Early summer sunshine
Our best chalet in one of our favourite resorts. We love the Chartreuse for its charm and added luxuries. It's everything you would imagine a mountain cabin to be; huge chunky beams everywhere, a cosy warm feel thanks to the roaring open fireplace and a sauna and hot tub to ease in to before sitting down to freshly prepared food and wine.
When you walk into the open-plan lounge/diner from the large sun terrace with its indoor/outdoor hot tub, you get the sense this is a special chalet. The furnishings and style are high quality and you know you're in for a comfortable stay.
The bedrooms are beautiful. Oodles of solid wooden beams, many of which have been made a feature of. The ensuite rooms aren't enormous, but they're not cluttered either, just nicely furnished and finished with tasteful mountain décor.
The location is quiet being just off of the Place de Venosc but that doesn't mean you're miles from everything. The nearest lift is only a few minutes walk and the equipment hire shop with storage is only a few minutes further on. There are bars and restaurants around the Place de Venosc but we recommend you head on a bit further for more variety.
You won't be disappointed with a stay here. Your Neilson hosts will make sure you want for nothing whilst filling you with superb food and drink while our Mountain Experts will look after you on the slopes. It really is an excellent choice for your ski break.
Nearest lift: 350m (Diable chairlift)
Equipment hire shop and storage: 650m (at slope side Neilson Hotel Aalborg. Includes free storage at the shop for kit hired through Neilson)
Tuition meeting point: Beginners 650m (at Hotel Aalborg), improvers 1km (top of Jandri 1 gondola)
Resort centre: 500m
A great example of an all-rounder. Long hours of sunshine (when it's not snowing) and snowsure slopes certainly help, but Les Deux Alpes is all about the variety of things to do, both on and off the mountain.
A superb resort for families (one of our top 10), groups and all standards of skier or boarder. Beginner slopes near the resort and on the glacier make it a great place to learn whilst enjoying the glorious mountains rising up all around you. Intermediates have plenty of choice while experts should hire a guide and test their freeriding ability on the legendary off-piste runs of the ominously named La Grave.
The resort is large and well laid out with two main roads; one in, one out. Along each road, you'll come across an excellent range of sports shops, gift shops, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets. The après-ski is as lively as you want it to be with over 40 bars, restaurants and nightclubs on your doorstep.
Area size: 220km
Linked resorts: Not linked, but your lift pass covers one days' skiing or boarding in Alpe D'Huez, Puy, St Vincent, Serre Chevalier, Montgenèvre or Sestrière. Transport is not included.
Resort altitude: 1650m
Skiing altitude: 1300m to 3570m
Number of runs: 75
Range of runs: 20% green, 40% blue, 21% red and 19% black
Lifts: 19 drags, 23 chairs and 7 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 20km
Snowmaking: 20% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Our chalet board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Breakfast is a fairly extensive affair with cooked and continental options every day. 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.
Sleeping 18 people, the nine twin rooms are a real delight as you're surrounded by huge chunky beams of well-seasoned wood making for a cosy and restful night's sleep. Each has an ensuite and some have a balcony.
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 guiding and coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts
Free lift pass for the group organiser when 12+ people pre-book a lift pass
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: ****+
Large lounge/diner with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV
Large open fireplace
Private sauna and hot tub
Ski storage with heated boot warmers
Wireless speaker and board games for your entertainment
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Pre-bookable private nanny service available on request - email email@example.com for prices and availability
Your chalet hosts live in
Children under 15 are welcome when part of a group booking the whole chalet
Departure airports: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours