Catered Chalet Holidays – What’s the Appeal?

If you’ve never before tried out a catered chalet ski holiday, chances are you won’t be familiar with the benefits of doing so. More often than not, folks heading to the slopes will opt for a standard hotel with the board they’re happiest with, or they’ll look into the self-catering options like chalets and apartments. However, the way we see it there’s much to be said for combining the best of all worlds, which is why we recommend catered chalet holidays to anyone hoping to have a real holiday.

What are the benefits of going catered? Here’s a look at just a few arguments to get you started:

You’ll Save Money

First up, the idea of a fully-catered chalet ski holiday might seem like a bit of a luxurious investment, but there’s actually a good chance you’ll save money. If you’ve ever been skiing before, you’ll know that no matter where you are, stuff doesn’t come cheap. More often than not, the bills you’ll amount paying for food and drink for the whole family in all manner of restaurants will end up exceeding that of the holiday itself…always a painful realisation. By contrast, a fully-catered chalet deal means one price paid in advance and nothing else to add to it – your spending money is yours to do as you please with!

You’ll Save Time

The more time you spend on taking care of the domestic duties, the less time you’ll have to spend with your family and on the slopes. As such, whether it’s the cooking, the cleaning, the washing of pots, the shopping for groceries or really anything else of a similar nature, you’re basically wasting your holiday doing the kinds of things that most would not consider recreational. So it’s a pretty simple idea to grasp therefore – make sure the deal you book includes all such matters taken care of on your behalf and you’ll have a ton more time to spend doing what you came away for in the first place. Over a week or so, that hour or two a day really does add up.

You’ll Enjoy the Amenities

Another great thing about booking a catered chalet is the fact that while you may indeed have all your meals cooked for you and the cleaning taken care of, you still get all the amenities you’d expect from a first-class chalet. This means that unlike a hotel room you’ll get plenty of living space, a kitchen with a fridge to keep your goodies and plenty of other stuff that comes as standard with a luxury chalet. Like we said, it’s a case of getting the best of all worlds wrapped up into one.

You’ll Have a Real Holiday

Last but not least, the idea of a holiday is to get away from the kinds of thing you have to do every day at home – not to just go and do them in a different location. So if you’re really intent on enjoying your holiday to its fullest, leave the domestic duties to someone else and concentrate on having fun.

After all, there will be plenty of time to cook and clean when you get back home!

  • “I can tell you on behalf of the group that we had an excellent stay and were extremely well looked after by Cat and Clive. They were very attentive to our needs and nothing was too much trouble. The chalets are perfectly positioned for the skiing and village, plus very well appointed. We have had a boys January week in Montchavin every year for the last 10+ and will no doubt be returning in 2021. I will most certainly contact you in the autumn to discuss the next trip.” (Martyn Pacey, Hermine, Jan 2020)
  • “We had a fantastic time. Really couldn’t have asked for better. Pat and Pete were fantastic hosts, and really looked after our every need. They were great to have around; they provided a wealth of knowledge on the area and where to ski and were only too happy to answer our million questions pertaining to every other aspect of skiing in Montchavin. The food was of a great standard, and we honestly enjoyed (aka loved) every meal. The chalet was really nice and clean. This experience was certainly one of our best ski trips ever.” (Tessa Kershaw, Lievre Blanc, Jan 2020)
  • Thank you for allowing us to share your wonderful chalet. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Montchavin, and in your apartment with Pete and Pat. Pete and Pat were awesome, and the food was superb. We had a great time, and will spread the word this side. (Chris Cooke, Lievre Blanc, Jan 2020)
  • We had the most amazing week at Christmas this year. The chalet was great, the other guests were brilliant company, the skiing was awesome, the food was fabulous and Pete and Pat were the perfect hosts. As far as ski holidays go, we don't know how it could get any better! (Kevin Smith, Lievre Blanc, Dec 19)
  • I would like to say what a fantastic week we have had in Montchavin. The way we have been looked after by Cat & Clive has been nothing short of 1st class. Every meal has been excellent and nothing has been too much trouble. Cat & Clive are real asset to Ski Hiver, if you could pass our thanks on that would be much appreciated. (Mark Jenks, returning guest, Hermine, Dec 2019)