Summer 2021 now on sale
Chalet Ecureuil is just one of six Neilson-run ski chalets which make up a mini-village in the picturesque area of Peisey Vallandry, just below Les Arcs 1800. Sitting on a steep hillside and very close to the lifts linking you to Les Arcs and across the valley to La Plagne, you can't beat the west-facing views and dreamy sunsets.
The chalet has been very well laid out with a pair of large ensuite bedrooms on each floor, particularly ideal for families taking two rooms as it affords a nice amount privacy. The Ecureuil and four of the other chalets are identical in size and layout, all sleeping between 11 and 15 people. If you want more room, Chalet Hermine is larger as it sleeps 15-18 guests.
Head to your home-from-home after a day's exploring in the massive 425km Paradiski area to an afternoon tea with freshly-made cake and biscuits. Kick back on the large sofas, warm up in front of the fire and swap stories. Or for a little more relaxation and rejuvenation, each chalet has its own sauna and outdoor hot tub to soak in the snowy valley views.
This is quite a unique chalet village as it's completely interlinked with a series of paths and quite a few steps. The top most chalet and the one closest to the lifts is Neilson Chalet Hermine. It's not only the largest out of the six chalets, but houses the ski lockers for all chalets.
Nearest lift: 100m to Peisey chairlift and Vanoise Express cable car
Nearest slopes: 100m to blue Plan Bois and red Ours
Tuition meeting point: 100m by the Peisey chairlift. All lessons are with ESF Ski School
Resort centre: 100m
Peisey Vallandry is a small collection of hamlets just below Les Arcs with a small selection of shops, bars, restaurants, a cinema and a bank. It's the place to be for easy access to all of Les Arcs 200km of runs, plus the high-speed link to neighbouring La Plagne and the other half of the 425km Paradiski ski area. The lifts are excellent and quick so you spend more time on the slopes than waiting to get on them!
With guaranteed snow thanks to a snow sure glacier, there's so much terrain here that all levels of skier and snowboarder will be kept happy. All of the runs around Peisey Vallandry are wide and tree-lined which makes for a great cruisy training ground and a lovely home run at the end of the day (or through the trees for the more advanced). Or why not stop off for a bit of après at the new Folie Douce? There's a ski bus from the bar which drops you pretty much back to the chalet too!
Higher up, Les Arcs is split into four villages, all of which have a different feel and appeal. Nightlife is quiet in Peisey Vallandry with only a handful of places to eat and drink, but you can hop on the ski bus or in a cab and head up to the livelier Les Arc 1800 for a bigger choice of bars and restaurants.
Area size: 425km in the Paradiski area
Linked resorts: La Plagne
Resort altitude: 1650m
Skiing altitude: 1250m to 3226m
Number of runs: 242
Range of runs: 9% green, 44% blue, 32% red and 15% black
Lifts: 94 drags, 62 chairs, 12 gondolas, 2 cable cars and 1 funicular
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 91km
Snowmaking: 11% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Our chalet board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Start every morning with an extensive continental breakfast, and cooked options on most days. Your daily afternoon tea of freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Evening meals are a three-course set-menu with regionally inspired dishes and free-flowing wine throughout the week, all followed by fresh coffee. We provide evening meals on six nights a week leaving you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening.
Split over four floors, each of the five bedrooms are all tastefully furnished with plenty of light and of character. You'll also find an over-bath shower, wc and luxurious Temple Spa toiletries in each ensuite bathroom.
There are two twin or double rooms both on the ground floor and first floor plus a larger family room on the third floor with interconnecting twin and bunk rooms.
Don’t forget that you get free guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors with our Mountain Expert service.
Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder.
There are at least three sessions a week and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Free professional ski guiding and coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts
Children under 15 can receive a discount when part of a group booking the whole chalet and they share a room with at least two adults
Neilson rating: ***+
Lounge/diner with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV (French channels only)
Private sauna and hot tub
Ski and boot storage with boot warmers
Wireless speaker and board games for your entertainment
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Your chalet host lives in
Departure airports: Birmingham, Bristol, Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Sunday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours 30 minutes