5 bedrooms for 10-11 guests
4 bath(s), 1 shower(s)
Chalets des Neiges, des Pentes and des Pistes are the three parts of a chalet built especially for YSE. The Funival and the La Daille bubble pass close by, while the Les Etroits chairlift goes practically overhead. The building is on a little unskied island, overlooking the bottom of the OK, Orange, Diébold, Raye and Verte runs.
Being right on the pistes is great. Getting to the slopes is no longer a chore, and queueing for buses a thing of the past. To shed a layer of clothing, you just drop it off as you pass. And these aren’t just any pistes: they are World Cup Downhill pistes. Most people have their first run of the day on these runs, and some seldom leave them. They offer skiing for every standard, ultra-quick lifts back up and guaranteed snow from snow cannons top to bottom. And once the lifts close, they become lethal with tearaway toddlers on toboggans!
In the morning, you walk for a few seconds before stepping into your bindings to glide to the lift of your choice – probably the Funival, still the world’s fastest lift. At the end of the day, good skiers ski right back to the door and beginners stop where they started, thirty seconds’ walk away.
A few hundred metres up the slopes are the sunny terraces of the Folie Douce and Trifollet, where a therapeutic drink or two to music – live and loud at the Folie, more subdued at the Trif – set one up nicely for the final schuss home to a hot bath.
The only people who find the 20-minute walk from the main village less than ideal are those who spend more time in Dick’s Tea Bar than on the slopes, but the free bus runs until 2am, and the teenage sample we asked were enthusiastic: apparently, staying in La Daille gives time to chew on a mint or two on the way home, while being right on the pistes means even with a record hangover one can still be on the first lift. Parents will be reassured to hear that.
The owner of the chalets is a furniture maker, so they are as meticulously finished and furnished as his showrooms down the valley near Aime. There are acres of wood, much of it quite old.
More importantly, the chalets are very comfortable and well appointed. The bedrooms are not huge – predictably, since the real estate they occupy must be some of the most desirable in the world – but they are tastefully decorated and have underfloor heating, reasonable cupboards, safes, good lighting and gorgeous bathrooms. Even the beds are bigger and firmer than usual in France. Each bedroom has a private ski locker in the ski room, with very effective individual boot dryers.
Chalet des Pentes has five bedrooms with five en-suite bathrooms. Its sizeable sitting-dining room has a log fire, wide-screen TV, DVDs and WiFi, and bottomless bespoke sofas.
The chalet can take eleven guests, because Room 1 has both a double bed and a single. If one party fills the chalet, a third person can stay in this room half-price – perfect for Mormons, Muslims, polygamists and bigamists. Mostly it’s just used by a couple with a child.
(25' x 10') Spacious room with double and single beds. Large bathroom with wc.
Twin (10' x 10'). Bathroom with wc.
Double (10' x 7'). Bathroom with wc.
Twin (10'2"x 9'4"). Bathroom with wc.
Twin (11' x 9'). Shower-room with wc.
(26' x 17' including open-plan kitchen), windows on three sides, terraces on two, TV, DVD, WiFi and big fireplace.
Double/single combination in Bedroom 1. The cost for this extra bed is half the quoted Chalet des Pentes price (not including any transport) and 80% of the quoted price if a flight and transfer are required. On certain dates we may not be able to provide a flight for an extra bed.
These prices are per person per week in sterling.