Six of the best ski chalets

With the winter ski season once more upon us, Ruth Jackson takes a look at some of the best chalets in the Alps.

Try husky sledding

Eagle's Nest in Val d'Isre, France, is a luxury chalet perfect for living out "your Wham! video-inspired fantasy of a snowbound group holiday", says Lonely Planet Traveller. The traditional timber building sleeps 12 and has antique furnishings and a log fire, as well as an indoor pool and a hot tub on the sunny balcony, plus the services of a private chef. From here you can also try heli-skiing, husky sledding, ice skating or driving a BMW over ice.

From £1,950 a head for seven days with flights and transfers (

Take family and friends

The Patrice, in Meribel, France, is a "beautiful beast of a chalet" (as Cond Nast Traveller describes it) and has space for 23 guests. There's "a large fireplace to congregate around, an outdoor sun terrace and a hot tub" though as the magazine points out, "all 23 of youcould not fit into the latter simultaneously". The chalet is at the centre of the resort, so "guests can clomp quite easily" from the chalet over to the main square and the piste.

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Seven nights from £599 per person, including full catering and house wines (

One for daredevils


Verbier has "some of the most challenging off-piste skiing in the Alps, as well as an array of frightening black runs", says The Daily Telegraph, so it's ideal for daredevils. CK Verbier offers Le Ti, "which combines the Swiss chalet ideal of rustic charm with every modern convenience one could possibly wish for". The property, perfectly situated for both the town centre and the main Mdran gondola, also "has spectacular views".

Sleeps six adults plus three children from £2,211 a head per week (

Up and coming resort for snow fiends


Courchevel 1550 is the French ski village to watch right now, as more and more hot properties pop up there, including Scott Dunn's Chalet Le R, says Cond Nast Traveller. It sleeps 12 and has an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. A driver awaits "ready to take snow-fiends to the slopes whenever they're ready" but in any case, "the Grangettes gondola is but a few snowboot-steps away".

From £950 a head for seven nights with flights and transfers (

A super chalet' with sauna


Chalet Husky in Val d'Isre, France, is one of two new super chalets' Scott Dunn is opening in its Petit Alaska Estate the other is Chalet Jupiter. Chalet Husky has "both the catchier name and the longer list of credentials: with space to sleep 14 in seven en-suite bedrooms, it houses games rooms that include a climbing wall as well as space for archery and rifle shooting so you certainly won't be bored should a snowstorm hit", says Cond Nast Traveller. The chalet's wellness area includes a pool and sauna.

Seven nights from £1,275 per head, based on full occupancy. Includes flights, transfers, an in-resort driver service, private chef and host (

A boutique outfit with stunning views


Le Chardon Mountain Lodges in Vald'Isre is a boutique outfit offeringbespoke holidays to five ski-in/ski-outproperties, says The Daily Telegraph. LeChardon is the signature chalet sleeping20 in ten en-suite rooms. It has two hottubs and a sauna and stunning views.

From £995 per person, not includingtravel (

Ruth Jackson-Kirby

Ruth Jackson-Kirby is a freelance personal finance journalist with 17 years’ experience, writing about everything from savings and credit cards to pensions, property and pet insurance. 

Ruth started her career at MoneyWeek after graduating with an MA from the University of St Andrews, and she continues to contribute regular articles to our personal finance section. After leaving MoneyWeek she went on to become deputy editor of Moneywise before becoming a freelance journalist.

Ruth writes regularly for national publications including The Sunday Times, The Times, The Mail on Sunday and Good Housekeeping among many other titles both online and offline.