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Pick the perfect chalet in Chamonix in 2019

A short guide on how to choose your Chamonix ski chalet

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Ana Hernández | Chamonix Editor | Published: 14 Jan 2019


Pick the perfect chalet in Chamonix in 2019

There's no better place to stay during a ski holiday than in an authentic Alpine chalet. Nothing beats the feeling of entering a cosy, wooden-panelled living room after a day out in the mountains, and sitting down on a plush sofa with a cup of mulled wine in front of a roaring fire or, even better, getting into a hot tub with a glass of bubbly.

However, there are plenty of options to factor in when choosing the perfect ski chalet in Chamonix. From its location to whether to go for catered or self-catered, its size and even its style. This short guide will help you narrow down your search.

Luxury chalets

Chamonix is a wonderfully vibrant Savoyard town which means that luxury chalets within walking distance of the shops, bars and restaurants are much sought after. The Les Moussoux-Les Pecles areas of the town have always been popular. The first chalets were built here at the beginning of the last century and, with south-facing, slightly elevated positions, accommodation here gives close proximity to the town, combined with jaw-dropping mountain views towards Mont Blanc.

Meanwhile, the rather exclusive Les Mouilles has much to offer. A quiet area on the edge of town yet close to the five-star Hameau Albert 1er Hotel and its Michelin-starred restaurant, and a short comfortable stroll from the centre. Other areas to consider are Les Praz and Le Bois. Les Praz is a beautiful, tranquil Alpine village just a five-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Chamonix town and only a short walk to the sunniest ski area in the valley: Brevent and Flégère. Le Bois, an incredibly charming and unspoiled village, is home to some of the most beautiful chalets in the whole Chamonix Valley.

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Budget chalets

If your ski holiday is budget-driven, then the chances are you will be looking for self-catering accommodation to keep costs down. There are hundreds of options when it comes to cheaper self-catering chalets, the main thing to bear in mind is that you keep costs down across the board – there is no point saving money on accommodation if you are miles out of town and end up forking out for taxis to transport you to the ski lifts, supermarkets and/or bars. With this in mind, those looking for a budget chalet ski holiday in Chamonix should try and source a place near the centre of town or close to one of the valley's bus stops. The bus service provides access to all the local Chamonix pistes as well as to the main towns in the area, including Argentière and Les Houches.

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Ski-in / ski-out chalets

Finding ski-in / ski-out chalet accommodation in Chamonix is rare but not impossible. If you don’t like carrying your skis and prefer to put your gear on right at the door, then the best option is to base yourself either in Les Houches or in one of the chalets at the bottom of the Brevent ski area, on the Savoy piste. For wonderful ski-in / ski-out accommodation in Les Houches, there are chalets located right on the pistes by the Prarion lift and close to the ski school meeting points, lift pass office and to the town centre. It is worth remembering that, if you want to make the most of all that Chamonix has to offer in terms of other skiing areas and the endless entertainment on offer, then you should either hire a car or choose a chalet near a bus stop so that you can explore beyond your immediate confines.

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Family-friendly chalets

Family ski holidays tend to have their own unique requirements, the most important of which is finding a large ski chalet preferably with a garden big enough to build snowmen! While Chamonix itself has an understandable reputation for all things adventure and extreme, the ski area of Les Houches is a great family ski resort. With lots of large chalets situated close to the ski lifts, Les Houches boasts good-quality blue and red ski runs, a snow garden, a separate nursery slope, and one of the best family-friendly ski schools in the Chamonix valley. Numerous large ski chalets offer family-focused accommodation in Les Houches with services ranging from in-house nannies, playrooms, cinema rooms, hot tubs and special-needs childcare.

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Eco-friendly chalets

Just 6km from Chamonix itself, the village and the ski area of Les Houches has grown in popularity in recent years as a ski destination within its own right. Eco-style accommodation has begun springing up everywhere here. The combination of cheaper property prices, excellent intermediate tree-lined pistes and a more mellow après ski vibe has led to significant property development and restoration in Les Houches of late, and current trends are such that a significant number of these chalets have been developed with an eco-conscious slant. Lift-accessed, resort-based ski holidays are not exactly the most environmentally friendly choice so, if you are concerned about your impact, you will find numerous chalets here who are doing their best to be as green and sustainable as possible.

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Corporate chalets

If you’re looking to make an impression on clients or employees, then you’ll need to find a ski chalet that is close to whatever type of action your group is looking for. Ideally, you will be looking for a catered chalet in Argentière – giving your group easy access to the infamous Grands Montets ski area and a laidback après vibe – or in the Les Praz-Le Bois area – just a short walk from the skiing at Brévent and Flégère and a short hop into Chamonix itself. Many ski chalet operators in Chamonix offer interlinked chalets that can accommodate large groups and put on dedicated transport to whisk you around.

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Short-break chalets

Chamonix is the perfect location for a short ski break with Geneva airport only 90 minutes away and plenty of airport transfer services available. Whether you are in town for a long ski weekend or a quick mid-week break, you will want to make sure you maximise your time on the pistes, so finding accommodation as close as possible to your ski area of choice is key. Whilst a large majority of chalets in the Chamonix valley are only available on a weekly basis, there are a fair number of chalet operators who do specialise in offering accommodation for short breaks–- our tour operators page should help point you in the right direction.

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Seasonal accommodation

Every year, thousands of mountain lovers come to Chamonix to fulfil their dreams of spending a winter season in the heart of the European ski scene. Many employers offer accommodation as part of their package but. if you are looking to be more independent during your ski season, finding seasonal accommodation can be a challenge. Whether you are looking for a large chalet for a family sabbatical or more compact central seasonnaire-type accommodation, there are chalets and apartments available throughout the valley. Visit our dedicated season lets page for more information.

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More inspiration...

Chalets are not the only accommodation option in Chamonix. There are also some great apartments and hotels where you can base yourself during your ski holidays.

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