French Ski Chalets – What Makes Them so Extraordinary?

As a dedicated snow lover it is almost impossible to contain my excitement when charged with the task of writing an article which explains just how unforgettable taking a winter break in one of many French ski chalets can be.To set the scene, La Vie en rose is on as background music, I am adorned in a standard issue beret and striped jumper, there is a framed and signed photo of Franck Leboeuf taking centre stage on my desk, and I’ve just uncorked a bottle of Chateaux Margaux, which may explain the deterioration of this article as we near the crux, albeit the start being less than promising.So what exactly is it that makes these French ski chalets so awe inspiring? Let’s get started.1. Need a helping hand? With the entire region being so well developed and a hive of activity, Paradiski is full of enthusiastic ski school tutors and independent instructors waiting to get you on the slopes. If you’re a complete novice looking to pick up a few hints to help you along your first few runs, or a more intermediate skier that’s looking to get the best out of the resort, there’ll be an instructor for you. There are also a variety of well seasoned ski guides familiar with every secluded back run should you wish to venture off-piste into fresh territory.2. Legendary ski resorts. The Alps are home to world renowned ski resorts to challenge even the most experiences skiers. It also benefits from being just a ski lift or two away from the Swiss side of the mountain range, further opening your access to ski runs and leaving you spoilt for choice. In an inventive move this year, several French resorts such as Val Thorens and Les Menuires went as far as to promise potential holidaymakers good snow or receive refunds.3. Mix up your skiing. There is such a variety of skiing options once you reach your destination in France. From cross-country to off piste, night time skiing to snow parks, there’ll be something to please you. And if you fancy a break from the planks, the more extreme amongst us may fancy literally taking the plunge with ice diving, encountering a bobsleigh ride, or even hopping on a skidoo. Even if your adrenaline and energy levels have drained, there’s always ice skating or a thermal mountain spa to relax.4. Apres ski delights. Even the most enthusiastic skier needs a break from the skis at the end of a long day. And working up an appetite on the slopes is just the thing for sampling the delights of the local cuisine afterwards. The Alps is well known for its cold meats such as dried sausage and smoked ham, and the area offers the richest selection of local cheese, including Compte and Beaufort, in addition to some fine French cuisine of stews and potato dishes. All this washed down with the region’s best white wine.5. A chalet for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting the resort with a special someone, a few friends, or a big group excursion, there are chalets in all shapes and sizes to accommodate even the most bespoke booking. Every chalet’s decor is designed in keeping with its surroundings, blending seamlessly into the Alps’ alpine vibe, allowing you to feel at home upon walking through the door.