After a day skiing on Val d’Isère’s slopes. I admit to imbibing more than a soupçon of apres-ski sustenance, yet I was still cold. As activities levels and temperatures dropped well below freezing, by the time I got back to Le Chardon chalet (one of five that comprise the Chardon Mountain Lodges) I just wanted to thaw quickly.
Skis and ski shoes were deposited in the ski room and complimentary slippers donned, and then it was up to the sitting room to join other guests (when fully occupied this can take up to 20), for tea and cake by a crackling fire.
The chalet is located in the secluded hamlet of La Legettaz on the Solaise Mountain. By 6pm I was warmed and sated but as a newbie skier, I hadn’t quite anticipated how much my legs would ache. So during my three-day stay I took full advantage of the masseuse, the hot tub and the sauna.
My bedroom, called the Arday, featured yards of walnut wood, and had a great view over the Alps. The ensuite comes with a bath, a shower and two sinks and a wonderfully heated-tiled floor that feel superb on bare feet. A large spongy bed with huge pillows was delightful to slip into every night, but not too early, and certainly not before dinner was served.
Residents are encouraged, but not compelled, to dine together in one of two dining rooms, both of which have floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the spectacular alpine views.
It was a social event that centred on fine food and wine and kosher meals are available on request.
Though Le Chardon is probably the largest chalet in Val d’Isère, it is spread over four floors with private terraces and it has the ambience of a large family home, especially true when coffee is served to you in bed.
RATES: £1250 per person for 7 nights
TEL: 0 131 209 7969