Everyone hails the great British ski chalet holiday: join us and make sure this noble tradition doesn’t go downhill (and try La Plagne in France to see why it’s worth saving) .
- Roger Alton stayed at La Plagne 1800 in the ‘cosy and welcoming’ Chalet Laurier
- La Plagne is part of the huge Paradiski ski area, which also includes Les Arcs
- Ski lodges aren’t ideal if you’re looking to be alone or lose weight, Roger says
Ski chalet holidays are as traditionally British as picking up a giant slab of duty-free Toblerone on your way home.
But beaten and hurt by Covid and Brexit Alongside labyrinthine new laws governing working in the EU, this holiday seemed to be nearing its final run.
At least that’s what it was called.
Not so: Reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. I chose Ski Beat, a cheeky outfit from Brighton with around 50 chalets in top destinations.
Cozy chalets in La Plagne, a resort town in the heart of the French Alps. Roger Alton traveled there with Ski Beat and concluded that it was ideal for beginners and intermediates alike
We stayed at La Plagne, a colossal family friendly resort in the heart of the French Alps, with the Paradiski pass also giving access to Les Arcs.
More than half of the runs are blue, so ideal for beginners and intermediates, although there are a good number of challenging red and black runs. Our home was Chalet Laurier, a cosy, welcoming eight bedroom house in La Plagne 1800. Our knowledgeable hosts were Naomi and Sam who looked after the house and made sure we were all well fed, happy and never unnecessarily thirsty .
And oh, the food. Gone are the huge plates of spag bol and jars of heart-rending local red of all those years ago; Now there are pre-dinner canapes and drinks and then zucchini crumble (no, me neither, but yum), cranberry almond feta salad, tomato tart tatin, grilled goat cheese salad, ginger beef casserole, salmon with Parsley and Parmesan Crust.
Robert stayed at Chalet Laurier (above), “a cosy, welcoming eight bedroom house in La Plagne 1800”.
And, my god, the tartiflette. And that was just dinner. There was always an excellent cooked breakfast and an endless supply of tea, coffee and homemade cakes throughout the day. It’s fair to say that a chalet holiday isn’t the best place to go if you’re looking to lose weight.
It’s also not the place if you want to be alone.
These are holidays where you eat together, drink together and often ski together. So join us and make sure this noble tradition doesn’t go downhill.
Roger traveled with Ski Beat who offer a week at Chalet Laurier from £913 per person including flights from Manchester and Gatwick, transfers and all meals. See skibeat.co.uk or call 01273 855 100.