My wife had long ago said she wanted to spend her "significant" birthday, which falls just before New Year, skiing with friends. Making this a reality was looking difficult back in March when all the usual chalet operators wanted us to compromise on dates, accommodation or location to get a 7 day break for 4 families, totalling 18 people of mixed skiing ability starting after Christmas and spanning New Year. Then we found La Vanoise or as the owners Lee and Kevin name it on their own web site "Snow place like home", and they made this ski holiday happen and ensured it was a fantastic time for all of us.
The real point of difference about Lee and Kevin is they listen to what their customers want and put that at the heart of their offer, rather than only providing a standard package. They are also well "tuned in" to what people want from a holiday and make it their business to deliver this. For instance as we were 4 families with children aged young teens upwards so we wanted to eat in one sitting rather than the usual chalet fare of "kids high tea" and adult dinner. Lee and Kevin made some changes to the dining area to accommodate this. There were many other examples such as procuring champagne for New Year celebrations and beers for early evening post ski relaxing!
The chalet is well equipped and all the rooms very comfortable, our party has, between them, clocked up reasonable experience of other chalets and all said that La Vanoise was one of the best they had stayed in. The sauna and hot tub were very popular after a day skiing.
The food was excellent, particularly given the challenge of feeding eighteen in one sitting. Afternoon tea was a particular treat.
The snow was reasonable for the time of year albeit you had to go a fair way to access the better slopes, but this was the same across France this New Year I believe. I imagine when the snow falls in Montchavin and it's possible to ski in and out the chalet really comes into its own. I can't complain though as Lee and Kevin made sure we got to the lifts each day and if they aren't around a bus runs hourly from the small town and will generally stop right outside the chalet.
The village of Montchavin is very pleasant with some good bars and restaurants. Just a short stroll from the chalet is an excellent bar where we joined the locals to see in the New Year and share their fireworks and disco entertainment!
I really can't recommend this chalet more highly, and would return in a heart beat whether it be for skiing or to enjoy the mountain air.
We arrived as a group of 9 on our first skiing holiday together. It was the first time that i have stayed in a catered chalet. It did not disappoint. Lee and Kevin created a friendly atmosphere for all of our members of the group. We were taken to the slopes in the morning and collected in the evening to be greeted by a home made cake. Our glasses and plates were never empty. The rooms were spacious and just what we needed to relax after a full day of skiing. We were encouraged to try the local cuisine by our chalet hosts and their staff. They could not have done more to make our trip better. Cant wait to come back!
A group of nine of us arrived, in mid-December for a little outing on the slopes. We don't ski often, so were a little unsure as to what to expect at a fully catered ski chalet. As it turned out, the hosts Kevin and Lee gave us all a very welcoming and from arrival our glasses were never empty. Being so looked after made the trip an absolute pleasure, which goes from being dropped at the lift each morning due to the unfortunate lack of snow lower on the slopes but there was great snow higher up the mountains and it was great to be able to relax at the chalet as well as enjoy great food in a homely chalet amongst friends.
A fantastic stay.
The food was excellent and varied, some mountain favourites and some great alternative dishes. Rooms were very spacious, comfortable and had plenty of facilities. The staff were really helpful and friendly.
Lee and Kevin were fantastic hosts and helped us to experience the real mountain lifestyle in a wonderful charming village very different to the more commercial resorts nearby.
There's still plenty of places to eat and drink on the doorstep and a nice spa 5 mins walk away.
Can't wait to go back!
I booked the chalet to accommodate nine friends to have a really fun but relaxing weeks skiing. Right from the start Lee and Kevin were brilliant at accommodating us with different arrival days and needs. Before we arrived they were full of ideas and suggestions of activities to make our trip even more memorable.
It was unfortunate that the snow cover was limited at low altitudes but we were taken to the lift every day and the skiing was fantastic higher up. It was always a risk going early in the season but we chose the chalet because we knew we could access high snow.
Back in the chalet the food and service was superb. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, not that we spent much time in them testament to Lee's activities and hospitality.
Montchavin is a charming little village with plenty to do. Thank you for a wonderful stay and I look forward to returning.
We arrived as a group of 10 people arriving at different times making it very awkward for the chalet hosts, however Lee and Kevin just took it all in their stride. The snow conditions in the whole Alps were awful even for early season, but with access to Paradiski area that included Les Arc and La Plagne the wide range of lifts including the Vanoise Express got us high up the mountain quickly where the snow was faultless for most of the stay allowing us a week of good skiing on a whole range of different slopes!
However the main praise goes to Kevin and Lee the wonderful chalet hosts and Jon and Tamir who looked after us cooking all sorts of amazing foods and managing faultlessly to keep a group of athletes and fat lads full for all the trip. The food ranged from local raclette to Hungarian goulash.
We were made to feel part of the family from day one with introduction to their two kids and amazing dog Deano who often accompanied us on walks around the local area. They were always around whenever anything was needed and often accompanied us for the evening meal.
The facilities of the chalet could also not be faulted! All the rooms were huge with space for whole families if needed as well as the sauna and Jacuzzi that just couldn't be missed after a long day on the slopes.
All in all the whole group had a magnificent stay in a wonderful chalet made even more memorable but Kevin and Lee, if I was passing through the area I would not hesitate to call in for a chat and I would love to come and stay again>
Thank you very much Lee and Kevin for our stay!
Chalet de la Vanoise is a lovely, homely chalet with lots of facilities and spacious suites, some of which have super views. Easy access to the whole of the Paradiski area from a small, pretty village. Owner run, and it shows. Very helpful and friendly before and during the holiday.
The food was outstanding and dinner was a highlight with an excellent atmosphere around the table with the other guests.