La Couchire

5 bedrooms for 10 guests
3 baths, 2 showers

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


Bedrooms in order of preference (in our opinion)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Couchire Highlights

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Floor Plans

2019-20 Prices for La Couchire

Prices for Winter 2019-20 are shown below. To compare different chalets, please see the full Prices page, and keep an eye on our occasional Special Offers for last-minute deals. Return flights (from Gatwick) and transfers are provided for all holidays commencing 15 December 2019 to 12 April 2020. Please note the transport arrangements for holidays commencing 8 December 2019 and 19 April 2020.

Prices are per person per week in sterling.

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