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WHAT MAKES A GOOD CHALET HOLIDAY? - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Wednesday November 15, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Here's what we think is important when booking a chalet on our annual precious ski holiday. NEW


One of the best value ways to ski is by booking a catered chalet holiday.

From the off they - normally - include flights, transfers, breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner, wine  and accommodation.

There are some great deals out there at the moment...

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But of course we want it to comfortable, by good skiing, in a nice atmosphere and everything else as well as good value.

Our ski holidays are precious.

Catered chalets are, in our opinion, perhaps the best for groups - whether that be groups of friends, families, a mix of everyone...

Everyone is sorted together, but with the freedom of the day spent in the wide open out on the slopes.

Let someone else do the organising.

Iglu Ski - the ski holiday specialist - has some useful pages to check out on the best chalet holidays.

Here are a selection of its favourites:
Chalet Murr, St AntonChalet Murr, St Anton, Austria

Chalet Hotel Sapiniere, ChamonixChalet Hotel Sapiniere, Chamonix

Now at PlanetSKI we've been on a few ski holidays, ranging from fancy to budget and everything in between...

- Luxury spa hotel ski trips and 'experience' holidays - such as sleeping in an iglu - to those cabins stuffed with too many friends where you wake up with a snow boot as a pillow.

They all have their charm and it really is each to their own...

But in our experience, the best value is by booking through an agent - they know their stuff...

Alpine FoodAlpine Food


Maybe the editor of PlanetSKI would disagree here but ski holidays = snow + fun + food!

That doesn't have to be fancy.

Don't we all love the mountain classics?

- Tartiflette, fondue, kaiserschmarrn, goulash soup, schnitzel, rosti, cured meats, spaghetti...

... In cosy restaurants on the mountain, or being looked after in the evening either by our chalet hosts, or in a well found resort restaurant for dinner or apres.

And our top pick, not only for the food, but also for a fraction of normal resort prices, is Italy.

Italy all the way...

Relaxed hospitality, the quality of the food, baby, is the way to go for a self-catered holiday. Italian food, a fraction of the price of other mountain resort restaurants, quality, and with their relaxed hospitality.

Cortina d'Ampezzo is a favourite resort of PlanetSKI's for taking in the slower side of ski life and some Italian glamour.

A busy town with winter lovers enjoying food and wine, Italian chic charm without pretentiousness, the amazing Dolomites scenery and access to the Sella Ronda ski area.


Or in La Thuile in the Aosta Valley for more rustic experience?
Alta Badia, South TirolAlta Badia, South Tirol

Iglu's Guide to Ski Food


Ski-in ski-out?
For me the schlep is part of the build up.

Then again, I don't have children to push out onto the slopes each morning or drag back knackered at the end of the day.

Whatever your group; a family, a bunch of friends, a couple or solo - an attractive ski town with some atmosphere is up on the list.

Lech, Austria is on thereLech, Austria is on the list

As is Champery in SwitzerlandAs is Champery in Switzerland

And if it is apres ski atmosphere you want...

ApresApres ski

Austria is known for its decent apres ski welcoming everyone to get involved.

I associate it with Dutchmen on tables and Brits getting stuck in...

It doesn't have to be St Anton-scale-apres - though it's always a great option...

It is us that bring's the party, so a town with just one small bar is good enough for the best of apres ski.

Better, even...

Italy is perhaps less boozey.

Aperitivo is very civilised, and more what you need.

And it seems most go for coffee and cake after a ski.

And in France? Well we all know why they love us Brits so, don't we?


Whatever happened to mass group ski holidays - as we mentioned above, it's so affordable doing it the catered chalet way and ensures the group is together with the least stress.

Get away from the mass on the slopes and forget about having to get reservations for 12+ people for dinner.

Always a pain when the group's been enjoying apres for varying amounts of time...

Iglu gets it.

They've even made a list of the most friendly chalets for 12+ people -

And with a little extra... Chalets with the essential hot tub.

Bellacima Lodge, MeribelBellacima Lodge, Meribel

Or if you really mean a big group - say, 25? 43? It can be done.

St Anton is Iglu's top group ski resortSt Anton is Iglu's top group ski resort


- You are on holiday abroad after all.

Many chalet holidays fall short here.
  • Eating baked beans for breakfast in the chalet?
  • Being in a resort where you would realise you were out of the UK?
Not our idea of a ski trip abroad...

Austria is famous for its chocolate-box-village feels and is a favourite destination among Brits for ski trips.

The traditional decoration in the restaurants, bars and accommodation as well the welcome is always a winner.

Then again, the Swiss Alps are the all-time traditional ski destination.

Or is France more your thing?

Here is Iglu's top traditional French chalet - get the fix in comfort:

Chalet Madeleine, Val d'IsereChalet Madeleine, Val d'Isere

Here's what the experts Iglu Ski say about all this:

A good chalet holiday needs to be matched to your needs.

If you are a family with young children, a group with varied abilities or wanting a VIP experience in a luxury chalet, you will need a specific chalet and package to cater for your requirements.

The better the suited resort and chalet, the superior holiday experience you will have.

At Iglu Ski, we want our customers to have the perfect holiday and our ski sales experts can match the best chalet to the customer from our huge choice of ski holiday packages.

Any more questions?

Ask Iglu or check out their website, where it's more than likely you'll find an answer...

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