The Editor's Foreward

Skiing in Val d'Isére

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges - Val d'Isère, France

La Bergerie at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges offer five luxury chalets each sleeping between 8 to 20 persons. To fully appreciate Val d’Isère you will need to know how the resort was created by the Parisian Jacques Mouflier after the little valley previously known as “Laval de Tignes” in 1664 became Val d’Isère. In 1929, Jacques Mouflier used his strong belief in this perched valley, to persuade Mayor Nicolas Bazile that tourism could save Val d’Isère and keep its young inhabitants from fleeing to more prosperous towns.

So after an extensive effort to install basic amenities like water and electricity, a first lift was installed in 1936, the Val d’Isère Ski Lift Company was created in 1938. The development of the skiing area then began with the Solaise cable car and the road over the

Iseran mountain pass was opened in 1937, real estate, hotels and shops followed. Development in the resort have developed so quickly and in such style that when Executive Traveller caught up with lifestyle luxury chalet owners, Le Chardon Mountain lodges, we knew that we were in for the ultimate skiing experience.

The whole Le Chardon Experience
Val d’Isère, like most ski resorts is not very close to any airport; this means that you can never really expect to jump out of a flight onto a resort so taking advantage of the Le Chardon airport shuttle luxury chauffeur transfer is something you cannot afford to do without. Guests seeking to enjoy the whole experience, can arrange to be picked up from the airport in style, or arrange to arrive at the resort by helicopter. Your chauffeur will arrive with a snack and champagne for your journey – something you will learn to appreciate because the transfer can take up to 3 hours. And the experience does not stop there because your personal chauffeur will drive you and your party around the resort.

The Chalets

A lounge in one of the Le Chardon Mountain Lodges A chalet at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges
Hot tub with welcoming champagne
The chalets are all unique and offer a beautiful setting with unrivalled mountain views giving the guest the ultimate lifestyle ski experience. With unique names like Le Chardon which sleeps 20, Mistral which sleeps 14, Lafitenia sleeping 12, La Bergerie sleeping 10 and Kilmanjaro which sleeps 8. Each Chalet has its own chef, manager and assistant to cater for your daily needs.
Breakfast and dinner is freshly prepared by the chef and served by the in-house staff. Prior to dinner, champagne and canapés are served in the lounge in front of a warm and welcoming fire.The chalets have hot tubs on the balconies, together with professional staff on hand to serve you. Each chalet is equipped with a chef ready to serve Gourmet food, fine wines and champagne to guests.

A lifestyle ski destination for all levels
You do not need to know how to ski before checking into to Le Chardon. One of the many qualities about Le Chardon Mountain Lodges is the personal ski guides and personal masseurs on hand to make you feel good about the whole experience. The company partners with some to the top ski instructors to teach anyone from first time skiers to advancers skiers how to enjoy the resort. If you have children, a free qualified nanny can also be provided for the week.

The resort is so busy that you will never feel alone and the never ending mid and après-ski experience is something to look forward to.
Lunch is not served at your chalet because for lunch most of the skiers assemble at one of the exclusive restaurants high up in the mountains which serves delicious hot lunches and drinks to quench the thirst of the hungry skiers before they set off for the next session.
Other services include:
• Wifi and business facilities
• Flexibility to cater for your every need
• In-house ski and boot fitting and private ski guides
• Nothing to do but ski, relax and enjoy
• Prices from £8000 per chalet per week

The ski season at Val d’Isère
The winter season begins at the end of November with the “Critérium de la Première Neige”, World Alpine Skiing Cup, launching the festivities. And from the beginning of December onwards, the resort bubbles with excitement. Then come the Christmas festivities. In January, torchlight descents, firework displays and other shows replace the sporting events. End of February, Val d’Isère becomes the “World’s freestyle capital” with the “must” of ski and snowboard entertainment, the Big Day Out. In March and April, the festivals begin: classical music or adventure films, there’s something for everyone. The season comes to a close early May, with a host of daily entertainment.

How to get there
For Val d’Isère you can choose to travel to the resort either from Geneva, in Switzerland where you have a wide choice of flights or if you are travelling from London Gatwick, London Stansted, Bristol or Manchester, you can travel via Snowjet to Chambery in Aix les Bains. Geneva airport is 3 hours away from Val d’Isère and the Chambery airport is 2 hours away from most of the ski resorts like Alpe d’Huez, Chamonix, Courchevel, Flaine, La Clusaz, La Plagne, La Rosiere, Les Arcs, Les deux Alpes, Meribel, Tignes, Val Thorens, Val d’Isere, Sainte Foy, Valmorel and Vaujany.
Nevertheless, whether you opt for one of the resort’s hamlets at the foot of the slopes, or in the heart of the village, whether it’s in the cosy atmosphere of a chalet, a comfortable hotel room, or a private rental apartment, you will relish your days and nights in the Val d’Isère Mountains.

The Village – shopping, restaurants and bars
Val d’Isère has a lot to offer as a village. What makes it different to any other ski resort is how its village and hamlets are strung out along the valley at 1850m altitude. You can enjoy a stroll through its pedestrian arcades, enjoy tea in its cosy team rooms, a drink in some its small wine bars or at the hotels bars all within a distance of each other finding their own place among the shops. The shops come in the shape of fashion boutiques, sports shops and other varieties. Like every ski village only the best is sold here.

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