Best Ski Destination 2018 And The Must Stay Luxury Chalet
Best Ski Destination 2018 And The Must Stay Luxury Chalet
Where? Morzine, French Alps
Exactly? The White Valley Company, We stayed at the chic and stylish Chalet L’Ours.
When? December 2017. Ski season typically runs from December to April. We visited at the start of the season and the snow conditions in Morzine were amazing, with fresh powder snow delivered (on demand!) every day.
Opening shot: Bonnie wears cerise swimsuit in top image by Lazul and beanie hat by Somerville Scarves.
Ski outfit worn throughout post – Bonnie wears base layers by Sweaty Betty, onesie ski suit by Huskiwear, goggles by Adidas Eyewear and rose gold boots by Moon Boot.
The White Valley Company Luxury Chalets
We stayed at Chalet L’Ours one of the three luxury Alpine chalets offered by The White Valley Company. Located in a picturesque tiny hamlet in Vallee de La Manche in the resort of Morzine in the French Alps, it’s close enough to town if you want to visit and also far enough to ensure an idyllic stay.
Three perfectly appointed, exquisitely decorated, contemporary ski chalets with stunning views and luxury spa facilities, it’s the perfect place to indulge in a fun packed family or chilled out romantic retreat in the mountains.
What to do
Most people opt to spend all day on the powder white pistes of Morzine and Avoriaz, which I must admit is quite addictive! But if you fancy a bit of activity that doesn’t involve skis or a snowboard, why not go on a snow shoeing trek through the spectacular countryside. Or back at the chalet join local pilates instructor, Georgie Kennington in one of her relaxing stretching/pilates classes.
Alternatively take a day off and enjoy your gorgeous chalet with epic mountain views, curl up on the sofa in front of the log fire with a good book and a glass of Laurent Perrier or a chocolat chaud.
Or opt for my favourite activity, indulge in some post skiing pampering in the divine hot tub (opening shot), use the barrel sauna and steam room (pictured above) or get a massage in the comfort of your own chalet from the magical healing hands of masseuse Carrie from The Little Mountain Spa.
The interiors at Chalet L’Ours are a super stylish, eclectic mix of 1950’s ‘Mad Men’ -esque furnishings, draped with lashings of soft furs, modern wood burning fires and trendy touches, like exposed filament light bulbs and super chic coffee table books dotted around the living areas. This ‘mid-century meets hygge’ styling is my idea of heaven! #InteriorGoals!
Bonnie wears Limited edition rose gold Moon Boots in front of the roaring log fire enjoying a cup of chocolat chaud aka hot chocolate!
Bonnie wears Sweaty Betty base layers in Chalet L’ours.
It’s all in the detail. From Sonos surround sound speakers, flat screen TV’s, excellent wifi and rainmaker showers, to GHD hair dryers and delicious Bamford toiletries in the bathrooms, everything has been thought of to create the ideal luxury experience.
Let’s hit the slopes
After a speedy boot fitting by the lovely Michel who owns Gravier Ski Shop in town it’s time to hit the slopes. He comes up to the chalet to fit your boots and skis, which is a great personalised service offered to high end customers.
I was ready and fully kitted out in the latest gear and equipment. Now, if only I could ski….
Learning to ski
Before this trip I could barely ski, having had a couple of botched attempts in previous years I could just about pizza slice my way down the side of the nursery slope. So this time I decided to enlist the help of the professionals at SkiBeyond ski school. The results were incredible, after one 2-hour lesson with the lovely Ricey from Ski Beyond, I had graduated from greens and was trying my luck on Blue runs.
By the end of my second 2-hour lesson, I had mastered parallel skiing and was so much more in control of my technique than I had ever been previously. My confidence grew and by the end of the trip I was shooting down the mountain sides and truly enjoying it!
I highly recommend ski lessons (especially from Ski beyond if you’re in Morzine), it has totally changed my ski game! I’ve gone from a nervous novice, to calling myself a skier and I’m genuinely excited to book my next ski trip as soon as possible. I’ve been converted :)
Bonnie wears base layers by Sweaty Betty, Onesie ski suit by Huskiwear, goggles by Adidas Eyewear and rose gold boots by Moon Boot.
Food and Drink
The chalets offer different levels of catering service, Chalet L’ours can also be booked as a self catering lodge as well as fully catered. Vorlaz is a family catered chalet and White Valley Lodge and Spa is the fine dining chalet, both are catered only with in-house private chefs. We enjoyed a culinary journey from breakfast, afternoon tea, evening tapas to fine dining experiences thanks to our incredible chef Chris.
We dined on the perfect eggs Benedict at breakfast, delicious pan seared scallops, roast duck and incredible desserts at dinner. And can I just do a shout out for the exceptional banana bread and cakes at tea time. They were to die for :)
That was such an amazing ski trip. A huge thank you to Nancy and Andrew at The White Valley Company Lodges for organising such a wonderful stay. To Ski Beyond for teaching me how to ski! Carrie at The Little Mountain Spa for the much needed massages and Georgie Kennington for the dreamy pilates lessons.
Also Skiidy Gonzales for organising swift airport transfers and Gravier Ski Shop for my skis and boots!
With both full service and self catered options White Valley Company are able to create bespoke holidays for your group. Individual room reservations are also available in the Lodge & Spa for those looking for a romantic getaway to the Alps.
Prices from £5000 for a self catered chalet sleeping up to 16 guests and from £895 per person for a seven night stay on a catered basis. For more information and reservations please visit www.thewhitevalleycompany.com
Flights are into Geneva and the White Valley Company can assist with booking your airport transfers. The journey time into resort is 1.15 minutes.
Good Bye from Morzine, join us next week The Style Traveller end of year round up 2017!
Bon Voyage xx
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What a dream! Really. For someone like me who’s lived all her life in a tropical country, to be blessed with “fresh powder snow” (as you described it) will be pure bliss for me hehe. :) I want to experience and see this luxury ski chalet in Morzine!
it’s amazing I recommend it x
OMG, I wanna do this haha! :o
do it!! x
This sounds like a gorgeous and fun excursion! The accommodations look amazing but I’m not a fan of the cold. How was the hot tub?
Hot tub was great, it was nice just chilling at the house!
Do you think you’ll be able to go again? Is the weather ever TOO BAD?!
I’m such a terrible skiier but I would love to visit here for the hyyge factor alone! Also I love this style of decor; cozy meets super modern. I wonder if I can find one of those Barrel saunas for my house at a reasonable price lol .
you should definitely get one!! Haha xx
Would you believe that I have never gone skiing before, but it is on my bucket list of things to do in 2018 and a self catered chalet sounds like the perfect place to start. I mean when you are blessed with such beautiful views and can tuck into some delicious food while you learn to ski, that definitely sounds like my idea of fun!
I have never skied in my life, nor have I dreamed about it till now, never thought of a hot tub pool option as a ski vacation, it always seems like more of cold weather sports kind of thing. and the food looks amazingly delicious, sign me in!
it’s beautiful even if you don’t ski
I’m not skiing, but I’m sure that one can have a wonderful time at these fantastic destinations just taking a walk in the snow and then enjoy all these luxurious chalets. Is the round room next to the chalet a sauna? Oh my god – I would spend the entire day in there.
Definitely something to think about for next Christmas.
yes it was a steam room and sauna, it was so cool
This looks one amazing place to visit during winter! Also, the place where you stayed is absolutely beautiful! Looks warm, cozy and lifts up the winter spirit.
perfect winter spirit
Love the place, love the mood, love the scenery, love the food. I think we just got a honeymoon destination. I’m from tropical country so snow wasn’t a regular experience.
it’s perfect for honeymoon too
Oh wow how gorgeous! I have never been skiing but my eldest son at 13 has caught the bug! he went to Italy skiing last year and is going again this year, he is desperate for us all to go as a family!
you should all go together its a great family trip
Wow Bonnie! You nail it again – base layers by Sweaty Betty looks really great on you. And this ski destination and luxury accommodation is just so stylish and perfect. You’re picture says it all.
Wow, this place seems incredibly amazing, it just gets on the list of place to visit in next vacation, especially for the food, haha.
Its amazing you must go
Even though I don’t Ski, I would love to go there & stay there . Just for the breathtaking views!!
Wow! The place looks great. I love to visit there too with my boyfriend, I think he will love the place.
i’m sure he would x
This looks great and you must had a lot of fun skiing. Personally, I have never skiied before, but from your experience, I should give it a shot.
its so much fun x
I have never skiied before either but I have a bucket list of things that I want to do in 2018 and going ‘skiing’ is definitely high up on the list. I have heard that there is a programme where they can teach you to ski in six hours or less, not sure if they offer that in Morzine?
I’ve never been on a skiing vacation but now it’s going on my bucket list. I love the look of this luxury chalet with all it’s different catering options and hot tub!
The hot tub rocks!
It all looks like such an amazing adventure out there. I know I would love it. The chalet looks so comfortable and relaxing. The views are simply amazing. And I love being in a jacuzzi out in the cold weather. It’s such a great adventure.
I have no interest in skiing at all, as I know I will fall and break something within 5 minutes. I do however want to stay in a ski resort just for the chalets and views, I know it would be a great relaxing getaway x
its lovely doing that too x
wow, this is incredible! Love the outside as much as the inside: cosy and warm, perfect for skiing! the breakfast looks delicious and the breakfast spread too, Xx
The snow is gorgeous and you’ve got some really nice pics. I would like to ski one day and sure I will, don’t want to be put off by the cold lol. Like the idea of the hot-tub, the chalet too. Lovely views
thanks so much x
I love skiing, but relaxing is the best! I especially enjoy wet sauna and some good massage. This place look amazing for both aspects of why I love winter!
The sauna is dreamy
I’ve never been skiing and would like to in the future so this is certainly on my to-do list! The photos of the chalet is breathtaking, it looks like you had a great trip!
it was beautiful
There are some gorgeous places you’ve mentioned in here! I need to edit my travel wish list, I think!
This place sure screams luxury! I am not a big fan of the cold weather but I could stay in a place like that, I can deal with the freezing snow. A good soak in that hot tub with a view of the outdoors is fantastic!
I no longer ski due to too many joint issues and injuries. My hubby would love to ski here, though, and I would go along just to enjoy the scenery, and all the venue has to offer! Looks fabulous!
This would be my dream destination!
I looooove your style!! SO chic! I’ve never been anywhere that has this much snow! In South Africa, snow is a very rare occurrence, but I’ll be telling my fiance about this place :) bucket list goals!
oh do its great
I looooove your style!! SO chic! I’ve never been anywhere that has this much snow! In South Africa, snow is a very rare occurrence, but I’ll be telling my fiance about this place :) bucket list goals! xx
The hot tub with the snowy mountain in the background looks like heaven. Good for you! It’s been forever since my husband and I have been skiing, and I really miss it. So cool that you took a beginner class. I did too when I was first getting started and it helped a ton. x