Every year more than 1.5 million Brits swap the UK for cooler climates as they search for the best snow. France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland are four of the UK’s favourite ski spots, but once they’ve decided where to go, the next big question is where to stay. Although most of the more established ski-resorts, such as Val Thorens, boast an array of hotels, both large and small, there is another option – a chalet.
Chalets are the quintessential ski accommodation, with their beautiful Alpine wood exteriors, gently sloping rooftop and cosy interior feel. Here are four reasons why you may want to swap your hotel room for a chalet on your next ski trip.
They offer more privacy
Whether you’re booking a romantic break away for two, a hen-night or large family holiday, there’s something nice about knowing that you have the whole place to yourself. Chalets are often privately hired, meaning that whether you need one bedroom or ten, you know that you have the whole chalet and all its common areas to yourself so you can make yourself at home.
They can work out cheaper
When people think of chalets, they often think that they are super expensive and only for the rich or famous, but this just isn’t true. Chalets come in a range of prices depending on where they are, how many they sleep and the amenities that come with them. For larger groups, in particular, chalets are a great way to save money, with chalets such as chalet Neve offering 14 bedrooms and 7 en-suite bathrooms, you can sleep a lot of people, splitting the price and making the experience a lot more affordable.
You get a kitchen and a front room
Most chalets are designed like homes, meaning that they come with a common area which may have an open fire or a TV, and also a kitchen, where you will usually have an oven and other amenities. Having access to your own kitchen and a front room makes a chalet perfect for families or friendship groups who want to hang out together after a day on the slopes, or who want to cook some of their own meals while they are there.
You’ll be in a prime location
Unlike the ski resort’s hotels or the local bed and breakfasts, chalets are often positioned on the slopes themselves, giving you easy access to lifts and meaning that you get to have the slopes to yourselves in the early morning before everyone else has gotten up. Another advantage of being on the slopes is that you are also a little further away from the hustle and bustle of the towns meaning that you are guaranteed a lot more peace and quiet.
So there you have it, four reasons why you may want to consider a chalet on your next trip to get some winter sun. Have you ever stayed in a chalet before? Would you like to stay in one? Let us know in the comments.