4 bedrooms for 7-8 guests
1 bath, 5 showers, sauna

We go on many chalet holidays, but this was the best.”


Bedrooms in order of preference (in our opinion)

Bedroom 1
Twin/double (12′ x 10′) with bathroom containing a bath and a shower plus wc.

Bedroom 2
Twin/double (10′ x 8’6″) with shower and wc.

Bedroom 3
Twin/double (12′ x 10′) with shower and wc. Walk-in cupboard.

Bedroom 4
Twin/double (11′ x 10′) but sold as a single because there is no window. Shower and wc en-suite. Second bed can be booked at half price – see below.

Sitting-Dining Room
Bright room (28′ x 13′) with south-facing balcony giving a bird’s eye view over the village centre and beyond. Log fire, TV and WiFi.

Extra Bed
Room 4 is sold as a single room but can take an optional second person if required. The cost for the second person is 50% of the quoted Ptarmigan price, subject to a minimum price of £450. This space may only be used when one party books the whole chalet.

With its own walk-through shower. Please note that the use of the sauna is at your own risk and that of your party members. YSE cannot accept responsibility for accidents/injuries that occur during the use of the sauna. Children must be supervised when using the sauna.

Ptarmigan Highlights

  • Val d’Isère’s newest and best-located chalet
  • On the third floor of very smart new résidence designed by architect Michel Covarel
  • Spacious sitting-dining room with log fire
  • Spectacular views south, east and west from vast balcony
  • All bedrooms have en-suite facilities
  • Four lovely twin/doubles, the fourth of which is sold as a single with no supplement as it does not have an outside window
  • Bring an eighth person half price (in Bedroom 4) when one party books the whole chalet
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • TV with Netflix and YouTube access
  • Boot warmers
  • Located in the centre of Val d’Isère above the famous former Perdrix Blanche restaurant
  • Two members of staff, who live out
  • Damage deposit for all bookings


If you have noticed the beautiful new building on the main street, between the hotels Savoie and Kandahar, and thought what a fabulous place it would be to buy a flat, but then decided that £2m was possibly a bit much for a holiday home, you will be delighted to hear that YSE runs the whole third floor, with three magnificent apartments. Ptarmigan is one of them, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms (one with bath and shower, three with showers), and a sauna. For seven or eight guests there is nowhere better to stay in Val d’Isère…

The architect of this building is internationally renowned Michel Covarel, and true to form Chalet Ptarmigan is beautifully finished and fitted with lots of old wood and granite, but also every conceivable mod con.

Ptarmigan has been built around its spacious sitting-dining room, with a log fire and huge sliding windows onto a vast balcony. It faces south, and the views of the mountains across the roofs of the village are quite fantastic, as shown in our photos above. If you are bewildered by the picture of the dinner table, which seems to be in the middle of a château, with the cook working a few halls away, it is because the table is surrounded by mirrors, and the chalet girl was just behind the camera.

The bedrooms are beautiful, with parquet floors and lots of cupboards, good lighting and lovely bathrooms. All can have two good-sized single beds or one six-foot double (please specify which you prefer when booking).

Three of the bedrooms have windows affording views across the silent snow and trees of a garden, some rather attractive buildings, and the Dôme and Signal mountains.

The fourth has no window. Most people never open the window in the Alps in mid-winter, so the French can’t quite understand our obsession with having one. We, however, appreciate that a window is essential: if you can’t see the weather from your bed, what will you talk about while shaving?

So we have decided to sell this room to single travellers with no supplement. One member of the party gets his or her own twin or double room (the beds can be made up either way) without paying more. And should he or she wish to invite a friend, the second person will only pay half price. What a wonderful chat-up line: Actually I’m off to Val in the morning. We have a spare bed in our chalet. Let me pay half… (By the time she – or he – finds out that it was a half-price holiday, it will be too late!)

The location of Chalet Ptarmigan could scarcely be better. In the middle of the main street, a four-minute walk to the lifts and slopes, a few paces from all of the action, yet high enough above it all never to be disturbed (and in any case the soundproofing is eerily good).

Floor Plans

2021-22 Prices for Ptarmigan

Our prices for 2021-22 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. Please see the What's Included page which shows what is provided by YSE for these prices.

Prices are per person per week in sterling.

Dec £ Jan £ Feb £ Mar £ Apr £
5 895 2 - 6 - 6 - 3 -
12 - 9 1175 13 - 13 - 10 -
19 - 16 1175 20 1995 20 - 17 -
26 - 23 - 27 - 27 - 24 895
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