Much of the best skiing in Val d'Isere starts 75 seconds from the door of luxury Chalet Couchire. The Fornet cable car might not win any awards for architecture (though the Pompidou Centre did), but it does serve the best snow and emptiest slopes in the area. There are options for everybody, from long, easy blues to the wicked black Foret mogul field, and an infinite off-piste area. Now that even the highest runs have snow cannons, this must be some of the most snow-sure skiing in Europe.
Guests from La Couchire are already in the powder while everyone else is still on the bus, and they can even be on the slopes of Solaise in no time, via the up-and-over or the never-busy Laisinant Express, which now links with the Datcha.
The hamlet of Le Fornet itself is gorgeous, the hugely popular Arolay and gastronomic Atelier d'Edmond restaurants are here, and on the slopes just above are the excellent Edelweiss and Le Signal, recently named best mountain restaurant in Europe.
Le Fornet is at the very end of the Haute Tarentaise valley, where the road becomes piste, and although it is some distance from the village centre as the chough flies, it is not inconvenient for the village shops, ski schools or nightlife. The free bus waits just outside La Couchire until the early hours, and gets you to the centre in about five minutes. If you think this sounds too good to be true, just ask Fiona Easdale, the 'E' of YSE. With three children to get to ski school and never less than a hundred best friends to catch up with, she doesn't do inconvenient. And she stays here every winter!
Included in welove2ski's list of Best Luxury Ski Chalets in the World, La Couchire is a stunning eight-bedroom chalet, built for YSE by race coach Cedric Bonnevie and his sisters Ingrid, who would be the best-looking ski instructor in Val d'Isere if it weren't for Cedric, and Magali - unquestionably the pisteur one would most like to be rescued by. It was a bit of a shock to see these paradigms of pulchritude pouring concrete and planing beams! One day they'll all live here themselves. For the moment, Ingrid spends most of the winter in the annexe, just next door to the ground-floor sitting room, while the other two move out to let you help pay their mortgage.
The chalet has a superb dining room, next door to a sitting area with a log fire where guests usually meet for pre-dinner drinks. Downstairs is the main sitting room, with a second log fire and a large flat screen for DVDs when the conversation has dried up, or WiFi if you wish it would.
La Couchire's best bedrooms are among the biggest in the resort, with stupendous views from the Galise, on the Italian border, to the Grande Motte, above Tignes. Most of the bedrooms offer the choice of large twin or vast double beds (please specify which you prefer when you book). Only Bedrooms 7 and 8 are more typical of Val d'Isere, as profligate with space as an iPod Shuffle. Because they are less des res than the other bedrooms we charge ﾣ50pppw less for them. All eight have really smart bathrooms.
Val d'Isere is widely acclaimed to be one of the top resorts in the world, with one of the best snow records in Europe. Linked with neighbouring Tignes, there are over 300km of pistes, vast areas of off piste and skiing as high as 3,000m. Val d'Isere is home to some of the Alps most luxurious chalets, offering guests a truly 1st class service with gourmet food, indoor spas, hot tubs, and state of the art entertainment systems. Val d'Isere is also home to a bevy of luxurious 5 star hotels and gourmet restaurants such as the Michelin starred La Becca.
|To piste / lift||Under 100 metres|
|To centre||More than 800 metres|
|Bathroom ratio||Fully ensuite|
|Childcare||No child care available|
|Travel options||Flights from London only|
- Ski room with boot warmers.
- TV and DVD.
- Wi-Fi internet connection.
- Ground Floor:
- Main entrance and sitting room. Entrance to owner's apartment
- Room 2: twin/double with en-suite bath and wc. Terrace
- Room 4: twin/double with en-suite shower and wc
- First Floor:
- Kitchen, dining area and second sitting room area. Balcony
- Room 5: twin/double. En-suite bath & wc (discount for this room)
- Second Floor:
- Room 1: large twin/double under eaves. En-suite bath and wc
- Room 3: twin/double under eaves. En-suite shower & wc. Balcony
- Staffed breakfast (5 mornings). Self-serve breakfast including fresh croissants and pain au chocolats (2 mornings)
- 3 course dinner party style meal with complimentary wine (served until coffee) 5 nights
- Canapés (5 evenings)
- Afternoon tea (5 days)
- Mid week towel change
- Return air travel (from London UK) and coach transfers (Note: flight seats for 'extra beds' is not guaranteed)
- Alpine Answers' CONCIERGE SERVICE (whole chalet bookings only) help with ski hire and lesson bookings
- Damage deposit is not included (£1,000 for whole chalet bookings, or £100 per person for split bookings)
Weekly per person
|Departure||Current Price||Saving||Standard Price||Beds||Flights|
|08 - 12 - 2019||Fully Booked|
|15 - 12 - 2019||£940 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|22 - 12 - 2019||£1,295 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|29 - 12 - 2019||£1,820 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|05 - 01 - 2020||£930 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|12 - 01 - 2020||£975 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|19 - 01 - 2020||£975 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|26 - 01 - 2020||£1,060 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|02 - 02 - 2020||£1,070 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|09 - 02 - 2020||£1,070 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|16 - 02 - 2020||£1,820 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|23 - 02 - 2020||£1,095 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|01 - 03 - 2020||£1,140 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|08 - 03 - 2020||£1,175 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|15 - 03 - 2020||£1,165 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|22 - 03 - 2020||£1,140 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|29 - 03 - 2020||£1,385 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|05 - 04 - 2020||£1,245 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|12 - 04 - 2020||£860 pp||-||-||10||YES||Enquire Now|
|19 - 04 - 2020||£575 pp||-||-||10||NO||Enquire Now|
Prices per person for 7 nights (based on two people sharing a bedroom). Please note the ‘flights’ column above shows the UK airports that may be used (subject to availability) when the property is booked as a ‘package’ (flights, transfers, and accommodation purchased as one ATOL protected bundle) as offered by the respective tour operator.
Prices and availability are subject to change. The price of your holiday can only be confirmed at time of booking. Bookings are subject to the relevant tour operator’s terms and conditions. Supplements for rooms, flights, transfers, last minute ticket delivery and other tour operator charges may apply. Please contact our team for a full price.
- Cable Car
- Chair lift
- Drag lift