The Resort: Courchevel 1850 (France). Their own small, challenging airport has 6,000 private aeroplane movements each ski season which says it all. These guests come for the cluster of very individual, small 5* hotels and the new breed of mega-chalets, gourmet restaurants galore, night clubs and boutiques selling the world’s most desirable, as well as the most exclusive jewellers such as Moussaieff. However, there is another side of the resort where guests are not so challenged in price terms whilst they can enjoy the best facilities with endless skiing opportunities on a family skiing holiday. Family parties where there is a mix of skiing skills from total novice to expert can find exactly what they want, to show the resort is in the real world, there are some lifts by the nursery slopes free of charge so you can establish if skiing is for you without buying a lift pass.
The Three Valleys has a whole range of inter-connected resort villages, the scale of the skiing area within the Trois Vallées ski area is simply vast; you can ski hard for days and still be covering new runs. However, if you only have a minimum level of skill, there is a panorama of skiing opportunities with gentle runs. You might want to dine in a gourmet restaurant but not at the Courchevel 1850 level of prices. La Tania, one of the neighbouring villages, has a Michelin starred restaurant where the prices are very affordable for a family meal.
The chalet: Chinchilla nestles into the mountainside some 70m. from the ski piste and a short walk into the very centre of the resort. In appearance, it is ‘picture-perfect’ in the romantic, traditional style. Nevertheless, it lacks nothing in space (180m²) for six adults and two children; the open plan living room has an open fireplace and the French doors open onto the terrace with views across the valley. The master en-suite bedroom is on a mezzanine overlooking the living room.
On the floor below, there are two double en-suite bedrooms and a bunk room for children with its own shower room. There is also a sauna. In addition to the usual staff and in-resort driver service, there is the option of a comprehensive child care package.
Inclusive Ski and Global Travel Insurance: www.mpibrokers.com
Tour Operator: https://www.scottdunn.com/