When booking a catered chalet, here are 3 tips on things to avoid, to ensure you get the most from your holiday.
- Inexperienced Cooks – if you are a bit of a foodie, and look forward to meals on holiday, make sure you check out the credentials of the person or persons responsible for cooking. Most chalets require their staff to have at least taken a cookery course and some luxury chalets will even have experienced restaurant chefs. If food is important to you it is worth ordering a sample menu and wine list before you book, as a general rule you will get what you pay for, so if you want something more sophisticated that home cooking and vin de table it may be worth looking at luxury chalet options.
- Queuing For the Bathroom – Depending on the chalet you opt for you may be sharing with family and friends or fellow skiers you have not met before if you opt for a larger chalet. If you are the sort of person that really does not fancy queuing for the shower in the morning, check the chalets en-suite facilities. It may sound obvious but details like this can improve your holiday.
- Poor Location – The one thing you want to avoid when it comes to location is being too far from the slopes, you do not want to waste valuable skiing time traveling a long distance at the start and end of the day. In Chamonix and most ski resorts in Europe you will have 3 choices for the location of your chalet – on the slopes, in town and close to the lifts and out of town. If you're on the slopes you can literally ski from your front door but if you do not have your own transport you may be limited in the areas you can ski, the same applies if you have a chalet within walking distance of the ski lifts. If you find a chalet out of town, it will often give you better access to more ski areas BUT make sure you either have your own transport or the chalet has a 'taxi' service.