La Couchire

5 bedrooms for 10 guests
3 baths, 2 showers

“So convenient – being this close to the Fornet cable car was a real revelation!”

Rooms

Bedroom 1
Huge twin/double (L-shaped, outer walls 18′ x 16′) under eaves on top floor, up the same staircase as Room 3. Vast windows to watch sunrise over Italy. Bathroom with wc.

Bedroom 2
Twin/double (11′ x 10′) on ground floor, french windows to wide terrace with superb views in all directions. Bathroom with corner bath and wc.

Bedroom 3
Twin/double (12′ x 10′) under eaves on top floor, up the same stairs as Room 1. French window to balcony looking south up pistes. Shower-room with double basins and wc.

Bedroom 4
Twin/double (16′ x 8’6″) on ground floor, looking west. Shower-room with twin basins and wc.

Bedroom 5
Double (11′ x 9′) on first floor, by the dining room, looking east. Bathroom with wc. £50 discount per person per week in this room.

Sitting Room
(17′ x 16′) On ground floor, with french windows to wide terrace. Superb views in all directions. Fireplace. TV, DVD and WiFi.

Dining Room
(10′ x 8′ not including the kitchen) On first floor, with french windows to large balcony. Open-plan kitchen.

La Couchire Highlights

  • Vast, beautiful ski chalet, built especially for YSE
  • Super bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms throughout
  • Most rooms give option of large twin beds or huge doubles (please specify which you prefer when booking)
  • Two log fires, DVD with plasma screen, separate dining room
  • WiFi
  • Ski room with boot warmers
  • Fornet cable car 50m from front door, pistes 100m, bus 10m
  • Rapid access to major ski area with glacier, empty pistes, easy pistes, off-piste, moguls and good mountain restaurants
  • Stunning views of miles of mountains and the pretty hamlet of Le Fornet
  • Val d’Isère’s best restaurant next door and most popular restaurant nearby
  • A chef and an assistant who live next door
  • Damage deposit for all bookings

Description

Included in welove2ski’s list of Best Luxury Ski Chalets in the World, La Couchire is a stunning five-bedroom chalet, built for us a few years ago by Ingrid, Magali and Cédric Bonnevie. Bedroom 1 is YSE’s biggest bedroom. Bedroom 5 is quite a lot smaller and has a £50pppw discount. But all the rooms are warm, wooden and welcoming, with very smart en-suite bathrooms. Four rooms have the choice of large twin or vast double beds (please specify which you prefer when you book).

The dining room is lovely, with spectacular views from the table (see photo) and a log fire. The downstairs sitting room is enormous, with a big fireplace and even better views of the pretty hamlet of Le Fornet and the mountainsides leading up to Val d’Isère’s glacier.

This location is La Couchire’s real USP. Much of the best skiing in Val d’Isère starts 75 seconds from its door. The Fornet cable car might not win any awards for architecture (though the Pompidou Centre did), but it serves the best snow and emptiest slopes in the area. There are pistes for everybody, from long, easy blues to the wicked black Forêt mogulfield, and an infinite off-piste area. Now that even the highest runs have snow cannons, this is some of the most snow-sure skiing in Europe. Guests from La Couchire are already in the powder while everyone else is on the bus, and they can be on the slopes of Solaise in no time, via the up-and-over or the never-busy Laisinant Express.

Le Fornet is at the very end of the Haute Tarentaise valley, where the road becomes piste. Although it is some distance from the village centre, it is not inconvenient for shops, ski schools or nightlife. The free bus waits just outside La Couchire until the early hours, and gets you to the village centre in about five minutes. If you think this sounds too good to be true, just ask Fiona Easdale, the ‘E’ of YSE. Having had three children to get to ski school (and now to the nightlife) and never less than a hundred best friends to catch up with, she doesn’t do inconvenient. And she stays here every winter!

The hugely popular Arolay restaurant and Michelin two-star Atelier d’Edmond restaurants are close by, and on the slopes just above are the excellent Edelweiss, many people’s favourite mountain eatery, and Le Signal, recently named best mountain restaurant in Europe.

Incidentally, when we say that Ingrid, Magali and Cédric built the chalet, we don’t mean they watched the workmen and hung the occasional curtain. Val d’Isère people traditionally build their own houses. Their plan is to live in it as soon as we (you) have paid off their mortgage. Which is why the chalet has gone from eight bedrooms to five this winter: Cédric now lives in his part. You may see him in the front hall from time to time. He’s quite a useful person to know, being the deputy director of the Piste Service, and the man who tells us on the radio every morning where to ski and where not to. Ingrid has always lived in an annexe off that same front hall (she’s an instructress and ex-racer, so also a good contact), while poor Magali still seems to live in the garage, though we never see her. She is a pisteur, and definitely the pisteur we’d most like to be rescued by…

Floor Plans

2017-18 Prices for La Couchire

Prices for Winter 2017-18 are shown below. Please note our holidays run Wednesday to Wednesday in December 2017, followed by a four-day holiday from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 January 2018. For the rest of the season, our holidays are Sunday to Sunday. Please also note the transport arrangements for the first and last two weeks of the season. Weeks with prices in green denote a Ski Pass Offer.

These prices are per person per week in sterling.

December £ January £ February £ March £ April £
6 - 3 510 4 1090 4 1090 1 1240
13 640 7
870
11 1700 11 1090 8 950
20 1130 14 880 18 1070 18 1080 15 640
27 1700 21 960 25 1070 25 1240 22 530
28 1070