A stay less ordinary in Châtel
A stay less ordinary in Châtel
A stay less ordinary in Châtel
A stay less ordinary in Châtel

A stay less ordinary in Châtel

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If you are fortunate enough to ski every year, it can be hard to find an extensive ski area, perfect ski chalet and also experience something a little different from the normal, luxury catered ski chalet set up.


This year, I ventured to Châtel in the superb Portes du Soleil ski area which has a massive 650km of piste, so there are endless options for all levels of skier, from the novice to the expert.  Châtel is a traditional resort with the architecture to match and has much to offer by the way of entertainment and dining both on and off the piste.


I stayed at luxury ski chalet, Chaletneuf du Tenne, which was new for the 2013 season.  Built in a traditional style, the chalet is perched right at the top of the resort and offers luxurious accommodation with an indoor pool and 5-star service from the owner-run team, including gourmet dining and a dedicated driver service.


On top of the fabulous chalet, what made my stay extra special was the variety of dining and the little extras that they arranged.


Having been set up by the team with ski passes and ski hire, my group were really able to make the most of the ski area.  From our hosts’ years of experience, we were given the inside track on where to find the best skiing both on and off-piste, and which mountain restaurants were good for lunch, so we really managed to explore the ski area and find something new almost every day.


And the dining was more flexible too.  Four course gourmet evening meals served 4 days of the week, one evening took a more relaxed approach with a 2-course meal allowing us to kick back and relax in front of a film, and of course there was the staff night off when we headed into the resort for a meal out at a lovely local restaurant, Le Pierrier.


But for me, the perfect twist was a unique evening snowshoe excursion, which was included in our chalet package.  Guided directly from the chalet with just the light from our head-torches (and the moon!).  This magical walk took us along a wide path through the snow-laden trees to a hidden mountain restaurant, where we were greeted with a warming vin chaud and then a traditional Savoyarde Fondue meal with wine, ensuring a truly memorable experience!

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