Les Chardons

27 bedrooms for 43-48 guests
6 baths, 18 showers

“Excellent in all respects: convenient, with a splendid cook and charming and friendly staff. The logistics were impeccable – I think your company is without peer.”


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.
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.

N.B. Twin/double rooms. Please specify whether you would prefer your room to be made up as a twin or a double when booking. Please note these rooms are for two people only.

Baths. All the baths mentioned above are half-size with a 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 only with room 21.
Room 21
Second Floor. Twin with shower-room, balcony and wc shared only with room 20.
Room 9
First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared only with room 8.
Room 8
First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared only with room 9.
Room 30
Third Floor. Twin with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared only with room 29.
Room 29
Third Floor. Double with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared only 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:
Single 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 are charged at 50% of the normal price of that room (subject to a minimum of £400) but these can only be booked without a flight. School holiday dates are: 16, 23 and 30 December 2018; 10 and 17 February; 31 March; 7 and 14 April 2019

Les Chardons Highlights

Ideal for:

  • anyone who can rustle up forty or so close friends for a fortieth, fiftieth, ninetieth birthday (sorry NO stag/hen parties!!!!)
  • people who travel alone and normally have to pay a supplement for a single room or take pot luck with their roommate.
  • parties of three, five, seven, etc. for the same reason.
  • couples who would like to join a chalet.
  • people with children, who would like to meet other families 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 want to be in the centre of Val d’Isère.
  • 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 entertainment providers!


Les Chardons is a sweet little family hotel in one of the best positions in Val d’Isère, that we run as a YSE chalet.

It is ten seconds’ walk from the church, at the very heart of Val d’Isère’s quaint and quiet old village, and mere metres from the snow square, nursery slopes, drag lifts, ski schools, bus stops and all the shops. Guests 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 Les Cinq Frères (which you’ve probably never noticed either) on that little lane leading 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. This must be true as we get so many repeat bookings!

The dining room is charming. Our top chef Murray leads a team in the professional kitchen, aiming not just to match the food in our smaller chalets, but surpass it; while Christina, the other half of this impressive husband and wife duo, runs the rest of the chalet with the same professional eye for detail.

We do not run a bar, but guests keep their own drinks in a fridge in the sitting room, and we can buy drinks in for you if you tell us in advance what you’d like. It’s all at supermarket prices and there is no cheaper or more convenient way in the Alps to develop cirrhosis.

And there’s a snug, a second sitting area with 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 comfortable, with modern bathrooms, good lighting and handmade curtains. 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 short ‘sit-in’ baths, so most people treat them as showers).

Six more bedrooms are in sweet, almost fully en-suite pairs, each room having its own shower-room and basin, but with one 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 or paying to keep the other bed empty.

In fact, the eleven single rooms comprise six twin and five 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/she probably won’t mind booking a seat on easyJet or Jet2!

Chalet Les Chardons is unique in Val d’Isère: a large chalet for keen skiers who are also keen foodies, and it sells out very quickly.

Floor Plans

2018-19 Prices for Les Chardons

Prices for Winter 2018-19 are shown below. To compare different chalets, please see the full Prices page, and keep an eye on our occasional Special Offers for last-minute deals. Return flights (from Gatwick) and transfers are provided for all holidays commencing 16 December 2018 to 14 April 2019. Please note the transport arrangements for holidays commencing 9 December 2018 and 21 April 2019.

Prices are per person per week in sterling.

A Rooms

Dec £ Jan £ Feb £ Mar £ Apr £
6 booked 3 1090 3 1130 7 1110
16 booked 13 booked 10 1090 10 1130 14 booked
23 booked 20 960 17 1690 17 1090 21 550
30 1700 27 1090 24 1090 24 990    
 31 1220

B Rooms

Dec £ Jan £ Feb £ Mar £ Apr £
6 780 3 970 3 990 7 1010
16 700 13 790 10 970 10 990 14 690
23 booked 20 850 17 1490 17 950 21 490
30 1510 27 970 24 booked 24 930    
 31 1170

If the date you want is booked