Luxury Operator To Continue With Ski Chalets

While the UK’s biggest ski tour operator Crystal Ski Holidays has axed its entire chalet programme, the luxury brand Consensio will continue to sell chalet holidays to the French Alps this winter.

It won’t be much consolation if you’re looking for a budget holiday to the slopes this winter.

But if your pockets are deep you can still enjoy the traditional chalet holiday with Consensio Chalets.

The company has made some changes to its operations with what it describes as its ‘safe, contactless chalet service and flexible booking conditions’.

The chalets will, it says, still come with a dedicated team of staff but, for this winter only, it will be a ‘fully contactless service.

So what does it mean?

Breakfast will be laid out and cleared away while guests are not present and the chalet hosts will provide daily contactless cleaning and preparation, implementing COVID safety policies.

Guests will still have the services of an in-resort chauffeur, their drinks and snacks will be laid out for them and spa areas will also be open.

Takeaways are available.

“Restaurants that have already confirmed they will offer a luxury takeaway service for Consensio guests this winter include; Val d’Isère’s Michelin-starred restaurant La Table de L’Ours in Hotel Les Barmes, Le Bistrot Du Praz in Courchevel, and Le Refuge in Méribel, amongst many other fine-dining restaurants in the French Alps who have adapted to this winter’s ‘new normal’,” Consensio says.

“Should guests wish to bring their private chef or if they would prefer to self-cater, the chalet kitchens are available.”

The company says the changes are to keep both guests and staff safe and ensure everyone can enjoy the mountains this winter.

Chalet prices have been cut by 25% and all bookings are covered by a Covid-19 cancellation policy.

It comes as the likes of Ski World and Inghams are reducing their chalets and others are considering mothballing them for this coming winter.

Crystal Ski Holidays has axed its entire portfolio of catered chalets.

It had hoped to offer 30 from its normal number of 45, but has now dropped the whole programme.

Crystal Ski Holiday axes all chalet holidays for next winter

“We have brought in these vital changes to allow our guests to enjoy their holiday in one of our world-class chalets while respecting social distancing and minimising risk while we learn to live with COVID and associated uncertainties,” says the Managing Director of Consensio, Ceri Tinley.

“These changes have been well received by clients and travel agents alike, and we look forward to welcoming our guests to their skiing safe haven this winter”

And, if you’re wondering how much you’ll need to pay…. the average price for exclusive use for a January week is €30,000 for a serviced chalet and €8,000 for a self-catered apartment.