère and they will buy
your mixers etc. for you at the shop and charge you cost price, of
LINEN CHANGE – £5 per person per change
We change your sheets and pillowcases weekly. If you are
particularly fastidious (or dirty!) we’ll change them daily, hourly or
EXTRA TOWEL CHANGE – £5 per person per change
Every guest receives a bath towel and a hand towel – and not the
normal French hotel tea-towel – which are changed mid-week. If you’d
like clean towels more frequently, just let us know.
HEART-ATTACK BREAKFAST – £20 per person per week
The gentleman’s breakfast is yet another endangered British
institution, but if you’re not one of these yogurt-and-orange-juice types too wimpish to appreciate the finer points
of English cuisine, this matutinal repast is for you. Forget the
healthy stuff: this is a full cooked breakfast with all the trimmings –
everything the doctor forbade. Or you could just have a gallon of fruit
salad if you prefer.
BON VIVEUR – £50 per person per week
If you think it’s a shame to eat good food without an apéritif, a
good claret, some pudding wine, fruit and cheese, port and cognac, this
is for you. We sort out day one; you tell our girls what you want after
that, and they’ll make sure your contribution is well spent.
TUTTI FRUTTI – £20 per person per week
Occasionally guests express surprise that we don’t leave more
bowls of fruit lying around, like some of the smarter hotels. To be
honest, we find that most of the fruit available out of season in the
Alps is of the cold-stored, artificially-ripened variety, where they get
the colour right, but forget the flavour. Give us proper winter veg any
day! But lest your body crave its daily fix of mangoes or Mouldy
Malicious, we will gladly provide as much fresh fruit as £20 will buy.
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – £50 per person per week
If you can’t face preparing breakfast, selecting a restaurant or
coming home to an unmade bed on the chalet girls’ weekly day off, we
will provide the complete normal YSE service, including any options
FRESH FLOWERS – £25
We will convert your £25 into euros, and spend it all on fresh flowers.
HAMPERS WITH CHAMPERS – £30 per person
A hedonistic hamper (or maybe a romantic rucksack) of champagne,
smoked salmon, brie and strawberries etc. brought wherever you choose
on the sunny Val d’Isère pistes. A must for alfresco epicureans.
RESORT TAXI SERVICE
If you prefer to be chauffeured to and from the lifts and
slopes in Val d’Isère, we can arrange an 8-seater minibus whenever you
wish. Allow about £12 per trip. (Not available on Saturdays.)
SCHEDULED FLIGHT AND TAXI TRANSFERS
If you have to travel mid-week, or are coming out/going home on the first/last date of the season, our UK Office can book scheduled flights for you at whatever price we can get, to which we add a small booking fee. We can also book scheduled flights and taxi transfers on Sundays, though we can’t see
any advantage, since our own aircraft and coaches are more comfortable
and just as rapid, but if you hate Gatwick or buses, please call. The
return taxi fare from Grenoble to Val d’Isère for up to 7 passengers
is around €976. For 8-15 it's about €1560.
We can arrange a helicopter transfer from Grenoble airport (or Geneva, Lyon or Chambéry) to Val d'Isère (and back again at the end of the week). In a six-person helicopter, the single trip from Grenoble airport is £600 per person with six travelling. Please contact us if you would like more details.