This is a beautiful, brand new seven-bedroom chalet in a perfect position, just seconds from the pistes.
Chalet Lucaval already exists, but during summer 2019 it is being entirely re-modelled as we write. Almost nothing remains of the old chalet, which was already very comfortable. The new chalet is bigger and smarter. The people doing the work are the company responsible for most of Val d’Isère’s high-end developments in recent years, such as our chalets Ptarmigan, Perdrix and Pic Noir, and it is going to be very special indeed.
All that hasn’t changed is its position. Part of the very exclusive La Légettaz area above the Club Med, Lucaval is precisely 20 seconds’ walk from the start of the skiing (we timed it). At the start of the day you make the easy glide across the M piste to the Solaise or Olympique bubbles, the Rogoney charlift or the Légettaz poma, or our favourite, the Bellevarde Express chair. And at the end of the day, you ski from Solaise to 50m from the chalet. If it doesn’t suit you to finish up on Solaise, the Rogoney chair is always the last lift to close, making it possible to traverse home from every direction, the free Train Bleu bus stops just by the chalet, and from 5.30pm until 8.00pm our own Land Rover shuttle runs from the Tourist Office to the door.
For après-skiers, Lucaval is six minutes’ walk from the excellent Étincelle restaurant, or ten from the Cocorico pre-dinner den of debauchery and Doudoune nightclub. (We never trust these “just a few seconds…” sales pitches, but it certainly won’t take you longer. It was paced out by a pensioner in heavy snowboots. OK, he wasn’t pushing a double buggy through a foot of powder with a leg in plaster, but he’s not Usain Bolt either…) Getting home is even more painless: as well as the aforementioned Train Bleu and Land Rover, Doudoune drives patrons home until dawn in its minibus.
Lucaval has five gorgeous bedrooms in the main part of the chalet, each with its own bath or shower and wc. Bedroom 5 has an extra pair of bunk beds that can accommodate one or two children.
Bedrooms 6 and 7 are in an annexe attached to the back of the main building. Bedroom 6 has a double bed, bedroom 7 a single, and these rooms can accommodate a maximum of two people using the rooms either as two singles, or one double room (when used as a double, the single room is then just a good place to stash your suitcases for the week). Or the single can sleep an extra child – see details under Extra Beds, left. The annexe has its own separate entrance a short walk around the chalet from the main door. This will suit returning revellers who won’t have to tiptoe past the doors of sensibly slumbering chalet colleagues, but can crash back to the annexe via their own entrance without detection. Ideal for mixed parties.
Our photos are rather beautiful computer-generated mock-ups of the new chalet in its actual location, as well as a bedroom by the same interior designer to give an idea of how it’s going to look inside. We’ll replace these photographs with the real thing as we get them, but beware: if you wait until you can see the chalet before you book it, you’ll probably miss it. Chalet Lucaval is going to sell like little loaves, as the French say.