Big Bear is big and it is luxurious, probably among the most luxurious chalets in the Chamonix valley. Old Argentière, where the chalet is found, retains its charm and a sense of tradition at the same time as being the access point for some of the most challenging skiing in the Alps. Unusually, Argentière has managed to build a reputation that attracts hard core mountain adventurers at the same time as offering fun-filled days for skiers of all levels. It is super family friendly.
Big Bear is spacious. Eleven guests can spread out among five bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms. That extra one can be found on a beautifully crafted bunkbed in one of the doubles. It is a delightful family hideout, where privacy and peace meet exciting skiing and a typical mountain town.
The ambiance of the authentic chalet, weathered timber abundantly used for wood panelled walls and ceiling rafters, is complemented by attention to detail and comfort. Vast open plan living is subtly divided up so that a large group will find sociability and space. Big chairs and wide sofas round a stone fireplace create a civilised living room for conversation and board games; the snug beyond is a cosy space for TV watching, or to curl up with a book. A long dining table with benches continues the rustic chalet vibe, while the adjacent kitchen embraces modernity. There is further evidence for this thoughtfully stylish approach to chalet interiors in the clever use of light. Strategically there are large windows to let in the view to the mountain range dominated by the majesty of Mont Blanc. They manage, however, not to detract from the traditional look of the building and there are small paned windows here and there that fit the environment.
Luxury is carried into the bedrooms and bathrooms without compromise. Graciously proportioned with an eye to those little touches – an elegant chair here, large walk-in showers there – each one is a haven. Four are on the ground floor, and the master, taking the whole of the second floor, opens onto balconies with views to the Grands Montets.
Big Bear keeps on giving. It knows about fine living with a wine cellar and a piano. It understands practicalities - the pantry has its separate service entrance and there is a fully equipped laundry room. And it appreciates the pleasures that resonate with a holiday in the mountains. The sauna will warm through chilled bones and the end of the day; the hot tub out on the huge terrace is that sybaritic moment of fun as the sun sinks and the stars start to sparkle.
Big Bear is not, you will have gathered, an aggressive grizzly. Rather, it is that cuddly best friend of your childhood, somewhere you are safe and nurtured, divinely comfortable, and with whom you share the adventures and the good things that make your life special.
Bedroom 1 - Double with overhead single bunk bed & en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 2 - Double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 3 - Double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 4 - Double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 5 - Master double with walk-in wardrobe, private balcony & en-suite bathroom
Piste 10 minutes walk
Ski Lifts 10 minutes walk
Resort Centre 4 min walk
Geneva (GVA):1h 15m / 80km
Chambery (CMF):1h 45m / 145km
No need to rush out of bed - breakfast is laid on. A healthy array of fresh fruit juices, a selection of warming teas and coffee - yoghurts, crispy cereals, juicy fruit and a mouth-watering display of delicious fresh breads & delicate pastries. Your chef will also prepare a daily cooked hot option for you - how do you like your eggs? So much choice that you might miss the first ski lift if you're not careful.
Come back after a wonderful day on the mountain to the warmth and comfort of your chalet. Snuggle up on the comfy sofa in front of a crackling fire, with a steaming cup of tea and a generous serving of cake – this is how all afternoons should be. Your chef will prepare a fresh from the oven, sweet treat for your return, so whether your preference is for a hearty sticky Apple and Ginger cake or a delicate Mille-feuille aux framboise is more your thing, there will be something tempting waiting for you. Personally I don’t think you can beat a slice of crispy baguette with lashings of butter and dollops of apricot jam or nutella - but maybe that ‘s just me - the perfect comfort food.
Take a seat at your own private table - it's time for the main event – a delicious feast, masterfully crafted by your talented chef. With an emphasis on using hand-selected, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients you will be served a melt in your mouth three course dinner that wouldn't look out of place in a Michelin starred restaurant. Dinner is complimented by a tangy platter of divine local cheeses. Menus can be tailored to suit your tastes and your chef will be happy to prepare everything from a simple supper to fine dining delights. Dinner is accompanied by specially selected house wine and is served on 5 out of 7 nights of your stay.
The chalet serves Champagne on your arrival day and there is selected house wine served with your meal.
The chalet is happy to cater for specific dietary requirements, and will serve an earlier high tea for children. You can talk to your SkiBoutique PA about any specific requests from dietary requirements such as gluten free diets to birthday cakes and favourite dishes. We will do our very best to ensure that your wishes are granted and delivered in resort.
Winter 2022/2023 - NEXT SEASON
|Arrival Date||Weekly Rate||Status|
|December 2022||04 Dec 2022||POA||Unavailable|
|16 Dec 2022||EURO 15,000|
|23 Dec 2022||EURO 25,000|
|30 Dec 2022||EURO 34,000|
|January 2023||02 Jan 2023||POA||Unavailable|
|08 Jan 2023||EURO 16,000|
|15 Jan 2023||EURO 16,000|
|22 Jan 2023||EURO 16,000|
|29 Jan 2023||EURO 16,000|
|February 2023||05 Feb 2023||EURO 18,000|
|12 Feb 2023||EURO 22,000|
|19 Feb 2023||EURO 22,000|
|26 Feb 2023||EURO 18,000|
|March 2023||05 Mar 2023||EURO 16,000|
|12 Mar 2023||EURO 16,000|
|19 Mar 2023||EURO 16,000|
|26 Mar 2023||EURO 18,000|
|April 2023||02 Apr 2023||EURO 18,000|
|09 Apr 2023||EURO 16,000|
|16 Apr 2023||EURO 15,000|
|23 Apr 2023||POA||Unavailable|