I stayed in the Les Carroz chalet run by Cold Fusion in the last week of February.
Like others, being a solo traveller I'd worried about what the mix of people would be like in the chalet and knowing that at my fogey like age I wouldn't be able to handle a full on party atmosphere I avoided the Chamonix chalets. I reckon I chose the right chalet as the majority of us ended up skiing in a group all week and we all seemed to be of a mind of relaxing in the evening.
I think that this review might be partly redundant as the rumour is that the Les Carroz chalet won't be continued next season. I think the reason for this is the lack of bathrooms in comparison to the number of people staying, although I didn't find this much of an issue as I'd known before booking that I was going to be sharing with a few people.
The entire booking and holiday experience provided by Cold Fusion was very smooth, including the transfers and getting to and from the slopes each day.
The chalet itself was stunning and had fantastic views. Chris and Angela were our hosts and nothing was too much trouble for them. Our meals were plentiful and tasty (especially the orange cheesecake!) and just right after a hard day's skiing.
Les Carroz links to a couple of other resorts, including Flaine, so there are plenty of pistes to ski on although when the weather closed in on a couple of the days we did find ourselves on the same runs close to home. We did manage a good few fantastic days on the slopes, with fresh dumps of snow meaning we had some corduroy and powder to enjoy having got on the first telecabin of the day.
Downsides? Nothing that you wouldn't have known before booking, i.e. the bathrooms and the 10-15 minute drive to and from the pistes.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip, found it completely hassle free and will definitely recommend Cold Fusion to others. Will probably try Morzine next year. Would love Cold Fusion to do an American chalet too - the lack of American apres ski would be made up for by being in a chalet atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ■Exclusively for Independent Travellers■3 Ski Chalets exclusive to Cold Fusion■2 Top Ski Resorts in the French Alps■Season-long availability from December until MaySpecialists in providing ski and snowboard chalet holidays for independent travellers, Cold Fusion will be opening its doors for a fifth successful season in December.Our unprecedented holiday package includes traditional chalet accommodation, excellent skiing in 2 top resorts, a fully catered service, experienced staff with local knowledge and a ready made group of like minded individuals to ski with in the day and socialize with in the evening. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cold Fusion Chalets Hotel Chamonix