Chalet Patou Description
Chalet Patou is the most perfect place in town for a family or four friends. It is an extraordinarily roomy apartment, built just two years ago, actually on the Snow Square, where the ski schools meet and most people start and finish their skiing day.
How ski-in, ski-out is it? Well, the piste ends twenty paces from the door, and if even twenty paces sounds too exhausting, you won’t actually have to walk them in your ski boots, because you’ll leave your equipment overnight in the neighbouring Mattis Sport Shop, step into warm boots in the morning, and cut the journey to five paces! Mattis are happy to store your own equipment overnight or equipment hired from them but, understandably, not equipment hired from another shop. There is no storage space for skis or boots in the chalet.
Chalet Patou is on the fourth floor – hence the incredible views – but don’t worry: there’s a lift.
The sitting-dining room is gorgeous – roomy and light, with a Smart TV and far more space than is normal this close to the heart of Val d’Isère. There is a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, and a bedroom that can have good single beds or an enormous double with an en-suite shower and separate wc. All have wonderful sunny views. Unless it’s snowing, in which case they have wonderful snowy views.
If you wonder about the name, patous are the magnificent Pyrenean Mountain Dogs used around here to guard the flocks against the wolves shepherds are no longer allowed to shoot. (Patou is also the nickname of Val d’Isère’s best skier since Jean-Claude Killy, but that’s another story).
Are there any downsides to Chalet Patou? You might worry that being at the very epicentre of the world’s best ski area inevitably means that it is not as silent as some of our chalets further out. If you are the type who has to put in earplugs if an owl dares hoot in a nearby oak, you might notice the occasional party-goer heading home across the piste four floors below, but with double glazing and electric shutters you’d have to strain your ears to hear them!
If you are a party of four just looking for YSE service and food in a really smart and spacious apartment in the best spot in town, look no further.
This chalet is not suitable for wheelchair-users.