Travel Options

Travel Options

There are numerous ways to get to us, depending on the size of your group, budget and overall preference.

Car

Calais to the chalets: 9 - 11 hrs (970 kms) / St Malo to the chalets: 10 – 11 hrs (1014km)

The quickest way to Montchavin is by tolled autoroute. Journey time varies depending on the type of vehicle you have and the amount of breaks you take. The total cost of the tolls is approximately €86.60 for both routes. If you have the time and like seeing the beautiful French countryside, we recommend taking at least two days to break up your journey and take the national roads.

Don’t forget to ensure you and your car are well-equipped for the French roads:

  • Fluorescent security jacket to be worn in case of breakdown or an emergency.
  • Headlight converters to prevent oncoming traffic flashing frantically at you for blinding them.
  • Red warning triangle to be placed 30m from the car in case of break down or accident.
  • Breathalyzer is recommended but you will not be penalised for not having one.
  • GB sticker – no explanation needed!
  • Snow chains are important for winter as the alpine roads can become very icy very quickly!

Check out www.drive-france.com/checklist/ for further information.

Directions from Albertville to chalets Icicle, Lievre Blanc, Hermine & Hermine Blanc in Montchavin

As you approach Moutiers, keep left and follow the signs towards Aime & Bourg-St-Maurice. Continue past Aime heading towards BSM. Around 6km after Aime turn right at the signs for Landry. At the junction in Landry, turn right following the sign to Montchavin. Turn left about 500m down the road and follow the mountain road up to Montchavin.

Once there, take the first exit at the roundabout as if heading towards Les Coche then take the first turning on the left and a sharp left following the small road up towards the tele-cabin. Our chalets are to the left of the and the car park will be in front of you on the corner.

Directions from Albertville to Chalet Barthelemy in Peisey

As above but continue straight ahead following signs to Peisey at the junction in Landry. Once in Peisey village, take a sharp left, following signs to the centre. At the top of the road, turn left and drive past the ‘lobster pots’ ski lift towards La Villaret. Follow the road bearing left to a small lane between two chalets (Barthelemy being the one on the right). Parking is just through the lane on the right, in front of the garage door.

Directions from Albertville to Chalet Chanterelle in Plagne 1800

Passing Moutiers, turn off at Aime following signs to La Plagne. The road will take you through Aime centre and down into the valley past the round La Plagne tourist office building. Continue along the road until you see signs to Plagne 1800 at the roundabout which will be the first exit. Chanterelle is just off bend ‘0’ at the top (there are 21 bends to endure!)

Once at the roundabout (with the La Plagne mascot at its centre) on bend ‘0’ take the first exit (sharp right) and follow the one-track lane 500m until you see the sign for the chalet.

Train

There are several options from London:

  • Eurostar direct from St Pancras to Paris Gare to Nord (3 hours), then the TGV from Paris Gare du Lyon to Aime/Landry/Bourg-St-Maurice (5 hours). Landry is the closest station to both Peisey and Montchavin while Aime is best suited for Plagne 1800.
  • Snow Train (overnight) service from St Pancras to Bourg-St-Maurice. The train arrives into BSM at 6.17am. There is a cafe in the station where you can have breakfast before getting your taxi to the chalet as nothing is open at that time in resort. For those who want to ski first thing while waiting for the chalets to be ready, you can leave your luggage in the chalet’s entrance hall. It’s handy to note that departure time the following Saturday is around 22:00 so you can 8 ski days in if you’re feeling energetic enough!  
  • Snow Train (daytime) service departs St Pancras around 10.00 and arrives into BSM around 19.00.

N.B. Snow Train direct services do not stop at Landry. More information can be found here: https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en & https://www.thetrainline.com/

Flights

There are three airports to choose from year-round (Lyon, Grenoble & Geneva) and a fourth (Chambery) during the winter season.

Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva are all approximately 2 hour’s drive away from our chalets with Chambery being around 1h 30min.

There are several airlines that fly to each including British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair.

Public airport transfer

www.bensbus.co.uk 

Private Airport Transfers

Private transfer drivers will meet you at arrivals and quickly whisk you away quickly so there is no waiting around. We recommend the following as we use them frequently:

www.whiterides.co.uk (Please use code SKIHIV5 for 5% discount)

www.themountainrescue.com

More private transfer companies...

www.alpine-eagle.com (great for larger groups needing 16 seats)

www.coolbus.co.uk

www.a-t-s.net

www.genevaairporttransfers.com

www.alp-line.com

www.alpinecab.com

www.snowbus.co.uk

www.ski-lifts.com

www.snowcompare.com

  • Many thanks for a very enjoyable stay last week in Chalet Barthelemy. We both had an excellent Christmas. The chalet was as great as we remembered and the food was excellent in both taste and presentation and could not be faulted. Please pass on our feedback and thanks to Mike and Keisha. (Richard Dunstan, Jan 19)
  • Everything was perfect, the chalet, location, and communication. Pete and Pat were absolutely fantastic hosts and the food was amazing. (Jeanette Panayi, Jan 2019)
  • We have just returned from a stay in Chalet Hermine our hosts were Cat and Clive. It was our first experience of staying in a catered chalet and it was truly fabulous we had such an amazing time. We had welcome drinks with our hosts on the first evening and Cat asked us all our names, the following morning she greeted us all individually at breakfast considering there was 11 of us I was really impressed!! The food was amazing and perfect after a full day of skiing, especially the lamb tagine this was awesome! Cat and Clive could not do enough to help and made us feel so welcome. I would definitely use this chalet again and would recommend your chalets, the location could not have been better and having such great hosts just made the experience really special. (Jo Martin, 24 Jan 2019)
  • We would like to say our stay with you last week was excellent. The hosts were lovely and really great cooks, they made us feel relaxed and at home. We transferred from Genève with Mountain Rescue who also gave a brilliant service. I would definitely recommend both you and them to friends travelling in the area in the future. In fact, I met an old colleague at Geneva airport and gave her your company name as they ski every year in that area. We wish you all the best with your company for the future and sure it will go well. (Sue Collinge, 4th Feb 2019)
  • We cannot praise your Chalet Chanterelle highly enough. Booking our stay and the changes we requested were made very smoothly. Your staff were welcoming and friendly as was the chalet atmosphere. Warm cosy, clean and comfortable, we were very impressed. The food was great and much appreciated after a long drive. The Chalet location is ideal and free parking too. Having enjoyed our stay so much we will most definitely be back. We can hand on heart highly recommend Chalet Chanterelle. Thanks Guys, in particular thanks to Chris who is a star. (Beverley Johns, 15 March 2019)