Chalet Orchid is a stunning 200m2, 5 bedroom chalet, ideally located in the Villette area of St Martin, which can sleep up to 12 made up of  8 adults and 4 children, across its three floors and offers an ideal base for a group of skiers who want to enjoy a very convenient chalet on a ski holiday to the Three Valleys. The closest ski lift is the Teleski lift, which is 400m away which takes you up the mountain so you can ski down to the main gondola, with the centre of pretty St Martin being just 250m away, with its shops, bars and restaurants. The free resort shuttle also stops outside, if you prefer not to walk anywhere.

The main living area of this superb chalet is on the first floor and has everything you need needed for a comfortable holiday, including stylish furniture and a home cinema projector for movies, with satellite TV and DVD. As well as the main lounge area, there is also a lovely seated area around the bespoke, glass, feature fireplace, with an impressive steel chimney. This warming wood burning fireplace will provide a welcome to come back to after perhaps a long cold day skiing on the mountain.

For dinner, take a seat around the spacious dining table whilst the cook in the group, if self catering, (or our own chef if booking this chalet on a catered basis), takes control in the well equipped galley style luxury kitchen. You can also head out to the outdoor terrace, weather permitting, with a glass of something in your hand to soak up the views of the mountains and snow capped trees.

With the chalets 5 bedrooms, there is one master bedroom with a balcony, large screen projector and an en-suite bathroom which features both a bath and Hammam shower. There are then a further three double or twin bedrooms, with the 5th bedroom being a quad/bunk bedroom, sleeping 4 children, with a sofa and space to play. All the spacious bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom.

For that extra convenience there is a parking space, WiFi, ski storage and ski boot warmers as well as a washer/dryer. On arrival you will be welcomed with a glass of champagne for choosing wisely! Your bed linen will be changed once during the week and firewood will be provided. Once you have booked your chalet there is nothing extra to pay apart from the Tourist Tax.

Booking a chalet is a daunting task when more than one is involved and is never easy, but this unique chalet is so full of character and atmosphere being built with lots of reclaimed wood, so staying here can only be enjoyable, especially with its great location.

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  • Balcony
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • 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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