FOOD, DRINK & SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
All our chalet hosts, whilst not catering professionals, are trained to cook to a carefully pre-planned menu. We aim to provide quality home cooking that is delicious and plentiful.
Whether your holiday will involve first lifts and fresh tracks, or mid-morning starts and leisurely lunches, we’ll be up and about working hard to get your day off to the best possible start (and we'll try to be quiet - we promise!). You can enjoy a hearty breakfast with a choice of cereals and muesli, accompanied by yoghurt and fresh baguette with butter and jams. We also offer a hot option on 5 of 7 mornings during your stay.
Every afternoon you'll return to the chalet after skiing to find a delicious afternoon tea waiting to be demolished! You'll tuck into a range of teas, freshly brewed coffee, fresh baguette and butter, jams and chocolate spread. Oh, and let's not forget the freshly baked cake or biscuits of the day...
You are equally well catered for in the evenings, where you will sit down to a delicious three-course meal, accompanied by bottled red and white wines (unlimited throughout the meal). We also provide you with the option to pre-purchase some upgraded wines (including Rosé), Prosecco or Champagne to enjoy during your stay.
Children are also well catered for and will be served a two-course children’s ‘high tea’ earlier than the adult evening meal - see example children's menu below. To drink, the younger guests will be offered a selection of cordials, fruit juice or water. We regret we can’t supply fizzy drinks.
Breakfast: Every morning you will be offered choice of cereals and muesli, accompanied by yoghurt and baguette with butter and jams. On 5 mornings this will be accompanied by a ‘hot option’ such as bacon and eggs, and porridge on request.
Afternoon Tea: Help yourselves to home made biscuits or a slice of cake with tea and coffee every afternoon.
Evening Meal: On 6 evenings we will provide our usual dinner party style dining and you’ll still have one night to make the most of one of our local restaurants.
Canapes & cheeseboard: add daily pre-dinner canapés and a glass of Prosecco, plus an after-dinner cheeseboard with port on one night of your stay. Available for exclusive use bookings only. £35 per person, per week.
Upgraded Wine: You can pre-book a selection of upgraded red and white wine, along with rosé, Prosecco and Champagne to enjoy along with the wine provided as part of your holiday. Please contact us for details.
EXAMPLE EVENING MENU
French Onion Soup
Beef Bourguignon with Spring Onion Mash, Soy & Garlic Spinach and Green Beans
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis
Tomato & Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Herb-crusted Salmon served with Ribboned Vegetables, Tagliatelle and a White Wine Cream Sauce
Lemon Posset with Shortbread
As standard, children under 12 years are served their evening meal eat at an earlier time than the adult evening meal. The children's earlier dinner will be served between 5.30pm - 6.30pm.
We have included out standard children’s menu below. We would much rather children eat food that they enjoy, so if there is anything in the menu you feel they simply won’t eat, please do let us know well in advance of arrival and we will adapt the menu accordingly.
EXAMPLE CHILDREN'S MENU
Home-made Chicken Goujons with Potato Wedges and Peas
Chocolate Brownie & Ice Cream
Some parents may prefer their children to eat a small portion of the adult evening meal at the same time as the adults. We are happy to accommodate this for exclusive chalet bookings. We regret we can’t accommodate this in shared chalets.
It is usually not possible to serve a children’s menu at the same time as the adult menu. Most chalet kitchens are domestic in nature, and it simply isn’t logistically possible to produce two completely different menus at the same time. If you would like your young children to eat the evening with the adult in an exclusive use chalet, they will normally need to eat from the adult menu (or a simplified version of the adult menu).
CHALET HOSTS' DAY OFF
Our chalet hosts have one full day and one morning off per week. Prior to departing on the evening before their mornings off, a self-service breakfast will be laid out. Early in the morning, fresh bread will be delivered to your chalet. Afternoon tea will be available when you return for skiing in the afternoon. The evening of the full day off is an excellent opportunity to try out one of the excellent local restaurants. Our resort team will be happy to make a reservation on your behalf.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
The model of a catered chalet holiday is based on a pre-selected set menu, served to the whole chalet for the duration of your stay. Ingredients are pre-ordered and delivered to resort well in advance of your stay. Additionally, our hosts are not catering professionals and it is essential they have the time to prepare for requirements that deviate from the set menu. It is this model that allows us to provide competitively priced ski holidays in all of our resorts. It also helps us ensure that our hosts working hours are inline with the legal regulations.
Many catered chalet operators are now charging for special dietary requirements, at anywhere up to £75pp/pw. We aim to continue to be able to cater for special dietary requirements at no extra cost.*
To do this, we need your help. It is essential that all special dietary requirements and allergies are communicated to us a minimum of 3 weeks prior to your holiday to allow us to add these into the ordering cycle.
Any requirements communicated after this time, or upon arrival in resort, will be subject to a locally payable surcharge of €45. Late notice also means we may be unable to cater for your requirements on the first night of your holiday.
It is the group leader’s responsibility to inform us of any dietary requirements their party may have.
Vegetarian* and pescatarian** versions of the set menu are available if requested in advance.
* Our definition of a vegetarian is someone that eats neither fish nor meat.
** Our definition of a pescatarian is someone who eats fish, but no meat. Pescatarians will be served the vegetarian menu, with the inclusion of a fish dish on one evening.
We can generally cater for other special diets such as Gluten Free, Lactose Free and Coeliac. Again, it is essential we know about your requirements well in advance so that we can order the correct products. See above for late notice surcharge information.
France is still catching up to the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. The choice of products on offer to assist us in producing vegan menu options in much more limited, and it can be difficult for our hosts to prepare a fully refined vegan menu for the week.
We cannot access replacement products such as vegan cheese, chocolate or agave syrup. And in many resorts, it’s difficult for us to source nut milks such as Almond or Oat. We can source soya milk and yoghurts, as well dairy free spread. We regret we are unable to provide vegan wine.
If you have very strict dietary requirements, or a particular desire for certain products, it may be useful to bring these important items with you. Please feel free to discuss your requirements with us prior to arrival and we can advise which products are available in resort.
We regret we cannot provide a kosher or halal environment. We may not be able to cater for other uncommon dietary requests – please discuss with us prior to booking.
*Please note, if you group has a large amount of varied or complex dietary requirements, we reserve the right to levy a one-off fee to cover the additional working hours required to source and prepare alternatives for you.
It is important to be aware that our chalet hosts are not qualified catering professionals and cannot always know whether the food products used have packaged and prepared in an allergen free environment. Our menus also routinely feature many common allergens such as nuts, seeds and dairy products and cannot guarantee there will be no cross contamination.
Additionally, it is important to be aware that our guests are welcome to bring into the chalet food items of their own, we cannot guarantee that other guests will not have allergen-containing food items in their rooms or other areas of the chalet. As a result, we cannot and do not guarantee the avoidance of specified ingredients and cannot accept liability in the event of any dissatisfaction with special dietary arrangements, including the occurrence of an allergic reaction.
If you or one of your party have any allergies, please speak to us prior to booking.