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The word 'charming' gets used a lot in chalet descriptions, but in this case, its use is totally justified. Once an old farm cottage, the Vieille Maison has been lovingly converted with the intention of keeping many of the original features.
The warmth and cosiness of the chalet hits you as soon as you walk in. You're greeted by huge, well-seasoned wooden beams that span the ceiling and rise up from the floor, through the dining table! It certainly makes for a good talking point on the first night.
Being quite a basic chalet, there aren't any fancy facilities like hot tubs etc, but the sheer character and large wood burner in the lounge/diner make up for that. Also, the location is a real bonus as you're right opposite the Funival funicular railway in the La Daille area of the resort. This takes you right into the heart of the 300km Val d'Isère - Tignes ski area.
Busy Val d'Isère centre is 2km away yet easily accessed by a regular shuttle bus which runs up until 2am. Head out to make the most of the fantastic nightlife and head back to the peace and tranquillity of La Daille.
The chalet is in the small hamlet of La Daille about 2km from the centre of Val d'Isère. There is a regular ski bus which runs between La Daille and Val d'Isère centre up until 2am.
Nearest lift: 100m to Funival funicular
Bus stop: 50m
Tuition meeting point: 2km (Evo2)
Resort centre: 2km to Val d'Isère centre
Many come to Val d'Isère and divide their time between skiing, clubbing and shopping. Its legendary nightlife is both abundant and lively with over 60 bars, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from.
New for 2018/19 is a replacement to the old four-person gondola in La Daille (great news for chalet guests). 50 new gondolas will take 10 people each and have been designed by Pininfarina (like Ferraris and Maseratis), so you'll be travelling in speed and style!
The Val d'Isère - Tignes ski area claims to be one of the best ski areas in the world, and we agree. It offers an enormous variety of cruising runs and some far-reaching off-piste too. Head for ‘La Langue du Glacier' on Grande Motte above Tignes. It's wonderfully scenic without being difficult to ski or board.
With two glaciers in the area (try doing both in a day), you’re guaranteed snow so there’s nothing to stop you covering the miles during the day. Most of Val d’Isère‘s lifts are long and rapid meaning you spend more time actually having fun rather than queuing up!
The resort has spent €16m replacing the old Solaise Express chairlift with a high-speed, 10 person gondola, as well as redeveloping the area at the top of the Solaise with a panoramic restaurant.
If you love shopping, you’ll love it here. There are boutiques, designer outlets and sports shops a plenty. Dine out in the many restaurants and bars or kick back in your chalet after a gorgeous meal before heading out to party the night away.
Or if you’re looking for a bit of rejuvenation, there’s the Centre Aquasportif with a beach world (leisure pool, river currents, water cannons etc), a spa world (saunas, steam baths etc), a sports world (climbing walls, weights room etc) and a wellbeing world for massage and beauty treatments - something for everyone.
Area size: 300km in the Val d'Isère - Tignes ski area
Linked resorts: Tignes
Resort altitude: 1850m
Skiing altitude: 1550m to 3456m
Number of runs: 155
Range of runs: 15% green, 46% blue, 27% red and 12% black
Lifts: 36 drags, 43 chairs, 5 gondolas, 4 cable cars and 2 funiculars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 900 snow cannons
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.
All five bedrooms have many original barn features and are a fair size with comfy beds and plenty of character. Most rooms share facilities except the two-floor bedroom which has two sleeping areas, each with its own ensuite. You'll also find luxurious Temple Spa toiletries in each bathroom.
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: ***
Comfy lounge with free Wi-Fi and TV
Wood burner in the lounge
Wireless speaker and board games for your entertainment
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Your chalet host lives in
Children under 15 are welcome when part of a group booking the whole chalet
Departure airports: Birmingham, 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. 3 hours 30 minutes