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Les Chardons

27 bedrooms for 43-48 guests

6 bath(s), 18 shower(s)

We have taken over Les Chardons, a sweet little family hotel in one of the best positions in Val d'Isère. We are running it as a proper YSE chalet.

Les Chardons is ten seconds' walk from the church, at the very heart of Val d'Isere's quaint and quiet old village. It is mere metres from the snow square, nursery slopes, drag lifts, ski schools, ski shops, bus stops, hairdresser, baker and candle-stick maker. Guests here will spend more time skiing, eating and drinking and less time travelling around than anyone else in Val d'Isère.

If you wonder why you've never noticed Les Chardons, it is next to the Hôtel Bellevue (which you've probably never noticed either) on that little lane which leads from the Tourist Office roundabout to the church. Very few people and even fewer vehicles use this road, and it really is astonishingly silent. Even the church clock doesn't chime at night.

Inside, the chalet is much more comfortable than one might imagine from its slightly plain exterior. Our first guests last year were bowled over by how nice it is.

The dining room has always been charming. We just removed the net curtains, table cloths and aspidistra, and put in good, solid, wooden tables and an industrial strength Nespresso machine! There are big tables for chatty people and little tables for grumpy people, and they all fit together, so if you meet other grumpy people during the week, we'll join the tables and you can all be grumpy together. Our regular star chef Scottish (so known because of all the Scotts we have employed, he is the only actual Scot) is leading a team in the professional kitchen which aims not just to match the food in our smaller chalets, but surpass it. We'll see...

The sitting room is 50% bigger than it was last year thanks to an extension which will accommodate an extra ten people in its deep sofas. We do not run a bar, but guests keep their own drinks in a fridge, and we can get it in for you if you tell us in advance what you'd like us to buy. It's all at supermarket prices and there is no cheaper or more convenient way in the Alps to develop cirrhosis.

And there's the snug, a second sitting area with full HD Sky+ for those of you who don't want to miss the Test Match/News/America's Next Top Model or whatever.

There's a ski/snowboard locker and a room containing nothing but boot-warmers and glove-warmers. If you are accustomed to the pleasure of slipping your feet into warm, dry boots, wait until you put on warm, dry gloves!

The bedrooms aren't huge, but they're very comfortable, with modern bathrooms, good lighting, brand new handmade curtains and big, thick duvets. Some have balconies, and all the rooms' views range from good to fabulous. If views don't do it for you, eight bedrooms (2, 3, 4, 5, 14, 15, 16 and 17) also have little flat-screen TVs with British Freeview.

Ten rooms have en-suite showers and loos (actually, some of them are baths, but those wonderfully short baths only an Oompaloompa could stretch out in, so most people treat them as showers).


Six more bedrooms are in sweet, almost fully en-suite suites, each room having its own shower-room and basin, but with a single loo for both rooms on the landing between them. To some people it is very important to have their wc in their bathroom. Others however, particularly of the long-suffering wife variety, are quite glad not to! Anyway, for having to share a loo we give the four guests in each of these 'suites' quite a generous discount.

And there are eleven single rooms, with no supplement. You may need to read that again. As well as having space for 32 guests in pairs or couples, Les Chardons has eleven rooms for people travelling alone, who are normally faced with the choice of sharing with a stranger (who may snore, bore or worse) or paying to keep the other bed empty.

In fact, the eleven single rooms comprise eight twin and three double rooms, but we are treating them as singles because they don't have the same facilities as the other rooms. Five have showers and basins, five have bidets and basins and one has just a basin. There are three communal showers and three wcs on the landings. The question is whether you'd rather have a loo and share your bedroom, or get your own room but share a loo!

Better still, during school holidays or when a single group books the whole chalet, a second person can stay in these single rooms half-price. We can't promise this extra person a flight, but with a saving of up to £700 he probably won't mind taking an easyJet or Jet2!

Chalet Les Chardons is unique in Val d'Isère: a large chalet for keen skiers who are also keen foodies. It is selling out very quickly.


Who wants to stay at Chalet Les Chardons?


  • Obviously ski clubs and schools.
  • Anyone who wants to bring forty or so close friends for a fortieth, fiftieth, ninetieth birthday, etc. (NOT stag parties!!!!)
  • People who travel alone, and normally have to pay a supplement to get their own room, or take pot luck with their room-mate.
  • Parties of three, five, seven, etc. for the same reason.
  • Couples who would like to join a chalet.
  • People with children, who would like their kids to meet other kids during school holidays.
  • People who want to meet other people because they don't like to ski alone.
  • People who don't want to meet other people, and prefer to eat alone!
  • People who just want to be in the centre of Val d'Isère and never again have to take the bus.
  • People who like the idea of sitting in a comfy sofa to watch rugby/tennis/cricket/Formula 1/poker on Sky on a wide-screen HD television.
  • People who want a TV in their bedroom with lots of Freeview channels.
  • Pretty much anybody, in other words, except people who can't enjoy skiing without wellness centres, jacuzzis, saunas, hairdressing salons, butlers, chauffeurs, party planners or entertainments providers!


Rooms in order of preference (in our opinion)

Bedrooms with en-suite bath or shower and wc – Price A

Room 14

Second Floor. Twin/double with shower, wc, TV and balcony.

Room 2

First Floor. Twin/double with shower, wc and TV.

Room 15

Second Floor. Double with shower, wc, TV and balcony

Room 3

First Floor. Double with shower, wc and TV.

Room 19

Second Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.

Room 22

Second Floor. Twin/double with bath, wc and shared balcony. Please specify whether you would prefer the beds to be made up as a twin or double when booking.

Room 10

First Floor. Twin/double with bath and wc.

Room 7

First Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.

Room 31

Third Floor. Twin/double with bath, wc and shared balcony.

Room 28

Third Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.


All baths mentioned above are half-size with shower attachment.


Suites, 2 rooms each with shower, sharing a wc – Price B

Room 20

Second Floor. Twin with shower-room, balcony and wc shared with room 21.

Room 21

Second Floor. Twin with shower-room, balcony and wc shared with room 20.

Room 9

First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared with room 8.

Room 8

First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared with room 9.

Room 30

Third Floor. Twin with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared with room 29.

Room 29

Third Floor. Double with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared with room 30.


Single rooms with shower – Price A

Room 17 Second Floor. Single with shower and TV.

Room 16 Second Floor. Single with shower and TV.

Room 5 First Floor. Single with shower and TV.

Room 4 First Floor. Single with shower and TV.

Room 6 First Floor. Single with curtained-off shower.


Single rooms with basin – Price B

Room 18 Second Floor. Single with basin.

Room 23 Second Floor. Single with basin.

Room 11 First Floor. Single with basin.

Room 27 Third Floor. Single with basin.

Room 32 Third Floor. Single with basin.

Room 26 Third Floor. Single with basin.


There is one wc and one shower on the first, second and third floors, and another wc on the ground floor.


Extra Beds:

Rooms 4, 6, 11, 16, 18 and 23 have twin beds. Rooms 5, 17, 26, 27 and 32 have a double bed. The second bed in these rooms can only be used during school holidays by children, or when one group books the whole chalet at any time during the season. A maximum of 5 extra beds can be used.


Extra beds will be charged at 50% of the normal price of that room (subject to a minimum of £400) as we cannot provide a flight at the time of booking for anyone using these extra beds. If we do have a flight available at the last minute (and we often won't know until the Thursday/Friday before departure) we will charge a further 25% - ie. 75% in total. The applicable school holiday dates are: 8, 15, 22 and 29 December 2013; 16 February 2014; 30 March 2014; 6 and 13 April 2014.


  • New for YSE in 2012-13.
  • Amazing location opposite the church in the centre of the quaint and quiet old village.
  • Just yards from the nursery slopes and lifts.
  • Sky TV in ground floor snug.
  • WiFi.
  • Flat screen TVs with Freeview channels in eight bedrooms.
  • Larger main sitting room with sofas and comfy chairs.
  • Gorgeous dining room.
  • YSE's top chef.
  • Quiet location in the quaint old village.
  • Staff live in top floor rooms.

2013-14 Main Booking Prices - Price A (for Price B please see below)


£   January
£   February
£   March
£   March/April
8 495
  5 795   2 875   2 895   30 1140
15 795   12 765   9 865   9 875   6 1070
22 995   19 795   16 1585   16 875   13 730
29 1375   26 895   23 865   23 845   20 495

2013-14 Main Booking Prices - Price B (for Price A please see above)


£   January
£   February
£   March
£   March/April
8 460
  5 725   2 825   2 845   30 1055
15 755   12 695   9 815   9 825   6 825
22 915   19 755   16 1475   16 825   13 685
29 1295   26 830   23 815   23 795   20 460

These prices are per person per week in sterling.