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Top Tips for Selecting Alpine Chalets

So, you’re looking at those endless lists of very appealing-looking Alpine chalets and wondering which might be for you? The Alps covers a lot of ground and a diverse range of skiing and accommo...

So, you’re looking at those endless lists of very appealing-looking Alpine chalets and wondering which might be for you? The Alps covers a lot of ground and a diverse range of skiing and accommodation – Alpine chalets perfect for one traveller may not be suitable for another. It’s not an easy thing to get to grips with, but some of the following top tips might prove useful when making your selection.

1. Where is it?

Ok, that may sound obvious but there is an important point here. Sometimes some descriptions might stretch things a little by saying they’re in a particular resort, whereas in reality they’re about four or five kilometres away from the centre. In fact, the company may not be deliberately deceiving because they’re in that postal district, but get the address and check it, where possible, on something like Google Maps. If you can’t find it, ask for a map showing it in relation to the resort centre.

2. What’s the food like?

This is usually only an issue if you’re looking at renting catered Alpine chalets. Typically, the standard of such catering is very high but some may incline towards sort of mass-catering type cuisine - as in plenty of chips, bread and fried sausages etc. If you’re hoping for something a little more upmarket, make sure you obtain typical sample menus. You should also check whether wine is included or not and, if it is, what quality is on offer.

3. How easy is it to get to?

It’s usually easy to establish how easy it is (or not) to get to the resort itself. Getting the same information for the chalet might be just as important.

Arriving in the town centre at, say, 11pm and finding there’s no way to get out to your chalet because it’s in the back of beyond won’t be something you’ll find amusing – and yes, it really does happen!

4. Just how communal are any shared facilities?

This one is self-explanatory but is important to many British visitors who might be a little more inhibited about sharing facilities than many of their European cousins. Make sure you have full accommodation layout descriptions and plenty of photographs. If you’ve any questions, don’t hesitate to ask just how many people will be sharing that bathroom etc.

5. Who does what if you’re sharing self-catering with others?

Shared self-catering can be great if you like communal living but it can also be a source of friction and squabbling if people think they’re being asked to do more than their fair share whilst others are slacking off. Get very specific confirmation of how things work.

6. How close are you to ski lifts and other facilities?

Not all accommodation is exactly ideally positioned for the slopes. Be clear on this and look for signs of evasion or ambiguity such as “there’s often someone around to give you a ride to the lift”. That’s fine – until he or she isn’t around then you’ll have to make your own way. Look for Alpine chalets that are close to the key spots or which have guaranteed transport. Don’t risk being exhausted by cross-country hikes before you even get onto the piste!

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Liz Olkowicz is the Business Development Manager for Ski and Summer Morzine, a tour operator, based in Surrey, offering tailor-made ski holidays. If you're looking for Alpine chalets, Morzine is the perfect location from which to explore the French Alps. So for a great-value Alpine holiday, call us.

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