That’s it. You have heard enough of the wonders of Châtel. Your friends, Portes du Soleil regulars, with a love affair for this charming village, have finally persuaded you to join them. Reassured that its family friendly reputation will sweep you off of your feet, there is only thing for it.
You have spent the past four years subtly preparing your daughter to ensure she will continue the family’s love affair for everything ski related. As helmet, gloves, salopettes and a multitude of other pink layers have been borrowed from the school playground, you are relieved to hear the clamber of excitement with her first glimpse of snow.
You were right. Your friends in high places assured you that you wouldn’t be lifting a finger in making this the most effortless ski holiday in history. Driving past Châtel’s typically French village vibe, you are seconds away from Chalet Aurore. What a relief that you are a mere five minute stroll from chalet to centre. You see chocolat chaud becoming a regular afternoon reward for another positive day of pizza and chip progression.
As the light starts to fade, your first glimpse of Chalet Aurore is one of beauty. You feel you might have already succumbed to the charm of Châtel. Standing proudly infront of you is a chalet nestled into the snow, three sides wrapped in a balcony resplendent with candles, faux fur and intrigue. With views of the Mont de Grange and Abondance valley, you know exactly where you’ll be found in tomorrow afternoon’s glorious sunshine.
Arriving into Chalet Aurore’s splendid hallway, you are treated to a glimpse through to rooms of muted wooden tones, retro ski artwork and soft lighting. Something tells you that this chalet is certainly going to live up to its promise of perfection.
The décor is subtle but luxurious, with the open fire the showpiece of the large living area. Collapsing into one of the considerable arm chairs with a moreish afternoon tea and the crackle of logs, will most certainly be your idea of bliss after the next couple of days trying to remind your legs how to ski.
Whilst the friendly and professional team welcome you home, Tilly, Martha and Henry are off. For any four year old, finding their haven out of the four luxurious bedrooms for the week is of upmost importance. The squeals of delight tell you that they and their myriad of marmottes, St Bernards and chamois have found the triple room. This is the ultimate sleep over for any future Alpine pro.
Fortunately for you, you have been guided to your sanctuary for the week. Chalet Aurore knows how to exemplify the term master suite. For the next seven nights this is all yours. There will be no tractors, no discarded socks and no care in the world. Instead, for you, Chalet Aurore has lined up beautiful neutral tones and decadent fabrics, a private lounge area and an indulgent super-king. Gazing out down the valley, it won’t be long until tomorrow morning when you’ll be on the Super Châtel, with the whole of the Portes du Soleil at your gloved fingertips. These are the weeks where memories are made.
Fast forward six days and this beautifully crafted property will have found the perfect balance to ensure you want to return year after year. Chalet Aurore will have been the whole party’s retreat for the week. From when the children’s boundless energy radiated throughout the wooden walls and onto bedtime, when Chalet Aurore transformed into a haven of tranquillity for parents. Nothing can beat drinks and canapés by the fire moving into long lingering dinners around the chalet’s large, sociable dining table.
A dining table where memories were made. From that morning when Henry attempted to eat an entire jar of Nutella on one pain au chocolat, through through to throwing down the piste map at afternoon tea to avidly circle your new found favourite piste. You were still found there long into the evening when stories were moderately exaggerated over another bottle of your favourite red.
When your chauffeur pulls up outside and Geneva looms, there is always the inevitable anguish. However it's a rather magical feeling knowing exactly where you'll be returning to next winter. Thank you Chalet Aurore.
Bedroom 1 - Twin/double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 2 - Twin/double with additional single bed & en-suite bath
Bedroom 3 - Twin/double with additional single bed, balcony & en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 4 - Master double with seating area, balcony & en-suite bathroom
Piste 200m walk
Ski Lifts 200m walk
Resort Centre 5 min walk
Geneva (GVA): h 30m / 78km
Chambery (CMF):1h 58m / 158km
Lyon (LYS):2h 39m / 239km
A perfect start to the day
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.
High tea temptations
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.
Celebrate with Canapés
When staying in a catered chalet every night feels like a special occasion, and why shouldn't it, you're on an amazing holiday and it's so good to be alive. Enjoy the delicious canapés and amuse-bouche freshly prepared by your star in the kitchen accompanied by a delicious ‘aperitif of the day’.
Serving up a sensuous feast
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. The chalet usually serves four 'gourmet' dinners of 4 courses and on two nights serves a simpler 2 course 'family dinners'. Dinner is accompanied by a selection of hand-picked wines and is served on six nights of your stay. Coffee and chocolates are served each evening.
Let the good times flow
The chalet provides an open bar of beer, high quality house wines, premium gin, vodka and local ‘eau de vie’ as well as soft drinks and mixers. There is a champagne reception on your first evening and Crement de Limoux served throughout the week
Children & dietary requirements
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 2019/2020 - NEXT SEASON
|Arrival Date||Weekly Rate||Status|
|December 2019||08 Dec 2019||EURO 11,750|
|15 Dec 2019||POA|
|22 Dec 2019||POA|
|29 Dec 2019||POA|
|January 2020||05 Jan 2020||EURO 13,500|
|12 Jan 2020||POA|
|19 Jan 2020||POA|
|26 Jan 2020||POA|
|February 2020||02 Feb 2020||EURO 11,750|
|09 Feb 2020||EURO 12,500|
|16 Feb 2020||EURO 13,500|
|23 Feb 2020||EURO 11,750|
|March 2020||01 Mar 2020||EURO 11,750|
|08 Mar 2020||EURO 11,750|
|15 Mar 2020||EURO 11,750|
|22 Mar 2020||POA|
|29 Mar 2020||POA|
|April 2020||05 Apr 2020||POA|
|12 Apr 2020||POA|
|19 Apr 2020||POA|
|26 Apr 2020||POA|
Winter 2018/2019 - THIS SEASON
|Arrival Date||Weekly Rate||Status|
|March 2019||24 Mar 2019||POA||Unavailable|
|31 Mar 2019||POA||Unavailable|
|April 2019||07 Apr 2019||POA||Unavailable|
|14 Apr 2019||POA||Unavailable|
|21 Apr 2019||POA||Unavailable|