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Chalet Dzintila is a beautifully renovated 220m2 barn located in the peaceful hamlet of Le Raffort, a few minutes away from the bustling centre of Meribel, forming part of the huge 3 Valley ski area. This charming and cosy chalet offers 6 bedrooms, 5 of which are en-suite. Its spacious living room provides an authentic and warm setting that invites you in to relax after a long day on the ski slopes of the 3 Valleys. The Alpine village of Le Raffort is the perfect place for those looking for an authentic French ambiance with quick access into the world’s largest ski area.The ski bus stop and Olympic gondola are both only a few minutes walk away and both will take you directly to the centre of Meribel, the ski school meeting points and numerous bars and shops. With a normal season snow conditions, it is also possible to ski back to the chalet. The free shuttle stops close by to take you to the centre of lively Meribel village centre 2200m away and operates from 7.30am until 11.30pm.

This classy Meribel ski chalet is perfect for families or a group of friends that are looking to escape the bustle of the resort centre, whilst still being within touching distance to enjoy all of its amenities. Inside you will discover a delightful “chocolate box” chalet that is full of mountain charm, beautiful wooden beams and cosy, welcoming sofas set around a large feature fireplace.The chalet sleeps 12 guests and all the bedrooms offer an enticing and comfy retreat for a peaceful nights sleep. The chalet features a wellness suite with an indoor hot tub and sauna, perfect to ease the muscles at the end of the day when you arrive back in this luxury chalet.The chalet is available on a self-catered basis, but it is also possible to add in additional services such as a chef, thus becoming a catered chalet.


Twin bed with double shower and toilet.

Double bed with balcony access and en-suite bathroom.

Family room with 2 single beds and separate shower and toilet.

Twin bed with en-suite bathroom.

Children’s room possibly with 2 single beds and en-suite bathroom.

Double bed with en-suite bathroom.


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  • Balcony
  • bathrobes and slippers
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Champagne reception
  • End of stay clean
  • Firewood
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Private parking
  • Sauna
  • Ski room with heated boot warmers
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Welcome and Assistance
  • WiFi

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France is the most popular Alpine country for British skiers and snowboarders and generally offers a more modern aspect of skiing in relation to towns and villages with many villages built around convenience for skiers and boarders alike.

There are of course a number of traditional French ski resorts. Courchevel is a key gateway to the vast area of the ‘Les Trois Vallæcopy;es’ which claims to be the biggest linked ski region in the world. Its rival is the Portes du Soleil network of ski areas (with Avoriaz and Morzine at its heart) which spreads across the French border into Switzerland.Pretty much the same size as the 3 Valleys, but both argue as to which is the largest, but its a close call.

The Three Valleys is dominated by four major resorts: Courchevel, Mæcopy;ribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens – the highest ski resort in the Alps. Each of these four resorts has more than enough terrain to keep a skier or boarder happily and easily occupied for a week or more during a skiing holiday in France, so the opportunity to ski all four, as well as La Tania and St Martin de Belleville, provides innumerable options.

In the Portes du Soleil, neighbouring Avoriaz and Morzine are gateways to a dozen or more family ski resorts in France and Switzerland. Chamonix, dominated by the Mont Blanc Massif, is another major attraction with several resorts scattered along the valley, including Argentière, rated by some keen off-piste skiers and boarders as one of the best ski resorts in France – or the entire Alps for that matter. They will also be keen to try the Vallæcopy;e Blanche – a classic off-piste descent – with a high-mountain guide.

Another resort overlooked by the impressive Mont Blanc is Flaine, linked with a handful of resorts including Les Carroz and Samoens, with some of the most extensive slopes in France. That’s even more true of the Tignes-Val d’Isère Ski Area – the linked areas of Val d’Isère and Tignes – formerly called Espace Killy after the celebrated Olympic triple-gold medallist Jean-Claude Killy. Together these  neighbouring resorts provide some of the most exciting skiing in France, particularly for off-piste enthusiasts. Tignes has the added advantage of regular glacier skiing on the Grande Motte glacier and like Val Thorens is regarded as THE most snow sure French resorts.

Two more giants of the French skiing world which are co joined and undoubtedly among the best family ski resorts in France, are La Plagne and Les Arcs.The area is known as Paradiski, linked by a huge cable car. La Plagne has a dozen or so linked hamlets and villages spread across slopes in all directions, while Les Arcs too, like Courchevel, has a handful of ski villages and satellite resorts at various altitudes.Arc 1950 and Vallandry are favourites.

La Clusaz is a traditional pretty village with some great skiing and ideal for people looking for a short transfer from Geneva.Great for families, short breaks or just for a week its a lovely traditional village we rate highly.Megeve, also offering a short transfer from Geneva, is a larger traditional village with a modern twang and again rates highly on our list for aesthetic beauty and convenience.Definitely another must see and ski resort.

Further south in the French Alps and accessed via flights to Grenoble and Lyon, are two more great resorts: Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez. High and snow sure and in the same part of the world, one the same ski pass, is the fabulous Serre Chevalier ski network, linked with the UNESCO world heritage site of Briançon and enjoying the wonderful Roman baths in Montier.

Montgenèvre also deserves a mention and if flying into Turin, the transfers are short, plus you have the opportunity to ski in both France and Italy during your ski holiday. Montgenèvre also boasts some of the best snow conditions in the French alps. Family friendly and snow sure La Rosiere also shares the same pass with La Thuile also in Italy and comes recommended especially as peak times as its quieter than other French ski resorts.

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