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We constantly monitor the quality of our chalets and their facilities, our staff and the food they cook, as well as Val d’Isère’s ski hire shops, ski schools, restaurants, etc.. Our guests’ feedback is listed chalet by chalet below.

GUEST REVIEWS, LISTED BY CHALET:

Les Chardons

Les Chardons

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Ski Republic were very good. ESF instructor Olivier was fabulous! Highly recommended. Chalet is comfortable, warm and tidy. Very friendly and nice team. Food was excellent. Alternative to pudding was very good. Sushi was great. Hake and beef were just divine.

March 2018
All very good comfortwise. Could do with a real door on the en suites. Staff were all superb, friendly and nice. Food was very very good. Top rating – thanks guys!

March 2018
Ski hire from Intersport was very good. The chalet was fine. Rooms are small but not much you can do. Furnishings and carpets are pretty tired but staff all very nice and friendly and knowledgeable. Food excellent. We all enjoyed it thoroughly. Fillet steak went down a treat with my boys. Hake was my favourite dish.

March 2018
Killy Sport were really good though the boot fitting could have been slightly better. Poor selection of touring boots. Otherwise very good. Mountain Masters Frank and Fred in particular were really really great. My room was really nice and there’s lots of hot water. The chalet team were really chatty and always available. Food during the week was all delicious. First time with YSE and will be back!

March 2018
Mattis Sport were very good with good equipment and skis are easily changed. We used Christian, ESF guide and instructor. Very good, would use again! We’ve stayed here many times. It’s as expected and perfect for us. We love Sean, and the whole team was friendly and efficient. You just can’t beat Murray. He’s a superb chef. Well balanced menu every night. Birthday cake was delicious and we appreciated the singing and the card!

March 2018
Mattis Sport were fine for what I needed though it took a couple of visits to get the right boots. The hotel was quite comfortable and acceptable. Both the lamps were minimal and not ideal for reading. Staff were very nice. Absolutely stunning food. Breakfasts work remarkably well. Happy with all the food!

March 2018
Mattis were good for equipment and service. Guiding with Mountain Masters – Mark Jones was brilliant! Chalet was very nice. Staff are wonderful. We love Sean, and Ellie was great as well. Cheerful and attentive. Food was delicious. Murray was great as usual! Fish night was fantastic. Beef fillet was tremendous. No complaints at all! Sparkling water would be nice. Loved the wine though! Drains were quite smelly. Sometimes during the night at like 4am.

March 2018
We’ve stayed here already this year so again very happy with the chalet. Staff were all excellent and very good. Hake night was absolutely delicious and my favourite of the week. Cheese as an option was great! Could do with having bigger mugs rather than cups. Alpine Experience’s Chris was fantastic for guiding.

March 2018
All very good. Didn’t have a toilet in the room which was annoying but I booked late. Staff were all excellent at looking after us. Food was very good. Congratulations on having nespresso cups. Very happy with that. Remember to recycle them! Microwave in the morning breakfast area to heat up.your own milk would be nice. Food was very very good. The bus tape recording is excellent and very well done so thanks for that. Doors outside the rooms can be noisy at night.

March 2018
Staff were all great and looked after us well. Food was really good. Maybe have some bread and butter on the table? But fish on the Thursday was really really good. Catered really well for vegetarians. The sushi canapes were amazing!

March 2018
All very good and we had everything we needed. Staff were all really good. Always seemed to be on good form. Food was fantastic. Particularly the children were all very happy with what they were eating too. Beef was delicious as was the fish. The canapés were very tasty too and just enough to get us going. Bigger mugs in the morning would be ideal but other than that it was all great!

March 2018
Overall superb holiday but Grenoble airport this week gave a poor first impression. Small shabby understaffed airport with unpleasant passport controllers.. Various ski hire companies used. Probably Mattis the most popular, Snowberry ok but expensive. Lessons with Gavin from TDC very good with just 6 in a group. Mark from Evo2 also very good for private lessons. Oxygene good for lessons – however the girls wanted hot Max but were told he was not available! They were given an older chap much to their disappointment. A touring day with Thomas from Alpine Experience very good. Chalet staff really super. Very kind helpful and chatty without being pushy. A good team with good morale. Murray’s food all very good, delicious, vegetarian option excellent. Gold star food, really first class. Some radiators are tepid and it’s difficult to know which way to turn radiator knob to heat. Some banging doors at all hours of the night.

March 2018
Snowberry – I have my own boots but the skis were great. Great lesson with Jerome at Top Ski, would defiantly recommend him. Very nice chalet staff, very helpful during dinner service and canapés. Fantastic food all week, the food came out hot which was great seeing how big Chardons is. Night off meal at Baraque, ludicrously expensive. We went based on John’s recommendation but would not recommend it to anyone else. Lovely having a view of the church from the room.

March 2018
Snowberry for ski hire. Had to change skis once but fine. Lovely chalet staff, nothing was too much to ask. Really nice meals all week. It was nice to have bread, tea, coffee and the guest fridge was great as you could get food when you wanted. Baraque for night off, tasty food but expensive for what it was.

March 2018
Intersport, skis and service fine. Chalet staff very helpful. The girls do a really good job cleaning our room. All the food was excellent, the canapés were really nice particularly the filo pastry one.

March 2018
Ski hire from Mattis, skis were fine, nothing amazing but good. Chardons staff were all fantastic but the room was tiny with a folding door which is too small. Couldn’t even fit a suitcase on the floor. But the food was great, portion size was great and you don’t end up feeling stuffed at the end of the meal.

March 2018
Snowberry really good service and skis. Chardons all good, rooms were tidied very well. Amazing food all week. Loved the fish and the chocolate fondant. Cakes were really amazing. Asked for bigger portions and got them which was great. Lessons with Snow Sport Tignes. We found it online as it was the cheapest available. They came to Val and met us at snow square. Fondu Factory for night off – really enjoyed the meal and atmosphere.

March 2018
Ski hire with Mountain Pro shop as we wanted specialist off-piste equipment and skis. They were really really good skis. Dinner service at the chalet was excellent.

March 2018
Oxygene ski hire, had to change boots and skis four times before they got the right size, they always came up too big. Oxygene lessons with Yuri were great, would go with them again.

March 2018
Intersport skis were fine, no issues with them or the price. Grand Ours e for meal out, very good food but not cheap and not as good as the chalet food! Chalet cutlery is looking really old! Not a great layout in the lounge with the big sofas and small entrance.

March 2018
Snowberry ski hire ordered online, but they either thought I wouldn’t notice or had ran out of the skis I wanted so had to issue me a refund for the difference in price. Every day we were woken up by the bread van pulling up outside the chalet, not by the noise of the engine but the sound of the radio that the driver had on very very loud!

March 2018
Jean Sport all good, really good location for Les Chardons. Our room was kept really nice by the staff. Not sure why there are shower curtains, it would be much more comfortable with a door that doesn’t stick to you when you shower. Chardons is starting to look a bit aged. Chalet staff were great and made the room really comfortable. Lovely food all week, deserts were particularly nice, couldn’t pick a favourite. I used a hairdryer at the beginning of the week but on the second day someone must have taken it and not replaced it. Should make sure someone returns them or one for each room would be great. Baraque for night off, despite the very expensive prices for everything I really liked it, enjoyed the singer.

March 2018
Ski Republic, changed boots once but they were fine with that and the second boots were great. Chalet staff are fantastic, rooms were immaculately cleaned. Really good food all week, steak was favourite meal of the week. The staff were really good. Plenty of room for bags and storage. Excellent food. A group of us went to Fondue Factory, good service and food. The Sherborne office helped us book and get a large table. Our duvet was smaller than the sheet so we ended up with one of us with just a sheet and another with all the duvet!

March 2018
All tidy, no problems with the rooms at all, the same as every year. Improved canapés from last year which I didn’t think was possible! Favourite this ear was the sushi and filo pastry canapés. Seemed to run out of fruit not sure if that was supply issues or just hadn’t been put out but more fruit would have been great. Great bunch of people as usual at YSE.

March 2018
Sophie was really sweet. Dinner service was good and the staff couldn’t be more helpful. Evening meals were great – couldn’t pick a favourite, they were all great. Les Tufs was great for night off, hadn’t been there before but was a really nice meal. Our shower was at times temperamental.

March 2018
Grand Ourse was awesome, it should be recommended to all Chardons guests. Layout of the snug and lounge – how about you move the bar to the back of the room which will allow more space during canapés. Could knock through the guest kitchen and the boot room to make a bigger seating area with the tv and then move the boot room to the snug.

March 2018
Been before, nice to see some familiar faces. Murray seems to get better every year which is incredible. All the staff were superb during the week at looking after us. Especially Sean who is an excellent individual, has the gift of the gab and will go far for sure. Thanks all round!

March 2018
It was all very enjoyable. The food was lovely and they even made me a birthday cake. No supplement for single room was great! Will definitely come again! It really was wonderful. Chalet was fabulous, with a fabulous team! Food was incredible and we could rave about it all day. Snowberry pick-up service was great too!

March 2018
It was excellent, cooking was superb, all very tasty and enjoyable. Staff were all great at looking after us. They were all diligent and helpful. Precision ski was fine. Chalet was comfortable but maybe a little too hot around dinner time. Food was excellent! Even things I didn’t fancy I still enjoyed! All very good and thanks for a great time!

March 2018
Jean Sport was fabulous! So handy for Chardons especially with the discount. The chalet was excellent. Comfortable, warm and tidy which was great. Team were all very good. Shower curtain was rubbish in the bathroom – a screen would work better. The food was amazing every night. Credit to the chefs! Team were all great and lovely at looking after us. The staff have a real can do attitude, really positive and flexible! La Baraque for the night off was horrendous! We would never eat there again! Very disappointed.

March 2018
Chalet is a little basic and cramped. Very hot! Window had to be opened all the time. Food was absolutely superb. Every day was a better meal than before. Astonishingly good. Catered superbly for my dietary requirement which was very much appreciated. Literally couldn’t pick a favourite it was so good. Team were all great in the chalet. Sean was particularly lovely and a top guy! All of them were great though. All happy and a great week all round!

March 2018
Chalet was great for us. Really it ticked all the boxes for us! Food was good. Portions could be a little bigger but we enjoyed the food none the less. I did miss the beef wellington on the Saturday night though. The desserts were excellent and the lemon tart was particularly good. The team were all great. We went for a big lunch at Le Signal one day. Excellent as usual!

March 2018
Chalet was excellent, as always. Room 2 is a nice room! Food was better this year than previous years although portions not as big! Harry’s puddings were all delicious. Breakfasts were really good and prompt, cooking it right there. Salmon was very good as was the beef! Really liked the gnocchi but all were delicious. Chalet staff were really good. Sean in particular was very natural and welcoming to us all. Also a shoutout to Emma who was great too. Everyone was great though they just stood out to us. Really good service from Precision Ski who were just around the corner. YSE website was very slow at keeping us updated on the flight last Sunday.

March 2018
Chalet was good. Room was quite awkward as the chest of drawers imposed over the bathroom doorway. A couple more hooks on the wall would be great. Food was tasty and a lot of thought put into it. Didn’t like the weird dessert last night though! Staff were great. A special mention to Sean, Ellie and Emma! Name badges would be great though. Air conditioning on coach please! Been with you before and will be back!

March 2018
Room and chalet was very good. A little on the small side but that’s understandable given the location! Food was very good. Well varied menu and well presented. Staff were all very nice and charming. Old Yates-Smith has trained them well! Fondue factory was all right. Ambiance was fine. Would give it 3 stars. Nothing but praise for YSE! Thanks.

March 2018
Chalet was very good. Shared a room a bit on the small side but it was all very good. Food was delicious. This year the food was even better than last. Breakfast was served very quickly, which was great. Staff were all very very good. Couldn’t have asked for more. A group of us are already booking for next year!

March 2018
Food was excellent actually, a very good selection and just the type of food I enjoy! Staff were exceptionally good. I will be back!

March 2018
Chalet was very good. Rooms were comfortable. Food was very nice all week. Salmon was delicious, beef cheek was delicious and the beef fillet was excellent. Soup on the first night was awesome and the paté was super as well. Staff were all very very good. Looked after us well. An ice machine in the bar area would be nice. Boot warmer brilliant. Snowberry very good and helpful!

February 2018
Sunday transfers are great! Chardons was great. Murray did a fantastic job. Breakfasts were exceptionally good as was the afternoon tea! Chalet was very good with comfortable rooms and living spaces. The girls are so good, all of them were brilliant.

February 2018
Snowberry good with decent equipment, saved loads with pre booking! Mattis sport were very good with good equipment. Oxygene top notch equipment. Oxygene instructor Alice super with great English. TDC Gavin really good. Pro Snowboarding super. Chalet was lovely although it was a bit noisy. Food was excellent, favourite was the hake which was delicious! The food is the best thing about the holiday. Girls were great and even brought ice for my knee every night!Alsace was great for dinner.

February 2018
Mattis Sport looked after us very well as usual. Got brand new skis mid week. New intersport sport shop is excellent with great staff. Food was all delicious. I thought the hake was a delicious meal and a good substitute for the salmon. Exceptional croissants! Staff were really good. As usual all really good!

February 2018
A day off-piste, skis from Jean Sport were great. Morning guiding with Chris and Wayne. Both excellent. Progression ski also very good. Chalet was absolutely fine. All staff were very good friendly, helpful, smiley and cheerful. Menu all delicious. Hake was amazing! White wine is never cold enough! When its -25 outside it’s a difficult achievement! Other than that another great week.

February 2018
The food was excellent. Cleared every plate! I loved everything even though it wasn’t my style of food. Staff all super helpful. If they didn’t have an answer they would go and find it. All super and very much appreciated. Corniche was nice but nowhere near what we were having in Chardons. Nespresso machines were excellent!

February 2018
Intersport Mattis were very good. Lessons with New Gen, Callum and Ross were super Chardons was nice and comfortable. Boot room area is a bit awkward if there is more than one or two people there. Staff were all pleasant and polite and looked after us fabulously. Food was beautiful and excellent. All superb and enjoyable! Enjoyed every minute.

February 2018
Hostel-like and basic and a little loud outside. But it’s a great place. Superb food and hospitality from the staff more than made up for it! All round I am a happy customer.

February 2018
Chalet was spacious and comfortable. Staff helpful and friendly. Food excellent, fillet of beef was superb! All meals were delicious.

February 2018
Chalet staff are super super helpful, relaxed and efficient. Helped us book restaurants and were all lovely. Excellent food all week. Favourite meals were the beef and the duck, the chocolate mousse. Porridge was really nice. Never short of food, good to have bread and cake downstairs if hungry during the day. Veggie option was really good all week. Really good children’s meals and so helpful that they could do an adult meal when we wanted to eat with the children. Nice gesture that for a birthday they made a cake and turned off the lights – really appreciated. A chair in the boot room would be useful. Ski shops: Snowberry more difficult than last year as you could book online and pay instore but this year you had to pay online, otherwise no issues, quick service. Killy sport, all good, nice skis. Mattis – excellent.

February 2018
We skied the Saturday morning in Le Fornet and quite literally had no-one there but us and the lifties who were all tucked away in their little huts. The pistes had absolutely no-one on them and boot deep powder for our family to enjoy…! Thanks for a great week as always

February 2018
We stayed at the Chardons last week with you. I wanted to text you to thank you personally. After being somewhat of a Val veteran, staying countless times with … and at the …, the service with YSE topped them all. The Chardons was perfectly located, and just as described. Murray and his team looked after us very well, and the food was impeccable. All-in-all the best package holiday experience I have had to date. Thank you for making the investment in our half term family holiday pay off. Very likely see you next year!!

February 2018
Ski shops: Precision (Oakleys) booked online, seems to be quiet on a Sunday night as opposed to other ski shops we have used in Val d’Isère. Snowberry, prebooked online so we knew what we were getting and as good as we expected. Ski Set, wouldn’t recommend, not helpful. Jean Sport, good, easy location. Why don’t YSE recommend them? Killy is chaotic, wouldn’t go back. Mattis ok, happy with the service but not hugely helpful with beginners. Chalet staff: room was really tidy every day, all fabulous. Chalet food: fantastic as always. Very nice birthday cake was made and appreciated. Restaurants: Samovar food was good but slow. Corniche very good food, been there before, better than last time. Les Tufs was a nice meal would go again, slowish service. Le Lodge very good would recommend.

February 2018
Chalet – perfect. Been there many times. Clean, tidy, good and comfortable. It’s the best located chalet in my opinion. Chardons bootwarmer is great. As good as ever. Wonderful set of chalet girls! Friendly, nice and helpful. Laughed at our crap jokes so kudos for that! Excellent food. Asked for more and got more. A lot of strong flavours going on. Breakfasts were wonderful. Chocolate and banana cake was delicious! Best one of the week. The food was insane! Veggie was v good! Everything was 10/10 from us! Very good food. Ski hire – Intersport Mattis really good and decent equipment. Jean Sport brilliant, been there for years. All stuff ready and swapped our skis mid week. Snowberry always nice and good. Oxygene were good service. Ski school – Al at Mountain Masters wonderful as always. Alpine Experience’s Wayne is great, used for many years. Richard Harrison really really good, took us some fun places! Max from Oxygene really good. Definitely recommend him. Tdc Dan great for a private lesson, and Joe very good. First time with YSE and very happy. Really good week all round. Back in April!

January 2018
Food outstanding, wonderful combination of flavours. Breakfast cooked in the dining area works very well. The girls were friendly and nice, and super at keeping the rooms beautifully tidy and spotless. Good week overall, good weather, good snow. Will be back for more of Murray’s outstanding meals! Jean Sport and Snowberry also good for ski hire.

January 2018
Ski hire: Snowberry excellent, expensive but good equipment none the less. Oxygene good service and supportive. Precision pretty good and very close! Mattis really good. Jean Sport handy for Chardons. Ski School: Oxygene Roberto good English and a great teacher. ESF Cedric and Laurent good English and top notch instructors. Oxygene’s Quentin, really nice instructor. Wasn’t proactive to teach. Lovely eyes though!!! Chalet good, room was nice and comfortable. Really good value for money. Good location especially for the Moris pub!!! Staff are very good, rooms beautifully cleaned and tidied every day. Gave us some resort tips and knowledge which was great! Excellent outstanding! Maybe offer some brown bread. Fruit selection was great! Murray is an excellent chef and so is the rest of the team. Wine was good as well. Food was delicious! Accomodating when asking to have soemthing different. Murray was superb his food is excellent. Wine was nice and drinkable. Really happy and will be back! Great time all round. Transfers seamless and smooth. Excellent holiday!

January 2018
Just returned from out first trip with YSE. Stayed at Chalet Les Chardons. From first to last what a great experience. Travel, staff, accommodation, food, all excellent, and despite the weather we managed to ski a little. Your daily email is a terrific marketing tool. We will return in March if space available. Thanks.

January 2018
Ski hire – Intersport very good equipment, helpful and quick service. Snowberry very good and helpful and really good gear. Jean Sport v good and great boots – bought boots there and got 20% off as we were hiring. Skiset Killy Sport great and good equipment. Pre-booked and no problem with Oxygene. Ski school – Ben at tdc really good. Oxygene lessons were really good. Mauricio was great. Excellent English. Chalet – fantastic. Everything we wanted. Nice group of people to mix with. Clean and tidy every day! Comfortable and warm. Good location. Clean rooms and good showers. Straightforward, no frills – exactly what you need. Nice and quiet and peaceful. Chalet girls – all super and very helpful! Really nice, always helpful and gracious. Very nice and smiled all the time. They did a good job! Food – exceptional, gluten-free and veggies catered for well. Food was just astonishing. Good variety and tasty. Picky eater but still enjoyed almost all the food! Murray cooking eggs in the morning is just fantastic. Murray was rumoured to be the best and he certainly lived up to the expectation. Superb all round! Well done to Ben and Andrew on the cakes and canapés. All very well made.

January 2018
Thank you for sorting out the lift passes. Very much appreciated. Good holiday all round! Always someone to help at all times. Defo would come back! Getting money back for the lift passes was a great service! A very slick operation all round.

January 2018
Good chalet and phenomenal food. Really helpful girls. Clean and tidy. Special shout out to Chloe and Zinnia for being super all round. This is our third time there. Very good. Really good value and impressed. Banana choc cake was amazing. Carrot cake was class. Thanks to Murray for some top-notch food. Snowberry very good for ski hire.

January 2018
Ski Hire – Mattis absolutely great, greeted like long lost friends Skimium, very happy with the service. Killy Sport great and excellent equipment. Snowberry excellent and very efficient! Jean Sport excellent and handy for the chalet with good equipment. Ski Lessons at New Gen with Emerick, Mike and Julien – all friendly and helpful with perfect English. Really excellent. Alpine Experience with Chris really nice. TDC Jo was very good. Alpine guides excellent. Chris and Wayne top notch. Mountain Masters’ Edward great. Chalet clean and tidy. Maybe worth asking people to be more courteous about closing doors. Rooms are small but cosy, warm and clean. Murray is very good and working hard. Joss is doing a super job helping him. Enjoyed it and will come again! Staff – very nice, great bunch, very friendly. They all seem very positive all the time which is nice to see. Helpful with lady who was injured. Kept the wine topped up! Food service was great. Very competent and nothing too much trouble. Chloe was sweet and got us a wine chiller (why no chilled white wine?). Staff are very friendly and accommodating. Murray is a great chalet manager and his food is outstanding! Beef was quality! Catered very well for people wanting no gluten or garlic. Food amazing and fantastic and a good balance of dishes. More croissants? Overall one of the best I’ve ever stayed in! Had a good meal in Chez Paulo – reasonably priced and decent meal. Chez Nano pizza takeaway also delicious! Kept informed about the extreme weather conditions. All been super and a great trip overall. Very well run and well done to all! Transfers all good as well. Restaurants – 1789 food very good. Slightly cramped. Baraque for anniversary meal. Music was great and top atmosphere. Peau de Vache stands out. Genepi free. Top of Chaudannes restaurant. Food was superb. Casa le Scara has excellent food and service in the restaurant. Fromagerie very good food and service, as is Le Lodge. Atelier for dinner. Really amazing. Chez Paulo tasty and good service. Fairly simple but that’s what we wanted. Great holiday all round! Would come back to Val d’Isere over Les Trois Vallées.

January 2018
It was a wonderful four-day break. The team at Les Chardons are absolutely brilliant. The girls are lovely, the place is spotless, they are friendly and cheerful and helpful. Nothing is ever too much trouble. My abiding memory is little Chloe staggering down the stairs with our suitcases! Beth’s lovely. They’re all lovely. They are just such nice people! Murray’s food is unbelievable, so interesting, varied and delicious. Even his porridge is amazing! One of us would have enjoyed more variety at breakfast – mushrooms instead of tomatoes occasionally perhaps? – and some of the young people would have eaten more if they’d been able to. Murray possibly underestimates how delicious his food is and how much of it some people can eat! Well, why don’t YSE have mugs? (Long argument on virtues of mugs – 30cl – versus tea cups – 28cl!). His vegetarian food is just fabulous – we loved every bit of it. Snowberry are brilliant and we really appreciated their collection service. Skimium and Jean Sports are also excellent.

December 2017
Fantastic! Food amazing! Every meal was fabulous. Attention to detail is amazing and presentation brilliant. Flavour combinations delicious and portion sizes perfect. Chef Murray as fab as last year. Loved his new haircut and mini me. Everyone loved all the canapes and the cafe gourmande. Other stand outs were the asparagus filo canapes, pate starter, duck breast and beef cheek. All staff absolutely great. A great team and nothing too much trouble. Great to see them all getting on, particularly the girls during dinner service. An efficient service with a warm chalet atmosphere compared to a normal hotel. All the girls are helpful, lovely and friendly. Nothing’s a problem. Chloe is a particular stand out, chatty and nice and always on the ball. Rooms were spotless. Windows particularly clean, beautiful loo roll pyramids! Girls v helpful when our duvet needed changing to a kingsize – done as soon as we asked. Chalet quite basic but service and team make up for it.

December 2017
The food was fantastic, and Murray’s cooking is better than ever. He has upped his game still higher. The girls were absolutely fabulous, lovely, brilliant, smiley and charming. They couldn’t do enough to help. The place was spotless. The boys in the dungeon were also doing a superb job. Emma was leading her team amazingly well. A wonderful week. We’ll be back for the start of the season next year.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
This was our first visit to Les Chardons and my teenage son and I had a twin room with our own shower and basin and sharing a toilet with one other room. This saved us £90 each so £180 for the week which added to the value I already felt we had. The chalet hotel is very old, located round the corner from the 17th century church in a really quiet part of the town. In the mornings you can put your warmed boots and gloves on, pick up your skis and walk out the front door, turn right and be on the nursery slopes within a short walk. From our 1st floor window we could see the early sun hitting the top of the east facing Bellevarde slope in the morning. The room was immaculately clean with comfy beds and crisp white bedding with lots of hot water. Christina, Murray and their team looked after us exceptionally well from the moment we arrived. Murray who is the chef presented us with delicious food all week from tasty cooked breakfasts to gourmet three course dinners with canapés beforehand. We both felt very spoilt. We met some lovely guests in the chalet and by the end of the week really thought of it as our home. We feel very lucky to have stumbled upon this chalet and its resident dream team.

April 2017
We have had a wonderful holiday, and can’t wait to come back. Christina runs the place unbelievably well. She is so charming and incredibly efficient, remembers everything and looks after each and every guest so they really feel cared for. The food was fabulous, absolutely fabulous, lighter than in many chalets, but with perfect portion sizes. The vegetarian cooking was superb. The chalet girls (and boy) are all lovely. They are so friendly, smiley, attentive and helpful. All of them were hard-working and quite charming.

April 2017
We have just come back from a really great week in Val d’Isere with you, staying at Les Chardons. Christina and her team looked after us very well and Murray and the kitchen crew always amazed us with some delicious food. All of this after a long season with only 1 week to go; it could have been week 3 or 4. Despite some concerns on what the snow would be like, (including some worried looks up at Les Arcs and La Plagne as we drove in!) our faith that there would be good snow left in Val this late was justified (backed up by John’s constant stream of “don’t worry” photo emails!). We found good snow every day and even some fresh-ish powder up on the Grande Motte. It is the first time I have been back to Val d’Isere in a few years (err, like 15…) despite trying, as the family and friends like Austria… Judging from the reaction from family, I think we may be back next year. Thanks very much again to all of you at YSE, here in the UK and in France.

April 2017
Everything was amazing. Christina runs the chalet-hotel beautifully. She is so lovely and dresses much more smartly than her guests! The girls are all helpful, happy, smiley and friendly. We thought the food in Les Chardons couldn’t get any better, but it has. It is lighter and less rich than in the past, really interesting and well-balanced, though the teenagers would probably have eaten slightly bigger portions… The breakfasts cooked to order before your eyes are brilliant, as are the duck, boeuf en croûte, salmon, pork belly – everything Murray cooked. Tamara from Oxygène, Scott from tdc and Yann le Bozec were all brilliant intructors. We had fab lunches in Edelweiss, Trifollet and Arolay.

April 2017
My thanks again John to you and the whole Chardons team for looking after us all so superbly throughout our week with you. Good luck for the rest of the season.

April 2017
That was our best-ever ski holiday! The chalet-hotel is great in every respect. The location is of course unbelievable, but the rooms are nice, the atmosphere is lovely, the staff are a delight and the food is quite fantastic! Christina runs it wonderfully. She is warm and kind and thoughtful, but also very hard-working and with an amazing eye for detail. She doesn’t miss a thing, and is super-professional, but also welcoming and lovely. A squeaky door mentioned in the morning was un-squeaked by afternoon! The girls are fantastic – so kind and friendly and helpful and nice, but they also keep the place absolutely spotless. Murray is an amazing chef. The food is quite superb. It was all delicious, from the eggs at breakfast to the sushi canapés, boeuf en croûte, puddings, cakes – everything. His menu is interesting and well balanced. His portioning is spot-on. You never felt hungry or bloated! Snowberry and Mattis were both excellent, and Surefoot totally saved a lady’s skiing career by sorting out her painful foot for 15€. “The best 15€ I’ve ever spent!” Good meals at the Casa Scara, Vieille Maison, Fondue Factory, Sur La Montagne and Grand Cocor. Fun drinks at the Blizzard, Cave and Folie.

March 2017
Just wanted to say thank you again to Christina, Murray and all the team at Les Chardons who did such a splendid job of looking after us last week. Also the wider YSE team – it’s rare to get looked after from outbound check in to return check in!

March 2017
Food is phenomenal, really good, absolutely fantastic, great portion sizes, not too much, excellent. Best scrambled egg I’ve ever had! The pork was exceptional, we really enjoyed the lighter meals during the week too. Vegetarian food was inventive and really tasty all week – superb! The cheese board we paid extra for one night was so good, lots of cheese, plenty on offer, great little extra that is worth paying for. The chalet girls are so friendly, really helpful, couldn’t ask for more, it felt genuine when they asked about your day, they were happy to help always, great group of girls. Christina is very good indeed, organised and has everything running as it should. The location is great and it’s so nice to be in the middle of the village, with a view of the church. This was our first time with YSE – will come back again.

March 2017
Christina couldn’t be more helpful, she’s a great addition to staying at Les Chardons this season. The staff are always bright and cheerful, and nothing is too much trouble.

February 2017
Chardons is nice and sociable for a single person. The food was great – especially the beef Wellington, belly pork, cakes, brownies, carrot cake – all good. Christina is very knowledgeable and very helpful with any queries. I had one-to-one lessons for the whole week with Richard Harrison – from total beginner to skiing down red runs in a white-out on the last day – great way to learn to ski!

February 2017
I think I now have the energy to write and thank YSE for the most wonderful week at Les Chardons – a first for us with YSE and also skiing. Our children have been with YSE before and this time they dragged their parents along. Learning to ski at the age of 52 was actually quite tough but good for my daughters to see their mother completely out of her comfort zone (and most of the time grovelling on the ground in the snow) and they were very sweet telling me each day I was getting a  little bit better! We loved every minute of it and the accommodation, food, transport, was perfect. The girls and Christina looked after us superbly and the food was superb. The ski school was great and my teacher was tolerant to say the least. My husband dislocated his shoulder on the last day and the medical team were superb. John’s advice on taking out the daily insurance was invaluable.

February 2017
Murray did a great job with children’s food. Children ate at six and enjoyed everything, and parents felt they were safe left in their room while adults ate later. Overall the food was fantastic – the big favourite being the duck closely followed by the fillet steak and the salmon. Puddings, canapés, cakes – all excellent. The chalet staff work together as a very good team and seem happy and helpful which creates a happy environment for guests. The rooms are tidied very well, and the staff are attentive and pleasant.

February 2017
We have had an amazing holiday staying with you at Les Chardons. The location, food and all your staff are superb! We will definitely be returning customers.

February 2017
We had a cracking time, a lovely week, an incredible week, everything was fantastic, we loved Les Chardons, the rooms are excellent, the location is fabulous, Christina runs the place wonderfully – she’s so nice and so efficient – the girls are all absolutely lovely, amazing, super people, always smiling… Ella is Mary Poppins! The chalet was always spotless. Murray’s food was wonderful, so varied, superb gourmet cooking, like eating in a top restaurant every night. The gluten-free, no-sugar, fat-free, lactose-free etc group were beautifully catered for. The canapés, French onion soup, cakes, breakfasts, salmon, lemon tart, beef, duck and absolutely everything were favourites. Brilliant breakfasts. Couldn’t fault any of it. It’s like your own chalet but more fun. For eating out the Cascade is great and amazing value. The Taverne d’Alsace is good. The Farm Shop and the bar next door in Val Village do delicious local food at very reasonable prices. Snowberry was exemplary. Best boots ever! Amazing atmosphere in that shop. Phill Rigby from Mountain Masters was brilliant, as were Olivier and Philippe. Niki at ESF has made a huge difference. Rich and Ellie from New Generation are superb.

February 2017
A wonderful holiday. Everything was delightful. Christina is ever-present, calm and knowledgeable, and the whole team was really friendly, smiley and helpful – the best team yet at Les Chardons. Murray’s food is amazing and so varied. Wonderful omelettes at breakfast, and his puddings are fab. His portions are perfect. The best restaurant in Val dIsère! Excellent ski lessons from Franz and Philippe at the ESF and Luca from Oxygène. Les Clochetons is an excellent restaurant for the night-off. Lovely food, the best value in town, and they collect you and bring you home.

January 2017
We all had a fabulous holiday! Christina runs the chalet-hotel wonderfully. She is so efficient, smiley and charming, and her girls are just brilliant. They go the extra mile and make the place a delight. It is spotlessly clean. One person in our group said in the morning that it would be nice if his room had more hooks, and was amazed to find extra hooks screwed to his wall by tea-time. The couple who got engaged were blown away to find their table specially decorated for dinner! The food is amazing, fantastic, delicious – the best yet over 8 or 9 YSE holidays. The portions were perfect, the Asian slant was much appreciated, and so were the perfect soft-boiled eggs at breakfast! All was perfect, the cakes delicious! The vegetarian food was very, very good – as good as, if not better than, the normal food! Snowberry, Mattis and Precision were all very good. Most people went to Snowberry and said it was brilliant. L’Arbre de Vie is an excellent and little-known restaurant (excellent steak). It is near the XV, which is a great bar. And l’Ouillette is a fab place for lunch. The Tête de Solaise is never busy now that the lifts have moved, hence another good place for lunch.

January 2017
A note to say quite how fantastic our trip was in January. We stayed in Les Chardons and the staff, the food and the general level of helpfulness and attentiveness was extraordinary. Snowberry for hire cannot be underestimated. I used to stay with YSE when I was 12 years old. I am now 31 and thrilled to report that YSE has only gone from strength to strength. We will definitely be back in 2018. Best to all the team at Les Chardons for the rest of the season, and huge thanks.

January 2017
Highlight of the week – Murray’s food!!! Truly amazing, outstanding and the best ever. The chalet girls are smiley and the rooms cleaned and tidied beautifully. Very helpful and supportive.

January 2017
A wonderful week, superb staff, all charming, efficient and willing to find out anything they don’t already know. Fantastic food. Great chef. The girls were quite outstanding – their personal touch and ability to remember names were extraordinary! I could have eaten more, but probably shouldn’t!

January 2017
The chalet staff are chirpy and very helpful, particularly at the end of the week. The food is excellent and well-portioned and timings for the meals is good, though the dining room can feel crowded. The breakfast bar is a big hit and the lounge is great with good games for the kids.

December 2016
Used Snowberry, Snow Sports and Killy for ski hire – highly recommended and extremely helpful. Also ESF (Eric, Claude and Jean-Luc), Alpine Experience, Oxygene and New Gen for private, off-piste and one-to-one lessons. All really good. The chalet staff made the holiday, they are so attentive, helpful, chatty and knowledgeable. Murray’s food is superb, great portion sizes and variety. The salmon, pork and cakes are the highlights this week. Chardons is in a brilliant location.

Charlotte

Charlotte

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Really really enjoyed everything, it was a lovely holiday! The chalet was very clean, the upstairs bedrooms were lovely. Sometimes a little noisy with the UCPA opposite, but not disturbing. It would be nice to have a shower screen rather than a curtain in the downstairs bathroom. Also the second downstairs bedroom always seems hot no matter the setting on the heater. The chalet staff were exceptionally good, nice to talk to. The food was really lovely, and such a treat every night. Anna’s gluten free food was wonderful. She made amazing cakes – especially the carrot cake. Over all our favourites were the pork belly and beef cheek and all of the canapés. We had a mind-blowing dégustation at Atelier d’Edmond. Also Etincelle was amazing for lunch. Edelwisse too plus the service was amazing. We went twice and the waiter remembered us as soon as we walked in the door. Fruiterie was the worst of the week with bad food, bad service, overpriced, noisy. One person even found a rubber band in his soup! We used Snowberry for adult skis and Matisse for the kids – both very good equipment and service. TDC’s Rich was a wonderful instructor, so cool, calm and collected and the girls really liked him and their skiing really improved. They had Gavin for a day too and he was equally good.

March 2018
Snowberry ski hire, they were good skis which we would expect from Snowberry. We had a good on-piste lesson with Mountain Masters Claire. The chalet staff were lovely. The chalet was kept tidy and was well run. The staff were helpful – so when we said a towel rail didn’t work it was changed the next day. The food was very good as always. We’ve been with YSE before and the good food is what we have come to expect! The Victoria sponge was particularly good, and the duck and beef filet. Night off meal at the Casa Scara: really nice restaurant that we would recommend. The service was great and the staff were lovely.

March 2018
Mattis good for ski hire, great location for changing equipment. Efficient, perfect, first time we’ve ever been given the right boots first time, they must be very experienced. It was actually such a relief going there was it was so smooth. Precision – booked online at one store but we were moved to another as they had run out of equipment, but what we ended up with was all fine. Chalet Charlotte very good, lovely, really nice. Quite creaky but great location! Possibly the best spot in town. The stairs need some grips on them. The girls were both great! Looked after us very well. Laura kept the chalet spotless and is very organised, easy going and friendly. Anna is very talented, unbelievable, amazzzzzzzzing. We wanted to take her home! Favourites were the pork belly (cooked to perfection), beef fillet, blackberry parfait which was lovely, and vegan cheesecake, and all canapés. Gluten and dairy-free was frustrating for breakfasts but all other special dietary food was great. Restaurants – Flash Pizza for eating in as we love the atmosphere there, the pizzas are great, the place is quirky in a good way, and the waiter has lots of stories about cycling all over the world. Marmottes and Cascade firm favourites for lunches, as is Chevalot, loved the sleek service, delicious food and that the waiters actually speak French to you. La Sachette had incredible pizzas which we couldn’t stop thinking about!

March 2018
Laura was great at cleaning and the chalet was always kept nice. Anna’s food was brilliant, better than restaurant quality. The fire didn’t work, when it was lit it filled the room full of smoke. Even the chalet staff struggled. Also very hot due to the underfloor heating. Noisy UCPA opposite. Mugs and glasses would be better than the current ‘thimbles’. Victors 2-for-1 cocktails were a great find. Snowberry – three people had to change skis which wasted time during the week, but after that skis were much better. Lessons with Progression’s Rogerio Rossi. Great lessons, learned a lot, good English.

February 2018
Chalet kept clean and tidy every day. Laura was great to have around. Food was amazing, favourites were beef cheek and duck. La Vieille Maison for the night off, brilliant, been three times before, would recommend again. Burger at Morris was surprisingly good. Been coming with YSE for 10 years and it’s been great every year. Snowberry, good service. Had problem with shoes and someone else with boots but they changed them no problem. Really useful to use their driver service as it makes Sunday far easier.

February 2018
YSE always say: “if you have a complaint we would prefer to hear about it straight away.” I do not have any complaints but I do have some compliments. As no direction was given how to deliver these, I have used my own initiative and extrapolated your complaint directive to include that for compliments, Our chalet girls, Hannah and Lauren, are excellent, as is the chalet. However, it is the charming Hannah’s cooking that is the real reason for this missive. It is truly exceptional. It is both delicious and perfectly presented. We watch her prep and cook the food with a sense of style and precision with the end result being a superb plate of food, worthy of any leading restaurant. I have been coming annually to Val d’Isere for the last 37 years and never stayed at a YSE chalet. My mistake! But can you guarantee Hannah as the chalet girl on any return visit?

February 2018
Snowberry was a very good, nice skis, good service. Had a lesson with tdc Ben who was good. Really tidy chalet all week, staff were really helpful. Anna’s food was great all week. Went to fondue factory for the night off – nice atmosphere and meal. Recommended Bon Santé for a massage but it was rubbish, they were not professional and it was not a good massage.

February 2018
Chalet staff were wonderful all week. Really tidy and the girls were fantastic. Food was really nice, especially last night’s beef. Can be noisy at night. Bananas for the night off – lots and lots of food which is good and a lift back after your meal.

February 2018
Chalet was good clean and warm but a bit mixed in facilities. Noisy at night. The chalet girls were superb. Cheerful and welcoming. Lucy and Charlotte made the chalet. Top notch! Food was excellent. Enjoyed it all throughout the week! Bread was nice and fresh. Marmalade was delicious! Last night beef was superb! Ski locker not big enough! Ski hire at Killy Sport fine. Changed boots and very helpful. Snowberry were okay. Good skis but not what we needed. Ski Set excellent with good equipment! Private lesson with Max was great! Oxygene’s Didier was really good with the nervous skiers. Evo 2 guiding off piste with Melvin was great. Oxygene’s Antoine very good with good English.

January 2018
Chalet Charlotte’s location is excellent. Some of the bedrooms were hot. It would be great if a motion sensor light could be installed at the entrance, as when it’s dark it’s impossible to see the door code. Charlotte and Lucy were excellent, absolutely brilliant. Charlotte kept the chalet very clean. Lucy’s food was amazing. Loved the 2017 Malbec, and both whites were great and fantastic that wines are local. Restaurants: Lavencher was excellent, especially now it’s been renovated. Very nice, great bar. Very close to the chalet. Victor’s was great especially the tuna, Fondu Factory amazing food, great atmosphere. We loved the ski museum. From YSE’s recommendation Cascade and Marmottes were favourite lunch places. Matisse for ski hire was very good, very good equipment and comfortable boots. Great value for money but lacking the slick Snowberry service. The service was very french.

January 2018
Mountain Pro good skis. And guide Giles Turlier great. Chalet super. Very lovely, happy chalet girls, good location near the bus stop. Food fantastic, all excellent. Carrot cake a favourite. Enjoyed salad starters, beef cheek, and the chocolate and orange fondant was to die for! Chez Paulo good for lunch. Service at La Corniche was slow.

January 2018
Everything was amazing. Everything we needed was there. We had an excellent holiday. Lucy and Charlotte were both great and looked after us well. We really appreciated the updates they provided throughout the week on the weather and lift openings. The food was all very good! We ate very well. The unanimous stand out of the week was the beef fillet on the last night. Every year we eat at Edelweiss and it was spectacular as always. We had steaks at 1789 which were great especially for a big group of guys. Loved Petit Danios and XV for drinks especially when the weather was bad. Really appreciated YSE organising the refunds on the ski passes.

January 2018
The chalet was great, cosy, lovely bedrooms upstairs. Full of weird cupboards! Both girls bubbly and friendly, great banter throughout the week and they really made the week. Lucy’s food was amazing. Great portions and always so tasty and she’s very accommodating to the fussy eaters. Maybe need more for breakfast and less for afternoon tea as we preferred to go to Cocorico (NB we can accommodate this if discussed with chalet staff – YSE). Loved the pancakes on the last morning. Snowberry very good and the ski hire process ran very smoothly. Precision Poudreuse also very good. One person had booked online at a cheaper price, so the staff price-matched this for rest of group. The staff Alexis and Pierre-Louis were super-helpful and friendly. Ski School: ESF’s Cyril for Snowboarding was really fantastic, very good at teaching and spoke great English. Went to Fondu Factory on night off and really enjoyed it.

January 2018
Intersport Mattis. Skis really good but the snowboard was a bit poor. Ski boots were great! Chalet warm and comfy. Beds were really comfortable. Upstairs bedrooms are lovely. Hatty and Lucy are excellent and the chalet was really clean. Really tasty food. Helpful in getting food and drink to us at the chalet. Extra brownies on the day off was a really nice touch. Baraque was top notch. Wine fantastic.

December 2017
We hired skis from Mattis who were super-quick and efficient. No charge for kids to change from skis to snowboards and keep skis! Wrist support advised for beginner snowboarding by pisteur. We are regular YSE guests but Hatty and Lucy best were the best ever. Gold stars! The food was magical. Our favourite was the duck but it was all exceptional. Chalet has improved since refurbished. With 2 injuries it was worth having Carrie Neige. The pisteurs and MediVal were very good.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Lara and Lucy are delightful – friendly and funny and great with the kids. They even looked after the children while we parents were eating. Lara’s food is amazing, really very, very good. We loved it all. The man who doesn’t like fish loved the salmon! The kids loved their food. They ate things they wouldn’t even try at home! The girls were really flexible and patient on timings, and on the one occasion when we hit the après a bit hard and were very late for dinner, met us at the door with large glasses of iced water!! Lucy looked after us really well. She’s always happy and smiley, and even brilliant at origami! Snowberry were fantastic. Quick, easy and afficient. And their end-of-week pick-up service is such a big advantage! The children had brilliant lessons from Manuel and Rachel of Progression. The four-hour lessons Progression do are such a good idea, because in a three-hour lesson about one hour is spent getting to the slopes and another getting back. We had excellent meals at the Edelweiss, Tête de Solaise, 1789, Baraque and Ouillette.

April 2017
A wonderful week. We loved the chalet and particularly the fab Lara and Lucy. They are both lovely and a great laugh! Lara’s food was absolutely wonderful. We loved the fillet of beef, the duck’s breast, the pork belly, all of her cakes – every single thing she cooked, in fact. Snowberry are the perfect hire shop. We enjoyed food at the Corniche and drinks at the Blizzard.

March 2017
Lara and Lucy work together as a very good team and we thought they were amazing, very helpful with our baby and generally excellent. Lara’s organisation in such a small kitchen is impressive. Her food was quite fantastic – the fishcakes were a big favourite. We got skis from snowberry – good service. Private ski guide Christopher Cardare was very good. Ginny from the Hotel Brussels gave a very good pregnancy massage. Chez Nano was good for the night out and we enjoyed lunches at the Solaise restaurant and Grand Orse.

February 2017
Chalet Charlotte was fantastic. This was my first chalet holiday – how can we go back to self-catering after that! Lara and Lucy were flexible and engaging and so nice, with great attention to detail, fixing things the same day we mentioned anything. The whole holiday was incredibly well-organised – ski passes, ski hire – all effortless, and the chalet was lovely. Our favourite meals were the duck and the pork belly, especially the crackling! The veggie food was gorgeous with fabulous flavours and variety. And the cakes were A-MAZ-ING! We love the bedside lights in the new upstairs bedrooms. Grand Cocor for the night out – enjoyed it! And the Taverne d’Alsace is a lovely place to unwind for pre-dinner drinks. One three-hour lesson for three people with Phill Harrison from Mountain Masters on our first day – he was brilliant and it was the best lesson ever. We’ve never had such attention to fitting hired boots as at Snowberry. The way they collect your skis at the end of the week is a bonus. We’ll be back!

February 2017
Lara and Hattie were both excellent, amazing, superb. Lovely girls with a great attitude. The chalet was spotless. The food was exceptional, knockout. Favourites were the beef, the white onion soup, the duck, the apple cake – but it was all lovely. Could YSE make it clearer that while guests have to pay for mixers, tonics etc, you’re happy to provide beer or soft drinks at dinner to those who don’t drink wine? Snowberry were tremendous. Nico from EV2 was a good instructor, and we had a very good dinner at the Corniche on the night off.

February 2017
The girls were excellent and looked after us brilliantly. Snowberry were very good, and allowed guests to change skis three times without a problem. Our Oxygene guide was brilliant.

January 2017
We had an amazing week! Lara and Hattie are lovely, really nice, very professional and very fun. Lara’s food is quite delicious. We photographed nearly every dish to make our friends jealous. The beef en croûte was to die for. Her cakes… I’ll dream about the lemon drizzle cake for weeks! Hattie keeps the chalet spotless. We loved La Baraque, had excellent lessons from Evolution 2’s Manu and from Martin McKay, and hired very happily from Snowberry.

January 2017
Hattie and Laura are both amazing. They make a great team. This was our best experience with YSE.

January 2017
What a fantastic week! The chalet is so nice now with its new bedroom and bathrooms. Lara and Hattie are brilliant, and Lara is a superb cook. We loved her beef en croute, chicken, scotch quails’ eggs, risotto, carrot cake – actually everything! And Hattie is lovely and keeps the chalet absolutely spotless!

December 2016
Lara and Catherine were absolutely lovely and ran the chalet brilliantly. Lara is a great chef and the food was amazing. Her slow cooked beef cheek and salmon were particularly good.

December 2016
This is a great little chalet and in such a good position! Lara and Catherine are perfect and looked after us very well. The chalet could not be cleaner and the food was excellent. Lara is a very good cook, an excellent hostess and very good company.

La Couchire

La Couchire

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Snowberry were really good for ski hire. Very organsised and a good pick up and drop off service. Couchire is comfortable, everything worked well (maybe slightly disjointed with the split levels?). Good sitting room and dining room. The bedroom beside the kitchen is small and quite noisy. Staff were brilliant, the best we have ever had. Emily was exceptional and couldn’t do enough. Food was brilliant and amazing! Harry is an unbelievable cook! All of it was stunning. We had a restaurateur friend who came for dinner most nights and he agreed it was exceptional. Tell John how good a chef Harry is! The owner of the chalet can gain access to the chalet, but over all a really good holiday.

March 2018
Intersport ski hire all good – we were put off by the prices at Snowberry. The chalet staff were great. Emily and Harry made a great combination and looked after us very well. The food was brilliant, pork belly was probably the favourite but in particular the deserts were very very nice. We ate out at Le Lodge – we had a booking for 9.30 but didn’t get seated till 10. Great meal though.

March 2018
Ski hire – the cost of Snowberry this year deterred us. We went to Matisse instead. Louise and Francois the ski tech provided amazing service and the same equipment we would have got at Snowberry. The Precision Freeride store – 1st set of equipment was awful, 2nd set was fine. The service was very French. Ski Republic on snowsquare – booked online and paid a deposit, then when one of our party didn’t come they made us pay for him anyway. But the equipment was fine, they let us swap with no problems. The location is great for skiing and swapping equipment. Chalet was great, especially for a mixed group as the bedrooms are very private. Our group got along very well! We had a great week, first rate, couldn’t knock anything. Chalet staff were very good, both of them were lovely. Connor and Emily are very chatty and warm, pleasant to be around. Food was very good, Connor is a good chef. Very nice – even for a fussy eater! It was amazing what Connor could create in such a small space! And he made it all look so easy even though it isn’t. Excellent wines! Restaurants – La Casserole lovely. Edelweiss for lunch was excellent, Marmottes was great! La Corniche was excellent, lovely atmosphere and great escargots, exactly what we expected. Grand Cocor fondue was very average, just a big bowl of cheese! Signal was very expensive with average food. La Santa was great for lunch.

March 2018
Emily very kind and helpful, she gave out her phone number to call her for help any time needed. She also helped with advice about the ski runs. We would have liked to know the menu for the next day in advance. Impressed with the potato dauphinois, the aubergine dish, sticky toffee pudding and salmon. Oxygene ski school fine. Ate lunch at Bellevarde twice but mainly went to the noodle bar in Tignes which was the best place for lunch. Night out was pizzas from Flash Pizza. We requested bottled water which arrived efficiently and was appreciated.

February 2018
Connor is a young Murray Slinn (with hair!) – his food was incredible and exceeded expectations. Beef cheek amazing, filet good, duck delicious, choc mousse fab. Emily’s cleaning outstanding, all perfect. Birthday party was super (great playlist!). A great team. Really enjoyed the holiday despite the weather which resulted in lots of apres. Les Tufs good for lunch, Casserole ok for night out.

February 2018
Snowberry ski hire with driver service was really good. Jean Sport also very good and flexible. Oxygene’s Jean-Pierre and Alberto were great, spoke really good English, enjoyed their lessons a lot. Alpine Experience were really nice people, but the lesson was far more challenging than we wanted. Maison Sport’s Arron T was brilliant. He runs the ski school and is a British ski racer. He was very empathetic and we loved the lesson.

February 2018
Connor very good and all meals excellent, chalet good in a nice quiet location. All very good but carrot coriander soup amazing. Cakes very good. Malbec wine delicious. L’Atelier bistro good for lunch. Barillion very good value, La Baraque very lively. Casserole good for raclette. Three days with Chris from Alpine Experience very good.

January 2018
Connor was amazing and all his meals excellent; he was calm and in control at all times and produced food better than any restaurant. His risotto is the best we’ve ever tasted, fillet steak last night outstanding. Both Connor and Emma are very professional, organised and very impressive. Attention to detail appreciated. Plenty of hooks, plug adapter in the room, etc. Emma kept the rooms beautifully tidy. We loved both of them. Had a booking at l’Atelier which was confirmed and credit card details given but when we arrived on the night off they told us there was no space. Very bizzare. Snowberry v good for ski hire.

January 2018
Connor’s food all very, very good. The blueberry crème brûlée was incredible. And leaving us a bourguignonne sauce for us to prepare on the day off was a lovely touch. Anna keeps the chalet tidier than we have ever seen anywhere. We didn’t know you even could coil an iPhone charger cable! Our children loved Enrico and Tamara from Oxygène, and we loved Al from Mountain Masters, whom we knew when he was a YSE ski guide many years ago. We always go to Snowberry because of the excellent customer service. However, this year, when we really could have used some of it, it wasn’t there. We were marooned in La Daille because of the avalanches. With breakfast at 8am and ski lessons at 9, it would have been a great help in rushing the children to ski school if we’d been able to leave two little pairs of Snowberry children’s boots in the shop overnight, and we are sure that Susan had she been there would have allowed this, but the manageress was adamant that we couldn’t and was not going to budge!

January 2018
Snowberry great for ski hire. Very impressed by Anna’s cooking by FaceTime the night we were snowed-in without a chef – she was a superstar. Harry’s cooking is amazing. Top marks for food considering the size of the kitchen. Gnocchi and mushroom stroganoff favourites for the vegetarians. Lift pass refund greatly appreciated after two days’ piste closure. Samovar not great. Bistro at L’Atelier was great when we were snowed-in at Le Fornet.

January 2018
Two days’ ski hire from snowberry. Fine. Harry cooked Sunday but then Anna was stranded with the guests due to the extreme snowfall. She was a bit anxious about cooking but she did brilliantly – sincere congratulations. When Harry got back into the chalet we loved the pork and beef, but all was outstanding. Signal mountain restaurant very good.

January 2018
Ski hire: Snowberry Streetside, great service, very helpful, didn’t charge for full 3 days when lifts were closed. Not all bags were there on arrival but John sorted very quickly. Anna and Harry were lovely, very sweet and welcoming. The food was lovely with chicken as a particular favourite. Also loved the canapes including all the kids. Chalet was very clean. Great location and lovely time once they got into the chalet after the heavy snow. Misc: maybe remind guests that towels are not given to you when you go to the swimming pool. Both hotels were great due to the road being closed. Really glad that John had thought ahead and rooms were booked in advance.

December 2017
Brilliant holiday! In spite of being cut off for a day, we loved Le Fornet – it’s so pretty and silent! And our holiday in La Couchire was fantastic. Harry is a legend, with sublime culinary skills!! His food was all brilliant. He is so calm and unassuming, so helpful and pleasant. We enjoyed everything he served us. Great breakfasts! Laura is lovely. She is SO tidy!! Such a thorough cleaner. And such a nice girl! Emily came in on the day the road was closed, and was lovely too. We hired from Precision Squaw Valley where all of the kit we got was brand new, and from Ski Republic, which was very good too. We spent a lot of time at Les Crozets, which is incredibly welcoming. Les Tufs is great, but our favourite was La Vieille Maison. It’s fabulous. With no other Brits…

December 2017
Ski hire Ski Rebublic — fine. Several guests went with Wayne off piste v good but limited availability. Chalet staff outstanding, the chalet was kept immaculate by Laura, brilliant at keeping it tidy and comfortable. Both exceptionally friendly and helpful and a great team, so when a shower was faulty it was fixed immediately. Harry’s cooking really fab. Fillet steak and duck quite outstanding but all good – and delicious canapés. Harry appeared to be always cool and calm and produced six star food. Very well done. Food and service excellent could not be faulted. Chalet wines good. Restaurant l’Atelier d’Edmond pricy at 200 euros a head but a wonderful meal. Le Casserole ok though ill after for 24 hours, but it could have been lunch. Savoyarde good value. Barillon for lunch better value than a mountain restaurant.

December 2017
Snowberry very good. Best ski hire boots ever. Pickup and drop off made ski hire easy. Hired instructor Bernie Chesneau!!! Like Marmite, some liked him some hated him and could not cope with his wierd ski instruction. Harry and Laura are a fantastic team. Cooking incredible and Laura’s cleaning and tidying the very best – surely the best team in the Alps. How Harry produced such amazing meals from a small kitchen is beyond belief. They sat down with us at Xmas even though Harry in his cool unflappable way had cooked the best Xmas meal we had ever had. Portion sizes perfect as the ladies ate less and the boys wolfed the leftovers. Quality not quantity. One boy has never eaten so well in his life and is inspired by Harry to try cooking! Fondue factory good for the night off, but the service was poor.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Snowberry good as ever. Leonard at ESF was very good and very friendly. Both chalet girls were very efficient and the chalet was spotless. Dinners were brilliant – amazing variety. James was very chatty and charming and very willing. Clochetons on the night off was v.v good. Trifollet also good. Loved the YSE shower gel!

April 2017
Thanks for getting us organised this week with Yann le Bozec. Been a great success and the weather has been to die for. Very lucky to have James at Couchire. The food has been outstanding. Very well organised and well done.

April 2017
Fantastic service from YSE who seem to have thought of everything to give their clients an experience they will want to return to time and time again. Flights and transfers were all easy and efficient. The chalet itself was of great quality and kept clean and homely by the chalet girls. The chef was brilliant and very receptive to the groups’ needs and wants, adapting the menu throughout the week to please everyone. The chalet location is great, out of town but serviced by a very regular and free bus service. It’s right next to the Fornet telepherique, giving access to some of the best and quietest skiing in the resort. One evening we were visited by a rather wobbly middle aged man with a face like an old leather glove who turned out to be John Yates-Smith, part owner of YSE. He stayed for dinner and kept us all very amused with stories of his time in the resort (perhaps YSE should offer it as an optional extra!). A great experience worth every penny. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

April 2017
James was superb and really good with the kids. His cooking is unbelievable! Particular favourites were the asparagus truffle canapés which he then turned into an amazing soup the following day. Pancakes for breakfast was also a winner! Sapphire and Hannah kept the place clean and made us feel at home. Ski Republic were really good value for money (€35 for kids’ skis, poles, boots and helmet!). Snowberry were efficient and had comfy ski bookts, and ESF were great.

March 2017
James and Sapphire are a lovely couple and a good team. The food was superb. Snowberry were good for ski hire. Ski instructor Gavin from TDC v good; beginner snowboard instruction from Oxygene was good and BASS lessons with Craig also good despite the awful weather. Jean Christophe from Alpine Experience found good areas to ski. Eating out included the Atelier d’Edmund – expensive but worth it, and the Table d’Alain.

March 2017
Great holiday. It’s a lovely chalet and being in Fornet is brilliant. James is an excellent chef, passionate about cooking and we loved everything he cooked. Sapphie and Hannah keep the chalet spotless. We all hugely enjoyed the atmosphere in the chalet. We had excellent lessons from Angus and Francois at TDC. For ski hire, Snowberry are superb, but some of us got excellent skis very reasonably from Precision.

February 2017
It’s a lovely chalet, we’ve stayed here before. James’ food was very good, and Sapphie and Hannah make their guests very welcome, and keep the chalet spotless. We loved the Clochetons restaurant and their pick-up service is very convenient, even if we have never been as frightened in our lives!

February 2017
Snowberry were very good, Oxygene were great and Stefan brilliant. Sapphire and Georgia in La Couchire were great and James is brilliant and sociable and his food is superb – always the perfect amount. We love the downstairs living area.

January 2017
All staff were terrific and very responsive and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they all worked really hard. James is an astonishingly good chef and we loved that he seemed to really enjoy his work. Every course was a pleasant surprise. The best ski holiday and the best chef we’ve had.

January 2017
This was an absolutely brilliant week with the most amazing food and lovely staff in a beautiful, spotless chalet. It was a top restaurant meal every night and we can’t praise James and Sapphire enough. Nothing was too much trouble, the atmosphere was great, and we will be back.

December 2016
We’ve had a fabulous week, and the several very disparate groups got on marvellously. It’s a lovely chalet, the food was absolutely outstanding, the chalet was spotless and the girls amazing.

La Croix

Chalet La Croix

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Emma was absolutely brilliant. Her cooking is very good. She is competent, flexible and lovely.

March 2018
Chalet was very good though it could do with a better extractor fan in the kitchen and a few electric sockets are missing covers but apart from that is was all great. Staff – Emma was brilliant. Really good, spotlessly clean bedrooms and great at looking after us. We felt a bit guilty seeing her do everything! Food – very impressive. Salmon was delicious as was the carrot and coconut soup. All the food was great. We skied with Bernard Chesnau as a private instructor – he is brilliant and we’ve used him many times.

March 2018
Emma is a really excellent cook whose presentation was superb. Particularly liked the duck. We had to pay for a fruit bowl (YSE: please see Optional Extras). Also we thought we would get croissants every day (YSE: please see Food and Wine). Josh was brilliant too. Snowberry – excellent service even though it took three attempts to get one person’s boots right, they were very helpful. Oliver at ESF – 4th year of using him and teaching different levels within our group – superb and speaks excellent English. Restaurants – Etencelle very good but no pizzas in the evenings, Fruitiere – very good. Peau de Vache – excellent.

March 2018
We had a wonderful holiday. Emma is a dream, engaging, relaxed, hard-working and an absolute star. Her food is delicious. One of our group runs a catering company, and was hugely impressed. We loved the salmon, and were really impressed to see expensive ingredients such as avocado and pomegranate seeds being used. Dougie was brilliant. Like Emma he is relaxed and willing and enthusiastic. They are a dream team.

February 2018
Precision ski hire all fine, no problem with skis or service. Chalet staff were good and the whole place was kept tidy. All the meals were excellent. Very high quality. Driver service was really good, but the bathrooms aren’t up to scratch.

February 2018
We really enjoyed our holiday. Apart from the fact that one bench could use a cushion on it, the chalet was perfect. Emily is a lovely girl, and her food is excellent. All of it – her canapés, her main courses, the salmon, the fillet beef, the rösti… Driver Dougie is an absolute star. He recognised our skis and had them on the roof before we’d even left the bar! We had a delicious lunch at the new l’Etincelle restaurant. The children skied in the new Mountain Masters “Beyond” group, with Al. It’s brilliant!

February 2018
Emma’s food really good especially the salmon. She looked after us beautifully and was good company. Peau de Vache very good for lunch.

January 2018
Chalet really nice and cosy. Chalet girl Emma is brilliant. She was really nice. Delicious and awesome food! We cleared every single plate! Vielle Maison restaurant was superb for the night off. Ski hire Eskiador good all round, good equipment, changed boots and they were fine with it.

January 2018
Hired off-piste skis from Mountain Pro Shop as always, some of the party booked online with Killy Sport. We got decent equipment but it was very busy and seemed disorganised. Off-Piste guiding for the whole week from Jean-Marc Senec who we booked privately, but he does work through the ESF. Skied with him for years. He’s very experienced and really knowledgeable. Wonderful chalet, very much like staying here for the 2nd year in a row. Always kept clean and warm. Chalet girl Emma was fantastic, and always very helpful and friendly and nice to be around. She was even good enough to pick up something to eat from Chevalot on Sunday morning to eat on the bus. Her food was the best we have had for many years staying in chalets. For the night off, La Luge at the Blizzard was good but not exceptional.
Etincelle was good but expensive. The interior is lovely though. The best mountain restaurant we ate at was in Brevieres directly across the bridge which says ‘heads up pizza’. There’s a huge menu, great food and a nice atmosphere.

January 2018
Emma is lovely. Her food was tremendous, and she practically became part of the family. She’s great fun.

January 2018
Ski shop/ski school: Oxygene, good equipment, well organised. Pierre instructor, was very attentive and would definitely recommend. Chalet: Emma was great. She was really accommodating with the kids and really enjoyed her food. Duck was a particular favourite for the adults. As YSE regulars had yet another great holiday. Adam and Josh were also really good and very prompt. Never had to wait more than 10 mins for a lift in town. Restaurant: Roxy Burger- easy relaxed food and good place for kids. As always really good even despite bad weather!

December 2017
Went to Snowberry Streetside – all very good. Skied with Progression with Ruggio on alternative afternoons. He was very good and we would definitely recommend him. Been with Scott Dunn before (new to YSE) – surprised how nice the chalet is, the description made it sound much more cramped. Didn’t like the window seat – very hard and not at all inviting. Emma was delightful and very helpful. She was friendly and always ready to help in any way. Her beef cheek and pork belly were very memorable but everything was delicious. Maybe some salad after the main course, just some frisée with dressing, nothing fancy. Fantastic blow-out lunch at La Panoramique.

December 2017
Oxygene ski school for children all day aged 6 and 8. Very good but Wednesday to Wednesday holiday did not really fit with ski school lessons. Chalet Girl Emma fab, wonderful. Best chalet we have ever been in. Clean and tidy and perfect for a family. Driver Andrew is efficient, helpful and a good time-keeper. Very good. Fondue factory good for fondue! Grand Cocor great pizza and good for kids.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Lauren bakes REALLY nice cakes and I LOVED her chocolate fudge cake!

April 2017
Lauren is a delightful girl, her food was all very good and she coped very well with a fussy eater. Bertie was also very helpful. Eskiador for ski hire – no problems.

March 2017
Lauren was charming, welcoming, good humoured, patient and sympathetic – very nice to be around. The food was amazing. Alan from Mountain Masters is a top guy and brilliant instructor.

March 2017
Just returned from a week in La Croix with my sisters and wanted you to know how fabulous Lauren Cook was. She made the holiday for us. Kind, friendly, sweet-natured, hard-working, funny, clever and a brilliant cook. Nothing was too much trouble and she looked after us to beautifully. We loved her and were so sad to say goodbye. Thank you for a wonderful holiday we will remember always.

March 2017
We have had the best week ever! Lauren is fantastic, cheery and sunny and lovable, and nothing is too much trouble. All her food was utterly fantastic and we photographed every single dish. She looked after the diabetic beautifully, adapting her menus. James brought us vast quantities of logs for the lovely fireplace. We had excellent meals at the Grande Ourse and the Fondue Factory, and particularly appreciated the lovely loos in the brand new Lounge at the top of Solaise.

February 2017
Lauren gets 11/10. She’s charming, very talented, easy-going, and a ‘keeper’. Went to Le Casserole on the day off for a fondue – very nice. Snowberry for skis – helpful, quick service, changing anything is no problem.

February 2017
An absolutely fabulous holiday! Lauren is quite fantastic and so lovely. Her cooking is amazing. She did vegetarian alternatives for two of us which were delicious. Her cakes, the red Thai curry, the chocolate fondant – everything she served was wonderful.

February 2017
Many thanks for a great holiday. We have been incredibly well looked after, it was a pleasure to be hosted by Lauren who was faultless throughout the week, always happy, smiling and entertaining. The food was great and the chalet always clean and tidy. Our driver Connor drove safely and efficiently and was always prompt on the pick up and collection, what a great service! With the fantastic skiing conditions this week it’s a holiday that will be hard to top!

February 2017
Eskiador, good service and cheap for ski hire. Gavin at TDC ski school for a boarding lesson, very good, friendly chap. In the chalet Lauren was fantastic, cannot speak highly enough of her, so friendly, felt like part of the gang, she made the week so enjoyable. Her food was exceptional. Bertie was a great driver, very helpful. Restaurant La Vieille Maison for the night-off, very good food, strong menu.

January 2017
The best holiday we have ever had. Lauren’s food was fantastic, and Harry was an excellent driver.

January 2017
Lauren is absolutely amazing, a star. Jo stood in for her one day at the last moment, and also did a fabulous job. Lauren’s cooking is fantastic. The belly pork, duck, Tuscan chicken – it was all fabulous. Driver Bertie was brilliant.

January 2017
We had our happiest holiday ever with Lauren and her lovely food in that sweet chalet. We watched our five-year-old daughter learn to ski with Claire from tdc ski school. Every aspect of the holiday has been thought-out and beautifully organised.

Les Gnellets

Les Gnellets

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Snowberry – good, smooth, very quick and conveniently located. Private lessons with Severine and Jean Christoph of Mountain Masters, both were excellent. The chalet was fine, we have stayed here before so we knew what we were getting. As expected the 6”3’ guest banged his head several times on the beam. The girls were lovely. The food was of an extraordinary standard, the best of any chalet we’ve ever stayed in – and that’s including other YSE chalets. Jessie needs to be working in a top restaurant. The beef cheek was amazing, the duck extraordinary, as were the gnocchi, the beef fillet, the Chinese canapé, and sticky toffee pudding. Fondu Factory was really great for the night off, very smooth and slick. Loved that they have individual fondues so you can order exactly what you want without having to share. And it didn’t reek of cheese as most fondu restaurants do! Suggest having a shoe rack just inside the front door so the toilet is more accessible. Didn’t enjoy falling over shoes and getting wet feet every time.

March 2018
Chalet comfortable. There were issues in the week with the hot water either being not hot enough or far too hot. The farm smell is strong in warmer weather. Rosie and Jo were both lovely girls and very patient with us. Food really good, very enjoyable. Jo was very receptive and willing to change her menus. She met our needs beautifully. Last night’s beef was a standout. Also the beef cheek with homemade pasta. We went to La Baraque for the night off, which was great, big portions, dancing to live music after dinner. Ski hire delivery service from Precision Iseran was great, so easy. Their communication was great, service smooth and convenient. Could swap boots in the store too. Snowberry also wonderful, even allowing one friend to swap his boots five times during the week. Booked a lesson through Ski Bro. Easy to use and we loved being able to pick our own instructor who was amazing.

March 2018
Mattis sport were brilliant. Skis weren’t the best but easy service, all good. Chalet was really good and lovely. A bit smelly next to the farm (!) but it was lovely inside. Chalet staff looked after us really well. Very good hospitality and great girls. Food was excellent. The steak last night was amazing. We took loads of photos as it was so tasty! Everything was perfect. Really good holiday with great food!

March 2018
We love the chalet, it was our 3rd year in a row here. It suits us really well. Jessie is great and Rosie is a very sweet girl. She looked after us well but struggled with our mess! Jessie’s food was amazing, just as good as ever! Favourites were the salmon, hake, duck and beef cheek. Also the gnocchi. The pescatarian meals were better than expected. We dad a liquid dinner at Cocos on the night off, then got pizzas on the way home at Chez Paolo. Tete du Solaise was amazing for lunch. Loved it. Had great nights at Morris, Fall Line, Blue Note, Dicks etc. Snowberry slope-side great location, great equipment. Had to change some too small boots but there was no issue doing this. Rob from Oxygene was great. He’s Italian but spoke great English.

February 2018
A fab holiday! Jessie and Rosie are so lovely, helpful, accommodating and just great to have around. Jessie’s food is incredible, absolutely all of it. We particularly remember her beef fillet, salmon, chicken, brownies, beef cheek, canapés – it was all absolutely delicious! We really liked the house wines, especially the Côtes du Rhône and Sauvignon. Rosie looks after the chalet and its guests beautifully. It was too hot for much of the week until the girls turned the underfloor heating off. It was the only criticism of an otherwise brilliant holiday!

February 2018
Gnellets was ideal and perfect for us! Both girls are lovely – five stars! They couldn’t do enough for us. Food – really good. We booked extra legroom on the flight out but it wasn’t allocated even though the Sherborne office did it for us. Flight times are good compared to other companies. Gnellets noisy at night. Ski republic were okay for ski hire. Not a great selection and didn’t have a great level of skis, but leaving our skis was a great service.

February 2018
Good week – the skiing was amazing. Ski hire with Killy – very good equipment. Also Snowberry great. ESF ski school good – Girome, perfect English. We’ve stayed in Gnellets many times. Lovely chalet. Only hit my head four times on the stairs…. All very nice. Rosie was great, kept it clean and tidy. Very attentive and looked after us well. She tolerated our mess and made us feel quite at home! Our second year with Jessie whose food was as good as ever, delicious. Top stuff. Steak was delicious. Duck was superb and last night’s soup was excellent. Carrot cake also a highlight! Gluten free diet was catered for well. All credit to YSE and the girls. Thanks!

February 2018
This was our first time to YSE and we loved it. John’s speech on the bus is very good, funny and helpful. Especially as it was most of our first times to Val. Ski Republic at Rond Point was fine. Got a day free for booking online. One morning lesson with Cedric from ESF for the complete beginners. He was 10/10 great guy, really nice and spoke great English. Gnellets is really good though banged heads on the beam so many times. The shower upstairs is too low for fully grown men. Mattresses in the upstairs bedroom not great. Upstairs wc beam a problem. But the chalet staff looked after us very well. Loved that they joined in the fun and had drinks with us. Legends. The food was incredible and chef Jessie is incredible. She was accommodating and flexible with timings, especially after our après sessions. All meat was cooked perfectly. Her duck was insane. The canapés made us feel very classy. Loved the chorizo bites and the blue cheese and walnut whips. Went to Chez Paolo on the night off because it was close to the chalet. Lasagna was awesome and pizzas too. Loved Folie Douce and Cocos, and Bellevarde restaurant was good for lunch.

January 2018
The holiday was awesome. Jessie’s food is incredible, and Rosie is fabulous and keeps the chalet SO spotless! Everything was perfect. Thank you.

January 2018
Walked to Snowberry Slopeside – as good as usual. One of our group bought boots from Killy Sport and was fitted by Bruno who was exceptional. Chalet: the girl from the YSE office was extremely thorough helping with our adding extra people late on, but perhaps Gnellets is better suited for young people and families, but for 55+ year olds who are used to more luxurious places it wasn’t going to be the best fit. We all still had a great week though and we were well looked after in true YSE style. The chalet staff were brilliant! Beth is always so happy, chatty and has the biggest smile. Jessie is wonderful and very knowledgeable about food and cooking and we loved hearing her wealth of knowledge. Her food was absolutely amazing, especially the dishes with Asian touches and her own personal touches to different dishes. La Corniche for the night off was very nice but very busy! La Sana was the best spot for a good lunch.

January 2018
Jessie and Rosie are lovely and Gnellets was the perfect chalet for our group as it was our first time in Val d’Isère. All enjoyed it. The chalet was kept beautifully tidy and we loved Jessie so much we want to take her home. Especially enjoyed the chocolate cake , the Thai soup and fillet steak was amazing. Snowberry great for skis, very helpful and efficient.

January 2018
We have had such a fantastic 10-day holiday! Jessie’s cooking is just superb. Her dinners were without exception amazing. We loved the pork belly with kimchi best of all. It was quite unbelievable, with fantastic crackling! Rosie is lovely too. She keeps the chalet spotless. She’s such a sweetie the children asked for her to read them a bedtime story, which she did beautifully. The kids loved her! Snowberry are very, very good, though they don’t have much choice of directional snowboards. David from New Generation was the children’s favourite instructor. He is brilliant fun. Manu from Oxygène and Yvon from EV2 were very good too, though not as crazy as David! We loved the Grande Ourse.

December 2017
Snowberry were great. They could switch our equipment easily. Collecting the equipment was a really handy service too. ESF were really good. Only ones that did the kids full day lessons meaning the parents didn’t have to come back at lunch time. Evo 2 Chloe was lovely but had poor language skills so wouldn’t recommend. Olivia was next and she was really good. Chalet disparity between bedroom sizes was very noticeable. Not much headroom in places at top of stairs. Maybe paint it or light it up so we can see it? Living area was clean warm and tidy. The beds were a bit old and soft. Chalet girls were the highlight of the trip. Jessie is a very good chef. Even did two meals a night as we had different diets. Jessie is a class act! Rosie was very helpful and nice. Maybe more veggies at dinner? Canapes were a nice touch. Corniche was nice. We could tell the restaurant staff were hungover on new year’s day. Gatwick check-in was great. Good first impression and could tell they had thought about it in advance! John’s CD informative and entertaining!!!

December 2017
We had a fabulous holiday. Jessie and Rosie are brilliant! Jessie is an incredible chef. Her duck and beef cheek were particularly memorable. And Rosie is lovely and keeps the chalet perfect. We didn’t eat out much, because the chalet food was too good, but enjoyed the Cascade for lunch and Casserole in the evening. The Peau de Vache does amazing hot chocolate! Manu and Eric from Oxygène are excellent instructors. Snowberry is really good.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Fantastic chalet, although the beams are low. Wonderful super-human staff at the highest standard. All YSE staff seem even more friendly than ever this year. The food was delicious – the best chalet food we’ve ever had. Great portion sizes too. It would be useful to tell guests what the evening meal is in the morning in case of any adjustments. Also it would be nice to be able to invite people for dinner… We had difficulty booking a massage – guests need to know this a month before their holiday as they get booked up. Finally, the pisteurs do an amazing job!

February 2017
We have just come back from another fabulous YSE holiday in Gnellets. Please pass on more thanks to Jessie and Lucy (and John) who looked after us so well. The food was delicious – I am still dreaming about the gratin dauphinois and the pakora. They also sorted out great decorations for my daughter’s birthday tea while we were there.

February 2017
The chalet staff were brilliant and really fun. The food’s incredible and the girls work so well together and are so professional, it was easy to change anything, very accommodating, and they put effort into the birthday in our party during the week. It’s a great idea to have a simplified meal for children – the same food without the fancy bits – so thanks for that.

February 2017
Tom and Anna in the chalet were so friendly, awesome and great fun all week.
The chalet food was a very high standard. Restaurant La Casserole for the night-off was tasty and not too expensive.

January 2017
The food was fantastic, it could have been a Michelin star chalet, it’s the nicest food we’ve had. On the day off we just wanted a dirty burger because we didn’t think we could get any better than the chalet food. Loved Jessie and Anna, both very natural and welcoming, always friendly, and the chalet was very clean almost to the point of OCD. Loved it.

La Grande Sassière

La Grande Sassière

2017-18 Reviews

April 2018
I just wanted to send a brief note of appreciation. I’ve stayed at several of your properties over the years with different friends as well as just turning up solo. It’s always great – and last week in Grande Sassiėre for the first time in about 8 years, I had a fabulous time. We were looked after so well by Dan and the girls. It was particularly great to see how Dan has developed from when he was helping Murray at Les Chardons — his food was amazing – and he’s just great at letting it do the talking! I look forward to YSE-ing it again next season.

March 2018
Everything was perfect. Dan’s meals were fantastic. He is a gifted chef. Everything was delicious – the salmon, chicken, everything. It was the best chalet food we’ve ever eaten. Lily and Hattie were lovely, so sweet and helpful and hard-working. There’s a lovely vibe in the chalet. They’re a great little family and obviously get on so well, and make guests really welcome. Driver Adam was also great – so helpful and willing. We hired happily from both Snowberry and Mattis. We had very good meals at the Edelweiss, Grande Ourse and Corniche.

March 2018
Ski hire with Mattis Insterport was really good. The shop was completely empty which was ideal! The chalet was amazing and had everything we needed. Hot tub is great! The boot warmer was fixed as well so thanks for that. The chalet staff were brilliant. Always had their eye on the ball. Super lovely, attentive but not intrusive. Dan’s food was exceptional, the best we have had in a long time. The driver was exceptional! Much better than last year’s who we had a bit of trouble with. Suggestion – maybe some kind of coat hanging in the boot room would be ideal.

March 2018
We have had the most fantastic week. The chalet is great, the hot tub is epic, and the team of Dan, Hattie and Beth is incredible! Dan’s food is outstanding, amazing, delicious, and just as good for the gluten-frees. He presents it beautifully, and we really enjoyed his presentations of what we were about to eat. We particularly remember his beef cheek, salmon, onion and truffles soup, duck, Banana bread and fillet beef, but absolutely everything was absolutely delicious. Hattie and Beth were lovely. They keep the place absolutely spotless, and were so much fun. They joined in with our quizzes, and even set one themselves, which was very difficult! Josh was brilliant. He has so much energy! Nothing is a problem. He was punctual helpful and charming. We were very impressed that when the hot tub blew up on Monday, we had a brand-new eight-man hot tub full of hot water by Friday evening. We spent at least six hours in it on both Friday and Saturday! We hired from Skimium, because it is quite cheap. We got an excellent instructor called Romain through Ski Bro and another, a friend of a friend, called Murray Howe, who is brilliant. We had bad service and average food at the overpriced Casserole. We’ve been before but think it is going downhill. The Tête de Solaise restaurant is excellent, as is Sur la Montagne, but nothing was as good as Dan’s food.

March 2018
Dougie the driver, very good and very patient. Dan’s cooking great, all gorgeous, delicious, good variety of food and good portions. Carrot and coconut soup amazing. Loved all the effort with different bread and cheese. Wonderful team and all very happy. Would have liked more fresh fruit (see Optional Extras). Cleaning was very good, and the whole experience very positive. Mattis skis ok. Ate at L’Etincelle, Edelweiss and in Tignes – all good.

February 2018
Ski shops: Oxygene was good. ’Waitstorm’ which is a mobile delivery service was very good. They brought equipment to the chalet, although they should have some 1/2 sizes. Ski schools and guiding with Oxygene for a private group lesson with Pamela – very thorough and learnt a lot. Joe from BASS was great. Servine from Mountain Masters was excellent, having been recommended by YSE staff. The chalet is wonderful. Hot tub was great. Fabulous staff went above and beyond. So easy to get along with. Hatty was fantastic and charming, Beth was very sweet too and they worked together well. Dan was fab, his food was all spectacular, especially the veggie and gluten free vegan (v appreciative). Loved that he whipped up a cake on Sunday. Restaurants: Grand Cocor had terrible service, no high chair, but food ok. Tufs for lunch was amazing – both the food and the service. Even for children and difficult diets. So good we went back twice.

February 2018
Brilliant chalet. All really good. Clean comfortable and warm. We always choose it every year – it’s absolutely ideal for us. The three chalet staff worked together really well. The girls were brilliant and really good fun. Daniel’s food was all delicious. Basil panacotta and salmon were highlights! Brilliant. Not just a cook but very inventive and so appreciated! Chickpea meringue was so good. We want Dan as our chef next year please! One of the best. He made all sorts of extras for the person who requested different food, which was great. Really great week. Drivers were super as well and really flexible. Always there when we needed so thanks a lot! Gourmandine were great – a well-run family business. Couldn’t recommend them enough. Snowberry were great! Changed boots no problem.

February 2018
Amazing week, so lucky with the snow conditions and weather. The chalet is awesome and really special. We loved the hot tub though it gets slippery around the edges, and everyone fell over here at some point during the week. The chalet staff were amazing, really, really, really, really good. The food was excellent and soooooooooo good. Portions perfect, even for young guys. Loved chatting to Dan too. For the night off some went to Atelier d’Edmond which was amazing, so worth it. The venison was incredible. Fondu Factory had great food, but service was not so good. Also loved drinking at Folie Douce, Cocos, Danois and Dick’s. Snowberry Streetside was good for ski hire, very new equipment, swapped boots with no issue. We’d booked online. ESF Olivier really good. As complete beginners we learnt lots on the first day, but on the second day we were told to start carving but with no instruction on how to do it, pushed too fast, but the third day was great again. Good English.

January 2018
Ski hire – Snowberry really good. Decent equipment. Change things quickly and listen well. Ski school – Oxygene’s Andrea was good. He had a mixed group but did a great job! We also liked Luc, very patient and great eye candy!!! Lovely chalet. Really nice! Fourth YSE chalet we’ve stayed in and it was our favourite. Clean and comfortable. Need more plastic glasses for the hot tub! The chalet girls are very good and attentive. Always willing to go the extra mile. Best we have had in four years. Hatty deserves a special mention. They were brilliant. Very tidy! So polite and helpful. Food – Dan is a fantastic chef. Knows what he is doing! Fantastic presentation. Great variety of food and choice. Dougie deserves a special special special mention! Hot tub fantastic. La Corniche lovely on night off, very personal.

January 2018
I would like to pass on a huge thank you to the staff who have looked after us this week. Dan has given Scottie a run for his money this week preparing amazing food for us each day in a small kitchen with little space. Well done Dann your efforts were much appreciated.
The food is one of the reasons we return with YSE. Hatty was charming, helpful, charismatic and her attention to detail remembering drinks etc was noted. Our driver Ben was efficient and helpful and looked after us all. Please pass on a special thank you to Adam who was our driver on Wednesday. Adam was coming up to sort out our power failure when my husband slipped in the road and dislocated his shoulder. Adam very kindly helped pick my husband up and took us to the medical centre. Please pass on our thanks to Dann, Hatty, Beth, Ben and Adam for making our holiday special. They are a great team.

January 2018
Snowberry good as always. Can’t fault them. Boots were changed with no issue. We really like the chalet and very much appreciate the hot tub being dug out from the masses of snow! The Landies are falling apart and need some love but we’d be happy to buy them if/when YSE get rid of them. Hatty and Beth in the chalet are lovely, phenomenal, so friendly. They couldn’t have done more to help or make the holiday nice. Beth makes amazing cocktails! Loved Lewis driving last year so it was nice to see him back this year. Dan’s food is simply lovely (better than Scotty’s!?!). He is all around a top bloke. The Bellevarde restaurant upstairs was amazing! Downstairs was rubbish but had amazing hot chocolates with smarties and whipped cream. Les Tufs great for lunch. Arctic Cafe for coffee is perfect. Also loved Bananas and Rose Blanche for après drinks. A big thank you for everything. We had a amazing holiday.

January 2018
It was all brilliant. Dan’s food is amazing, really, really good – delicious! Hattie and Beth keep the pace spotless. They’re lovely girls, really accommodating. Driver Josh is really good. He works hard and is available at all sorts of hours. He’s very flexible and an excellent driver.

January 2018
Magic holiday! It was fantastic, just perfect. Dan is a phenomenal chef! Definitely too good for a bunch of young farmers like us!! Hattie and Beth are just lovely, fantastic girls who keep the chalet so tidy. Every day we found our boxers transported from the floor to a shelf, and neatly folded! Hattie even gave us lessons in lighting a log fire, and she was really good at it! Mattis said our helmets were included, then charged us for them…

December 2017
Ski hire from Mattis – very helpful, particularly when we needed to swap boots. 6 year-old went to Progression ski school – good. First time with YSE but very impressed with everything. The chalet was spotless and Emily and Zinnia knew when to contribute and when to stand back. Douglas was very good as the lift requirements were numerous with lots of different times. Food was excellent – beef cheek, Mexican salmon, duck and beef fillet – in fact everything. Lovely food prepared for 6 year-old, particularly as he was the only child (other than the baby). Perhaps more veg/salad should be standard. Ate at the Fondue Factory which was great but slow service.

December 2017
Killy sport were excellent. Changed our skis three separate times during the week. One of the few shops in town who supply Telemark skis. The chalet food was absolutely superb. Highlight was an exceptional Christmas dinner cooked by Dan. Couldn’t have done anything else to improve on his food. All round excellent. Emily was a good host.  Driver Andrew was great, always having a laugh in the car and on time, had some good Christmas songs on! Came and picked us up early numerous times even though it wasn’t in his hours of work. Les Tufs has gone downhill in our opinion. La Vieille Maison in La Daille was really nice for meal out night.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
New to YSE – found the online description, floor plan and photos of the chalet very helpful and accurate. It was a late booking and the office staff were very good at putting same-age couples together. Sam’s food was superb and delicious. He’s a very skilled young man. Marcus and Connor were prompt, reliable and helpful drivers.

March 2017
Wonderful week with wonderful staff. Harriet is one of the nicest girls I have met – she really was excellent. Bertie was also good when covering. Sam’s food was amazing, he’s the most amazing chef. The black pudding scotch egg was amazing, as was it all! Victor’s was brilliant. Snowberry were brilliant. New Gen instructor Ross was great and we would 100% recommend.

March 2017
As your records may show we’ve been with YSE for some years now. The YSE model is simple and it works for us – good food, Sunday transfer, exclusive travel etc., all good stuff. I’d just like to say that we are always impressed with the chefs and the chalet girls. However I feel it is worthy of mention when our expectations are surpassed. Last week many of Sam’s creations were sublime. Sam was ably assisted by Harriet and I have to say that her demeanour, social skills and general manner were the best I’ve ever experienced. Do let her know that she was really appreciated. Praise where praise is due. Sam and Harriet really made La Grande Sassière work well.

March 2017
Gorgeous chalet, we loved the views, the hot tub and the Land Rover service! Sam is an exceptional chef and his is the best food we have ever eaten in a chalet, and he responded really well to all of our requests. We are definitely coming back next year, if only to steal the brilliant professional Nespresso coffee machine! Harriet is really sweet and keeps the chalet spotless. Marcus the driver is charming, flexible, welcoming and punctual. We had a good lesson from Maurisso at Oxygène, though Davide and Albi don’t speak English well enough. Simon Cook from Rebel Alliance is a brilliant snowboard instructor. We loved the Casserole for fondue and raclette. You can have as much cheese as you like – just ask! Finally, beware: bookings for La Fruitière seem to go to the Fruitière in Val Thorens!

March 2017
This is a fabulous chalet and we’ve had a wonderful holiday. Sam’s food is the best food we’ve ever eaten, anywhere. He is a talented, inventive chef and all of the meals were tip-top! He coped brilliantly with our surprise vegetarian and unannounced Muslim. Saturday’s steak was unforgettable, as was the panna cotta – actually all the desserts, actually everything! Harriet and Judy are lovely and keep the chalet spotless. Their attention to detail is amazing, and they were so friendly and helpful. Lewis was a really nice driver, always available and punctual. Marcus was the same on Lewis’s day off. We felt spoilt rotten!

Elaine Bunyan from the ESF is a fabulous instructress. Much more than just an instructress, she looks after her pupils, tells them all sorts of interesting information, even drove one of our group home to the chalet when she was tired. Also an independent guide called Matthieu gave us our best day ever off-piste – careful, knowledgeable and really nice. Eskiador was an excellent hire shop. We loved meals at the Grande Ourse, Tête de Solaise, Sachette and Chez Paulo.

February 2017
Sam’s food is superb, good quality, great portion sizes, not too much – brilliant. Harriet 10 out of 10, lovely and very efficient. Connor the driver was great all week, always on time. Lessons with Progression and Evo 2 (Olivia) – both very good. Good service from Snowberry – great skis.

February 2017
Snowberry great. Mattis equally good. Oxygene ski hire also very good – they drop and collect skis and gave a big discount for the doctors on doctors’ conference week. Oxygene lessons were also very good. In the chalet Lucy was amazing, gorgeous and simply a doll. She couldn’t help enough and was very thoughtful. Always smiling. Sam was an incredible chef. Lucy and Sam make a great team. Everything was amazing.

January 2017
We could not fault the whole experience – it could not have been better. Sam’s food was fabulous, the hot tub was lovely and warm, and Harry drove us very efficiently. Chez Paulo on the night out was good, and Stefan the South African snow board instructor was great.

January 2017
What a great holiday! Sam is a very talented chef, a gifted cook who will go a long way, although he is extremely modest and unassuming. He is more relaxed and confident than last year, and his food was even better! His various eggs at breakfast were superb, he knocked duck out of the park, his steak, his raspberry crème brûlée – everything was delicious. Particularly the YSE wine. Lucy is adorable and fabulous, smiley, attentive, incredibly organised – just the best ever! The chalet is spotless and her dynamic with Sam works very well. She keeps him in line! Marcus and Bertie are such charming, willing, flexible drivers, and Alex came immediately to sort out the wifi.

January 2017
We have been going on chalet holidays together for 21 years and have never experienced such a lovely chalet, such charming staff, unbelievable food that Sam the very talented chef serves, your helpful friendly drivers, and all the other aspects which made this our best holiday ever.

December 2016
The holiday was amazing and fabulous. We really noticed how clean the chalet was in the kitchen and generally around the chalet. Lucy is fantastic – discreet but attentive and seemed to know what we wanted before we did! Lucy and Sam work well as a team, and the food was excellent. Sam coped well with vegan and GF diets. He should write a recipe book! We loved the pork belly, goats’ cheese with beetroot starter, soups, blackberry sorbet, raspberry crême brulée and beef cheek. Lewis is a great driver, very safe, and went beyond the call of duty, sometimes out of his normal hours. Really impressed.

Grand Torsaï

Grand Torsaï

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Snowberry good equipment and a good service. Kim, very good instructor at tdc. Really enjoyed her lesson and teaching methods. Chalet top notch, had everything we needed, it’s a lovely place to stay. The girls were great and lovely and couldn’t do enough for us. Fantastic food, Hannah is very good! That raspberry cake was delicious. Cheese souffle starter was excellent. Beef was delicious as was the Malaysian curry. It’s been excellent all round. Thanks.

March 2018
We returned last night from probably the best week’s skiing of our lives. Perfect snow, perfect weather and perfect chalet. Our decision, fairly late in the day, to fill up the Grand Torsai turned out to be an excellent one. Apart from the fact that we got on extremely well with the other guests (lasting friendships having been formed) I can honestly say that our ‘girls’ were the best I have ever come across in over 30 years of skiing. Charming, friendly and highly competent, I am already missing them this morning. Sophie’s cheery smile and calm, gentle manner, even when she was poorly, was so relaxing and her housekeeping skills are exceptional. Our room was cleaned and tidied to 5* standard every day and nothing was too much trouble. She is a complete delight. Hannah’s cooking is quite simply the best I have ever come across on holiday. Perfectly balanced, totally delicious and beautifully presented, every meal was a gourmet treat. She even went to the trouble of swopping complex carbs for vegetables especially for me after I had made a passing comment about a slight intolerance. Her cakes were memorable, particularly the wonderful birthday cake she made on the last day. Intelligent, engaging and with a great sense of humour I am sure she will go far with her cooking. We are already starting to plan next year’s trip – if you could promise me the same girls again (oh, and the same conditions!) I would book today. Many thanks once again

March 2018
We just returned this weekend from staying in Grand Torsai. I’d just like to say thank you to you and your team for putting together an amazing holiday! Your holidays run as holidays should; No fuss, all the little things thought of and amazing staff! Particular praise should go to Hannah, our chalet chef, who produced incredible food all week and was unflappable despite the oven failing one day and the need to tailor meals around my dietary/allergy needs. Val d’Isere has always been perfect in my mind and your team compliment it well! I have no doubt we’ll return!

March 2018
Snowberry, very good quality equipment. I usually have problems with boots but these were comfortable. Excellent service. Alpine Experience with Wayne. It was different… he is a character. If you are nervous you might find it tough to take his comments but we did improve our skiing a lot – it just wasn’t the lesson we were expecting. ESF Geoff – a great private lesson on piste, would go with him again. Evolution2 Georgios, lesson was excellent, really good technical tuition which is what we were looking for. Our chalet staff were excellent, just brilliant. Chalet rooms were kept very tidy, Sophie is just great. The chalet was what I was expecting but the staff made it better than our expectations. It’s the tidiest chalet I’ve ever been in. The food was wonderful. Hannah is an excellent cook, the best we have ever had in a chalet. She made a lovely birthday cake. Our favourites were the tarte tatin, homemade ice cream and chocolate pudding, cheese soufflé starter, etc. Restaurants: Grand Ourse: very good restaurant seeming that they could cope with our big group as we met up with friends. Lovely atmosphere, really good value based on some of the others we have been to in Val. But the food wasn’t as good as Hannah’s in the chalet. The tape on the transfer bus on the way here was really useful. Excellent week, great organisation by YSE – I will be back.

March 2018
Ski hire at Precision Squaw Valley – fantastic, great equipment and the staff were friendly. Precision Iseran – they picked us up from the chalet, it was great value, picked up our skis from the chalet as well at the end of the week and let us swap to a board for a day too. Really good! Chalet – lovely and very comfortable. Our group bonded really well, loved it. Nice for a mixed group, very homely but with our own spaces. There is no fire which is a shame, but we knew that when we booked it. Sophie was great, very nice and kept the chalet beautifully clean. The girls make a great team together. Hannah was very accommodating and patient. She was unflappable even when the oven exploded and cremated the pork! She was very adaptable, flexible, calm and smooth. The Malbec was wonderful, Jacquere very drinkable. Food was spot on, thumbs up, we enjoyed it all especially the amazing fillet steak, Malaysian curry, quail egg canapés. Her poached eggs were perfect every time. Maybe mix things up for breakfast, eg sausages one day, beans the next etc? Loved having a Nespresso but the cups and glasses are too small! We have to have about five cups of coffee to satisfy. We actually commandeered the girls’ personal mugs for the week as we hated the YSE ones so much! The number of stairs is mentioned in the chalet description but there are rather a lot of them especially when you stay in the top bedroom! Restaurants – Grande Ourse – lovely, very nice, nice menu, great waiter, lovely ambiance. Chez Paolo – best pizzas EVER, had a great evening there. Les Tuffs – fantastic, great, always a treat when we come to Val d’Isère.

March 2018
Second visit with YSE – we had such a good experience we decided to come again! Best food ever on a chalet holiday, amazing. Hannah puts a huge amount of effort into her food and it really shows, it’s beautifully presented and delicious. Sophie really good at cleaning and tidying. We also appreciated the flexibility e.g. the later dinner to watch the rugby. Ate lunches in Tignes, pizza on night off. Enjoyed Edelweiss for a drink on the way home every day, lovely. Jacuzzi and sauna great (would like jacuzzi outside!). Would have liked beer instead of wine, though we paid the girls who went and got some. We would have liked a few beers on the first day but had not booked them in advance – we know to let the office know next time. Own skis but Snowberry serviced them ok. Evo 2 instructor for an off-piste day.

February 2018
Ski hire from Pure Ski and lessons from Tdc – all good until a fall on the first day. Walks were good up to Pont St Charles, plenty of ibex spotted. Good location to have an injury! Chalet worked very well, good crowd despite not knowing each other prior to holiday. All enjoyed the chalet wines! Hannah excelled herself and her cooking was as good as Murray’s (having stayed in Chardons). The food was outstanding. Suchi canapés, Malaysian beef curry, filet delicious. Sophie kept the place perfect – great team. Despite poor visibility and cold weather most of us skied every day and really enjoyed the holiday. Night out at Vielle Maison amazing. Venison and quail very good. Liquid night out and a burger at Petit Danois. Overall a great time.

February 2018
Bust arms aside, great week, wonderful food and hosting by Hannah and Sophie, thoughtful touch to spend the delay in resort with the added bonus of no traffic on the road home. Awesome effort by all the YSE crew again, we met several 1st timers this year ..they were very impressed. Many thanks.

February 2018
Fantastic holiday, one of the best we’ve had in Val d’Isère. Chalet location is fantastic. First time with YSE and would definitely stay again. Abby kept the chalet very clean and nothing was too much effort for her. Esther’s food was amazing – loved the salmon, risotto, beef cheek, parfait and lemon drizzle cake. Would like cheese instead of pudding. Restaurants: La Corniche – really good savoyard food, would happily recommend it. Used Killy Sport for ski hire – pretty decent but nothing special, worth what you pay for.

February 2018
Booked ski hire online through Rental Republic who delivered equipment to the chalet for fitting. All very good especially as it meant not having to traipse into town with small children. Efficient and painless, they even delivered a new pole overnight when one got broken. Ski school in Oxygene’s 3-hour lesson which is perfect lengths for kids. Problem with 8-10 year olds being put in a group with crying 5-year olds, which was totally unsuitable but Oxygene dealt with it and sorted everything out smoothly and lessons were much better once the groups were changed, with Elaine and Jan. New Gen’s adult classes for the older children were great, as were Oxygene’s adult classes with Geoff and Christophe. Grand Torsai was great, but too many stairs for people with bad knees! Loved the spa and sauna. The chalet girls were both fantastic and we were looked after well. The food was brilliant, the salmon and duck were favourites but all was lovely. Loved the birthday cake too and birthday decorations. We had Pizz n Love delivered to the chalet on the night off which was perfect. Because the chalet is at the end of the bus line you always get a seat. A real bonus with children!

February 2018
Hired at snowberry, good. Lessons with Gavin from Tdc every morning. Very good. The chalet is lovely but a bit tired in places. Anna’s food and cooking were fabulous and she was fantastic. Abbi is lovely and worked very hard and is a real treasure. Les Tufs for night out was great, the Lodge also good and the Peau de Vache excellent.

January 2018
Anna’s cooking was so fabulous by 11 in the morning every day we were discussing and looking forward to the evening meal! All food amazing beef, duck and pork fab. Canapés to die for and choc mousse excellent! Marmalade lovely too. Chalet great, spotless and tidy. Casa Scara good for night out. Snowberry for skis and boots not worth the money, staff uninterested, service poor. Long wait at Grenoble airport on arrival (later explained 3 other flights arrived same time). Overall amazing holiday.

January 2018
Both girls were marvellous. Anna’s food was delicious, Erika kept the place spotless, and they were both brilliant with the kids. In spite of having been cut off in Le Fornet for days by the heavy snowfalls, they were absolute stars! They made our lives so much easier. The children loved Barbara from Oxygène, but not Renaud!

January 2018
Anna’s cooking and food amazing She had a huge challenge with non-dairy, vegetarian, no fish, ‘no red wine’ and she managed brilliantly! Abi kept everything very clean. The girls were very professional and friendly. Triffolet very good for lunch tho we mostly had chips! Samovar unwelcoming and the food wasn’t very good. Ski hire with Precision – good.

January 2018
Marooned in the chalet due to the adverse weather and record snowfall. Only positive comments about the experience. Erica was amazing and did really well cooking for 10. Her lemon drizzle cake was superb. When Anna got back the food was excellent – duck, salmon and beef etc but all really really good. A good selection of board games helped a lot. The guys built an igloo for a gin bar but they couldn’t get out to buy any gin or tonic! Also built a ski jump and played lots of scrabble, and the chalet girls gave out beers from previous week when we could not get out! Hot tub and sauna great. Precision ski hire good. Satisfied customers!

January 2018
Ski hire and schools: All organised through ESF – kept skis overnight and were easygoing. ESF really good and had Mary Bonnevie as an English-speaking instructor and would recommend for beginners. Chalet: Anna and Erika were really nice. Anna’s food was amazing. Loved the canapés, carrot and coconut soup, all the desserts, the chicken dish, it was all fantastic! The chalet was always clean and tidy and Erika looked after us really well. The girls were lovely, it was a brilliant holiday and thanks for everything!

December 2017
We loved the chalet and Le Fornet, but the holiday was rather challenging with children to take to ski school and the road closed for a day! BASS (Craig & Ross) were very nice, and the kids liked them, but we had to ask them to teach a bit more, not just to let the children snowplough all over the place! Erica is lovely. She is really friendly, works hard, and keeps the chalet totally tidy and spotless. Anna is a very good cook. Snowberry are superb. The Peau de Vache is brilliant, and the Bellevarde is very good, though we thought the Signal’s menu was a bit bizarre and highfalutin.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
The chalet is lovely and although we always come at this time of year, we have never seen so much snow. We adored being at Le Fornet. Jonny is a fabulous cook. We absolutely loved everything she did. Alex kept the chalet spotless, was efficient and friendly and fun. Both girls were just lovely, helpful and attentive, and nothing was too much trouble. We’ve felt so spoilt. We will definitely be back next year, same time, same place.

April 2017
The chalet staff were lovely and chatty, the chalet was very clean, and the food was very good – especially the banana cake ‘to die for’!

April 2017
Jonny was great and her food was the best!!! We loved the lemon drizzle cake. She was very accommodating for those with particular diets. Our favourite meal of the week was the hake. The chalet was very cosy and Ella made sure we were well looked-after. Great holiday – will come again!

March 2017
Jonny and Alex are wonderful, very friendly and helpful. The meals were all excellent, including the vegetarian meals. It’s our third time with YSE and the service was outstanding.

March 2017
We all had a lovely week. Joanne and Alex were our best chalet staff ever. Jonny’s food was delicious, her beef, pork belly, cakes, brownies  – nothing wasn’t spot-on. Her vegetarian food was wonderful and she was really flexible about timings so we could come back later from town. Alex is lovely and friendly and helpful and keeps the chalet spotless. We had a lesson from Yann Gravat at Oxygène, who is excellent.

February 2017
Jonny’s food is amazing – the pork belly was the best. Sandy kept the chalet beautifully clean, good attitude and spirit, she’s very friendly and looked after us well. Off-piste lessons with Alpine experience who were exceptional. Snowberry efficient as always, very good at fitting ski boots.

February 2017
It was a wonderful week with brilliant staff. Alex is the best host ever, and keeps the place absurdly clean! Anything we asked for we got. In fact, we didn’t even have to ask. Jonny’s food was amazing. We’ll be back.

January 2017
This was our best ski holiday yet, and we’ve had a lot. Snowberry were excellent – it runs like a military operation and the collection is great and one less hassle for guests. Steph from Pro-Snowboarding was highly recommended, and the ESF were good too. Alex kept the chalet very clean and was always willing to help. The girls were brilliant fun and very pleasant. All the food was excellent. They catered for the celiac in our group very well.

December 2016
It’s been an absolutely brilliant week, and with our group the chalet staff really had their work cut out! Hattie keeps the chalet spotless and is a superb girl, and Jonny’s food is fantastic, superb. Our favourites were the duck, beef, absolutely awesome canapés, but everything was just brilliant.

Chalet d’Isère

Chalet d’Isère

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
The chalet is fantastic, with so much space and its excellent position. The staff run it brilliantly. Megan is particularly efficient and organised, but both she and Emily were just fantastic, superb, really helpful and great with the kids. They babysat for us one night. Adrian’s cooking was brilliant, fantastic, interesting and inventive. The arancini, the carrot soup – everything was delicious. The vegetarian food was quite delicious! We loved the chablis and CdR. We pre-ordered equipment from Snowberry, and everything was waiting for us on arrival. We had excellent lunches at the Etincelle and Tête de Solaise (indoors), and the rudest, slowest service ever at La Corniche.

March 2018
Ski hire with Eskiador, booked online, good equipment, happy to change as needed. Snowberry also great equipment, smooth service, best ever ski hire. The chalet was absolutely exceptional, outstanding, luxurious. Perfect for 16 guests as there’s space for everyone, even on the sofas. Best chalet we’ve ever stayed in by far. The location is perfect so close to the bus. You’d be hard pressed to find negatives about this chalet. It is open, airy and light – not poky like a lot of chalets. Chalet staff were amazzzzzzzzzing, wonderful, professional, personable, attentive, happy, friendly, obliging, proactive. Nothing was too much trouble. Megan was incredible, a wonderful leader, we couldn’t believe she knew everyone’s names by the first night. The food was amazing, amazing, amazing. Adrian is a great chef! His food was far beyond what we expected. He was lovely to talk to too, a wonderful guy. Everting was phenomenal, consistently good especially when cooking for 16 people! He was very considerate with various dietary requirements too. Fruiterie for lunch had great food but terrible service. The Ouillette BBQ is great value, atmosphere, location. Love the deck in the sun. A nice change from Savoyard food. The €54 magnum bottle of rosé is good to know about. We went three times we loved it so much! Enjoyed Cocos and Folie. Taverne des Neiges in Val Claret great for lunch too.

March 2018
Adrian was a really excellent chef and all his food was wonderful and perfect portion sizes. He even prepared a fruit salad without banana for a guest who didn’t like bananas without being asked… Megan and Emily were really good and Megan was brilliant at remembering all their names so quickly. Loved the chalet and would love to come back. Really loved the entire YSE experience. Restaurants: Signal – really liked. Etincelle – great food but felt the staff were disinterested. Used Evolution 2 for lessons who we thought were good. Precision near Baraque for ski hire, cheap but rather rude! The nanny from Jelly and Ice Cream wasn’t bad but not very good either, rather disinterested.

March 2018
We had a wonderful holiday. The chalet is gorgeous and we never stopped laughing. The staff were all brilliant. Both girls were lovely and kept the chalet spotless. Megan was obviously front of house, and she is enchanting, helpful, thoughtful and personable. Adrian’s food was amazing. Every meal. Every detail. We borrowed several of his recipes. We loved it all, especially the cauliflower soup, duck, steak, chicken – everything. It would have been nice to have a cheeseboard a couple of times and daily croissants, but we didn’t ask. The vegetarian food was disappointing. There were three actual alternative dishes, but on three days I just didn’t have the meat and got extra veg instead. (YSE gave him back the £25 he had been charged.) The bathrooms in Rooms 3 and 4 need blinds. We had an excellent dinner at Victors (it does three really good vegetarian options), and loved the Trifollet and Cascade. We hired touring equipment from Jean Sports, and other equipment from the excellent Snowberry. Eskiador ran out of equipment, even though we had pre-booked. Chris from Alpine Experience and Gavin from tdc were brilliant.

February 2018
Oxygene had really smooth ski hire service combined with their ski school, very easy. Great for 1st timer lessons throughout the week. Matis booked online using the YSE code. Had to switch equipment on 2nd day. Good, extremely rapid service. Snowberry fantastic, used them before and will again. A great selection of equipment and styles, they take time and care to work out which equipment suits each person best. The ski pick up service is especially fantastic. Chalet very comfortable, excellent location, so accessible. Fantastic soundproofing throughout the whole chalet. Beds are extremely comfortable. ‘Log’ bedside tables are rather small – style over substance? Bedrooms are very hot. Loved the hot tub! The large guest fridge is a great addition and used a lot. Chalet staff are brilliant, always cheerful, really lovely girls. They kept everything nice and clean and their folding was spectacular. Chef Adrian is very professional. Beautifully presented food, like a work of art. All mains were wonderful, especially the beef fillet which was beautifully cooked. Interesting and exciting puddings – liked very much by a ‘non-dessert’ person. Restaurants: La Casa Scara very reasonably priced with great service and food. Le Lodge for dinner was great, large portions. Bar Jacques lovely and traditional, the staff were charmingly scatty in a French way. La Grande Ourse needs an update, especially the menu. Lunches at Signal and Trifolet were nice. Cascade was average and very busy. Massage at Le Yule spa was divine. Would thoroughly recommend it. Very luxurious, and reasonably priced!

February 2018
Snowberry good for ski hire. Problem with boots but they changed them straight away. All worked fine and quite handy service. Nico, private guide with Evo2, brilliant, and his english was great. Chalet was perfect and amazing. It was the best we’ve ever been in! The staff couldn’t do enough to help us. Absolutely excellent team. Food really really good. Fed kids earlier which was great. Every meal was outstanding – for 16 people to love it was an amazing achievement. He is a very very good chef! Absolutely superb week!

February 2018
Just wanted to say a big thank you from all our chalet. Megan, Emily, Adrian and Laura made us very welcome, with their smiling happy attitudes and attention to detail. Nothing was too much trouble and they are an exemplary team and a fabulous representation of YSE. Also we want to thank the wider team including Adam and Josh who helped Laura no end so she could enjoy the skiing despite her difficulties. We have had an absolutely wonderful week. Our only regret is that we can’t stay longer.

February 2018
We had an absolutely amazing holiday. Everything was perfect from start to finish. We definitely want that chalet again for the same week next year. We couldn’t fault the staff. They were really wonderful. Adrian’s food was quite fantastic. Everything he cooked. The pork was memorable. So was the cauliflower soup with truffle oil. It all was. We’ve had Josh and Christian in the past, so we told him he had a lot to live up to, and he certainly did. The girls were lovely, sweet and spot-on! They even folded the husbands’ clothes, which the wives think goes beyond the call of duty!

February 2018
Chalet food superb. All very very good. Belly pork amazing from someone who doesn’t eat pork! Duck and beef equally good. Exceptionally delicious food. Good team – the girls are calm and pleasant and kept the chalet tidy and clean. Good location, very spacious and a good non-smelly boot room! Overall experience very good. The Lodge for night off very good. Casa Scara very good but slow, 45 mins for pre-dinner drinks. La Corniche good. Ski hire at Sport 2000, equipment fine but employees rude and unhelpful will not go back. Snowberry hugely expensive boots and premium skis £400 for two people (took them back and went somewhere else).

January 2018
We have just had a brilliant holiday! It’s the most gorgeous chalet. Adrian’s food is absolutely superb. We have some pretty big eaters in the group, and he produced loads of extra veg for them. Emily and Megan keep the chalet spotless and are super girls. We hired from Ski Republic and Eskiador, both of which were very good and amazing value. We LOVE Cocorico and had an excellent dinner at the Grande Ourse.

January 2018
Hors Limite Ski was good for ski hire, new equipment and happy to change skis for different conditions. Matisse Intersport was great especially for off-piste skis. Gavvie at ESF was awesome for off-piste guiding. Would definitely recommend. 3-hour private lesson with Nic from Oxygene was great, a good laugh and great teacher. Giorgio from Evo 2 for morning ski school all week was good. Amazing chalet, the nicest we’ve ever stayed in. The piping hot water was amazing. Loved the lounge, hot tub and sauna. The staff are awesome, very professional, very friendly and welcoming and an amazing team. They kept the chalet spotless even though we did our best to mess it up. Adrian’s food was exceptional all week, his food was better than any restaurant we ate at. If Adrian is back next year we will certainly return! Trifolet and Edelweiss great for lunch. Table d’Alain was good but wouldn’t go back – the chalet food has spoilt us! 1789 busy and slow service but thankfully the steaks were worth the wait!

January 2018
Chalet d’Isère is beautiful, especially the sitting room. We loved the hot tub, sauna and tv room (the chemicals in the hot tub are very strong). The YSE staff were fabulous, faultless. 11 out of 10. They couldn’t do enough for us and did everything with a smile. They even did shopping for us. They kept the chalet spotlessly clean and we loved that our belongings were so beautifully folded. We loved that they sat down to eat with us on the last night at our invitation. It was a lovely way to finish the week. They complement each other so well and all worked together brilliantly as a team. Adrian is a brilliant chef, he is too good to be working in chalets – he should be Michelin starred! He is incredible and so clean and lovely to talk to too. He could work anywhere. Favourites were the salmon, duck, pork belly and steak on the last night although everything was delicious. We loved the chalet wines too. Went to Taverne d’Alsace for the night off with mixed reviews from ok to delicious. All agreed that the service was very good and staff friendly. Arctic Cafe has the best coffee in town. Le casserole was wonderful for lunch, the best mountain style meal and best lasagne we’ve ever had. The weather was challenging but we had a wonderful holiday. Precision Iseran store was ok for ski hire. The equipment was slightly old but in ok condition. No issue changing boots until we got something comfortable. Had an issue with a ski pole where they charged for a replacement.

December 2017
Surefoot for boot insoles good. Mattis and Killy good for ski hire. Mountain Masters Tanzy. Olivier and Frank super, and Adrian from Oxygene also good. In the chalet Adrian, Megan and Emily were absolutely fantastic. Megan was so lovely and organised with very good attention to detail. Best ever food on a ski holiday. Favourites were all the soups, salmon, pork, beef cheek, and the great breakfasts. 1789 very very poor on the night out. Very disappointed and will never go back. Overall YSE is a very good company for an excellent ski holiday experience. Will be back and will recommend.

December 2017
Hired touring skis from Jean Sports. Also Borasso in La Daille – very under-equipped. Skied with Thomas from Alpine Experience. He found excellent snow on and off piste. He took different groups according to levels throughout the week. New to YSE –  loved the chalet, the girls were brilliant – Megan was particularly special. They were both polite, punctual, efficient and friendly. The plugs are useless whether open or closed. Also the chalet was very hot, particularly the bedrooms. The food was very good – loved the salmon, duck, chocolate fondant, lemon drizzle cake and scrambled eggs. Would have liked more croissants and more salad/vegetables. But the food overall was excellent. Wet luggage leaving the resort not appreciated, but loved our first experience of YSE and would recommend the company and come back.

December 2017
Snowberry were the best ski hire company we’ve ever used. Staff extremely helpful and provided a great service. Evolution 2 were really good. Arno was a top notch instructor and really friendly with all of the guests. Claire at Mountain Masters was also very good. Chalet gets 10/10 couldn’t fault it and have already booked for next year! The girls even helped with an injured guest and organising how to get him home. Bedside tables too small. Adrian’s food exceptional. It was like eating in a five star restaurant every night. Outstanding. Big portions at Le Signal, maybe a bit too big. Val Pizza tasty as was La Ferme and Tufs.

December 2017
Chalet: Aidy, Megan and Emily were lovely. Aidy’s food was fantastic/excellent. He’s a brilliant chef. The girls did a great job in the chalet and it was spotless all week. Could we please get instructions next to/on the buttons for the jacuzzi/hot tub? Ski shop: Snowberry very good/excellent. But does not include insurance in price. Restaurants: Le Signal, brilliant. Victors, very good for night off/something different. Le Grand Ourse ok but not much selection.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Really good chalet. The staff are friendly and Stig’s food was excellent. He was injured and Kat took over and her meals were also outstanding and the transfer between them was seamlessly efficient. The children had good simple healthy meals and ate well. Ski school Progression were very good, and the children enjoyed their instructor. Little Chicks were good for childcare. The nanny was Isla.

March 2017
The chalet is very comfortable, and Georgina and Sara were perfect and make a real effort around the chalet. The food was delicious, Stig is exceptional. The breakfasts were amazing. Fondue Factory was brilliant for a group of the size of ours. Snowberry were excellent, and Phillip Claymore (private) great for off piste.

March 2017
This is a fabulous chalet. Everything is perfect except that some of the old wood is still a bit splintery! The sofas are so comfy we want to know where to buy the same. What a great dining table! The staff were the best we’ve ever known. So helpful and accommodating, absolutely faultless, they were discreet and not in our faces but always ready to give any help we needed. Stig’s food is exceptional! His beef, pork belly, salmon, lemon drizzle cake, duch, cauliflower pakoras, brownies, asparagus canapés – it was all unbelievable.  We hired from Oxygène who are very good. We had a lovely meal at the Yule hotel and found the Fondue Factory rather hit and miss.

February 2017
I was part of the group from Dublin that stayed with you in Chalet d’Isère last week and I wanted to take a minute to thank the company and particularly the staff working directly with us for being such an important part of a really enjoyable week for us all. We’ve done these trips with catered chalet accommodation before and while they were all unbelievable experiences, this year was head and shoulders above the rest and that was down to the quality of the group you have working for you in this chalet. Credit where credit is due – they were friendly, helpful and pleasant throughout making the entire group feel comfortable all week, so I hope this reaches the person who hired them as well so they know that they’re also nailing it! Thanks again for such a wonderful week. I hope you enjoy the rest of the season.

February 2017
An amazing chalet and we were superbly looked after. A fabulous week all round. Thank you YSE!

February 2017
An incredible week! It’s a wonderful chalet, and Jo, Sarah, Georgina and Lulu made it amazingly welcoming. Jo’s food was fabulous, better than any restaurant in town. She is calm and relaxed and always smiling, yet cooks as well as any chef. We particularly enjoyed the beef, duck, fish, carrot gratin – everything was quite perfect. We also loved the malbec! The girls are gorgeous, and keep the chalet perfectly clean. Sarah is an entertainment in herself – she is such a character! We ate very well at the Taverne d’Alsace, the Barillon and Bouïda, but not as well as in the chalet. My younger brother recommended YSE, and I’ve been emailing all my friends telling them it’s like Masterchef! We hired from Oxygène and found it excellent. Snowberry service skis very well.

February 2017
We will definitely be back! Stig, Sarah and George are a great team – friendly, attentive and hard-working. The chalet is spotlessly clean. Stig’s food is amazing. He is a passionate chef, and always explains what you’re eating. Favourites were the steak, belly pork, beef cheek – absolutely everything. It was all amazing. Snowberry is a brilliant ski hire shop, and Oxygène instructors Eduardo and Didi were awesome. We had a good meal in 1789.

February 2017
Stig, Ella and Georgina looked after us so well, very relaxed, friendly, made the chalet seem like home for a week. The chalet food is superb from Stig. The hot tub was great, a bonus.

January 2017
Stig’s food was quite amazing. The chalet girls were very good and could not have been more helpful.

January 2017
Stig is a wonderful chef, so so good – everything was delicious. Ella and Vicky are lovely and keep the chalet spotless. An incredible week – such fun!

December 2016
Snowberry were excellent for ski hire – all ordered online. Instructor Simon McCombe from Mountain Masters as good as ever. Stig the chef’s food at the chalet was excellent, probably even better than two years ago in Juniper. He’s very accommodating and understanding – we really loved it. Chalet host Lulu brightened up every room she walked into. Both girls are very attentive and kept everything clean – not easy in such a big chalet with so many floors. Overall loved the chalet and had a great holiday.

La Maison du Rocher

La Maison du Rocher

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
This is about our fourteenth holiday in MdR with Scottie. His food just gets better and better! It is soooooo good! His portions are perfect. His duck, salmon, fillet beef, carrot cake, brownies, breakfasts – absolutely everything was fantastic! We just love staying with Scottie. He’s family! Zinnia is lovely. She keeps the chalet spotless, and is amazing at puffing up cushions (though we’d love her to get rid of that horrid new red rug!) Snowberry were very good as ever, though we had to change four pairs of skis and one of boots, which was a problem we’ve not encountered before – perhaps because we went in rather late on the Monday morning. We had wonderful lessons as ever from ex-YSE stars Phill and Al from Mountain Masters, and also for the first time from the lovely Séverine. We got excellent ski boots from Surefoot. We had excellent dinners at the Fondue Factory and Baraque, a super lunch at the Etincelle, and lots of fun at Cocorico, but a very disappointing lunch at the Cascade!

March 2018
Snowberry Streetside were great, good equipment and an efficient service. Progression ski school, lessons with Woody, great. Julian also great. Tdc lesson with Kim was also fantastic! Chalet was lovely, comfortable and had everything we needed. Zinnia certainly couldn’t have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Very friendly. The chalet food was magnificent. Pork was amazing as was the beef and duck. Also a great curried samosa starter. It was all so fantastic. Scotty is an excellent chef. Dougie was a fantastic driver. Really helped us out. Could even lift our buggy one-handed! First time with YSE and it was a great holiday! Chalet was good for children too.

March 2018
Scotty and Zinnia are a perfect team who work extremely well together. Food was consistently outstanding and Zinnia was really smiley and looked after us brilliantly – the chalet was immaculate. Ben is a charming chap and did a superb job; instantly contactable and providing an immediate service. Precision La Poudreuse good value and service. Dinner at Le Lodge very good. Edelweiss for lunch excellent. How about mugs for tea?

March 2018
Just the most perfect holiday – we love the chalet and come to it every year. Scottie’s food is unbelievable. It’s like eating in a top restaurant every night. He adds little, tasty extras to make every dish SO tasty. His flavour combinations are wonderful, and we couldn’t fault a thing. Scottie’s hospitality and his attitude, his stories, everything was perfect. Zinnia is brilliant, so clean and tidy, plumping cushions all the time. She’s lovely. Both of them are unbelievably relaxed, though their standards are so high. They were wonderful with the kids. Josh was adorable, so helpful and willing, such a lovely guy. We pre-booked Precision, who are not expensive. We had a lesson from Yuri at Oxygène, who is really good.

February 2018
Chalet staff excellent! Cushions were very plump, dinner service was great. Food was amazing, loved everything, canapés were really nice, banana cake, duck, salmon. Having a Land Rover service was great, the driver was friendly and reliable. Snowberry streetside, great, no issues.

February 2018
That was the best food we have ever had on a ski holiday. Scottie is a wonderful chef and such a fun bloke! He’s laid-back and amusing and a total fabricator of stories (the wild boar out the back, the red fox out the front!), but what a chef! And a great character. We loved the chocolate orange fondant, the duck, the steak, the Thai chicken, the beef cheek – everything. And he handled some allergies brilliantly. Zinnia was very good. She kept the chalet really, really clean and tidy, and looked after us all beautifully. We liked the Alsace, though the food wasn’t a patch on Scottie’s! We had nice lunches at the Tête de Solaise and Bar de l’Ouillette. Frederica from Oxygène is a very good ski instructor.

February 2018
We’ve just had the most wonderful holiday! It’s a lovely chalet. We really appreciated the deep sofas and log fire. Scottie is a fantastic chef, definitely *** Michelin standard, and so relaxed and entertaining. He is very talented and creative. We brought children, one of them a vegetarian, and he utterly spoiled them! It’s not fair to say that Scottie tells untruths – he is just a very imaginative person who might occasionally elaborate slightly!! Georgia is lovely and looks after the chalet beautifully. Nothing is too much trouble. She is really, really good. As is driver Dougie. He is so reliable and charming, and arrives quickly in his Land Rover! We loved the Trifollet, Signal, Marmottes and Bistrot at l’Atelier.

February 2018
Skimium ok for skis. Omega ski guide good. Also Thomas from Alpine Experience, and good lessons with Oxygene. Chalet and food fabulous, good team, great chef and Georgia kept it lovely and tidy.

January 2018
Thank you for such a wonderful holiday last week in difficult circumstances. I had the best on-piste powder skiing I’ve ever had in Europe and have done 2 seasons plus countless weeks in the past 30 years! Prompt payment of the lift pass refund was also much appreciated.

January 2018
Ski hire – Jean Sport very pleasant, good equipment (brand new skis!) and cheaper than Snowberry! Snowberry expensive but really good! Picked us up which was handy. Maison du Rocher was brilliant, a gorgeous chalet. Really spacious. Georgia was great. Really looked after us well! Food – absolutely amazing. Master chef from Scotty! Best food I’ve ever had on a ski holiday. Vegetarians catered for. Couldn’t have had better! Josh the driver was lovely. On time and whenever we needed him. Love the whole YSE service. Thanks!

January 2018
Snowberry excellent as always. We’ve used them 5 years in a row. Quicker service than usual now they have the 2nd store. Driver service is great, especially with location of chalet. TDC’s guide Steve amazing, as always. We book him every year as soon as we book our chalet because he is so good. TDC’s Gavin is great too. Chalet is great and suits us well which is why we’ve stayed there for 5 years. Georgia made the chalet lovely and looked after us exceptionally well. Scotty & Georgia make a great team. Food as excellent as always, truly a delight. After 5 years it’s hard to believe Scotty’s food is still getting better, but it really is. He accommodated for a whole host of dietary requirements very well. Favourites were the pork belly, fish, beef fillet, risotto starter and peanut butter parfait – which was to die for! Andrew the driver was a great guy too and we really appreciated his assistance picking up the invalid from the medical center. Don’t know what we would have done without him! Le Casserole for night off fondue was great. We always book something relatively simple for the night off as every year the fancy restaurants are never as good as the chalet food, so Casserole did us nicely. La Baraque for a date night was wonderful, we loved the music, food and great drinks. La Sashette in Breviere was amazing as ever, and it is under new management. The staff are wonderful, and it is inexpensive for the quality. Trifolet for food on the mountain was lovely.

January 2018
An amazing holiday in spite of the weather. Scottie’s cooking is incredible. His steak, duck, goat’s cheese in bacon – absolutely everything was superb. Georgia keeps the place really, really spotless. Adam was excellent, though we felt that on days when lifts are opening late it would be nice if drivers’ hours could be extended.

January 2018
A brilliant holiday! Scottie is absolutely fantastic, such an asset, so organised, such an amazing chef! Everything he cooked was delicious, from the carrot and lemon drizzle cakes to the fish. His fridge is the cleanest fridge we’ve ever seen! Georgina is lovely and keeps the chalet SO clean! Dougie is such a nice guy, and a really efficient driver. Whenever we rang and wherever from, he was there in five minutes! We had great meals at the Trifollet, Samovar and, particularly, Edelweiss.

January 2018
Ski hire: Snowberry were efficient as always but disappointing that they no longer store boots and helmets in the shop. Bought boots from Surefoot and the service was amazing. Super helpful and very happy with the boots. Chalet: Scotty and Georgia, fantastic and lovely. Just as good as usual and Scotty was fabulous making extra brownies etc for us during the day off – however feel free to up your game for when we come back in March! Josh was great! Had trouble getting in touch with Ben unsure if that was Scottys or Ben’s phone causing the problem. Really grateful for organising shared drinks with Vieux Crêt. Restaurant: Fondue factory, great, really accommodating, good service especially considering how busy it was. Grand Ourse, bad value, sparse menu, worst restaurant experience in 22 year. Misc: Thanks to Fiona for being so helpful in sorting everything owing to last minute changes.

December 2017
Snowberry were excellent – never had such good boots and the service was incredibly fast. The chalet was immaculate – very clean and tidy and the beds looked as if they were made up with fresh linen every day. Georgia even folded the boys’ (aged 24-30) clothes which was some feat, I wouldn’t have touched them! She tidied all the leads from chargers etc so tidily we all want to know how she did it. She was friendly and became more so during the week. Scottie’s food was out of this world. Even better than any previous year, if that’s possible. The meal on Saturday was amazing, particularly the salmon and orange chocolate fondant. The duck was delicious and the canapés imaginative and great. Can’t praise his food enough. We ate out at L’Etable d’Alain which was very good and interesting. Great that you can have other dishes and not just fondue, raclette and brasserade.

December 2017
Chalet: Absolutely loved Scotty and Charlotte. They were so accommodating – tops marks! The chalet was beautifully clean and Scotty’s food was fantastic – particularly Christmas day! Couldn’t fault them. Ski shop – Killy, fabulous, great new gear and brilliant support. Ski school – ESF, Claudia – good lesson but not very accommodating e.g wanted to extend to 2hr lesson but told they were only doing 1hr. Restaurants – Tete du Solaise, very good. Fruitiere, not good for the expense. PS – love the marmalade!

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Just wanted to say thank you for a truly superb week skiing. The whole family absolutely loved it! MDR really is such a lovely chalet and Scotty is such a huge asset to it! His food was beyond delicious and was even better than I expected! I can’t not mention how fantastic Marcus was, so helpful and nothing was ever too much trouble! The snow was pretty good and we were so lucky to have a fantastic morning up on the Grand Motte after some fresh snow – we all got totally over excited and went up and down about 8 times. I rather wish I had stayed out for another week after seeing the weather forecast. Hopefully we will try and nab the same chalet, same week for next season…

April 2017
Ella was the best chalet assistant we’ve ever had – great character, charming and efficient and she really made a difference. It was mayhem with all the children but she went beyond the call of duty making sure they had everything they needed. Scotty was as excellent as ever. His food is amazing and the chalet feels like home. Lewis was super efficient and appeared like magic whenever required.

April 2017
Repeat guests – amazingly we have put up with Scotty for 15 years! We keep coming back as his food is amazing. Izzy kept the chalet beautifully clean and was pleasant and helpful. Various instructors at Mountain Masters – all good and our children’s skiing improved. Pizza Love for the night out was good!

March 2017
Scotty is the reason we keep coming back, he is just superb! Even though he is a complete wind-up merchant! Issy was great, very pleasant to be around and went the extra mile. The food, as always, was sublime! Le Lodge was brilliant, pizzas and ribs seriously good and great service.

March 2017
We’ve had a fabulous week! Scotty’s food is just wonderful – everything. His dairy-free alternatives were amazing. And he is such an entertaining character! Issy is bubbly and lovely, keeps the chalet spotless, gives really useful recommendations, is interesting to chat to, and generally a pleasure to be around. Bertie’s Bus, as the Land Rover became known, was a brilliant service. Snowberry are fantastic for ski hire. We had great lunches at the Tête de Solaise, Tufs, Bellevarde, Gourmandine and Fondue Factory but were rather disappointed by l’Arbre de Vie.

February 2017
Scotty’s food was brilliant, the duck especiallly outstanding. Issy is cheerful, helpful and kept the chalet immaculately clean. Snowberry great as always – really good boots.

February 2017
What a lovely holiday – we’re never going to self-cater again! It’s a lovely chalet, and Scottie’s food is exquisite – we photographed every dish and sent it to our friends to make them jealous. We loved it all, and the children ate things they’d never even try at home! We loved the Thai salmon, the chicken, every cake – in fact everything except possibly the beef cheek, and that was probably only because we had laughed too much about which end of the cow the cheeks had come from! The vegetarian food was inspired – Scottie really pulled out the stops. Issy is extremely efficient, keeps the place spotless and lays a wonderful fire. The dining room is even nicer when the sliding door across the stairs is closed. Snowberry is really, really good. The Fondue Factory is rather underwhelming – poor cheese fondue and very poor chocolate fondue…

February 2017
Where do we start? What a fantastic holiday! Scotty is getting even better, if that is possible! His food is out of this world. All of it. The beef cheek, the gammon, the steak – absolutely everything. He is such a lovely guy and such good fun. When we die we all want to come back as Scotty Manning! He is totally relaxed and entertaining, yet his kitchen is OCD clean, and his cooking is incredible. Issy is super, brilliant, lovely and mega-efficient. The chalet is spotless, and she remembers everything. One lady liked ice for her wine. She asked once. After that it happened automatically! Snowberry are brilliant. Gabi from the ESF is a wonderful off-piste instructor. Great lunches at the Edelweiss, Trifollet and Sachette, and a lovely dinner at Les Tufs.

February 2017
Snowberry, great service, very expensive, but good ski boot fit. Surefoot were terrible. Ski 2000, we were very happy with service. In the chalet Olivia and Scotty were unbelievable, Olivia was lovely and we enjoyed Scotty’s stories. Lewis was very friendly and chatty, always on time, fantastic Land Rover. The food was outstanding all week, just brilliant, what a chef! Alpine Experience for off piste, very very good: they seriously know their stuff. Restaurant: Les Tufs, very good, always delivers.

January 2017
Scotty is a superb chef and his meals are to die for, but we have no idea whether his stories were true or not!!! However it was all good.

January 2017
Our first YSE holiday, but it won’t be the last. The chalet is lovely. Scotty is an amazing chef. His food is excellent, just delicious. The duck, steak, pork belly beef cheek, salmon, Thai chicken – it was all perfectly cooked, with such tender meat, and beautifully presented. His kitchen is OCD spotless! Georgia is lovely, delightful, so attentive, so good at cleaning and so pretty! (This from a lady.) Both staff are charming, hard-working, skilled and fun. Snowberry is brilliant. The Lodge, Cascade and Sachette were all excellent restaurants and good value.

December 2016
The chalet was unbelievably clean. Georgia is great – very attentive and makes amazing fires. Scottie is great but quite shy – needs to come out of his shell more!!! Best ever food, beyond amazing. It was less rich than previous years and really outstanding. Portion sizes are perfect and we loved the veg on the side. Bertie is a good driver, very attentive, punctual and charming! For eating out we recommend L’Etable d’Alain for the night off, and the Ferme des Trois Capucines in Tignes which is excellent. Les Tufs and Bananas are great for cheaper options. All brilliant!

La Moraine

La Moraine

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Chalet was awesome, perfect, fantastic. Tom & Erika are lovely people, they really felt part of the group. Erika, is lovely, entertaining, we love her! She kept the chalet so so clean. It was unbelievable! My first ever chalet holiday and everything was much better than expected, especially how neat and clean everything was. Food was ohhhhhhhhhh amazing, restaurant quality. We loved Tom’s overview of each meal. The standard, quality and variety was a pleasant surprise. Would have loved more butter cream on the carrot cake but this is definitely nitpicking. Also maybe bigger servings of dessert..? The standout dishes were the salmon risotto and beef cheek. We ate out at the Casserole for dinner, delicious cheeses, really lovely. La Sana for lunch was awesome, reasonable. Loved sitting in the sunshine. For ski hire Precision Iseran equipment was tatty but fine for the price. Intersport Gare Routier was fine, average, to be honest not very good.. They didn’t ask any questions about experience etc just gave out equipment. ESF instructor Serge was really good! 5 x 2 hour private lessons. Definite improvement throughout the week and a huge confidence boost.

March 2018
We’ve just had the most brilliant week! Tom’s food is unbelievable. It is so delicious. He is an absolute artist. The food is light and interesting, like in a top restaurant. His smashed puddings are beautiful. We really enjoyed his duck, choc mousse, salmon, puréed vegetables, his 30-hour beef – everything! – and wanted to take him home… Erika is brilliant, so conscientious and hard-working. She knows the resort well and was full of useful advice. She handled very different start times without any problem, even though some of us left to ski early and others lay in every morning! Lessons with Tansy from Mountain Masters, but shared them with a total-beginner friend, so didn’t learn a huge amount…

February 2018
Please pass on my thanks to your two staff in La Moraine. Tom’s cooking and Erica’s enigmatic smile (and patience) made for a great week. I am glued to the Val d’Isere webcams and only wish I was still there!

February 2018
Chalet was really good. Comfortable for us. Good location, nice and quiet. Erika was great looking after us. Very enjoyable food from Tom! Really good stuff. Ski hire from Precision, decent equipment and no complaint. Also Ski Republuc at Rond Point were good enough for what we need.

February 2018
Chalet – quite cramped and a bit tired but the chalet girls looked after us very well. Really helpful and polite. They both went the extra mile for us and Sophie kept it immaculate for the week. Tom’s food was excellent. The menu is really good and varied, a big effort and very tasty. The children got good food too which was great. Peanut butter parfait was special as was the truffle soup. Salmon and rissotto were a highlight. Hoisin duck and cauliflower pakoras. We could name everything it was all delicious! Maybe nice to have more fish on the menu? All very good. Impressed by how the company works. The travel arrangements are well thought out, etc. No nonsense from HQ if you have any questions.

February 2018
Hired skis from Ski Republic at Rond Point due to the proximity to the chalet. The equipment was average. We’d booked mid range equipment online, but were told there was only budget left when they got there. Had 3 mornings of lessons through Ski Supreme which had been recommended by a friend. Really really good. Chalet Moraine was awesome, suited us. Sophie kept the whole chalet exceptionally clean – especially for a Zimbabwean! Lovely being around. The food was definitely amazing! Better by far than Ski Total – not even comparative really! Ski Total was basic, but Tom’s food is gourmet, upmarket and creative. He takes pride in his cooking and shows passion. Chalet wines were great though we drank far too much of them. John’s live commentary on the bus was insane, how does he know so much?!

January 2018
Booked Ski Republic online and had good equipment. Snowberry great, very very new equipment, comfy boots. Group lessons with Bruno and Stephanie who were both really nice, we learnt lots and loved getting our ‘flocon’ ski school badges even though we’re adults! Frank Pergo from ESF was awesome! The chalet is perfect for us. Chef Tom is hilarious, Sophie was amazing – we love her! Tom’s food is really really good. The lemon drizzle cake was to die for. The beef fillet, cauliflower starter and mushroom starter were outstanding. The Cote du Rhone wine was good. Went to Chez Paolo for pizzas on the night off which was great, casual and close to the chalet. La Panoramic for lunch was spectacular, upstairs at the Bellevarde was great. Went to Trifolet twice as it was so good, and loved the transitional interior. La Corniche surprisingly convenient for lunch and great food, La Fruiterie was good inside but bad outside. We love Cocos but they desperately need to change their set music. Even the different bands all play the same thing. Amazing week and amazing skiing.

January 2018
Tom’s food is like eating in a top restaurant every night. It looks wonderful, he presents it so artistically, and it tastes as good as it looks. His portions were perfect. Lily was brilliant. She was rushing around, plumping up cushions while we ate. Abby came in when Lily was injured, and was a lovely, delightful girl, and she did really well. We had excellent instruction from Ben and Lauder of tic, and were very pleased with equipment hire from Snowberry, Mattis and the Mountain Pro Shop. The delivery and collection service at Snowberry is great.

January 2018
This is just a brief note to thank YSE, yourself, John and all your lovely staff for our recent holiday in Val. The ferocious weather made it an interesting and challenging experience. I have skied with YSE at Val for 10 years and many other skiing holidays besides, but the conditions in January 2018 were as difficult as anything I have known with hurricane-force winds (which wrecked the ‘up and over’ lift and smashed a few chairs). All the high lifts and sometimes most of the low lifts were closed because of wind/visibility/safety and the Tignes link was broken for 4 of 6 days. The unstable snow pack and windslab meant an avalanche risk of 4/5 or 5/5 throughout coupled with blizzards, extremely deep snow and flat light. But perhaps it is necessary to ski in bad conditions the better to appreciate the good days! We brought our touring skies so we were able to get out and ski the Le Manchet valley even when everything was closed – which made it very exciting as well! YSE’s arrangements were excellent and John excelled himself coping with the daily disasters. His enthusiasm was remarkable. Your chalet staff are very well chosen: our cook at La Moraine, Tom, is a professional chef and provided the finest chalet meals I have ever known, presented with panache and imagination. Lily, our hostess, a psychology graduate, was a delight: charming, intelligent, cheerful, energetic, hard-working and with a most graceful personality. I think both Lily and Tom are very talented will have very successful careers. We usually travel with a group but this year we had to book at the last moment and joined other YSE guests who were very friendly and agreeable. All were interesting, excellent skiers and YSE veterans and far better skiers than either of us. As ‘un ancien’ I qualified (easily) for a free ski pass; sadly they did not ask for proof of birthdate: they said it was only too obvious! A most memorable holiday!

January 2018
A great holiday despite the weather. Skied every day in spite of the weather – brought touring skis but did not use them! Tom’s food very good and presentation is fantastic. He tried very hard to be creative and all meals were so good. Lily brilliant and enchanting! One room was too cold and she got someone out three times until it was fixed. Casserole good for night off. La Cave very nice and cosy for a drink on bad weather days.

January 2018
We’ve had a fantastic holiday, although the chalet is getting a bit tired (which we totally understand is why it is inexpensive to stay in…). Tom’s food is wonderful. He is a talented, passionate and imaginative chef, and we wonder why YSE have put such a superb cook in their most basic chalet! Breakfast could have been more copious (but yes, we know we could have ordered the Heart-Attack Breakfast, and we effectively did so from mid-week). At the start of the week Tom asked us if we wanted high-end gastronomy or more basic, filling stuff. We think the ideal would be a combination: don’t change a thing, but perhaps add a bowl of potatoes or pasta to bulk out the carbs. By the end of the week Tom had got it all perfect. (The solitary lady in the group said the food was exceptional, the portioning perfect, her tummy replete, and everything marvellous!). Lily is such a sweet girl and keeps the chalet impeccable. When the path got icy, she solved the problem all alone with a snow shovel. She is great! Snowberry are exceptional, as is Franck from Mountain Masters. We really like the Corniche, where the food is great and quite reasonable, and the atmosphere is nice.

January 2018
Snowberry good. Tom’s cooking fantastic, all the food was great , delicious duck, fabulous roast chicken. His scrambled eggs superb, best ever. Lily kept the chalet and rooms immaculate. Compliments to both.
Despite the weather enjoyed the holiday and had two days’ good skiing.

December 2017
Oxygène very helpful but a bit slow on day one. Changing equipment and fixing was very good. Chalet was slightly cramped, one bathroom not enough between eight people. Everything worked well just a bit squeezed. Food was fantastic, Tom was a superb chef. It made our holiday. Lily’s catering was top notch. Nothing was ever too much trouble for her. A+ for both of them! Chez Paulo was nothing special but filled a hole for us. Tufs was tasty and service was friendly and efficient.

December 2017
We’ve had an amazing holiday. Tom and Lily are a fabulous team. He is the best chef we’ve ever had in a chalet, absolutely passionate about his food. We loved it all, and he even coped marvellously with the five tiny children. We really appreciate his coming in on his morning off. Lily is very efficient and professional at all she does, yet sweet and friendly with her guests. She’s such a lovely girl!

2016-17 Reviews

March 2017
I meant to write sooner to thank you all at YSE for another excellent week in Val d’Isere! I was lucky enough to stay at Chalet Moraine which I enjoyed enormously. Aside from being a lovely property in a great spot, we were perfectly looked after by Hattie and Olivia. We stayed with you at Le Grizny last year but I have to say Hattie’s food was by far the best I’ve had during five consecutive years in Tignes and Val d’Isere. I really couldn’t fault a single meal, it was all truly excellent. Should Hattie be with you again next year, please do let me know as I will gladly book to enjoy her food, and the skiing too of course.

March 2017
I just wanted to drop you a line to say what a truly wonderful, wonderful time we have all had at La Moraine. Right from being met by Liv and Hattie waiting at the front door when we arrived, through to waving us off when we left, it was a wonderful stay. The true highlight of the holiday was the food. In all our years of skiing we have never had such a high standard both in terms of quality of food to the simply amazing presentation. Never knew that simple mashed potato (sieved of course, not just mashed) could be made to resemble Mont Blanc so realistically! Don’t even start us on the divine pork belly! We could go on and on… Our rooms, bathrooms and sitting room were spotless each day. Thank you YSE!

January 2017
We had a great time at La Moraine. Skiing with my mates is like herding cats, so a self travel chalet allowed us a bit more flexibility. Issy & Hattie were fantastic, and had loads of great advice.  The food and wine lists were excellent. The chalet location was great – not far to stumble back from Cocco Ricco, and easy for Olympique and Solaise. Snowberry were great for ski hire, and it was easy to swap race skis for something a bit more off-pistey when the snow came. La Luge was great for the chalet night out – surprisingly good value too.

December 2016
Chalet Moraine was just as described. Good location, and comfortable. The chalet staff, Hattie and Vicky, were great, and nothing was too much trouble. The chalet was immaculate and the food stunning. The girls were a credit to YSE.

December 2016
Moraine is well-appointed for the slopes with an excellent traditional experience. Hattie made the most delicious menu topped off with the best Christmas dinner. Vicki kept the chalet beautifully presented and was a very charismatic hostess. Nothing during the week was too much trouble and we all enjoyed good skiing, superb company and a visit from John bringing duck portions!! Thank you so much YSE for yet another wonderful holiday

December 2016
Snowberry were excellent. We had new season’s (indeed brand new) equipment and they were most helpful when one of our group who had bought boots in the UK had problems. Private lessons with Yann who was listed on the YSE site. He was excellent. We chopped and changed group composition every day and he took great care of everyone. He was happy to take the 13 year old to the snow park,  helped to rebuild the confidence of two members of our group and he raced the fastest member down La Face. The chalet is basic but good value. Vicky was a great cook and Hattie very sociable. A couple of members of our group were variously unwell or had to work and they were most helpful and flexible in terms of doing their work around us. The food was good. We had some voracious eaters and some fussy eaters and they were flexible in terms of the meals and portion sizes that they served. For the night off we went to the raclette place on the blue run behind the chalet (can’t remember its name). They sent a mini bus which was great. The ambiance was great and the food was good if a little pricey (but that is probably down to the Euro exchange rate!)

December 2016
Snowberry were excellent. We had new season’s (indeed brand new) equipment and they were most helpful when one of our group who had bought boots in the UK had problems. Private lessons with Yann who was listed on the YSE site. He was excellent. We chopped and changed group composition every day and he took great care of everyone. He was happy to take the 13 year old to the snow park,  helped to rebuild the confidence of two members of our group and he raced the fastest member down La Face. The chalet is basic but good value. Vicky was a great cook and Hattie very sociable. A couple of members of our group were variously unwell or had to work and they were most helpful and flexible in terms of doing their work around us. The food was good. We had some voracious eaters and some fussy eaters and they were flexible in terms of the meals and portion sizes that they served. For the night off we went to the raclette place on the blue run behind the chalet (can’t remember its name). They sent a mini bus which was great. The ambiance was great and the food was good if a little pricey (but that is probably down to the Euro exchange rate!)

Chalet des Neiges

Chalet des Neiges

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Morgan is the most fantastic chef, his food was amazing, especially the peanut jelly parfait deconstruction! All was good, hake was fabulous, chocolate cake amazing, beef cheek delicious and fillet very good. Maybe more of the delicious canapés – one each was not enough. Girls were super, polite efficient and friendly. Need more water glasses so people can take them to bedrooms overnight. Snowberry very good for ski hire. L’Etincelle super, Les Tufs and Grande Ourse good. Cocorico popular. Overall a very good holiday.

March 2018
Just a quick note to say thank you very much for a great week. Morgan, Sian and Bea were fantastic hosts; very friendly, easy to get along with and nothing was too much trouble for them. The food was top class, Morgan does an incredible job in the limited kitchen space he has available to him. This was our first proper chalet holiday experience and I suspect we have been very spoilt! Thanks again.

March 2018
We had a fabulous holiday. Everything was absolutely amazing. Morgan’s food was beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. It was all superb – the breakfasts, the cakes, the cheese we requested, the duck, hake, beef fillet – everything! We asked for larger portions and immediately received them. Siân and Bee were lovely, charming, brilliant and kept the chalet spotless. Our only suggestion is that it would have been nice to have been advised to book night-off dinner earlier, because it was quite difficult to find a restaurant with space for 15.. We hired from Snowberry and thought it was very good. We had lessons from Sébastien and Franck from the ESF – both excellent – and Chloé from EV2, who speaks so little English the lesson was really a waste of time. We had a great dinner at the Lodge and excellent lunches at Marmottes.

March 2018
That was an amazing holiday! We are all regulars with YSE, and the current team of Morgan, Siân and Bee is the best yet! It was really all beyond the call of duty. Morgan’s food is quite amazing. We can’t agree on our favourites, because everything was just delicious! He is a very talented chef. He doesn’t need to be shy about introducing his food, and could do it a bit more slowly! Siân and Bee were just the best ever, sooooo lovely, helpful and sweet. Nothing was too much trouble. They went miles out of their way to find out what concert was on each evening. A few points: one mattress in Room 4 is wider than the bed, it would be nice to have an overhead shower bracket in Room 7, some of the beds are very firm, so it’s worth pointing out that you have optional mattress toppers, we’d like more large water glasses in the dining room and some glasses in the bathrooms, the bench in the boot room is wobbly, and most importantly there should be a notice in the boot room telling people not to turn off the radiator, because it is keeping the room hot that dries the boots! We hired from Snowberry, where the equipment and service were as perfect as ever. We had brilliant lessons from Terry and the lovely Kim of tdc, and also from New Generation Sam. We enjoyed meals at l’Etable d’Alain and Barillon, and loved the Rosée Blanche. It’s more fun than Cocorico or the Folie Douce, and serves the best vin chaud in town!

March 2018
Snowberry were spot-on with equipment and service. Wayne from Alpine Experience – amazing that he manages to find great powder where no-one else has been. Chalet staff were excellent. Sian and Lilly were really great for the time that Lilly was there. Sian was excellent all week, looked after us beautifully. Chalet food was absolutely brilliant. Morgan’s meals were all great, he has a very light touch, not too creamy, 5-star.

March 2018
Just leaving Chalet des Nieges after another great week (our 5th year in a row with YSE). Just wanted to say thanks to Lilly, Siam and Morgan for looking after us so well. Special praise for Morgan whose cooking is astonishingly good. You need to hang on to him! See you next year!

February 2018
Morgan’s meals were all fantastic. The chalet had a feedback evening with him last night and votes on the best meals. Beef and pork won. All first class cooking. The chalet girls were very thoughtful and helpful and put a lovely fire on every night. Really good team. Not keen on the house YSE white wine so ordered our own from the excellent wine list. Liked the red wines a lot better. Vielle Maison very good. Rosée Blanche also very good.

February 2018
Chalet staff were fabulous! Very smiley, happy and helpful. Lilly and Sian were both great with the kids (the kids looooved them!). Morgan’s food was fantastic, he was very accommodating feeding 7 children under 13 although they thought the portions for some of the older ones could have been a bit bigger. Very efficient at breakfast with 16 people all wanting different things. Favourites included ragout for the adults and burgers for the children. And the choc cake was the best ever! Ski in/ski out chalet, great location but the driveway up to the chalets is very icy and dangerous. Restaurants: Les Tufs – good food and lovely atmosphere but nothing too special. Chez Nano – really good for kids, they all loved the pizza. Snowberry really good for skis but not great for boards, would go somewhere else for boards next time. Ronnel from Pro Boarding – great, absolutely amazing teacher! Fred from Mountain Masters – really really good!

February 2018
Chalet staff were fabulous! Very smiley, happy and helpful. Lilly and Sian were both great with the kids (the kids looooved them!). Morgan’s food was fantastic, he was very accommodating feeding 7 children under 13 although they thought the portions for some of the older ones could have been a bit bigger. Very efficient at breakfast with 16 people all wanting different things. Favourites included ragout for the adults and burgers for the children. And the choc cake was the best ever! Ski in/ski out chalet, great location but the driveway up to the chalets is very icy and dangerous. Restaurants: Les Tufs – good food and lovely atmosphere but nothing too special. Chez Nano – really good for kids, they all loved the pizza. Snowberry really good for skis but not great for boards, would go somewhere else for boards next time. Ronnel from Pro Boarding – great, absolutely amazing teacher! Fred from Mountain Masters – really really good!

February 2018
Snowberry was brilliant, great service, very smooth, boots great, fantastic driver service. Progression were great for children’s lessons, we used them last year too. Mountain Masters for an adult lessons was good. The chalet was great – suited us well. The girls were fantastic, wonderful. We appreciated their help with the kids’ meal times. The chalet food was really really good. Morgan was very accommodating especially with our specific requests. Our stand-out favourite was the duck. We would have loved yesterday’s cakes to be available the next day too, but they seemed to disappear very quickly! Every lunch we had was great – at Fruitier, Tufs, Trifolet, Tete du Solaise and Soli. Tufs particularly good for children as the menu is so varied.

February 2018
We had an amazing, brilliant, wonderful holiday. It’s a lovely chalet. Morgan’s food is exquisite. The portions are perfect. He is so calm and relaxed, yet produces the most gorgeous food. Everything was fabulous, his breakfasts were brilliant. Siân and Lily were lovely and charming, and looked after us really well. They are amazing at remembering names. What a shame for Siân that she came to work in her Welsh rugby shirt and England won! We booked through Ski Solutions and knew nothing about the chalet or the holiday. We got sent to SkiSet at La Daille, though our details were sent to their main shop. Snowberry were very, very good. We loved the Baraque, Corniche, Vieille Maison, Gourmandine and Cascade.

January 2018
We had a the most amazing holiday. Morgan’s food is phenomenal. It quite spoiled eating out for us! We had no favourites – everything he cooked was brilliant. The canapés were amazing! The girls were absolutely lovely. Morgan, Siân and Bee were a fantastic team. They work together so well. Such a shame that Bee got injured. Rosie was superb when she stood in for Bee, though obviously she wasn’t the full member of the team yet. There is absolutely nothing we could criticise or improve on. We hired from Snowberry, who are excellent. We had an amazing lunch in the Cave à Vins of the Fruitière. The 72-hour lamb is fab. But nothing matches Morgan’s cooking!

January 2018
Snowberry good for skis although some confusion as some had been taken and some left behind. Morgan’s meals really amazing. Quite outstanding and the chalet girls were happy, smiling and polite. Food fantastically good. We’re thinking of opening a restaurant and having Morgan as the chef. Chalet girls incredibly tidy. Excellent attention to detail. Tv with surround sound excellent. All had a good time. Night out at Vielle Maison. Triffolet, Ouillet and the goulash soup at the Cascade all very good at lunchtime. Fondue factory ok.

January 2018
We just wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you to everyone for a great holiday. Even though the weather conditions were challenging to say the least we still managed to get plenty of time on the slopes and the fact that we had ten beginners in our group means that they will think anything less than blizzards and avalanches is a little mundane now! Morgan’s cooking was absolutely fabulous and we couldn’t think of one course that we didn’t like – everything was restaurant standard or better! Bee and Sian were brilliant and especially good with the children and very helpful when our son was taken ill. We can’t wait to come back and will be planning our next trip very soon!

January 2018
Precision ski hire driver service was booked online and worked really well, especially as there were small children in the group. They didn’t have correct fitting boots for the children but came back with the equipment after the first fitting. Booked lessons through ski lessons . com. Very good, spoke good English, lessons for children and adults in the mornings. Some mornings the lessons even met in La Daille, and others in Val d’Isere centre. The chalet was SO good (though the road up to it is lethal). It was great for kids as the arrangements were flexible. The staff are SO good – surely the best on the mountain! The girls were great with the kids, we loved the birthday celebration efforts of balloons etc. Incredible food. The restaurants throughout the week were nowhere near as good as the chalet food. Morgan HAS to start an Instagram page for his amazing food. The kids’ food was great! And the older children who ate the full menu loved it, and parents loved that extra veg was provided when asked for. Favourites were the pork belly, carrot soup, beef cheek, all of the starters especially the Thai salad. The brownies and carrot cake were demolished. Breakfasts were great. Couldn’t fault a thing. Les Tuffs was excellent for lunches, especially with children. As was Le Barillion. Went to Le Lodge for dinner on the night off which was all right especially the fondu.

January 2018
More lamps needed for reading please! But the chalet is lovely, The bottom floor bedroom with three beds is great for children. The staff were wonderful and incredibly helpful. The girls were lovely and coped well with small children and the mess they create. Morgan is a wonderful chef, amazing he can produce such wonderful food in that small kitchen. Even the normally fussy teenager ate things she would have never normally tried. Children’s food was brilliant and Morgan coped really well with allergies too. Favourites were the steak on the last night, the super moist chicken, duck and canapés. Precision great for ski hire, especially their mini bus service. Changed some skis with no fuss at all, although seemed slightly annoyed when a guest broke a pole. Precision ok, but nothing fantastic. Equipment was ‘upgraded’ from the level booked, but it still not great. Some of the children had lessons with Jean-Luc from ESF who they liked a lot. He spoke very good English. They were in a children’s group class with a mix of French and English kids. It’s a shame there are no kid’s lessons starting in La Daille as is a 30-40 minute trip in the morning to drop them at ski school in Snowsquare every day. A bit of a faff. Went to La Vielle Maison for night off and loved it. Lovely atmosphere and incredible food. Marmotte Restaurant was one of the best mountain restaurants we’ve ever been to. Amazing, great food, good portions, economical and plenty of seating. Datcha has quite a restricted menu and nothing ‘easy’ like baguettes and paninis, only full meals. Large portions and inflated pricing. Chalet Bolin in Tignes was cheap but very average. John’s talk on the bus was very informative and helpful – even for people who have been to Val d’Isere multiple times. Much appreciated.

January 2018
Snowberry good. Morgan created very good food – awesome! Flexibility on timing appreciated. Duck was favourite. Bee and Siân super job at cleaning chalet and rooms – really professional. Good showers
The girls were very engaging and looked after the young guests very well on a birthday night out! Meal out the lodge. Good . Takeaway pizza also good!

December 2017
We had a really fabulous holiday. Morgan is a brilliant and wonderful chef. His New Year’s Day dinner was out of this world. His croquembouche was gorgeous. As, actually, were all his other dinners. And his cakes! His vegetarian food was delicious – the mushroom and cheese wellington for instance. On one day he slightly forgot me and I only got the normal vegetables, though actually they were delicious anyway! Bee and Siân are perfect. They are very nice to be around, chatty when you want to talk, discreet when you don’t. They keep the chalet spotless and were really good with the kids. Bee in particular was very attentive to the children’s needs. They got in extra fruit and pastries for breakfast for one of them. They should make sure people know there’s a restaurant guide in the information folder. Andrea from New Gen is a very good instructor.

December 2017
The best chalet staff we’ve had in over 50 chalet holidays! Morgan is a very talented and competent chef. YSE must hang onto him! Not everyone would have chosen beef cheek, though those who did absolutely loved it! But we all agreed everything was just perfect, particularly the duck, salmon and Christmas dinner (and Chablis). We were very impressed that Morgan asked us for feedback on his food. Bee and Siân are really brilliant. They keep the chalet absolutely spotless, and are helpful, friendly, chatty and kind. Jean Sport is a great hire shop. Chris from Alpine Experience is a bit serious nowadays, and more interested in mountain etiquette than having fun! The Triffolet, Cascade and Armailly are all excellent. The Cascade is incredibly good value!

Chalet des Pentes

Chalet des Pentes

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Food amazing. The best we have ever had on a chalet holiday. Children are fussy eaters and they really appreciated Joss creating different bowls of food so they could help themselves. The children loved the cheese sweetcorn, spaghetti bol and the fish goujons. Jackieire chalet wine good but we didn’t enjoy the Chablis (?). Nanny from T4 brilliant. Nico and Ross from New Generation ski school were great with the children. Snowberry very good but quite expensive. Hannah kept the chalet clean and tidy – the only downside is not enough glasses and no glasses in bedrooms. Also no g&t glasses and no ice for g&t. Heating is tricky to adjust. Some tummy bugs in the week and an acl injury but the staff were very helpful with illness and injury. Didn’t book with YSE directly and we were told it was ski in ski out, disappointing especially for the children. Will take it up with agent.

March 2018
We’ve had a brilliant holiday. The girls are amazing. Joss’s food is wonderful. It’s all varied and interesting, and we particularly remember the beef cheek, salmon, choc mousse, chicken, carrot and coriander soup, plus all of the canapés. The wine is delicious! Emily is amazing and keeps the place very spick and span. We hired from Snowberry. They’re excellent. We had really good lunches at the Tête de Solaise, Peau de Vache and Trifollet. The Fruitière is very noisy and understaffed. The food was cold. The prize for the rudest waiters goes to La Sachette.

March 2018
We’ve had a lovely week. Joss and Emily are a delightful team and work really well together. Joss’s food is lovely, really, really good. We particularly remember the pork belly, salmon and beef cheek, but everything was delicious. Emily is brilliant and efficient and hard-working. She keeps the chalet wonderfully clean and organises Joss! More salads or possibly more vegetables would have been nice. Joss asked us on the first night if everything was to our taste, and we said yes, so we can’t criticise her. We hired from Snowberry and Jean Sports for off-piste stuff. Both were excellent. We had excellent off-piste lessons with Emeric and Nico of New Gen. Les Tufs is really good not just for lunch but particularly in the evenings.

March 2018
All very good. Used Precision near the bus station for ski hire, long wait on the Monday. Asked them to pick us up/deliver our skis but they said they were busy. Chalet staff were both great, kept the chalet very tidy. Joss’s food was nice and varied during the week. More fresh fruit would be great. Also leaving cakes in a tin would be nice to keep it fresher during the day. Restaurants: Sur La Montage, not great, service not very good. Girls giving us more direction on restaurants would have been nice but it was our fault as we couldn’t make up our mind and thought it would be easy to get a table for 10.

March 2018
Snowberry, used the driver service which was great. All the chalet staff were fantastic. Emily’s cleaning in Pentes was exceptional. Morgan’s meals were great. Joss also made great food particularly her panna cotta. Cakes were great both weeks. We went to La Vielle Maison twice. Both times excellent.

February 2018
Emily cleaned very well and all the meals were exceptionally good. Filet and beef cheek brilliant. A good team. Emily the best cleaner ever. Joss also cooked excellent vegetarian meals. The aubergine dish was the favourite, and her attention to detail and presentation were excellent and we all enjoyed all meals. Meal out at Grand Ourse – very cosy. Fromagerie good. Chez Paulo very reliable. Les Tufs good for lunch. Mattis for skis good. Despite not being able to see much, we all enjoyed the week’s skiing except when the weather completely closed in.

February 2018
Faultless orgs by YSE and their staff all week, best operator we’ve ever been with by far.. Already looking at next year.. Now back to reality with a bump.

February 2018
We had an excellent holiday. The chalet is great. Very comfortable and in a brilliant position. We loved being so close to the lifts and pistes! The food was very good. We were really pleased. Esther cooked the best food we have ever had in a chalet. Saturday night’s beef was amazing. And the parfait! The breakfasts. The cakes – wonderful. And the wine was also the best we’ve ever had in a chalet, especially the Malbec. Great to have proper French Malbec. Both chalet girls were lovely. Emily keeps the chalet spotless. Snowberry are brilliant, though two of us went to the Boraso shop in the Les Tufs building and thought it was excellent too. They look after your equipment overnight. We had really cheap lunches at Tignes Cuisine and the Arctic Café and saved up for a blow-out lunch at the amazing Edelweiss. Good dinners at 1789 and the Alsace though nothing was as good as the food in the chalet.

January 2018
It was a wonderful holiday, and we were brilliantly looked after. Everything was fantastic. Both girls are delightful. Esther’s food is fantastic. As is Emily’s cleaning and looking after the guests. We loved it all. The salmon, the duck, the last night’s beef – absolutely everything! There didn’t seem to be a fruit bowl though, like we had last year… We enjoyed meals at 1789, the Corniche and Edelweiss.

January 2018
Snowberry brilliant for ski hire. Ester and Emily very good, the cooking was excellent and the chalet was kept clean and tidy. Prefer fruit to pudding – we just bought our own fruit. Mountain restaurants all ok, the best being the Grand Ourse.

January 2018
Pentes is a lovely chalet. Staying in La Daille was great especially with the bad weather as the chalet was comfortable and there was everything we needed near by. Sophie was very very good and so organised, and especially good at co-ordinating at breakfast times when there were 8 different people ordering 8 different things. She looked after everyone very well throughout the week. The banana parfait was a standout, as were both beef dishes, and the salmon was the most perfectly cooked salmon we’d ever had. Esther was lovely too. Flash Pizza great for the night off, Marmottes and Cascades were great for reasonable meals on the mountain and the renovation at Marmottes has made it lovely. Love the Rose Blanche for après drinks.

January 2018
Fabulous chalet which suited our needs very well, spotlessly clean all week. Difficult to ski in and out of especially with the amount of snow we had! The path down to la Daille is very slippery. Sophie was lovely and Sam has a lovely manner and was very nice to be around, very laid back. Sam’s food is genius. He is a very very talented chef, whose food was better than any chalet we’ve ever stayed in, and most restaurants in fact! Favourites were the Asian-style pork and the chicken soup. Snowberry was very good, their shuttle service was excellent especially when staying in La Daille. Restaurants: Cascade very good and very reasonable, especially considering how high up the mountain it is. Fondu Factory for the night off good but not amazing. Very easy to over indulge here!

January 2018
Snowberry good. Esther did wonderful food, her chocolate orange fondant was the favourite. Duck very good. Admiration for calm cooking in a small open-plan space. Enjoyed lots of veg. Sophie kept the chalet neat tidy and clean. Rooms v good. Yoga class was held in the sitting room on the non ski day. The sheet ice on the slope to the chalet can be avoided by using the path to the right leading to the funival. Les Tufs good for lunch.

December 2017
After 25 years of YSE holidays this was as good as any. The chalet is lovely and Esther and Sophie ran it beautifully. Esther’s food is really good. We remember in particular the Thai fishcakes, basil panna cotta, pork, beef – everything! There was nothing we didn’t enjoy. Portions were possibly a little large for us, but three generations of a family, with small children, probably eat less than your average group. Was there rather a lot of chocolate? We loved it, but possibly shouldn’t have! Sophie is lovely and keeps the chalet gleaming. Both are super girls. We loved them! We had excellent ESF lessons from Julien, Véronique and Thomas, and excellent Oxygène lessons from Quentin and Nicolas, though Veronica was slightly unfriendly and spoke poor English. Having been told special courses would be run for our Wednesday-Wednesday week, the children actually just got bunged in existing Sunday-Friday groups. Snowberry were brilliant. We had very good cheese fondues at Les Tufs, good lunches at the Brasserie Louis, and lovely lunches up at the Bout du Monde now that the Clochetons has gone.

December 2017
Esther and Beth are fabulous and very helpful. Esther’s cooking is tremendous. All was superb, but particularly the duck, the beef cheek, all of the starters – well, everything. Snowberry and Precision are great hire shops. The do-it-yourself food at the restaurant Paul in the Aigle des Neiges is fun, and the cocktails there are good, as they are at the Blizzard. It took us a few days to realise that while good skiers can ski back to the door, even average skiers can ski from and back to the piste just 100 yards from the chalet. It would be worth pointing out to newcomers that they don’t actually need to walk up or down the hill.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Jo’s cooking is absolutely wonderful. We had her last year, and she is doing all sorts of really interesting new food. Brilliant. Millie is perfect. She is unobtrusive yet very intuitive: she knows just what you want and when! She serves you the right wine and remembers how you like your coffee. An absolute star!

April 2017
Everything was absolutely brilliant!! Jo the chef: OMG! Amazing!! So lovely, so sweet, so unassuming. Lovely to have around, but never in your face. She’s a very good cook, and did great children’s meals as well. We loved her cauliflower pecora, the celeriac salad, brownies, lemon drizzle cake, banana bread – all cakes, everything! Millie is lovely. The children adored her. She keeps the chalet totally spotless.

April 2017
Snowberry were great – pre-ordered skis. Intersport also very good, Alex there was helpful. Nikki is excellent at TDC ski school. Olivia is great at the ESF. The chalet is fab – great staff, lovely and helpful. The chalet was clean and tidy. The food was perfect!

March 2017
A wonderful holiday. Jo’s cooking is amazing. Absolutely everything, from her gorgeous scrambled and poached eggs to her pork belly, fillet beef, salads, all cakes, all puddings was incredible! Millie is sweet and attentive, and keeps the chalet spotless. The two girls work brilliantly together. We had excellent lessons from ESF Isabelle and Mountain Masters Tansy. Snowberry are incredibly efficient, and Unplugged is very good for snowboards. We had good meals at the (incredibly hot) Casserole and excellent Trifollet. Service at Sur La Montagne is painfully slow…

February 2017
We’ve had a wonderful holiday. We love the chalet and particularly the girls. Jo’s food is brilliant, with the beef, duck, coq roti, salmon, chicken and beef cheek particularly memorable, thought it was all totally delicious. She catered really well for the no-cheese no-tomatoes person. Millie is superb, she works non-stop, keeping the chalet spotless. She’s so warm and welcoming, always smiling yet with a very good eye for detail. The two girls seem to get on really well so the atmosphere in the chalet is really nice.

February 2017
Jo looked after us beautifully. She is very special, a lovely girl, and a fabulous cook. We had excellent instruction from Ben and Terry of tdc, much of it off-piste, and loved lunches at the Peau de Vache. Also loved Snowberry and night-off dinner at the Vieille Maison.

February 2017
Mattis very good for ski hire, very willing to change skis several times. Location very convenient. The chalet the girls were great – always around and joining in but without being intrusive. Always happy to help. The food was excellent. Beef en croute and beef cheek were big favourites. L’Arelait was awesome. We don’t remember a better meal on a ski holiday, and great value (3 courses and wine for 40 euros).

January 2017
A wonderful week. Jo and Harriet are a lovely team, work very hard and get on with each other so well. The atmosphere they create is perfect. The food was amazing, probably the best food I have ever eaten anywhere in my life! It was very varied and all of it was lovely. The holiday could not have been better, though it’s probably worth advising the future guests to walk on the snow beside the road up the hill.

Perdrix

Perdrix

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Jo’s food delicious and every meal amazing. She coped really well with dietary requirements and the vegan in the group loved her meals. One member of the group is a fussy eater and did not eat certain foods and she worked around that well. Favourite meals were the pork belly and the special veg soup. Duck was excellent, veg rahman delicious. Laura coped well and tidied and cleaned beautifully. Snowberry very good with good quality equipment. Tdc instructors Keith and and Paul brilliant. Meal out at Arbre de Vie ok but not great. We bought big mugs for tea and left them in the chalet as they’re too big to pack.Despite variable weather a great holiday and wonderful YSE experience.

March 2018
Ski hire and ski school with Oxygene – excellent. Instructors Quentin and Uri were both very good. Chalet was stunning! and faultless! Our chalet staff were fantastic. Both very friendly chatty and bubbly. Nothing was an effort for them. Lara is an excellent chef! All of the food we loved! It was just bliss!

March 2018
Intersport and Snowberry for ski hire – helpful, efficient, quick and easy. Chalet was really nice. Particularyl enjoyed the sauna. Staff – the girls were just great. Professional and helpful. Laura is charming. A great team! They were just perfect! Food was all great, Lara did a great job. Eating at the Edelweiss a little disappointing. Peau de Vache was outstanding.

March 2018
The chalet is absolutely beautiful! The location is wonderful and the view is spectacular especially of The Face. The smaller bedroom shower needs somewhere to put toiletries e.g. a stick-on or hanging shelf. Laura kept the chalet absolutely spotless and nice – is it possible to be over-tidy? Even our pyjamas were neatly folded! She is a lot more dedicated and meticulous than chalet staff we’ve had in previous years – and we’ve been on 14+ YSE holidays. Food: no complaints at all! Lara was very accommodating especially to all of our requests. Everything was a unanimous favourite! But especially the tortellini. Snowberry was pricey but good for ski hire. The Streetside location is excellent as so close. La Table d’Alain (aka the fromagerie) was super, very very nice for the night off. We have been there before and it is just as good.

February 2018
Mattis – good price for ski hire compared to Snowberry but they don’t put in a lot of effort, just give you a pair of skis unlike last year with Snowberry who gave better service. Would still choose Mattis for the price though. Alpine Experience with Wayne, very good lesson, been with him before and booked him before we came out. Evo2, recommendation, Valerie. Again a very good instructor, would use her again. Chalet kept really tidy. Laura was really nice and put in lots of effort remembering what we all liked and getting things ready before we even asked. Lara’s food was nice all week. Afternoon tea cakes were good and nice to come back too. Particularly liked the salads through the week. Corniche – good but ‘French’ service. Felt like you were getting told off during your meal! Mountain Masters, did a snow shoeing trip with Pascal. When you want something different it’s a great to be able to just turn up and pay on the door. T4 nannies were great help during the week, would use them again.

February 2018
Ski hire at Precision – equipment was all right, boots were worn but only basic stuff. If we hadn’t pre booked we would have gone somewhere else. Perdrix was really nice, good, comfortable and clean! Six guests but only three keys was annoying as some got locked out. Laura is lovely and looked after us well. Lara’s food was delicious. She cooked really well. Breakfast was good but could be expanded, toast, sausages etc. What she did cook was excellent though! Other YSE girls coming into the chalet all the time lacked privacy. Other than that it has been an excellent week and we loved it.

February 2018
Snowberry were awesome for ski hire! Easy, quick and great equipment. Perfect! ESF ski school really good. English-speaking limited but manageable. The chalet was awesome. Everything was absolutely perfect for us and we couldn’t fault it at all. Laura and Lara were amazing. The kids loved Laura and she is very sweet and helpful. We think she is a great girl all round but if the rumours of her owning a pair of moonboots are true, we seriously suggest letting her go!! Lara’s food was fantastic. We had some very specific requests which she dealt with superbly. She was wonderful. Very well run. It was perfect. Trying to book for next year already! Thanks girls!

February 2018
We’ve had a fabulous holiday. Lara’s food is wonderful, marvellous, TOO good! That’s our only complaint. She has spoilt us for future holidays! We particularly remember the duck, the pork, the beef cheek, and all of the cakes! Lara and Laura are both absolutely superb. They give 150% in everything they do. Nothing is too much trouble. The chalet is spotless. And deliveries Lewis was really nice and helpful when one lady hurt her ankle. Could there be a manual for the TV, the towel rails and all the other hi-tech stuff? The girls didn’t know how it all worked! The town swimming pool is really nice. We had a good meal at La Baraque, though it wasn’t a patch on Lara’s food. And we were very unimpressed by the Fondue Factory. We were sent to SkiSet by Ski Solutions and wish we’d gone to Snowberry. We won’t make that mistake again.

January 2018
Great chalet, all very nice, no problem with anything. Laura was superb. Even tidied my phone cables. Lara’s food was very good. White onion and truffle soup on the last night was super tasty. (Pork belly was actually really nice as I don’t like it usually). Everything that was done was done very well. Breakfast was a bit light on the sausage front. And black pudding. Couple of hash browns would be nice too! Ski hire – Precison Ski, skis were fabulous no queue and nice and easy. Even the cheap skis were great. Ski school with New Gen. Ross was great.

January 2018
Really lovely chalet, fabulous location. Lara is a very good cook, made a lot of effort and good presentation. Full marks from the one vegan too! Precision for skis. Used Vincent for ski guide/instructor. Best guide ever for 5 people, especially enjoyed off piste.

January 2018
It’s a lovely chalet. Such brilliant, lovely, incredible girls! Lara’s food is brilliant. She is a really talented cook. Emma is amazing! She follows you around, cleaning, and even rolls up the cable on your phone charger. We loved her.

January 2018
Love YSE and the chalet! This is the second year in a row we’ve stayed here. So luxurious. Fabulous staff. Laura kept the chalet immaculately clean and made it a lovely place to stay in. Lara’s food was incredible, such a treat. Particular favourites were the white onion soup (to die for), beef cheek and pork belly. For ski hire Snowberry excellent as usual, very flexible and helpful and the staff were practically falling over themselves to be of help. Restaurants: Table d’Alain has a lovely ambiance.

January 2018
Snowberry absolutely brilliant. Couldn’t fault them. Gorgeous chalet! Laura and Lara were great at looking after us. Laura was so polite and helpful. Thanks! Amazing food, beef and pork delicious, although everything was super. Kitchen impressively clean and tidy. Corniche was great. Nice food and great service. Good holiday all round!

December 2017
Ski Republic were really good. Not as good as Snowberry but still ran an efficient service. Yann was a great ski instructor. Recommended by Fiona Easdale and was very glad to have had the recommendation. Chalet lovely. The kitchen was not as immaculate as the rest of the chalet. Anna needs to drop her cleaning standards or she won’t have any time to ski! Food was delicious. Helpful with restaurant recommendations. Chez Paulo did the job. Exactly what we wanted and did something for everyone. Le Signal extortionate!

December 2017
Chalet excellent— after La Daille last year much better location and very luxurious. Anna kept it beautifully clean and Lara’s cooking was superb – better than an excellent restaurant standard. She adapted to the needs of the children and her spag bog was much better than their mum’s! They loved the pancakes at breakfast and enjoyed all the meals. Three children had lessons and skis from Oxygene — no problems.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Lovely chalet. Everything was perfect. Kate and Catherine were utterly brilliant. Kate’s food is fantastic – the duck, the beef, the cake – ah, the carrot cake! – absolutely everything, every day. We hired from Mattis for a change and found them very good. Being able to rent a locker in the shop is so convenient! Mark Jones from Mountain Masters is an amazing coach. We enjoyed meals at the Casserole and particularly the Trifollet.

March 2017
It’s a lovely chalet and we had a fabulous week. Jessie’s food was really good, amazing, absolutely perfect. She is a fantastic cook, and her presentation is incredible. We photographed every dish, and they look like illustrations from an expensive cookery book! Everything tasted as good as it looked, her portions were smack-on, and it could not have been better. Catherine (replaced once by Lulu) kept the chalet unbelievably clean, and was friendly, helpful and lovely. We had a wonderful day off-piste with Marilyne from the Bureau des Guides. We hired excellent off-piste equipment from the Mountain Pro Shop.

March 2017
Loved the chalet, food and staff. Snowberry were very helpful and efficient, especially Jock. Claire Burns at Mountain Masters was brilliant. A private lesson with Steve at TDC got me going on skis again after 15 years! Dinner on the night off at La Corniche – wonderful food and atmosphere.

February 2017
Fabulous apartment, brilliant staff and the usual great organisation. Another great trip with YSE…

February 2017
The chalet was fabulous and a step up, the staff were fantastic, and the food amazing and delicious. YSE runs very smoothly. Snowberry were good, and Linda from TDC was awesome and great with the children.

January 2017
Kate and Catherine were absolutely brilliant with the children. They played with them, they were extremely tolerant, they adapted their menus, they even left the sprinkles so that the children could put them on the cakes before eating them! The cakes were all delicious and favourite main courses were the duck, the slow-cooked beef cheek and the salmon with couscous. The chalet is absolutely gorgeous though you probably need to move the lamp over the coffee table because it bashes people on the head! We put our children into the Village des Enfants, one in the Crèche, one in the Garderie, and the kids were incredibly happy. One went to the Jardin d’Enfants with the ESF, and had a great time. The instructors were very attentive and loving. One of them noticed that one of the girls needed bigger gloves for instance. She was very happy and made rapid progress.

Pic Noir

Pic Noir

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Chalet lovely and food phenomenal. This was our fourth YSE visit and the best food ever. Edie is a very skilled and talented cook. She sorted portion sizes when we arrived so the young men in the group got more than normal sizes. We loved the lettuce with pulled pork canapés, chicken, white onion soup with truffle oil, beef cheek with cucumber granita, pannacotta. Chocolate cake to die for. Chalet wine ok but we also bought some local Vendeuse wine which we enjoyed. Maybe need more drink options for the children in the evening such as cordial instead of just water. We tried to go to the Table d’Alain for night off but couldn’t get through to book a table. Went to The Barillon instead, waiter very nice but only one brasserade cooker on the table for four people and it would have been better with two.

March 2018
Undoubtedly the best chalet we have ever stayed in! Edie is an absolute jewel. Her food is superb. Some pretty foodie guests were blown away. Her cuisine is interesting, varied and beautifully presented. Her portions are perfect. We particularly remember the duck or the salmon, but there was not a single duff dish from breakfast in the morning to pudding last thing at night. Anna is also a jewel! She’s absolutely marvellous, and keeps the chalet immaculate. We hired from Ogier and skied in the SCGB-organised on-piste groups, which are excellent. We had good dinners at the Casa Scara and Corniche.

March 2018
Ski hire at Intersport was fine. Good price and decent service. Also Skimium were very good with decent skis and good prices. Chalet was brilliant, really nice. The room was perfect. The girls were really good and looked after us well. Made you feel very welcome. We couldn’t praise them highly enough. Food was all really good. Gnocchi and mushroom stroganoff was very nice! The salmon was superb. All very very good, top notch! First time with YSE. Very impressed.

March 2018
Chalet is stunning, nicely set up. The bathrooms are smallish in comparison to the rest of the chalet, especially the door arrangement in bedroom 3, though nothing much you can do about it! Anna and Edie are fantastic chalet girls. The children cried when they had to say good bye. We all had a wonderful time because of them. Anna kept the chalet spotlessly clean – which is quite a challenge with young children! Everything was beautifully folded and it was so nice coming back to our lovely rooms each day. Edie’s food was beautiful, amazing. I’ve never eaten better food in my life. It was restaurant quality and we loved trying new things throughout the week. The children’s meals were particularly good. She was very intuitive picking up on things that they liked/disliked e.g. they liked the raspberry sauce so she made them a raspberry dessert later in the week. Taverne d’Alcace was lovely, great food and even better service from the waiter and our broken french conversation. We booked a nanny through little chicks because they work in conjunction with Oxygene for their lunch club. It would be wonderful if YSE had their own Nanny service. We would be more than happy to pay more for this! Snowberry was fine for ski hire. Excellent location near the chalet. Rob from Oxygene was lovely, learnt lots in our level 3 group throughout the week.

February 2018
Snowberry streetside really convenient location – no need for buses. Anna was very pleasant, No problems with the rooms. Cooking was great, really enjoyed the cakes and the pork belly. Went to the Lodge for night off: fine, lovely.

February 2018
Great holiday! Thank you. Everything was five-star. Edie is the most amazing cook. We’ll definitely be back next year if she’s still here. Last night’s beef wellington (requested by us) was epic! We couldn’t fault her or Anna. Both were lovely, helpful, efficient and charming. We didn’t think the Edelweiss was as good as last year. But we enjoyed the burgers at the Folie Douce! We hired very good equipment from Oxygène, and had excellent lessons with Scott of tdc.

February 2018
We loved Pic Noir – it’s a beautiful chalet. Anna was lovely. Such a nice girl and she looked after us really well. She was superb and an asset to the company. One of our party was quite ill and Anna was an absolute darling – thanks so much! Edie was lovely. Really good food. Duck was lovely and probably my favourite. Pork and beef cheek was also delicious! Great stuff. Snowberry were brilliant as always. Really really good. We used an ESF guide called Gabi Jeaume who was excellent with really good English.

February 2018
Edie and Anna are a great team. Edie’s cooking is just amazing. YSE’s food gets better every year. Last night’s beef was amazing, as were the salmon and pork. And cakes. In fact everything! We loved the Malbec. The chalet was spotless. It was great to have UK TV to watch the rugby. Snowberry Streetside was brilliant. We had great lunches at the Tête de Solaise and Pepe 2000 in Tignes, but a rather ordinary dinner at the Fondue Factory.

January 2018
Excellent chalet. Really lovely, comfortable and warm. Up to the usual YSE standard! Anna was great, top class service and a lovely girl all round. Edie the chef was absolutely star quality. It really was outstanding food. For the night off Chez Nano was tasty but busy! Ski hire – Precision excellent with really good equipment. Snowberry very good. Excellent service on first day. Ski school – Guide from Top Ski, Julien (Juju). Top man, perfect English, outstanding instructor.

January 2018
Beautiful chalet, great location. Have been to Val for 8 years and it’s the best chalet ever. Edie excellent, excellent meals. Fondue factory good on night off.

January 2018
I just wanted to say what a wonderful stay we had in Pic Noir, best chalet I’ve ever been in anywhere and the two girls Edie and Abbi excellent. I really loved being back in Val d’ Isere after a two year absence.

January 2018
The chalet was beautiful, the facilities were great. Stayed with VIP about 15 times before but friends recommended YSE – very impressed. The girls were perfect, very present and obliging and nothing was too much trouble. The chalet food was superb, breakfast was wonderful. Intersport underneath the chalet for ski hire: very very good. Very well looked after for being YSE clients. Also Ski Republic in Snowsquare: because of price and location, equipment is fine. Restaurants: love La Sana as a lunch spot as it is casual but tasty. L’Etincelle is great especially the meat on the grill.

January 2018
We just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your team for everything while in Val; your standards are still very high. The Pic Noir was fantastic, very comfortable and was spotlessly clean. Abi and Edie are a credit to you; they were lovely hosts and the whole family loved the food. I hope the rest of the season goes well for you and that you are not quite as stressed as you were this week (record snowfalls)! We hope to see you again very soon. Thanks again.

January 2018
Snowberry and Intersport were excellent. Friendly and helpful. Best boots we ever had! TDC Steve was really good at the private lesson. Chalet lovely and beautifully clean. Great location. Edie and Abi were super. Excellent food, pork belly was exemplary. Canapes were great and just a great time all round. Wish it was for longer! 1789 did nice food. Service excellent and really French.

December 2017
Snowberry very good. Streetside shop extremely convenient. Chalet was warm, clean and tidy. Edie was a fantastic cook. Abbi a super hostess. How about slippers for going downstairs into boot room. Camembert was the kids favourite food! La Moura was very good. Good service and had Asian food.

December 2017
Beautiful chalet. Stunning. Good location, lovely decor. Edie’s cooking amazing. We have never had so many food photos! Very professional and all fantastic. Brilliant Xmas meal – enjoyed the staff joining in. As an open plan chalet the girls adapted to joining in with guests or not — noted and appreciated . Catered well with puréed baby food and the veggie guest who liked having own separate meals. Fondue Factory good but not enough food. Killy Sport skis ok.

December 2017
Snowberry skis perfect. Went to the new shop and it was excellent. Children went to Oxygene as they had group lessons available, it was felt Progression better as a smaller company but no group lessons available for Wednesday transfers and with four children too expensive for alternative. Very very happy with the chalet. Loved the view and the sauna, it was very clean and tidy and the meals all super and suited everyone, compliments all round (including from the children). Favourites were beef fillet and parfait the best pudding ever.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Hannah and Amy are both absolutely lovely girls and kept the chalet spotless. It’s a gorgeous chalet, the food was delicious, and we’re South Africans so we don’t know quite how the system works, but it is OK that we gave them a tip? They certainly deserved it! Everything was just great. Snowberry were brilliant. Pamela from Oxygène is a superb instructress. We enjoyed meals at the Fondue Factory, Baraque and 1789.

March 2017
Everything was perfect in this superb chalet! Hannah is a quite brilliant chef. Everything she cooked was superb. We particularly remember her salmon and beef wellington. She is happy, chatty, friendly and full of interesting advice, and an absolute joy to be looked after by. Amy is quieter, but a lovely girl, keeping the chalet absolutely spotless and even the taps gleaming! They are a wonderful team, warm and welcoming, but not in your face. We hired from Precision because we always do, and they were very good. We had an excellent lunch at the Yule.

March 2017
A superb chalet – everything is perfect, the location, the views, even the bedding! We’ve been at least a dozen times with one of YSE’s expensive competitors but never will again. Hannah is a five-star chef. She has to be your best cook. Her food is amazing – we really didn’t want to eat in any restaurants! Her presentation is absolutely beautiful, the portions perfect. Amy is just lovely and keeps the chalet gleaming. We really appreciated the help from the Land Rovers for our 80 year-old. We had a good lesson from EV2 and Snowberry were excellent for ski hire. We were about to drag our bags to the lift when the most handsome man we’d ever seen wafted in and took the lot…

February 2017
The new chalets are amazing, like YSE+! The girls were awesome, and the food was excellent. Snowberry were good and changing skis was easy. The nanny from Jelly and Ice Cream was great. Fantastic holiday.

February 2017
Hannah and Amy are both really nice. They couldn’t have been more helpful or enthusiastic, and joined in with the banter. Both very attentive. Hannah’s food is fantastic. Everything was top drawer, with a great balance of flavours. All the old wood is a bit of a source of splinters, especially the boot room floor! Mattis and the Squaw Valley Precision were very good rental shops, and we had good food in the Lodge and Corniche, and loved the XV bar.

February 2017
Hannah was lovely, a big personality and an amazing cook. Amy was fantastic. Best chalet team we’ve had yet. All the food was delicious. All in all a lovely week.

January 2017
This is a lovely lovely chalet, and Hannah and Amy run it beautifully. They are both very good, spot-on, helpful and lovely but not in your face. The food is absolutely superb. It’s all very good, and particular favourites were the duck and the gnocchi.

December 2016
Fantastic week over all – lovely chalet, staff superb, excellent food (best chalet food we’ve had). We thought it was very good having a separate check-in at Gatwick.

Chalet des Pistes

Chalet des Pistes

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Chalet was perfect, we all ate together in the evening and the children thought the food was really really good. The adults thought it was all perfect and could not have been better!Really good brownies. White onion soup super. Choc mousse delicious. Beef canapés excellent as were tortilla canapés. Hired skis from Snowberry, no problems. All good. Ski instructor called Bozzetto, booked privately, he managed to take the family of five and expertly juggled the different speeds and abilities. Very good holiday, the children loved the snow, happy parents too.

March 2018
That was the holiday of a lifetime! Everything. Catherine is absolutely gorgeous. She’s a lovely person, thorough, conscientious and kind. Her cooking is amazing, and she was brilliant with our two little girls, who became her sous-chefs. We particularly remember her tortilla canapés, her duck and her lemon tart, but it was all delicious. We hired from Oxygène, and the girls also had lessons from Oxygène, with the lovely Calypso, Pamela and Sébastien. They are quite brilliant. We had a great dinner at the Barillon.

March 2018
That was an exceptionally good holiday, in spite of the weather! Catherine is exceptional, 10/10, the best ever. We’ve been with YSE many times, and the staff have always been 10/10, but Catherine was the best yet. She is a wonderful chef. We had no favourites because everything was perfect. Oh, perhaps the pear, blue cheese and walnut salad! She keeps the chalet gleaming, works incredibly hard, and constantly checked everything was what we wanted. Everything she did was spot-on. We hired from Snowberry and were very happy. We had lessons from fellow Scot Lauder from tdc. He’s brilliant. We ate at the Casserole, which was a mistake we will not repeat, but had excellent lunches at Les Tufs and the Fruitière, and particularly like La Sana and the Gourmandine, which we went to most days.

March 2018
Eskiador, very very good. Gave us a discount when we mentioned we are staying with YSE. They helped our friends who weren’t hiring but wanted their bindings checked. They took them apart and fixed the problem all for free. Chalet staff excellent, chalet really clean. The food was great but seemed like a lot of salad on the starters every night. Last night’s beef was spectacular. Afternoon tea cakes were great all week. We stayed here two years ago and we suggested a hand rail from the boot room up the first set of steps – we still think it needs one! Also a shower hook would be great rather than having to hold up the shower.

February 2018
Excellent food all good, especially the filet, beef cheek and pork belly. Chalet lovely, we enjoyed the fire. Vielle Maison for night out very good. The poor weather was disappointing. Lunch at La Sachette was delicious but resulted in two cases of gastro – possibly the tartiflette. Snowberry hire ok but expensive at 120 euros for a week’s skis.

February 2018
Snowberry- very good and accommodating when boots needed changing/refitting. Used Simon from Mountain Masters – amazing, best instructor we’ve ever had. Chalet food was really good, Catherine is a great cook. The chalet was kept really lovely and clean, rooms were immaculate. Could have done with a few more hooks downstairs to hang coats. Restaurant: La Corniche – great food, best fondue we’ve had. Evo2 Dog Sledding very disappointing, booked for Saturday morning and it was cancelled on Friday night so couldn’t book with anyone else. Driveway is unbelievably icy and slippery, needs to be gritted.

February 2018
Chalet was lovely, warm and comfortable. Catherine is a lovely girl, she looked after us very well. The food was really really good, the beef, salads and light starters were great, as were the chocolate mousse and apple crumble. Catherine also catered very well for the pescatarian. We loved lunches at Trifolet. Snowberry was good, good kids’ equipment, can’t complain.

February 2018
Catherine is brilliant. She’s just great. Her food is fantastic. All of it! She made us feel so welcome. We had a superb holiday.

January 2018
We LOVE Catherine. She is wonderful. She looked after us SO well and made our holiday. She is a lovely lovely person. She joined in and laughed with us and was totally flexible. She is a GREAT cook. Every meal was delicious. Her canapés were out of this world. We loved the brownies, carrot cake, fillet beef, lemon risotto, salmon, pork belly, carrot soup – absolutely everything! We hired skis from Snowberry, which was great. We ate at La Corniche, which was lovely too.

January 2018
Ski Set at La Daille was ok but the shop was very crowded. Catherine was excellent, all meals really consistently good and the chalet is tidy. The hill was icy and dangerous. Meal out on the night off at Le Barillon – fine. Best lunch was at La Sachette in Les Brevieres. Had a good day skiing with Valerie from Evo 2.

January 2018
Hired from Snowberry and got great equipment though disappointed that the driver service is only available at weekends. Hired first thing on Monday morning so had to get the bus to the store. Chalet des Pistes is lovely – it’s our 4th time staying there! Catherine is a wonderful girl, she is a wonderful cook, very organised. YSE never disappoint. Went to Vieux Maison on the night off which was lovely as always. The waitress was lovely, excellent service and an out-of-date beer issue was sorted out quickly with profuse apologies. Le Barillion was lovely for a lunch and convenient for staying in La Daille. Richael Gave for snowshoeing was excellent and thorough recommended for anyone who doesn’t ski. It was challenging but in a good way, and he picks up the group from the main road.

January 2018
Just back from La Daille with YSE and we can’t recommend YSE enough. Beautiful spotless chalet, great location next to the funival and two lifts, amazing food (thanks Catherine) and great service from all staff. Everyone at YSE were so accommodating and made travelling with two little ones that little bit easier! Only slight downside was the poor weather on arrival (unlucky!) and icy walk up to chalet, but hopefully we’ll avoid that next time we book with YSE!

December 2017
TDC were excellent and outstanding. Nico and Scott really really good. Chalet was comfortable if anything slightly too warm. Spacious enough. Catherine was outstanding. Timings for meals were always to the minute which was especially important to us. Dietary’s were all catered for very well and couldn’t fault a thing. Toviere restaurant is shocking and expensive. Tufs really tasty. Arbre d’vie and Arctic Café good for vegans.

December 2017
A wonderful holiday in a lovely chalet. Catherine is amazing, organised, together, very impressive and a top cook. Full marks. We cleared every plate every night because it was all so delicious. Every dish was great, but her Christmas dinner was particularly outstanding! She keeps the chalet spotless as well. Scott from New Generation is brilliant. Snowberry are excellent, though it’s a shame you can’t leave boots there overnight any more. We enjoyed lunches at Les Tufs.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
We’ve had a brilliant holiday. Des Pistes may not be the roomiest chalet, but it is lovely and we enjoyed the position. Lucy was a superb chalet girl. Her cooking was fabulous, of course, but she worked really hard and went the extra mile to an extent we couldn’t believe! She overheard one of us say she particularly like the Fever Tree tonic served only at the Yule, found out where the Yule got it from, and produced Fever Tree tonic in the chalet! Fabulous!

April 2017
Thank you to everyone for a brilliant holiday this year in Chalet Des Pistes. We were all very impressed with the entire set-up, from the office to the flights and transfers. Lucy looked after us extremely well in the chalet, which was perfectly situated, and having the famous John overseeing everything at the airport was quite a bonus! If we were going back to Val we would definitely use YSE.

April 2017
Snowberry were good, Mattis fine. Christian at Mountain Masters was excellent. Lucy in the chalet was very good. Her food is excellent and she’s very good at changing things, going the extra distance to accommodate requests.

March 2017
A lovely week. Lucy is the perfect lady, nothing is too much trouble, she was kind and helpful, arranged pushchairs and massages, and cooked brilliantly. All her food was marvellous. From the first night chicken to the final night beef fillet. Perfect portions, too. Snowberry was excellent. We had a wonderful meal at the ** Atelier.

February 2017
Ah, lovely Lucy! She’s wonderful, her food is exquisite, all was brilliant but we particularly remember the fillet beef, pork belly, duck and beef cheek. She keeps the chalet immaculate and was fun and welcoming and attentive. We enjoyed the Casserole, Armailly, Triffolet and Grand Cocor, and loved the Grand Marnier crêperie!

February 2017
Lucy our chalet girl was amazing with the children, very flexible and went above and beyond with help, especially early meal times. The food was excellent, everything was good. Lovely meal out at Vieille Maison. Snowberry were great and we’d recommend them. Oxygene were fine for hiring and the ski lessons were very professional.

February 2017
The chalet is great and Lucy is the Golden Goddess of Hospitality. She is lovely, sweet, calm and flexible. She’s a trouper! Whatever YSE is paying her it isn’t enough! Her risotto was wonderful. So was the duck. The salmon. The beef. The banana cake and the world-class chocolate fondant.

January 2017
Lucy looked after us very well, she is very obliging and keen to help where she could, joining in our ‘lively discussions’, great fun. This is the best food we have had after several YSE holidays. The variety is excellent and Lucy took on board that we didn’t like spicy food, and also made a special pudding. La Vielle Maison was excellent for the night off, and up to the usual good standard. The hill up to the chalet is brutal and we think YSE should invest in a magic carpet up to the chalet. But really it was the best of many ski holidays yet.

January 2017
This is a lovely chalet and Lucy runs it marvellously. She is terrific and she suited her food to the children, keeping it a bit simpler and less spicy for them, the portion sizes were smack on and all in all it was perfect. We didn’t have a favourite dish – we loved them all. The fire is amazing – it draws so well

Chalet de Pierre

Chalet de Pierre

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Killy Sport was good for ski hire, though we were quite rushed to pick up skis on Sunday with the late transfer and ski school first thing the next morning. Used Oxygene Manu & Antoni for lessons. They were great and the kids’ skiing came on masses and they loved their instructors. The chalet was wonderful, a beautiful chalet with wonderful views. Chloe is a lovely girl, warm and friendly. The kids loved her and she was a huge help with them. We loved that she played games with them and even DJed for their dance off! Everything was so clean – and that was noticed by one of the children which is really saying something. Josh is an amazing chef, his food was phenomenal, seriously good. There was nothing we didn’t like, including the children, and nothing was too rich which suited us perfectly. Everything was homemade, it was very special. The children’s food was great, as were the cakes. We ate out at La Corniche which was fine, the kids enjoyed the pierre chaud. We had great lunches at Trifollet, Fruitière and Edelweiss and an ok lunch at Les Tufs. Best chalet and chalet holiday ever! Thank you YSE.

March 2018
Ski hire Snowberry Slopeside: skis were good no issues, very good service and skis. Iseran 2000, they were brilliant I have no complaints and not sure why they aren’t recommended by YSE. Was a convenient location to chalet and half the price of snowberry! Ski schools and instructors, BAS Joe was a great lesson feel like I learnt something and really enjoyed his style of teaching. Had a lesson with TDC with Ben which I would 100% do again. Oxygene. Had booked beginner lessons at the beginning of the the week but due to injury I had to pull out. Oxygene were great about it and gave me a credit note for lessons which I could use later in the week. Later in the week had private lessons with Alice which were really good much better than the group lessons. The chalet is brilliant, I have never seen bedrooms so tidy in my whole life. 10/10 service all week. Chloe was super, very good. Chalet was really nice to have so much space at the top was a great area to chat and have canapés. Very good food all week, the treacle tart was amazing one of the best I’ve had. We were grateful to be back on the chalet food after the disaster of a meal on the day off at Le Fromagerie – do not send any of your guests here! The staff were rude, got our order wrong and tried to say it was our fault. When the order did arrive after two hours we asked for a discount and ended up walking out. Just one other note, getting to the chalet was really difficult. My wife didn’t ski so was difficult for her to get out and about which is a shame because everything else about the chalet is wonderful.

March 2018
Snowberry was fine, very helpful. Didn’t use the driver service but we should have. Not quite as good as the hype – the equipment you get is the same as Intersport or Killy. Our 4-yo had lessons with Evo 2. At first he was in a group lesson which he found overwhelming and didn’t enjoy it. But Roni (a female instructor) recognised this and they were extremely accommodating and understanding. He ended up in a 1 to 1 lesson with Chloe which he enjoyed so much. Can’t praise them enough for that. Chalet was lovely. Josh and Chloe are doing a terrific job! Chloe kept the place spotless which is saying something when there are three kids creating chaos. The children absolutely loved her and she kept them entertained. A big shout out to Josh! He ended up having to cook three meals a night for us between adults, children and baby food. It’s the best chalet food we’ve ever had, everything was seamless, really nice, thoroughly enjoyed it. Restaurants – Grande Ourse was very nice. Loved Trifolett, the balcony with a wine on a sunny day was perfection. Edelweiss, amazing food but terrible service. La Sana awesome, simple menu but perfect. Ideally located for post-ski school lunches. The Nutella waffles at Toviere are to die for (and that was from the adults). Jelly & Ice Cream had a staff a sickness which they didn’t have a contingency plan for so we lost a morning skiing, and Jelly had to fill the place with a nanny from Little Chicks. The girls from Jelly were great, but the operations let them down. Not the sort of stress you want on a holiday.

March 2018
Staff super, food unbelievable, Chloe chatty and friendly, kept rooms spotless and very tidy. She was good fun! Food all brilliant and Michelin star quality. Risotto fab, great duck, great salmon. Breakfasts brilliant. Every meal was superb. Skis through Ski Republic who sent us to the Precision shop in town – poor service, all a bit chaotic, boot fitting was wrong, etc. We ate lunch most days at Grand Cocor. Good for kids, good location, food ok. Had lunch at the Yule one day, expensive but good, Night out at the Taverne d’Alsace was excellent. Left 5-month-old with Daisy from Jelly & Ice Cream – very professional and good. Ramp to the chalet is like an ice rink and impossible to get the pram up without help!

February 2018
Snowberry all good. The pick up service is great. Some confusion that they don’t sell equipment even though they demo them. Chalet was fantastic, very clean and comfortable. We felt very lucky to have Josh and Chloe as our chalet staff for the week. Food fantastic! All very tasty, all exceptional, consistently good. Restaurant-standard, top presentation. Favourites were the salmon, treacle tart, cakes all amazing, especially flapjacks and brownies. The vegetarian food was all great too! Lunches at Edelweiss, L’Aravvy in Brevieres, Bananas, and Signal all great. Loved coffee at Chevalot and drinks at Blue Note. Chez Paolo nice for a casual night-off dinner. The snow-shoeing booked through Mountain Pro Shop was incredible, really loved it, thoroughly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t ski, or who wants to do something different.

February 2018
Lovely chalet, warm friendly staff, great guests. Emily was great, really chatty and helpful. The chalet was clean and tidy and Josh’s food was amazing. Snowberry – pre booked and when we arrived everything was ready and waiting, very good service. Oxygene – great, just took a bit of time to get organised. Restaurants: Fromagerie – really good! Would definitely go back. La Casa Scara – amazing Italian food, loved it.

February 2018
The chalet couldn’t have been better, between the chalet and the staff. Emily was very hospitable and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. Josh is truly a professional chef, not just a ski bum who’s been taught to make a few recipes! His food was outstanding, incredible. The children’s food was great – even though it was unexpected! The special crudités for kids were much appreciated. After big lunches it would have been nice to have some lighter meals, but we hated not to eat it! Favourites of the week were both beef dishes, risotto, salmon, falafel and beetroot starters and all Josh’s wonderful desserts. Lavancher restaurant was great for the night off! Great bar, the English waiter was wonderful, amazing value, wonderful food. Pre-booked ski hire with Skiset Millet on the recommendation of Ski Solutions bookings, but were disappointed with the distance from the chalet to the shop, especially with six small children. The kids had good group lessons with New Gen with Emeric and Danny and they enjoyed them a lot.

February 2018
Lovely, very comfortable chalet. Beautiful and spacious, especially the bedrooms. Absolutely loved the fire. Having two different type of pillows was good – feather and synthetic. The beds are supremely comfortable. But the wifi doesn’t work in the bedrooms and only works intermittently upstairs. Emily is exceptional, went above and beyond. Very professional and also great fun! Perfect balance. Josh’s food was incredible. We were very spoilt for the week and will be eating salads at home. La Casa Scara excellent for eating out, lovely atmosphere and nice service. Fondu Factory great for a birthday dinner. Loved both the cheese and meat fondues, a very cool setting, good fun. Service was a bit dismissive though. Le lodge was fine, great service. Loved La Fruitere for lunch, outstanding. Ordering Pizz n Love to the chalet was such a treat. John’s bus CD is very helpful even for Val d’Isere returners. The mid-week texts are a lovely touch, very personal. Very much appreciated Emily being so tuned-in that she turned up the weather on the radio every morning. So helpful for getting dressed in the right gear, and helps you enjoy the day!

February 2018
We had a brilliant time last week at Pierre. All of the YSE team were super and the weather delivered as well – it was so nice to have such a great trip. A big thank you to you all. Hope to see you back in Val again soon.

January 2018
I have just returned from a week in Val staying at Chalet Pierre. I wanted to compliment the staff who provided excellent service for us and especially the chef, Josh, whose culinary skills are the best I have experienced in a number of years’ of chalet staying and who provided a variety of delicious menus which were much appreciated by all. You have a star there, well complemented by Emily.

January 2018
We loved the chalet and adored Josh and Charlotte. They switched their day off to fit in with a birthday, and Josh baked a birthday cake. On the really snowy day a delicious lunch appeared totally unexpectedly. Wonderful! Charlotte keeps the chalet spotless, and we particularly remember Josh’s amazing duck and brownies!

January 2018
Stuck in chalet for 2.5 days, cut off due to the record snowfall. However Hannah looked after us brilliantly even though she had limited food supplies. Very creative with meals! Although it was a weather crisis it was all handled well, appreciated being kept informed and up to date at all times with the situation. Also an incentive to have a discount on a future holiday greatly appreciated. Once Josh was back with Emily and Charlotte the cooking was superb; all so good but beef fillet especially fab. Chalet kept clean and tidy but the path is icy, and the sauna needs some written instructions please. La Corniche ok for meals but nothing special and would not go back. L’Etincelle good for dinner on night off. A ski to Italy with Lauren from ESF via Seez really good. Despite the weather a marvellous holiday!

January 2018
Ski Republic very good. Didn’t charge for the non-skiing day which was great. Really nice chalet. Warm, cosy and spacious. Cleanliness good as well. Charlotte was great. Box of tissues in the room maybe? Food was super tasty! Breakfast was great and served nice and quick! Duck and chicken were superb!

December 2017
Ski hire with Snowberry excellent – they came to the chalet. Chalet excellent, sauna and table tennis table good for white-out days. Josh’s food great. His desserts were particularly fantastic. Emily kept the chalet spotless, really good and very attentive. Restaurant: ‘pizz n love’, tasty pizzas and easy delivery.

December 2017
Intersport for skis. Very good. Valerie from Evo 2 and her husband Mark for ski instruction. As always very good. Also an Italian from Evo 2, Georgio – v good. Great chalet team – Josh superb cook excellent food and Zinnia and Emily kept the chalet clean and tidy. 10/10 for the staff. Josh not only did excellent meals but he cooked very well for the gluten free guest, and accommodated a fussy eater and catered for the needs of the children as well as cooking extra veg and potatoes on request.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Everything was perfect. It is an absolutely splendid chalet. Christian’s food was fabulous, and he’s a lovely chap! Lucia was brilliant: efficient, friendly, helpful and enthusiastic.

April 2017
We had a wonderful week. Adrian and Lucia are both very, very good. Adrian is a genius. His cooking is seriously good and he has a lovely personality. Everything he cooked was fab, especially the chocolate fondant, beef cheek, triple-cooked chips, pork belly, salmon, duck, fishcakes – absolutely everything. Lucia is lovely and keeps the chalet very clean. We had excellent lessons from Bruno and Manu of Oxygène. Léo from the ESF seemed very inexperienced, and Sébastien was OK (we missed the advice on the bus to go through Niki because we fell asleep!). Snowberry were very good, and Movement skis were a revelation. Excellent lunches at Les Tufs, the incredibly inexpensive Cascade and the Trifollet. The self-service at Le Signal was very crowded.

April 2017
We had a wonderful holiday. It’s a lovely chalet, and couldn’t be run better than it is by Adrian and Lucia. Adrian’s food is absolutely superb. He was flexible about meal times, and managed to serve different menus at the same time, including delicious gluten-free food. His fillet beef, duck, canapés, chocolate fondant, breakfast etc etc were all very, very good. Lucia is absolutely lovely. She couldn’t do anything wrong. She was lovely and kind, and kept the chalet spotless. She even skied with the children. Snowberry were perfect. James from BASS was a brilliant instructor, as were Eduardo and Didi from Oxygène. Bruno was good, but less so… We had a lovely dinner at Les Clochetons.

April 2017
Adrian cooked beautifully all week with lots of variation. Really enjoyed the steak on the last night. Some lovely options for the vegetarian – really appreciated the extra effort. Lucia was always very helpful, kept the chalet immaculate and brought a lot of energy to the place.

March 2017
Excellent food. Everything was first class and Adrian was extremely flexible about changing the menu on request. We had meals out at Le grand Ourse (v good), Signal self service (poor), Fruitiere (good experience but expensive),
Eidelwies (v good) but the meals out were not as good as the chalet meals!

March 2017
Our best ski holiday ever! We love the chalet, it’s roomy and comfortable and the views are incredible. The position is perfect. Adrian is an absolute star, an enthusiast and a perfectionist. He baked his own muffins to make eggs benedict. His food was incredible. Lucia is friendly, welcoming and good fun and keeps the chalet incredibly clean and tidy. We had good meals at the Bellevarde, Tête de Solaise, Tufs and Bollin. We got a good deal on excellent  equipment from Killy Sports.

February 2017
What a great chalet! Adrian’s food was brilliant, absolutely delicious, he’s an experienced chef. We loved the steak, triple-cooked chips, duck, salmon, cakes – everything. It was all very, very good and nothing was not perfect! Lucia is a gorgeous girl – fantastic. She keeps the chalet immaculate and nothing is too much trouble, even escorting our 20-something sons to the après-ski which she said was part of her job.. We use Ross from New Generation every year for lessons – he’s amazing. Snowberry for skis – excellent.

February 2017
Exceptional chalet staff – they’re faultless. Lucia and Adam make a great team and nothing was too much for them to help with. They’re flexible and can anticipate everything.  The food was first class. The best chalet holiday we’ve ever had.

February 2017
Little Al was superb and couldn’t do enough for us. She was excellent with the kids. Adrian is a great guy who made gorgeous food. Steak and duck were favourites. We ate out at Les Tufs and had a great meal on the night-off.

January 2017
Snowberry are good and very helpful but expensive. Lucia kept our chalet very clean and Adrian was also great, the food was excellent and we were in awe of the beef en croute. It was like eating in a restaurant every night. Nothing to improve – your company clearly runs very well!

December 2016
It was a fabulous week. The chalet is lovely, its position perfect and it was kept extraordinarily clean. We were looked after amazingly well and the service was impeccable. The food was really, really good. We had chef Adrian last year and whilst he was very good then, he is even better now! And Lucia is a brilliant assistant.

April 2016
Adrian and Anna were the best chalet team in 8 years of coming with YSE!

March 2016
This couldn’t have been a better week. Our staff were perfect, really eager to please and discrete at the same time. The food differentiates YSE from its competitors. Adrian is incredible and the food was very professional, beautifully presented and delicious. A fantastic holiday.

March 2016
The staff in our chalet were charismatic and exceptional. We loved Anna and Adrian and also Becky! We want to book the chalet again next year – it was spotless!

March 2016
The chalet is gorgeous, its position fabulous with a lift and a ski run just outside. This was the best chalet and our best chalet holiday in 41 years of chalets! The lift indoors and even glove warmers were much appreciated, too. Adrian is a lovely fellow, and his food is faultless. Everything he cooked was delicious and beautifully presented. Anna kept the chalet absolutely spotless. She has a lovely manner, and she and Adrian were the perfect hosts.

February 2016
Adrian is a brilliant chef. We loved everything he served and we’ve brought home a folder of recipes! Favourites were the steak, pork, duck, all puddings, any canapés etc. Anna is lovely and friendly and has a constant smile, and she keeps the chalet perfect. We loved being able to ski back to the door.

February 2016
Our holiday gets top marks, 10 out of 10 and our chef Adrian’s food gets 11 out of 10. It’s a lovely chalet and location and the staff were wonderful, the rooms were always exceptionally tidy and it’s the best chalet holiday we’ve had for years! Breakfast is such a highlight, especially the home-made marmalade, and all meals totally brilliant.

February 2016
Amy was an absolute sweetheart and looked after us so well. Amy and Adrian make a great team and are a pleasure to be around, and Adrian’s food is first class. He’s such a calm chef in the kitchen and very well organised. This was our 10th YSE holiday and this one was by far the best ski holiday we’ve ever had.

February 2016
Adrian is a superb chef and everything he served was to die for. The salmon and the steak were the stand-outs. Anna was lovely as our chalet host and the two work brilliantly together and we couldn’t fault anything they did.

February 2016
Sensational holiday, Adrian is a wonderful chef. His canapés are incredible, and his starters a work of art, as was all his food. He made chicken pancakes for people who don’t eat duck. Such a charming host. Anna is helpful, kind and anticipates every request and has great social skills. We love Pierre and always stay there. The wine on the wine list were fabulous this time – especially the Condrieu.

January 2016
Our chef Sam is a babe! Sweet and friendly, a very good chef and very diligent, and his kitchen is so clean. Alice was wonderful and couldn’t do enough for us. She learnt all our names very quickly which was impressive. She’s very organised. Jason the driver is brilliant, such a happy guy with a smile on his face even when we were hungover in the morning. He also did an excellent job with the hot tub which we used til ‘silly o’clock’ in the morning. The food was incredible and Sam is too modest about how he introduced each dish, saying ‘oh it’s just such and such’ as if it was something ordinary, but it was amazing. Our veggies loved their food and didn’t feel they were missing out. Highlights of the week: peanut butter cake and the parfait with banana. Special mention to Larry the Land Rover – it’s a fantastic service and went the extra mile (oh dear). Love the heated seats.

Ptarmigan

Ptarmigan

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Very nice chalet in a brilliant location for ski hire and slopes. Sensationally brilliant Juey produced absolutely fantastic meals. Not only can she cook but she is a delightful character with a lovely nature. Her food was far better then most restaurants so our night out food could not compare. Izzy was very efficient and tidy and always on time. Snowberry was very good for skis and boots, we normally have to change the boots but not this time as the boots were fitted very efficiently by a Scottish plumber! Tried to book Mountain Masters last-minute but they were fully booked. Restaurants Panoramic good but expensive, Peau de Vache good but dark, Fruitiere very very slow service Marmots good for a quick meal. Nightclubs, Petite Danoise good, Saloon good, Dick’s too expensive as they charge 10 euros to leave a coat.

March 2018
I want to thank YSE for yet another amazing week in Val d’Isere, you delivered the best weather of the season so far with clear blue skies. As usual the staff were attentive, friendly and really looked after us. The food was delicious and always something to look forward to at the end of each day. A big thanks to the girls in chalet Ptarmigan which is a fantastic addition to your properties. See you next season.

March 2018
I had an amazing week last week with YSE. Thank you to you and your staff for a wonderful holiday and if I could say thanks to the snow gods I would.

March 2018
Chalet was excellent and had everything we needed. The girls were great at looking after us. Izzy did a great job! Superb! Juey’s food was fabulous throughout the week. She is a great chef. Very good cakes as well. ESF ski school were very good. Laurel was the best instructor yet! Thanks a lot.

March 2018
Snowberry were very good and attentive. Ski school with Emmanuel at ESF really great and a nice small group. Lovely lovely chalet. Maybe a lack of hooks in the room but it’s still the best chalet I have stayed in! Staff were fantastic! Very attentive and anything we needed was catered for perfectly. Food was just fantastic. Portion sizes perfect. Juey is a very good chef! Basil pannacotta was amazing. Apple strudel also. The duck was lovely and so was the salmon! But honestly they were all delicious. Everything was just spot on. Not just flavours but also timings and making meals for a veggie. Had a great week. Everything was thought of and it was just great!

March 2018
Chalet was exceptional, incredible – and we are nightmare guests! We really couldn’t fault anything between the chalet and the staff. Izzy and Juey are wonderful and really made our holiday special. They are the perfect chalet girls – and that is coming from an ex-chalet girl and Orchards cookery school boss! Izzy was so organised, kept the chalet spotless, made the beds beautifully and was great with the children. She was beautifully presented at all times too. The food was brilliant! The best we’ve had in 14 years of chalet holidays. It was such an interesting balance of food and flavours – high praise indeed from a food professional. Her presentation was beautiful on every single dish, 110% effort for all meals. Matis was fine for ski hire. They seemed to have a limited selection of kit left as we hired on a Monday. They were very good at lending the children snowboards for 2 days without us having to return their skis. Restaurants: went to Le Yule for the night off dinner – what a treat! Up there with Michelin starred restaurants, the best meal some of us had ever eaten.

February 2018
It was a great holiday. Ptarmigan and Juey and Izzy are fantastic! Juey’s cooking is amazing. We kept stealing her recipes! Everything was absolutely delicious. She did larger portions for the men, which was great. Izzy is great fun and so conscientious. She keeps the chalet absolutely spotless. When we went out on the balcony she was there with a dustpan and brush to sweep up the snow! We enjoyed La Cave, the Peau de Vache, and particularly Cocorico! Snowberry Streetside is excellent. We really appreciated the boot-fitting.

February 2018
Ski hire at Snowberry fine. Handy location. Snowboarding lessons with Stef from Pro Snowboarding. He was great! Chalet was good! The chalet hosts really were great and made us feel at home. Chef Juey was great at adjusting the meals for the children. Her food was all absolutely delicious.

February 2018
I want to let you know what an unbelievable holiday I had recently with your company in Val d’Isere. Pippa, in reservations was amazing and from the moment we booked and arrived in Grenoble the level of service, friendliness and quality was the best I have experienced. The quality of the chalet was only bettered by Izzie and Juey looking after us with incredible food, friendliness, attention to detail and an incredibly positive advert for YSE. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend YSE to anyone and having experienced the professional way you run your ski holidays I think you have reached another level and I can’t wait to come out again. Thank you again and best wishes for the rest of the season.

February 2018
Snowberry were really good. Queues at the beginning but very good with the pick-up service at the end of the week. The chalet was really good and just perfect for us. Nice and clean and well kept. The chalet girls were great. Izzy was great at looking after us and even tidied up after the kids! Made some nice towel arrangements. They were careful to be quiet and not wake the children in the morning which was appreciated. Great food. All very tasty and beautifully presented! We all had different favourites which speaks volumes! We loved the canapes. It was all amazing! The whole thing has been very efficient. Picking up from the airport. The girls meeting us off the bus. All well run and very good!

February 2018
Sam and Izzy were great. Sam’s food is very good. His soups, pulled pork, coconut panna cotta – everything was delicious. Both of them were brilliant with the kids. Izzy kept the place spotless, in spite of Sam and the kids throwing chocolate mousse at each other!!!! We had the excellent Quentin from Oxygène and also hired from them for the children, as well as Snowberry for the adults. Kaley from Little Chicks was a great nanny.

January 2018
Snowberry for ski hire, very good, handy location. Good equipment, service is smooth and quick. Instructor Richard Harris very very good. Chalet was very nice, comfortable and warm. Probably the best accommodation we’ve ever stayed in. Chalet Girls were first class. Izzy really nice, attentive and friendly. They were superb. Cleanliness was top notch. Juey’s cooking was super. Couldn’t fault a single thing. Worked very smoothly. We will be back!

January 2018
Juey’s cooking fantastic. Both girls are excellent and very tidy. Eva’s cooking also good and an excellent effort. The best meal was the beef cheek. Restaurants – La Luge good, Signal restaurant good beer. Also Dick’s T Bar, La Baraque and Panoramic. Snowberry good for ski hire, happy to change skis when there was a problem.

January 2018
I just wanted to write and thank YSE for giving us such a fantastic holiday last week. From the ease of booking and then such a welcome on arrival. Fab chalet, delicious food, quaffable wine (and thanks to the efficient delivery service – extra rosé on demand). Every YSE employee we met were, without fail charming and friendly. We are looking forward to returning next month and again for the foreseeable future.

January 2018
Perfect chalet and team running it. Juey and Hannah served the most delicious really, really good food. It was so beautifully presented. The last night’s steak was amazing! Izzy is lovely! She keeps the chalet spotless and turns one’s towel into fabulous swans, buffaloes and elephants!!

December 2017
Snowberry was convenient to the chalet door. Efficient service all round. Chalet great, cosy and warm and a good size. Even got a view of the fireworks on NY’s! Girls were wonderful and sweet. Very accommodating and food was sensational! Couldn’t praise them enough. Juey and Izzy were very knowledgeable about the town and ski area which was beneficial to us no end. Couldn’t have been more helpful. Baraque very tasty. Even went back a second time and ordered the exact same thing! 1789 was very good. Chevalot bakery wonderful! Great holiday over all. Having the radio on was a really helpful thing.

December 2017
What a fabulous chalet in the best location in town! Juey and Izzy run it perfectly. Izzy keeps it so impeccable we guests were tidier than usual, because we were embarrassed to let the side down! Juey’s food is really, really good. We loved the salmon, duck and pork belly, but everything was just perfect. The girls coped brilliantly with the witch from downstairs who demanded they “switch the fire off”! Luc and Michel from the ESF were excellent on snow shoes, and Jean-Pierre from Oxygène is a very good ski instructor. Snowberry Streetside is very good. The Grande Ourse provided a really good meal for a group of 22!

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
What a great week we’ve had! The chalet is perfect, though we think we might move next door to Pic Noir next year, because some of the bedrooms are further from the living room, so we are less likely to disturb the children. Flora’s food is top restaurant standard – amazing! And she was cooking three separate menus every night because of our dietary requirements!! She was even providing several totally different breakfasts… Ellie is fab. Her cleaning is amazing. More importantly both girls were brilliant with the children. They let them join in and help them, and were unbelievably patient and sweet with them. We’re going to re-book tomorrow. The bench might need a sand or a cushion: the old wood is a bit splintery!

March 2017
We go on many chalet holidays, but this was the best. The chalet is, of course, absolutely gorgeous. But most impressive were the girls. Not just the food, which was top-restaurant standard, but their total flexibility. They didn’t tell us when to eat, then rush off as soon as they could like so many chalet staff. They were totally flexible about meal times, never hurried us, were happy to serve dinner whenever it suited us, were chatty and charming and lovely to have around. Flora’s food is utterly amazing, her presentation beautiful. We loved everything, and the portion sizes were perfect. She must go on to a career in cooking – she has to be one of YSE’s top chefs. Ellie was lovely, friendly and highly impressive. She looked after us beautifully – everything from ringing restaurant after restaurant to make lunch bookings for us to her origami loo rolls! Julien from New Generation is a brilliant instructor. Snowberry is the best hire shop we have ever used. Their boots fit so well! We had excellent meals at the Grande Ourse, Trifollet, Edelweiss (gorgeous seafood risotto and lobster ravioli, though their Asiatic dishes were less good), Ouillette, Fruitière (by far the most expensive) and Panoramique self-service.

March 2017
Flora and Ellie were wonderful. We were well fed and well looked after!

February 2017
The girls were fabulous, like a well-oiled machine, who worked so well together and were amazing with the children. The location and layout of the chalet is brilliant. Fabulous food and a brilliant week all together. Snowberry were brilliant and Rodney and Julien from Pro-snowboarding were amazing.

February 2017
A perfect holiday in a brilliant chalet. The girls were very polite and charming, and Ellie kept the chalet really clean. Flora has to go on Masterchef! Her food was amazing. We loved her beef, duck, beef cheek, all of her puddings, her breakfasts… There was not one dish that wasn’t perfect. She even served a delicious birthday cake.

February 2017
Flora and Ellie were excellent and attentive. We couldn’t possibly expect any better service, and it was lovely getting to know them. Flora is a great cook, everything including breakfast was brilliant. She accommodated people with different diets very well and seamlessly. Beef en croute was the favourite but everything was amazing. We hope Flora’s excellent knife skills come in handy during her upcoming fencing competition! Loved the chalet and couldn’t improve it.

January 2017
It’s a gorgeous chalet and we’ve had a wonderful time. Flora is an excellent chef – calm, reassuring and her food was brilliant. We particularly enjoyed the beef cheek but everything was great. Ellie keeps the place spotless, she’s chatty and fun and entertaining, and we so appreciated her creative loo roll folding that we sent photos to our own cleaner who is also a competitive loo roll folder so that they could compare notes! We had excellent meals at the Fruitière and Edelweiss of course, but also at the Corniche.

December 2016
I would be very grateful if you would pass on our sincerest thanks to Flora an Ellie for a wonderful stay in Chalet Ptarmigan over Christmas. Flora’s professionalism, passion and enthusiasm in the kitchen was very much appreciated by us all as we enthusiastically tucked into her beautifully prepared food. Ellie’s housekeeping and hosting skills were superb, as she effortlessly kept the chalet in great order always greeting us with a smile with nothing being too much trouble. Our thanks must also go to those behind the scenes, who keep the machine running and constantly strive to deliver the best for their guests. We look forward to staying with YSE again and wish you a very successful skiing season.

December 2016
Best chalet staff we’ve ever had! The food was brilliant. Ellie was very helpful and went above and beyond with the dietary requirements for children’s food.

Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Snowberry was brilliant, faultless, wonderful, stress free. ESF was all fine. It took some time to get the girls into the right group, so they didn’t enjoy the first day or like their first instructor much. But once they were in a suitable level they enjoyed it a lot and saw a huge improvement to their skiing. The chalet was brilliant, luxury. The location is superb, especially for meeting ski schools in the morning and being able to pop back for lunch. Kate was such a gem, she really made our holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed her guidance and knowledge of the resort, and she ran the chalet beautifully and with poise and polish. She is a brilliant cook, we enjoyed everything. It was our first time with YSE and we are definitely coming back.

March 2018
Kate did a wonderful job of looking after us and her cooking was really excellent. Best YSE chef we have had yet. Love YSE. Loved the fruit bowl. Slightly concerned that the bread and croissants on the staff day off weren’t wrapped. Snowberry – very good but very expensive especially for ski boots.

March 2018
Ski hire – used Precison Ski next door. They were all right. Didn’t have a huge choice but they were next door so not all bad! The chalet was fantastic, as was Kate. Food and hospitality was top drawer! Phenomenal cooking, it was restaurant standard! Best part of the holiday. She gave us great recommendations during the week. Thanks a lot!

February 2018
Chalet was excellent, comfortable, clean and warm! Kate was lovely, very good food. Very helpful and nothing too much for her. She even made us a birthday cake which was amazing.

February 2018
Chalet was great for our small group. The chalet itself is in a really good location and had a great feel with Kate in the chalet, despite the problems she had with appliances during the week! She was excellent. Every meal was really good. Went to Mattis for ski hire, staff were really friendly and let us change skis midweek to an off piste ski.

January 2018
Christoph Cardew independent instuctor, great. Had 4 days with him and a great day out skiing La Rosiere to La Thuille. Used Little Chicks nanny for 14-month-old. No problems. Kate’s meals really really good and her help with mashes etc for baby greatly appreciated. All excellent but loved the Moroccan salmon and the first night chicken dish. Night out at L’Atalier. Outstanding. All good, excellent holiday. Will be back.

January 2018
Ski Hire Intersport Mattis were very good. Chalet always clean, tidy, spacious and comfortable. Kate was superb. Absolutely smashing. Food – brilliant! Super adaptable! We have booked for next year already. Free drink at the Grande Ours very friendly. Coming back again in a month!

January 2018
Ski Set really good equipment, really quick service and changed boots when needed. Oxygène’s Yuri, really good instructor and perfect English same as last year. Chalet was nice and comfortable, clean and tidy. Would definitely stay again! Chalet girl Kate was fantastic, a lovely girl! Amazing food. Always on time and hot. We stayed with VIP last year and everything Kate did was far superior! Super holiday.

January 2018
Ski Hire – Skimium excellent store and good quality equipment. Recommended by Francois Mass, personal ski coach and mountain guide. Knows everything. Met him in 2005 and used him every time. Chalet – excellent chalet, great location. Third stay and still great. A little too warm. Everything nice and spotless. Kate was great! Very personable and considerate and did a great job. She takes her job seriously. Food was great. Responded well to any dietary requests. Looked after the guests so well everything was super. Didn’t forget anything we mentioned and worked very diligently. A very nice person! Restaurants – Casa de Scara. Very good. Service good. Atmosphere and staff great – a lovely evening.

January 2018
Great location, stayed here before but starting to look a bit tired. Kate and Jo did their best to clean but the chalet is a bit dated so hard to make it look very smart. Food was delicious. Extra veg for the kids was great. Casserole for fondue had great service and very good all round.

December 2017
Snowberry fine though Wednesday to Wednesday ski school not great for child as had to change instructors. Evo 2. Arno and Danielle fine.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
We’ve had the perfect week in that super, wonderfully located apartment, looked after by the lovely Johanna. She is a really nice girl – brilliant with the children and very relaxing to be around – and cooks brilliantly. We loved her duck, her beef, her cakes, her children’s food. It was all great. Snowberry were amazing. Tansy and Dave from Mountain Masters and Ben from tdc are all excellent.

March 2017
Despite being a bit apprehensive about bringing a tiny baby we enjoyed the holiday very much, the food was out of this world and Johanna was amazing. Our favourite meal was the duck as well as the chocolate brownies. Johanna could not have been more helpful and kind, the whole experience was so wonderful we have booked again for next year – same chalet !

February 2017
Johanna did the most fantastic food, the children’s meals for the tiny children was excellent and she paid attention to detail to make them healthy with lots of vegetables. The adult meals were exceptionally good – the favourites were the Thai fishcakes, and the duck. The children’s favourite was the spaghetti Bolognese!! T4 nanny was very good. The nanny was very flexible if we skied a little later. We booked her every morning and had one evening’s babysitting.

February 2017
Johanna was excellent, and looked after us brilliantly. She is an excellent chef, every meal was restaurant standard, particularly the beef on Saturday night. Precision ski were excellent and ideal as they are right on the doorstep.

January 2017
Our tenth holiday at least with YSE, of which the last five were at Squaw Valley (already booked for next year!). Probably the best holiday ever. We absolutely love Squaw Valley – we mentioned on Friday the only shortcoming was a lack of reading light in the sitting room, and two hours later an excellent large reading light arrived! Johanna is absolutely lovely. Her food was all fabulous. And the nicest thing was when she joined us to eat, which the chefs certainly don’t have time for in the bigger chalets. We had great lunches at the Grande Ourse and Tufs, enjoyed walking on the cross-country skiing tracks at the top of Solaise, and thought the Aquasports Centre was really good and spotlessly clean.

January 2017
Johanna looked after us beautifully, and her food was excellent. Overall experience very good.

January 2017
Our fifth YSE holiday and it just gets better and better! We had several chalet girls over the week because the flu was decimating everyone, but appreciated the YSE policy of replacing any ill staff before they passed it on to the guests (none of us contracted flu). Everything was top notch. All the food was first class and all the girls lovely. A pair of boots bought in the UK turned out to be the wrong size. Snowberry’s entire boot-fitting team worked on them for 40 minutes, decided they couldn’t be redeemed and gave us a much better pair free for the week. This was typical of the extra mile attitude we encountered all week.

December 2016
What a wonderful week. Everything was spot on. Johanna is a brilliant chalet girl, her food very good indeed, she kept the chalet spotless and even came in early on New Year’s moring because they wanted to benefit from the empty slopes. She was generally flexible, efficient and lovely.

Thomily

Thomily

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
Booked skis through Killy Sport as we’ve used them before, but this time it was not great. They didn’t seem prepared, or have enough kit. Maybe this was something to do with hiring on a Monday morning, but it was disappointing compared to our previous good experiences. We had lessons with Daniel from the ESF for 5 mornings. He was really great. He allowed us to chop and change who was in the group each day, and adapted to suit extremely well. Would certainly recommend. Chalet Thomily was great and worked well for our group. Absolutely wonderful. We’ve stayed in Val d’Isere may times with different companies and in self-catered apartments and this was by far the best for us. First time with YSE. The girls were nice company, lovely to be around though not in your face. They were very good at letting us have our own space, but being there when we needed. We very much liked that YSE hires staff who have completed university, it means they are more competent than 18 year olds, but not grumpy like 40 year olds – and we’ve experience both! The service was class. YSE has a perfect balance as it gives space to enjoy the holiday, but everything is run smoothly and well. Food was delicious! A high standard. The portions were sensible. The requested gluten free food was excellent. All prepared very smoothly with no fuss or dramas. La Corniche was fine for the night off. Edelweiss was wonderful, amazing food, felt very spoilt. It would be good to know the route to ski back to the chalet from day one. We discovered it late in the week but it would have been good to know earlier.

March 2018
It was a great chalet, very clean and tidy. The chalet girls were just so good. We loved them. All of the food was the best we have ever had. Couldn’t fault a single thing so thanks very much.

March 2018
Chalet was great overall although would love some throws or blankets in the lounge. An aux cable and adaptor for the new iPhones would be good as we couldn’t play our own music (or Bluetooth). Also found it a bit intrusive that the owner just walked in unannounced. the chalet staff were great. We loved Charlotte especially for organising the prosecco. She was a sweetheart. Jess was amazing – and we loved her dress-sense especially the overalls! They kept the chalet super clean and organised. The folding, making the rooms so nice, even putting things away in the wardrobe for us! Megan’s food was really good, but the last two nights were spectacular! We even pulled her out of the kitchen to congratulate her for such a beautiful meal. Favourites were the salmon, beef filet and the duck. Ski hire: Oxygene was good, efficient. Snowberry had good equipment and driver service. Oxygene’s Euri was great for beginner lessons. Off Piste guiding from Top Ski’s Julian and Raph was excellent. Only issue was there was one snowboarder and four skiers and even though he was an advanced boarder, the terrain wasn’t appropriate for him. It had been discussed beforehand and we knew there might be some problems with the mixed group but wanted to mention it anyway. We had great lunches at the Signal, Fruitere and Edelwisse. Lunch at the Bellevarde upstairs was terrible. Santons should be a black run not a red run! It got very emotional and one of the group injured her ankle.

February 2018
We had a lovely week. The girls are gorgeous and couldn’t do enough to help. They were always smiling and obviously happy working together, just excellent. Jess and Charlotte are wonderful chalet girls, and keep the place beautifully. All three make an excellent team, and were brilliant with the children. It was a five-star holiday. Megan was hugely willing and adaptable, and her food was amazingly good considering that we were making her cook four different menus from her little kitchen. Her onion soup was the best soup we’ve ever eaten, and her puddings were all delicious, especially the crème brûlée. Possibly preparing two different meals for the babies, then two different dinners for the adults had stretched her, but we’re hugely grateful for her doing children’s meals at 5pm. The chalet wasn’t great for babies, with the kitchen two floors below the living room and Thomily’s position is not ideal for pushchairs etc. Snowberry were excellent. The instructress from Oxygène didn’t seem hugely bothered but in his class of six, the others French, our young son (3) only cried on the first two days (!) and went happily after that, and learned to ski amazingly. So she was obviously a good teacher. We had a wonderful Tasting Menu dinner at the Tsanteleina, and excellent lunches at the Trifollet and Marmottes.

February 2018
We accept that this is one of your cheaper chalets, but at half-term nothing is cheap, and the chalet felt a bit lived-in – there’s a cracked tile or two, and the bathrooms need more shelves. We still had a fabulous week, and Megan, Zinnia and Laura were great. They are lovely girls. Megan’s cooking was excellent, especially considering the tiny kitchen. Should there be alternatives, such as ice cream, in case anyone doesn’t like, say, sticky toffee pudding? More fruit would have been nice, too (YSE does provide a Fruit Option). All in all we are rather a faddy and rather a picky group, but we did have a brilliant week, largely thanks to the girls.

February 2018
Ski Republic at Rond Point good though lacking in snowboards. Good amount of equipment for children. Thomily is lovely and comfortable, great for families. Compared to Crystal and Ski Beat it was an absolutely dream!! Couldn’t be a bigger difference. Shelves in the bathroom would be good. Joss and Zinnia are lovely girls, so sweet and great with the children, chatting to them in the morning helped the parents have a chance to get ready for skiing! Fantastic food! Megan talked though her menu plan with the parents and adjusted it to suit the children, who loved trying new things throughout the week. Favourites were the pork belly and crackling, and the pancakes on the last morning. Afternoon tea on the last day was amazing. They left out cupcakes, three different icings, smarties etc so the children could decorate them themselves! The wines are absolutely beautiful, really great. Loved the Malbec and CDR – certainly better than Ski Beat wines which were carafes filled up from big bladders of wine and tasted like vinegar. Fondu Factory was good and child-friendly. We enjoyed the chocolate fondue!

January 2018
Snowberry was great for ski hire, especially the driver service. 2 pairs of boots were too tight so they changed them. Sorted out a problem when one guest took someone else’s skis. YSE food is so far beyond every other chalet company we have stayed with. Megan’s food was very good, but Hannah’s was spectacular, quite phenomenal. Went to Barmes de l’Ours for dinner on night off for fondu. Loved our nights at Cocorico. The Tete de Solaise restaurant is great. Lunch at Le Tufs excellent especially as one of the party injured a knee and was still able to join the group there. Gormandine great for a casual lunch. Etincelle wonderful for a posh lunch, great atmosphere. Enjoyed the holiday very much.

January 2018
We had a great holiday and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

January 2018
Precision for skis. Very good. Megan’s cooking is perfect. Her duck was amazing and her steak fabulous. Emily kept the chalet beautifully clean and tidy. Both girls are smiley, happy, polite, friendly and could not have been more helpful. Le Lodge was great for the night off with very good food. Two of the party got ENGAGED during the week! Very happy!

January 2018
Snowberry good. Nico Braxton at tdc – great guide. Megan’s meals all delicious, fantastic food, duck and pork delicious. Starters a bit frugal, maybe offer extra bread sometimes. Some guests would have liked chocolates with dinner and more fresh fruit but hadn’t taken fruit option. Chalet cleaning neat. Malbec red wine very good.

December 2017
Megan and Charlotte are wonderful. They run the chalet fabulously well. Megan’s cooking is to die for, and she handled all the different diets marvellously. The gluten-free cakes and brownies were fabulous, as were the vegan chili and nut cutlets, as well as the normal beef cheek, duck, salmon – everything she served, in fact. Violène from the ESF is very good, and we booked Richard Harrison for a single off-piste lesson, and ended up keeping him for days, on and off-piste. Snowberry are very good. We had very good meals at the Corniche and Armailly, but most days we popped into L’Etincelle where the bar menu is simple and reasonable and people could come and go as they chose.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
The chalet is very comfortable and clean. Eva’s meals were all excellent and creative. We asked for healthy food which she provided – no favourites, we loved everything!

March 2017
Eva is so wicked – her food was great all week, better than any meal we had out.  Hattie is brilliant, very sweet and a great combo with Eva. The chalet was great, rooms really nice. Snowberry’s website is easier to use than ski republic, skis and boots fitted better as ski republic boots were not great. Eidelweiss was really good, Panoramic had excellent food.. We would definitely do it again!

February 2017
Eva and Hattie were great all week – the chalet felt very homely and we couldn’t fault the food. All dishes were great – we liked the variety. Hattie made sure the chalet was always clean. She’s very friendly and managed to put up with us. Great YSE holiday!

February 2017
Ella was lovely. The girls were always keen to help and were brilliant with the children. Food amazing – all great. Love the breakfast and the wine. Eve’s gluten-free food was really nice, and the lunches all week were great value and very good. Great week – thanks to the girls. Snowberry and Oxygene’s Dierdre both fantastic.

February 2017
Snowberry ski shop, very efficient, brilliant. Oxygene ski school did amazing lessons for the kids, the French instructors had great English. Our chalet staff Sarah and Eva went above and beyond with the kids, made a huge effort with them, just brilliant. Eva’s food was exceptional, in a very small kitchen as well but she handled it superbly. Restaurant Le Lodge was very good.

January 2017
I have been skiing (badly) for about 40 years and about 65 ski holidays (downhill and ski touring) in the Alps and Americas in all but I have a special fondness for Val (9 visits since 1990) and YSE. I love your chalets and they have all been excellent. In fact it gets better every year. This year in particular was notable for the efficient (and entertaining) journey from Gatwick to Val, the beautiful chalet (Thomily) and the excellence of the staff: ‘Eva’, an accomplished cook who needs special commendation and ‘Ella’ her assistant who was equally delightful, vivacious and charming. They are very talented and sociable and are a credit to YSE. Please thank them on our behalf – although we did so at the time. They made our stay exceptionally enjoyable.

January 2017
Snowberry very efficient. In the chalet Ella was fantastic, smiley, interactive and made a huge effort. Eva’s food was good all week and she was very good at accommodating different diets. We loved the croissants on the table for the day off. Chalet was really nice and tidy and we had a lovely stay.

Le Vieux Crêt

Le Vieux Crêt

2017-18 Reviews

March 2018
We’ve had a lovely week in spite of the weather! Sam’s food is wonderful – really excellent. His beef fillet and cheek were particularly memorable, and his pork belly was unbelievable! And his kids’ food was delicious as well. The children loved it. Georgie is great, lovely – really efficient. Both were really calm, but also totally punctual and reliable. We hired from Snowberry. They’re excellent. The staff in the Casserole are very grumpy, but we had a great lunch downstairs in the Fruitière. People do tend to wander through from MdR – should those doors be locked more? And beware: standing the wifi router on the heater may not be a great idea: that router is partially melted!

March 2018
The team at the Vieux Cret were fabulous. Sam and Georgie were welcoming and engaging, and nothing was too much trouble. They engaged with us oldies, and were in tune with the kids as well. They worked well together and accommodated any small menu changes. Sam was really passionate about his cooking, and got the kids blow-torching their own crème brulée, and taught me how to poach eggs properly. Dougie was a star, couldn’t help the group enough and went above and beyond to help Susie and myself to get us around post wipe-outs (picking me up out of hours from the clinic when he could have been chilling). They are a credit to themselves and to you John for your recruitment.

March 2018
Ski hire with Precision Ski Republic. Wouldn’t use them again, more of a pick-up joint rather than a fitting service. Maybe need more information about specific locations of hire shops relative to each chalet on website. Ski lessons with Evolution 2’s Jeremey and Pierre, great lessons, very helpful and had good English. Made real progression. Chalet was superb and really good. Lighting in bedrooms could do with being a bit brighter and the lights downstairs are on a short timer. Communal area is lovely and comfortable. Heated towel rail in all bathrooms would be nice. Chalet staff – Georgie was excellent and an absolute treasure! Nothing to say other than a great job done. She made the holiday so much better! Sam’s food was exceptional. Better than restaurant food, just like Gordon Ramsay without the swearing! He even helped us out with little bits of extra food for the children at a moment’s notice so thanks a lot for that. Dougie our driver was amazing, he couldn’t do enough. Top lad so thanks! Good flexibility from YSE regarding our knees and extra transfers home. Absolutely first class. Top notch!

March 2018
Sam is an excellent cook and Georgie looked after us very well. Ben the driver was superb and immediately responsive. Corniche – really excellent meal out, very friendly service. Killy Shop excellent for boot fitting/buying.

March 2018
Everything was fabulous. Sam’s food is absolutely delicious. He’s a gifted chef and really serious about his cooking. We loved everything, the hake, the steak, the duck – everything was amazing. His kitchen is spotless. Georgie is sweet, lovely and great with the guests. She keeps the chalet spotless. Josh is an absolute star – he saved our lives when our restaurant gave away our table on the day off. He is absolutely adorable. We hired from Snowberry, who are great. As always, we had lessons from ex-YSE employees Al and Simon from Mountain Masters, who are GREAT!

February 2018
Food was great all week, enjoyed the braised beef cheek and hake the most. Breakfast was a bit basic? Chalet nice and tidy throughout, nice to have the communal living room kept so clean. 1789 great restaurant for big meat eaters. The driver service was brilliant, seemed to always be available when we needed it. Snowberry, really expensive compared to other places. The equipment was really good but staff not very helpful. Went there last year but we thought this year the extra cost at Snowberry wasn’t worth it.

February 2018
We’ve had a wonderful holiday. Sam’s food is just amazing. He is a gifted chef. It was all fabulous – the beef cheek, salmon, pear, walnut and blue cheese salad, nutella parfait, fillet beef, chocolate mousse, deconstructed Eton mess. All of it. Georgie is lovely – always smiling, hyper efficient, keeps the chalet spotless. Adam the driver was ‘golden’ – reliable, punctual, cheerful and chatty. His WhatsApp group for the guests is brilliant. He was a star when one of the party was injured, rushing her to the doctor and waiting for her. He even picked up a parking fine, which we were happy to pay on his behalf! Dougie was also excellent. We loved lunches at l’Armailly, Chez Paolo and the Edleweiss. We hired from Snowberry because they are the best hire shop in town.

February 2018
We had a fabulous holiday and loved the chalet, though the bedrooms are small and the French beds a bit short for Scandinavian giants such as us! The refurbished bathroom downstairs is great, and makes the other three bathrooms feel a little old, though pastel baths and loos are probably about to come back into fashion! Sam is a great chef. His food is delicious and so interesting. His canapés and starters are to die for, and last night’s beef fillet was just perfect. Georgina is lovely and incredibly efficient. She gets the balance just right: she is warm and friendly without being too in your face. Drivers Andy and Dougie were just great: punctual, dependable, charming. It would be useful to have instructions explaining how to work the timer on the sauna so you can come back from skiing and find it hot. We loved the Trifollet and Folie Douce.

January 2018
Chalet was really good, bed was very comfortable. Spacious, clean and warm! Nice sofas, lovely fire, very welcoming. Georgie really good, friendly and efficient. Looked after us well. Quite meticulous. Sam’s food was the best we have ever had anywhere. Relaxed but super efficient. Off the scale food. He takes serious pride in his food and YSE are lucky to have him! Driver Josh always there on time. Good sense of humour. Really useful service. Sauna was good! Ski hire – Ski Republic fine. Swapped equipment for free. Sport 2000. Fine, in and out no fuss. Precison very good swift service and friendly.

January 2018
Sam’s food is absolutely amazing, so much better than we had ever expected, and better than the local restaurants. We loved everything, particularly the pork belly, duck, scotch quail’s egg and black pudding, the peanut parfait. Georgie is brilliant and keeps the chalet very clean and comfortable and welcoming.

January 2018
Ski hire: Esquiador/Sport 2000 – link on YSE website to sport 2000 is more expensive than buying when in Val. Those who had prebooked were unable to get the difference back/refund for day of not skiing. Otherwise good and flexible for changing skis. Sam and Georgie were lovely and the service was excellent. Sam’s food was delicious, especially the pork belly. He was very accommodating, upping the portions for the boys and leaving extra bread. Was also really flexible on breakfast times which was good after a late night. Georgie was lovely, always smiling and made sure we never had an empty glass which was much appreciated! Also went and got beers for us at short notice. Drivers Ben and Josh were also fantastic, never waited long for a lift and made it so much easier to get around town. Also a big thank you to John for getting up at god knows what time of the morning to help us find a drunken straggler – again really appreciated it! Restaurant: La casserole, spot on! Just what we wanted, endless raclette and fondue. You stink of cheese after but would definitely recommend.

December 2017
Snowberry fantastic. Could swap skis as often as possible and all round very helpful. Progression were the only school who do 4-hour lessons in groups. Frederik was a great instructor and really good with the kids. Sam is an unreal chef who cooked the best food we have ever eaten on a holiday. Breakfast options were a little limited for a celiac – remind guests to bring bread and cereal with them. Georgie was a superb host, kept on top of everything and her cleaning was flawless.  Ben was fantastic. Couldn’t do enough for us and was thoughtful and helpful when driving us around the morning and evenings. Hotel Brussels very expensive for dinner! Baraque was a really nice restaurant with doting staff and a really nice atmosphere.

December 2017
Chalet: Georgie was excellent, the chalet was always clean and we were well looked after. Sam is an exceptional chef, best chef we’ve ever had on a chalet holiday, better than Scott Dunn. Fantastic food and he managed dairy and gluten allergies really well. Ski shop: Mattis Sport, very good and easy to store skis at the shop. Snowberry, fantastic, well-organised, love how they pick up your skis. Ski school: Progression, Sebastian and Jean excellent. Restaurants: La Baraque, great. Fruitiere, ok but you’re paying for the atmosphere. Misc: not YSE’s fault but passport control took forever.

2016-17 Reviews

April 2017
Just wanted to let you know that our family have just returned from a lovely holiday organised by you in Val d’Isere. Tom and Vicky could not have been better hosts. They looked after us all very well and we have absolutely no complaints, only praise for how well everything went. Thank you to all involved in making it a perfect family get-away.

April 2017
Tom and Vicky were charming, very patient with the children, totally over and beyond. Lovely food too and Tom was really good with the kids’ food. Oxygene ski hire was great but the ski school is expensive – will investigate ESF  and EV2 next time.

April 2017
Tom’s food was all very good. Even when he was off work Hannah stepped in at the last minute and cooked an amazing meal in an unfamiliar kitchen. We loved Tom’s Mexican theme salmon and the beef. Marcus is a great driver.

March 2017
Snowberry were excellent for ski hire, very organised. Our chalet staff were lovely and went out of their way to help. Vicky is very organised and held it all together, was really great and the chalet was always immaculate when we got back. Access to a Land Rover was brilliant and Lewis is very nice and always punctual. The food was amazing and Tom catered brilliantly for extra requests – you can tell he enjoys cooking! The fruit smoothies were a nice extra. We’d definitely recommend La Cassorole for the night off.

March 2017
We had a superb week. It’s a lovely chalet, the sitting room is gorgeous and we loved the huge log fire. Tom’s food was delicious – all of it. He is such a talented and enthusiastic chef. Vicky is a star. She’s a lovely girl, charming and efficient and runs the place (and Tom) impeccably. Bertie in the Land Rover was a brilliant service. He’s a really good lad. We loved Snowberry. We had good lunches at the Corniche, Tête de Solaise and, best of all, Fruitière.

February 2017
I am just writing to confirm what I told you at the airport about how much we enjoyed our holiday. All the arrangements were excellent and we loved the chalet. I am writing in particular to say how much Tom and Vicky contributed to our enjoyment. Tom was a really excellent chef who provided food of a very high standard and was a delight to spend time with. Vicky was warm and welcoming with a great ‘nothing is too much’ attitude. They combined very well and in a party who probably have about 100 ski holidays between us, none of us had come across food of that standard. We also all loved the yellow Land Rovers and again Harry was invariably cheerful and helpful. You selected well.

February 2017
Tom is a delightful guy and his food was great. The Asian night was exceptional, good portion sizes for the week and great cakes. Vicky kept the chalet spotless all week, outstanding, great value and very funny. Harry is utterly charming, always helpful about the ski slopes and weather. The driving service makes a huge difference. Lovely living room in the chalet. Hired equipment from Skiset – all good skis and good value for money.

February 2017
Fantastic week! Tip top staff. Vicky is efficient and lovely and keeps the chalet so clean and tidy! She and Tom were both fun and entertaining, but also discreet and not in your face. Tom’s food is wonderful. He is a gifted chef and a perfectionist. We enjoyed lunches at l’Armailly and Chez Paolo.

February 2017
I didn’t have the chance to say how much we enjoyed our holiday. It certainly helped having blue skies all week but I wanted to make a special thanks to Tom and Vicky in our chalet who were excellent hosts. Tom’s Michelin food exceeded our expectations and this, supported by Harry’s helpful and cheerful face every day, made for a great holiday.

February 2017
Fab holiday. Lovely chalet. Tom’s food is brilliant. He is a gifted cook and so enthusiastic and passionate about cooking. His Thai evening, his steak, his breakfasts – everything was superb! Vicky is lovely, so sweet and helpful, and they work really well together. The chalet gleams! We loved Harry the driver. We got a good deal from Skimium, but neither the service nor the equipment were up to Snowberry standards. Kim from tdc ski school was great, as was Keith the new instructor from Pro Snowboard. Lunch at the Yule wasn’t cheap, but it was very good.

January 2017
Tom was really great and his food was excellent. We have been several times on a YSE holiday and we’d say Vicky was the best chalet girl we have ever had! Connor was super —polite punctual and efficient. We enjoyed the meal out at L’Arolet but the chalet food was better!

January 2017
This was our best-ever holiday. Super, just super. Obviously, the perfect weather and wonderful skiing helped, but everything was fabulous in the chalet. Tom is a very good chef and he works very hard to serve delicious, interesting food. Millie keeps the chalet absolutely spotless. She and Tom let the youngster in our party help (she’s going to be a YSE chalet girl in 2030!), and were lovely with her. Skiing with two of our staff was an absolute highlight. Oxygène were brilliant for instruction, particularly Massimo for nervous adults and Deirdre for children. Also good for equipment. The Casa Scara is very good at the moment.

December 2016
We didn’t go to ski school but the non-skier in our group went on a 90-minute snowshoe walk booked through Killy Sport and loved it and really recommends it. The chalet was brilliantly clean, we loved the fire. Both Tom and Alex are exceptionally friendly! Bertie the driver is excellent and always very accommodating. The food was excellent – even better than expected and we missed Tom on our day-off! We also love the Crêperie near the Tourist Office – thoroughly recommended!

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