Catered Ski Chalets – What Europe Figured Out Years Ago with a chance of Top 10 SKI RESORTS in EUROPE
If you ask someone in the UK about their best ski vacation experiences there is a good chance that a catered ski chalet would feature prominently. Over 40% of all ski trips are in catered chalets. Ask a US skier and it is unlikely that they would have ever heard of a catered ski chalet. Americans have gotten used to the standard lodging choices of condos and hotels but ski chalets, let alone catered ski chalets, are not even on the radar!
So what’s it all about? Well, ski vacations are healthy, outdoor, fun, active and frequently exhausting holidays. Transplant yourself from the office to the Rocky Mountains and spend your day exercising at altitude and by the time the day is done you don’t have the energy left to do anything. Tramping back to your condo, with kids in tow with a decision of making dinner for the family or heading out for dinner where the kids will most likely fall asleep at the table is daunting.
Imagine the option to return to your chalet with an eager friendly staff preparing dinner for your family group, with a kids menu for young ones and a relaxing 3-course dinner party for your adult family and friends. You don’t have to dress up, you can even come to the dinner table in your robe if you like. The menus are healthy and occasionally indulgent, but best of all you don’t have to shop, cook and clean up. You are 100% on vacation!
The same can be said for the full-breakfast laid out in the morning. While you are searching for your child’s missing ski glove or boots your group is enjoying a home-cooked breakfast and getting the low-down on where to ski from the knowledgeable chalet staff.
With over 20 luxury homes to choose from Moving Mountains in Steamboat Springs, CO has nailed the concept down. You can chose from full-service or economy catered options for your lodging property. It’s great value either way. Vacation home rentals are the fastest growing lodging option out there. With privacy, five star amenities and more square footage for your dollar it’s not hard to see why families finish their vacation vowing that there is no other way to do a ski trip. With a catered package on top you can have your cake and eat it!
Robin Craigen, Moving Mountains Chalets
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10. Åre. Åre in Sweden is Northern Europe´s largest and most advanced and diverse alpine sport resort, with skiing and a wide variety of other sports and activities to suit every possible preference and level of skill. There is everything from awe-inspiring black pistes and highly challenging off-piste slopes to an abundance of easy skiing for children and beginners. Åre and adjacent Duved also offer world-class slopes for snowboarding, telemark and carving. Extreme adventures such as heli-skiing are also available.
9. Les Arcs. Created in 1968 with the inspiration of integrating new architecture perfectly into the landscape, Les Arcs, a ski in ski out resort, never ceases to accomplish both sportive and touristic challenges. Composed of 4 pedestrian sites in altitude and by one burg, all interconnected, les Arcs meets to each expectation.
8. Tignes. Enjoy the Grande Motte glacier from October 4th and the espace killy Tignes – Val d’Isère pure sensations starting November 29th 2014! The Tignes – Val d’Isère and its 300 kms of slopes are waiting for you, meaning 1900m difference in high to slide down from the Grande Motte Glacier to the heart of the resort.
7. Saalbach Hinterglemm. Over 200 snowy kilometres of pistes and 55 highly-modern cable cars and lifts guarantee comfort, space and diversity in the Ski Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang.
6. Avoriaz. Avoriaz is ideally located in the middle of the Portes du Soleil ski area, with access to high-altitude skiing for everyone among the prettiest panoramas in the Alps. You will ski through stunning countryside, with open panoramic views of the Dents du Midi and Dents Blanches.
5. La Plagne. La Plagne is a family winter sports and summer resort located in the French Alps between 1250 and 3250 metres. For over 50 years, the destination has become internationally renowned for its huge ski area with 225 kilometres of runs for all levels of skier. The atmosphere and architecture are diverse and recount over 50 years of the history of winter sports! Europe has 7 bobsleigh slopes, among them La Plagne has the unique French bobsleigh slopes.
4. St. François Longchamp. Nestled on the mountainside between 1450m and 1650m altitude, the resort of Saint François Longchamp welcomes you to an exceptional setting, protected between the Mont Blanc mountain range on the north and the Glacier of Etendart on the south.
3. Megève. Located right in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, Megève’s skiing area benefits from a quality snow cover and an exceptional setting so that you can fully appreciate the 445 km of the Evasion Mont-Blanc skiing area. When skiing in Megève, one contemplates old historical farmhouses dotted along the slopes, one tastes local products in one of the many quality high altitude restaurants, of which only Megève holds the secret.
2. Alpe d’Huez. Alpe d’Huez is a true paradise for those who love snow and the great outdoors. The village has been developing since 1936 and sits perched on a full south facing plateau at 1860m altitude in the Grandes Rousses mountain range. The ski area called ‘Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski’ links up to the resort villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez, Ozen-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, La Garde and Le Freney. Its summit, the Pic Blanc is 3330 metres at its highest point and offers an exceptional panorama stretching over one fifth of French territory.
1.Val Thorens. Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe (at an altitude of 2,300 metres) and the highest point of the largest ski area in the world, the 3 Vallées (600 kilometres of interconnected runs). It’s a New World resort that combines the best of skiing with the best of atmospheres so that each holidaymaker feels UNIQUE and enjoys their very own Val Tho experience!
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