The quality 4 bedroom Chalet Gralliere, ideally located on Route de Gralliere, also known as Chalet Tilumi, couldn’t be better placed if you want to make the most of the mountains, the apres-ski and the beautiful village of La Clusaz. Being ski in ski out you can just park your car up in the garage, if driving here and forget about it as the ski lift and ski school meeting place are just over the road and you’re just a few steps from some great bars, restaurants and shops, making this a doubly convenient choice.
If you want to explore further afield, the ski bus will take you to Le Grand Bornand, Chinaillon and Manigod – and it’s all free with an Aravis ski pass! At the end of the day, why not while away the evening in the sauna or hot tub or try one of the many restaurants on your doorstep? The chalet can be booked either self catered, part catered or with an excellent half board basis, with a chef coming in and looking after you, to suit, on a Sunday to Sunday basis.
This 125m2 semi-detached chalet sleeps up to 10 people ( maximum 8 adults ) in both comfort and charm. It is set back from the main road, which is always kept clear of snow due to its location in this pretty village and there is a double garage with plenty of parking.
Inside, there is a useful cupboard in the hall, which opens on to the open plan living area. After a busy day in the mountains you can curl up on the leather sofa and chairs around the woodburning stove to plan the next day or relax in front of the TV. There’s a WC on this floor too, which is where you’ll also find the washing machine and tumble drier.
The well equipped kitchen is separated from the dining area by a breakfast bar and there are doors on to the sunny terrace, which wraps around two sides of the chalet, so that you can follow the sun. There’s a hot tub out here too, which is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and watch the sun set over the mountains.
The four bedrooms, all of which have quality bed linen and wardrobes, are upstairs – two double rooms, a twin bedroom and a children’s room with two sets of bunk beds. Two of the rooms open on to the balcony with mountain views and there is also a shower room and a separate bathroom with two sinks.
In the basement you’ll find the garage and a ski room, with a heated boot rack, so that your ski boots will be warm and dry when you put them on in the mornings. There’s also a sauna, where you can relax after an active day on the mountains.
The Bossonet ski lift is right across the road from the chalet and the Aravis ski pass gives you access to 220km of pistes in La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and Manigod. The weekly flood-lit descent in La Clusaz is a must! The local ESF ski school meets for beginners’ lessons next door to the ski lift and cross-country skiers will find great terrain at Lac des Confins and the Glieres plateau, just a short drive or ski bus ride away.
Non-skiers will have no time to be bored either, with an ice-skating rink and cinema in La Clusaz, as well as sledging, snow-shoe walking, dog-sledding and sleigh rides. The chalet is also just a short walk from the village’s new bowling alley. If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation, perhaps pop for a swim in the heated outdoor pool at La Clusaz, while the snow falls gently around you.
There’s no end to the summer activities and entertainment when you stay at the chalet. Walking or biking in the mountains is a pleasure, and all the hard work is done for you if you take the ski lift to the top and bike or walk down at your own pace. Take a picnic and make a day of it, or treat yourself to lunch at a mountain restaurant, many of which are open all year round.
Adrenalin junkies can try paragliding, canyoning, climbing, mountain-biking or white-water rafting. Via ferrata is a great family day out, with children as young as eight able to explore the mountains safely on iron walkways, secured to a harness. There are also several golf courses within an hour of La Clusaz and children will love the outdoor swimming pools in La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand.
A day out in the medieval town of Annecy is a must: spend the morning exploring the shops and markets of this canalised town, enjoy lunch at a lakeside restaurant and then spend the afternoon on the beach or hire a boat and visit some of the beautiful villages around the lake. Winter or summer you can only be impressed with the area and its activities, so call or email and look at the options on booking this excellent chalet.
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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.