"Thank you for the most amazing Christmas ever! You were the most fantastic hosts. The cooking was out of this world, the quality of food and variety in the menu was second to none. The chalet has been a great base with views that I never could have imagined. You have also been fabulous with the children, I don't know how we would ever have managed getting them all into ski school each day without you. I cannot thank you enough. The memory will last for ever."
Immensely charming ski-in ski-out Heidi ski chalet right on slopes
Low season: from £2,500 whole chalet self-catered; Mid: from £3,500; Peak: from £6,000
Summer: £2,500 per week self-catered in June & September, £2,950 in July & August
Les Houches, Chamonix
Chalet Schuss is a hugely charming ski-in ski-out ski chalet in the Les Houches part of the Chamonix valley. It sits on the slopes and is surrounded by snow-covered pistes, making it feel almost Heidi-like in its mountainous location. It has been decorated in a lovely fresh, homely way.
The chalet is owned by its operators, a young married British couple, and is a home from home. The furnishings are beautifully understated and tasteful, far from clichéd chintz and gingham or faux fur throws. There are enormous floor to ceiling windows which make the most of the views and a large balcony, perfect for sitting out on in the summer. There are two living areas, so some can relax upstairs in front of the fire undisturbed while others (children perhaps?) watch a movie downstairs.
There are four beautifully fresh, generously sized en-suite bedrooms in this luxury ski chalet, three of which are double and the fourth is single. There is also a fifth which is located separately from the main chalet, in its own little mazot. The three larger ones have zip and link beds to give guests added flexibility with sleeping arrangements. The toiletries are Molton Brown.
There is a real emphasis on excellent food at this fully catered ski chalet and the cuisine easily matches professional restaurant standard. Breakfast consists of a choice of cooked options or continental fresh pastries and jams, followed by freshly baked cakes at tea time. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés are served each evening in front of the log fire, followed by a delicious, freshly prepared four-course evening meal. I sampled a perfect steamed asparagus starter, with quail’s eggs beignets and a wild mushroom foam, followed by roast scallops accompanied by a melting pumpkin and parmesan risotto. Next came a heavenly chocolate fondant served with homemade vanilla ice cream – simple but quite delicious.
Chalet Schuss has its own sauna, located in an individual, separate mazot, plus an outdoor hot tub with fabulous views and a dedicated massage room.
This ski chalet is a wonderfully safe spot for children all year-round. It is fully equipped with cots, high chairs, car seats and toys, and a nanny service can be provided with a local agency if necessary.
The ski-in ski-out location, which is also really private.
The chalet is in Les Houches and not the main bit of the Chamonix valley. That said, there is still easy access to all the other ski areas, and Les Houches is perfect for families and intermediates.
This Chamonix chalet is called Chalet Schuss because it sits right on the legendary Kandahar red run in Les Houches, and skiers have to schuss at this point as they pass the chalet. It is properly ski in/ski out, a rare thing in the Chamonix valley, and is located high up at 1275m in its own woodland with majestic, open views down towards Les Houches in the valley below. Unbeatable.
The nearest airport is Geneva, just under an hour away. Transfers are not included in the price but the chalet can recommend companies.