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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 here, chalet by chalet, week by week, up to Easter 2019.

GUEST REVIEWS, LISTED BY CHALET:

Les Chardons

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Just back from a fantastic week in Val with family & friends. The reason it was fantastic, (apart from the obvious location) was the amount of thought and care which went into the whole trip. From Sunday flights (which make the whole airport experience a pleasure!), to the disembodied voice of one of the co-founders of YSE giving “his opinion” on a wide range of things from the best place to hire skis to all things health & safety related (his delivery had much more of a stand up vibe than the usual boring “public information” type effort!) which meant that you actually listened to what was being said. From the minute we arrived at Chardons we were made to feel so welcome by Christina & Murray, who are fantastic hosts along with their lovely son Leon and cheerful dog Skye, and to the whole Chalet Team (a special mention for Hannah who never stopped smiling or being helpful no matter how “challenging” the customer!). My husband Pete and I had a double room on the top floor with our own toilet and bathroom (the bath was a bonus for me!) and a balcony overlooking the slopes. The room was spotless and, as it got the sun in the late afternoon, it was the perfect place to finish the day either reading or just chilling out. Another bonus for me were the church bells (which don’t ring at night) but which help cast a lovely air of timeless tranquility over what is a very busy (in a good way) place. The food is truly exceptional both in terms of taste and presentation. I don’t know how Murray does it consistently night after night for that number of people – but he does. This coupled with the way Christina hosted each evening from canapes to coffee meant that every day ended on a high note. This is already probably the longest review I’ve ever written so I will stop rambling soon but I wanted to try and convey just how good an experience this was. The Chalet is right in the centre of Val really near to the slopes and the other amenities but because of its position on a side street, we never had any unwanted noise or disturbances so I slept very well. I could go on but you’ll be glad to hear I won’t! Just to say that what singled this experience out for me was the attention to detail both at an organisational (YSE) level and a personal (Chardons Team) level. Our thanks to all concerned for a quite magical week.

April 2019
Overwhelming compliments about the food and service, Christina and her girls super efficient and all wonderful chalet hostesses. Hard-working, friendly, helpful and wonderful. There’s a noticeable difference now Christina is back with her admirable efficiency! Request that the bed in Room 32 should be the other way round as it gives a better view. Murray’s food absolutely outstanding, and the children’s food excellent – even better than last year! Beef cheek, duck fillet and pork belly all complimented, ditto onion soup. Sometimes portions could be slightly larger. Food well presented though one of the party thought it was too fussy! The children enjoyed the pesto pasta. Some of us would have preferred cheese to a pudding and had not realised this was possible. The glass door in the entrance hall caused a couple of problems until you get used to it, maybe it could be made more obvious. Jean Sports excellent for ski hire, very helpful, very reasonably priced. Precision Ski also good. Wayne at Alpine Experience made the holiday. Evo 2 good lessons for children – Ludo the ski instructor was brilliant. Restaurants – Victors, Casserole, Fondue Factory, Casa Scara – all good.

April 2019
Food was amazing. We absolutely loved the slow cooked beef and the canapés. Chalet girls were considerate to the children and so so nice. Great holiday all round. Fair description of Chardons on the YSE website. Précision Ski good for skis, and comfy boots. Mountain Masters children’s private lessons were great. Casserole restaurant was very nice for the night off and great for children.

April 2019
Food was amazing especially the beef bourguignon. Chalet girls and all staff were wonderful. Victoria and Murray did great job with the food. We’ve had a great holiday. Trifollet was delicious, love the pizzas, and sandwiches from the bakery.

April 2019
Murray’s food was perfect, especially the onion soup! Staff were really nice, it’s run very efficiently. The younger children would have liked simpler dishes perhaps. Précision ski were nice and happy to change boots. Tdc and New Generation for lessons, really really good, lovely instructors. L’Etincelle restaurant was delicious as well as Fruitière, and we loved Tête de Solaise.

April 2019
Sometimes food was a tiny too ambitious for such young children. We were quite particular about the food they wanted but they got food that was still too complicated and a bit spicy – they would prefer very very simple food. For example something was served with gravy on it and some children don’t like gravy. The bolognaise was too spicy for them too. Les Chardons could do with a bit of refurbishing even if it affects the prices a bit. Prefer a smarter chalet. Needs investing in to make it look nicer. Also we would like pastries at breakfast. Lovely food and the chalet girls were all lovely and very friendly. Oxygen ski lessons were great. Amazing ski instructor called Elaina, amazing with the children. Précision Ski was a bit chaotic and quite busy. Refuge food was good but Fruitière has gone downhill

April 2019
Food was good. Chalet girls were attentive. Basic accommodation but still nice. Trifollet pizzas were great and the meal we had in Tignes les Brevieres was great.

April 2019
Lovely food particularly loved the steak and the breakfasts. Chalet girls were great, all helpful and efficient. No complaints, had a great holiday and love the location. Pure Ski were very very nice for ski hire. Restaurants La Sachette was very nice as well as Alpage in Tignes, and we loved Bananas.

April 2019
Food was excellent. Absolutely top quality. Breakfast was perfect and dinner consistently good. Girls were great. Love having Murray and Christina there, both so good at organising everything. Really good location. Enjoyed the holiday. Précison Ski are all right but skis were slightly old, but nice staff and reasonable prices. Tête de Solaise restaurant really nice. Fruitière quality has gone downhill.

April 2019
Fish night was lovely this year. We think Les Chardons could do with being made smarter considering all the nice new chalets in Val d’isère. Don’t like the carpets. The staff were lovely, and we loved Murray and Christina. Dentist in medical center was really really nice. Précision ski was fine, good skis. Les Brevieres have great restaurants. Edelweiss was absolutely delicious.

April 2019
Les Chardons food was absolutely excellent, fish with curry sauce was delicious and loved the french onion soup. The children really liked their food. Chalet girls were nice but hard to get to know them because of how many there are and they don’t have name tags. We had a bit of trouble getting room temperature right. Would like to be offered beer. Précision ski was good value but didn’t pay enough attention for fitting the boots. Ended up changing them. I-skival had really good instructors. We loved eating at the Tête de Solaise. The Beach Bar was okay. Sun Bar was easy and cheap. Grand Cocor is always really good.

April 2019
Christina was fantastic. All chalet girls were also brilliant. More effort needs to be done for recycling. More child appropriate food with the adult meal so families can eat together. Ellie and Emily particularly stood out as being attentive and wonderful. Murray and Christina are a fantastic couple for Chardons. Upgrade towels in general – they need to be more fluffy. Also very hot in rooms. Chalet girls need to show where the thermostat is to all guests so heating can be adjusted easily. Food was amazing. Food is the redeeming feature of Chardons – best feature about the holiday. Surprised beer wasn’t included as a house option as well as the wine. Great stay in general. Plug adaptors were a great detail that weren’t included last time. Everything has been smooth and efficiently organised. Everyone has been attentive and great.

March 2019
Excellent —the girls were friendly and helpful, Christina is a wonderful hostess and as always the food was outstanding. The fillet steak seemed to be the overall winner of the week but everything else was really good. Dodgy electric sockets in some rooms.. Appreciated the plug adapters provided. Chardons was definitely the preferred option to competitors because of the amazing food. Mattis and Snowberry both very good for ski hire. TDC good for an off piste day (not that there was much). Restaurants – Avancher for dinner was very good. La Source was ok. 1789 also ok.

March 2019
Last week I was in Chardons and write to say how much I enjoyed it. I have had several holidays with you and as always the food and staff were excellent.

March 2019
We’ve stayed here 10 times. Murray and Christina are so great and run a very tight ship. The girls were all lovely. The mattress is still dodgy but the girls managed to fix that with a duvet horizontally on the bed. As always, Mattis on the snow square are excellent, they look after us extremely well. Peau de Vache restaurant has lost some of its atmosphere, but the food is still nice. We’d recommend the Refuge as a new alternative.

March 2019
What a fantastic, brilliant week! First time in Chardons, how superb! Couldn’t fault the staff, rooms or food! Every aspect was brilliant. Loved the big balcony, a sun lounger at sunnier times might be nice but only a minor thing.

March 2019
Everything was absolutely fine. The menu this year was great. Casa Scara was pretty good. We sat underground which had less atmosphere than upstairs but the food was pretty good (not exceptional though). Keep up the good work, YSE!

March 2019
Radiator didn’t work very well but the Chardons team were helpful in providing a blanket and extra heater quickly. The showers temperature is a bit temperamental. Kept jumping up and down when people in other rooms we’re changing theirs. Mental! Food was lovely, beef cheek was delicious. Cakes amazing. Chalet girls were great, lovely and always chatty.

March 2019
A really good week. I was on the top floor and would prefer being lower down the building. An en-suite as well but that’s my fault for booking late. Food was absolutely excellent. The duck was probably a bit rare for me but everything else was delicious.

March 2019
What an amazing week – we’re so lucky! We’d definitely come with YSE again. Food was lovely, Chardons is such a great set-up! Ski kit from Mattis. Ran out of options so went to little Hors Limite next to Dick’s where we’ve been before. Fromagerie – it’s really brilliant there. Chardons was better than we were expecting. It’s not sold as luxury and rightly so but it was just what we wanted.

March 2019
Exactly what I expect, the usual! There are a thousand ways to make coffee and those Nespresso machines are just a marketing ploy! Cafetières are much better and nicer for the environment. The tea bags seemed very basic, we’ll bring our own next time!

March 2019
Everything was great. Awesome staff and lovely food! Redbush tea would be nice. Also could do with a mirror in the room and the concertina door into the bathroom is a bit knackered. It feels overheated so we kept having to open the windows which seemed like a waste of energy.

March 2019
Food divine, skiing divine. Only thing that ruined it was Christian’s quick spell in Bourg hospital. Please put a proper waste paper basket in the bedroom! Not just a tiny one. Lessons with Juri from Oxygène. He is Italian but speaks very good English. Perfect for people of skiing level 4.

March 2019
What an excellent week, just as good as ever. We chose Chardons due to the location – just what we’re after. Staff are as cool as always, there when we need them and very helpful! Banana’s was an easy stagger from Coco’s on the night off and does perfectly good food. Last year I suggested croissants on the day off and we got them this year, nice work!

March 2019
First impression of YSE very good. The food was amazing. Chalet was very well kept. The girls cleaned our room spotlessly. Loved the lemon tart and beef on final night. But it was all delicious – we could list it all!

March 2019
Food was fabulous. Fish was cooked to perfection, and loved the sushi. Loved having an alternative to red meat. Girls are a great team and work together really well. Emily was particularly helpful but all of them were really good. Bed slightly too firm. Back in a few weeks because we love it so much. Think Val d’Isère is getting busier and busier. Avancher restaurant was really good.

March 2019
Food was really really good. Loved all it. Very nice girls, should wear name tags. Hotel does get quite noisy because staff get up early and make a lot of noise. Excellent week’s holiday.

March 2019
Ski lessons with Hannah from TDC, solid but not spectacular. Lovely girl but not the best at giving tips. Worth doing nonetheless. Restaurants – Edelweiss is great. Alpage des Chaudannes in Tignes was great. Fruitière is good but not as good as it once was. Chalet food was excellent. Tomato sauce was amazing with the mushroom roulade. Maybe more vegetables. Apple and almond cake amazing. Girls were really helpful and nice. Would like a mattress topper.

March 2019
Intersport Mattis good but quite expensive. ESF guide Frederika one morning was very good, really lovely. Chalet food was really really good especially the pork belly, delicious. Not big cake eaters but loved the carrot cake! Fantastic chalet girls. Emily was really really lovely. Val d’Isère needs an easy run to come back down to the village. Value of the holiday is excellent and John is very good at the marketing material. Mattress was hard and would like a new one. Full length mirror in room would also be nice and would like more hooks around the room. Very nice stay and we would recommend YSE.

March 2019
Excellent lesson with Alpine Experience. La Sana was really good and professional. Chalet food was nice, lemon tart was beautiful. Chalet girls were great and very friendly. All of them were great and Christina always looks after them really well. Bread supplier is really good. Much nicer bread than previously.

March 2019
Mattis skis were brilliant as usual. La Source restaurant was nice. Chardons food is as good as usual. Bœuf bourguignon was really nice. Chalet girls brilliant as usual, nice and friendly. Brilliant week will try to come back in April. Last night the café gourmand was slightly too rich could have been a bit lighter.

March 2019
Snowberry skis were good. Avancher restaurant was absolutely lovely and staff were great. Loved the food at Chardons, it was amazing. Murray is particularly good at chicken and good at dietary requests. Chalet girls were really really friendly can’t say enough good things. Ellie, Emily, Niomi, Bronte…. were all lovely. The holiday all went really well.

March 2019
Intersport – good and friendly, really comfortable helmet. Ski and boots were really good. Jean sport was also really good. The Garage was really nice, good service and a good menu range. La Baraque was delicious and serve amazing steak. Wine in the chalet were fantastic, all four of them were amazing. Food was delicious in Chardons. Didn’t like the café gourmand but the rest was delicious. Girls were all fantastic and so so lovely. Lovely breakfast and they were always so keen to help. Had the best week. Loved having towels folded into swans! Vegetarian food was all delicious except last night wasn’t quite as perfect. TV remote controls need new batteries.

March 2019
Skis from Killy Sport were good. Mountain Masters lessons were excellent, expensive but worth every penny. Very good instructor. Cascade is very good and love the reasonable pricing. Marmotte lovely too. Datcha nice but noticeably more expensive. Étincelle on the night off was lovely. Food in Chardons was better than ever before. Bœuf bourguignon and duck were perfection. Chalet girls were great. Emily especially helpful and friendly. Murray and Christina are so great at running it. Only thing we would add to food is more salad. Lovely holiday and a fantastic last day.

March 2019
Jean Sport skis were perfectly fine. Food was wonderful. The steak was so so good. Everything was lovely. Chalet girls were so lovely. All of them were so nice and helpful. Beds are too small “made for french people”. Been a lovely holiday and great nightlife.

March 2019
Fantastic week. The girls are very friendly, kind and helpful and have a great attitude towards the guests. Christina and Brontë are lovely. The food is simply superlative! The gluten free meals – never had such good food which although it was gluten-free cleverly managed to be similar to the main dishes. All food so excellent. Snowberry excellent for ski hire. Inter Sport was good and hassle free. Olivier from ESF and Wayne from Alpine Experience both good guides. Restaurants – enjoyed Hiboux, La scara, Taverne d’Alsace, La Corniche, Chez Paulo, Triffolet, Casserole. All fine but not as good as Murray’s cooking at Les Chardons!

March 2019
Brilliant stay in Chardons. Christina and Murray great as well as all the girls. Food was fantastic. Sharing loo slightly annoying but our fault for booking late. Had a great time. La Source restaurant was delicious.

February 2019
The YSE team are fantastic. Led from the front by John Yates-Smith (who is always available) nothing is too much trouble. Christina and Murray run the chalet with a fabulous team of chalet girls. Murray in the kitchen, along with Victoria, produces the most wonderful food, miles better than any other chalet we have stayed in. The rooms, although basic, are immaculately clean. The chalet is situated very near the slopes and ski hire shops. Sunday flights to and from Lyon are a delight, anyone who has travelled from Geneva at half term will understand what I mean. I don’t want to go on too much about what a wonderful time we had or you will all want to go there! We are already planning our 2020 trip and can’t think of anywhere which will beat YSE and Les Chardons.

February 2019
Food was delicious. Chalet girls were great. Zoe was lovely. Loved them all, very helpful. Great location. Really good week.

February 2019
Jean Sport ski rental very good. Didi at Oxygene was absolutely stunning and they had the best ski lessons. The Brussels served delicious food and we loved the location – nice place to sit and have lunch. Whole Chardons team worked really well together. Food was remarkable as every year. Every meal fantastic but even better than last year. Only once breakfast eggs were slightly over-cooked! Enjoyed the stay very much. Chalet girls all wonderful, Naomi was lovely. Whole company works really well.

February 2019
First time with YSE and loved it. Food was amazing. Chalet girls were very good, loved skiing with them. All of them were great. Wouldn’t change a thing, really well-organised. We will be back. Précision skis were really good. Trifollet really good.

February 2019
Snowberry excellent as always. Casa Scara was delicious, loved the proximity. Chardons food was outstanding. Chalet girls all friendly and efficient. Been with YSE a few years always very good high standard. Loved the snow shoeing.

February 2019
Précision skis were very good. We appreciated the different boots option at Snowberry and I will buy the boots I tried. Fondue Factory was really good had a great meal on the night off. Pizza place in Brevieres delicious for lunch, with great service. Chardons food was really good especially the last night’s beef, it was the best. Also adored the fish and the sauce. Chalet girls were really good and got more chatty as the week went on. Zoe particularly, but all lovely. Christina and Murray were amazing and very organised. A really good week. Will come again.

February 2019
Oxygene ski rental good and got seasonnaire discount which was very handy! Tête de Solaise restaurant really really good. Edelweiss, Trifollet and Baraque also fantastic, great atmosphere at Baraque. Murray’s food is exceptional at Les Chardons, he and Christina are great and she is lovely. Chalet girls were friendly, lovely and chatty. Loved all of it.

February 2019
Loved the holiday. Great at accommodating pescatarians. Fish was delicious and they got in Savicci one evening which we loved. Would like a hairdryer in the room rather than having to ask to use one.

February 2019
Précision skis were good and close to Les Chardons so really convenient. Grizzly restaurant delicious, Trifollet really nice and loved the weather! Food at Les Chardons was 10/10 couldn’t fault it, beef was delicious and loved the canapés. Chalet girls were really really friendly and Zoe was absolutely lovely and Shannon really really helpful. Can’t get much better, loved the holiday, organisation is really good and feel like it’s all done for you. First time but will come again. Chalet girls made the whole holiday even better.

February 2019
Fabulous holiday. Refuge de Solaise is our favourite restaurant and La Baraque also great. Loved the live music. Food was absolutely amazing. Chalet girls very friendly and loved Zoe and Bronte, and Christina is lovely. Only thing we would change is the radiators so people can change the temperature in their rooms.

February 2019
Skis from Snowberry were excellent. Private ski lessons with Ian were excellent, one of the main reasons to come to Val d’isère. Food was excellent, especially beef and puddings. Chalet girls lovely. Christina is excellent, runs it perfectly, she and Murray work really well as a couple.

February 2019
Intersport skis were really good and good service. Good restaurants in general in Val d’Isère. Food was delicious loved every single dish equally. Chalet girls were excellent. All absolutely friendly. Would like to not share wc but that’s the room we booked. Had a great week. Would come back next year.

February 2019
Intersport customer service quite poor but was sorted after a while. The Billabong restaurant was lovely. Food was brilliant, could have done with more vegetables but loved it anyway. Chalet girls were lovely. Sharing a loo a bit of a nuisance between four people but apart from that loved it. Perhaps more variety of soft drinks.

February 2019
Billabong burgers were great, we go there every time. Chalet food was fantastic loved the beef on the last night and loved the first night food. Actually we loved all of it, it was absolutely delicious. Really nice chalet girls. All of them are lovely. Had a brilliant week and would come again, we love Val d’isère.

February 2019
Lunches are lovely in the mountain restaurants, and we love Les Brevieres especially La Sachette. Chalet food was fantastic. We loved the breakfast and the perfectly cooked eggs. Loved the fish curry. Excellent chalet girls, all lovely and very attentive. Christina is extremely helpful. Really well run company.

February 2019
Intersport by Pitte were great with friendly staff. 1789 restaurant was absolutely delicious for the night off, and Sachette in Brevieres was great. Loved all the restaurants. Chalet food was fabulous. Chalet girls were lovely and very accommodating, all of them really really nice. Would like more modern facilities in rooms (TV wasn’t working), but the beds are comfy. Really great week and amazing skiing conditions.

February 2019
Intersport Pitte skis were great. Also lovely staff. Great food all week. We did the husky walk in Manchet valley and loved the food in the Manchet restaurant. Murray’s food at Les Chardons was perfect every night, a great mixture. Chalet girls were really excellent. Work really well together as a team. All good had an amazing week. Only complaints are TV doesn’t work in room, and a crack in the basin.

February 2019
Intersport skis really good but customer service not ideal. Superb chalet food, duck especially good. Chalet girls were lovely especially Naomi was great. Really great week and amazing stay.

February 2019
Skis from précision were nice but service not terrific. Ski lessons with tdc really good with Ross. Food was excellent. All very good meals and beef was outstanding. And the pork belly. Chalet girls were great. All very helpful.

February 2019
Skis and boots from Snowberry Snowside – friendly and efficient. Got refund for not using them after injured shoulder. Mountain Masters ski lessons were amazing, best instructors in Val d’isère. Allain very technical and patient, explains well. Casa scara really delicious as always had a pizza at Chez Paolo which was really nice. Chalet food was very very good. Chalet girls were fantastic and Christina exceptionally helpful. Medical center was excellent and very efficient. Would like an extra bar of soap during week. Fabulous stay as always.

February 2019
Trifollet always good and really liked Les Tufs, and loved Sachette in Brevieres and l’Ouillete really nice. Chalet food excellent. Loved fish and beef and duck but all splendid. All the staff are excellent, Christina especially is a great great host. Always a good holiday with YSE. Really good week. Wish we could have stayed longer.

February 2019
Skis from Mattis Intersport very good and we appreciated the YSE discount. Taverne d’Alsace was very good. Évolution 2 good for children’s lessons. Food in Les Chardons was brilliant especially duck and beef. Only thing extractor fan was quite noisy in our room. Chalet girls were lovely – a great week.

February 2019
Snowberry skis and boots were excellent, opened early for us on Monday which was very convenient so people could get to lessons. Children had lessons with Mountain Masters who were excellent. Chalet food was excellent, portion sizes perfect. Kids’ food was great and there was good variety. Chalet girls were very friendly and helpful. Really great week overall.

February 2019
Snowberry skis and boots brilliant and comfortable after adjustments. Ski lessons with Oxygene and tdc – loved both. Wish we could have had more lessons but booked too late. Nice restaurants all round town, loved Marmottes for good value and Etincelle has great food. Food at Les Chardons absolutely amazing every night. Chalet girls amazing also. The whole stay was great.

February 2019
Ski Republic, okay but a bit cheaper and slightly less good skis but still adequate. Cascade restaurant great and surprisingly reasonably-priced. We also liked Tignes restaurants. Les Chardons food was excellent and quantities were perfect; exciting set of meals, each course had something different and made it delicious. Chalet girls are very very nice, top class. Nice holiday, we’ve had a great time.

February 2019
Snowberry – good as ever and changed things when required. Son had lessons from New Generation with Scott – great. L’Etincelle has the best hot chocolate and delicious food in the whole resort. Gourmandine was also nice. Triffolet good as always, our favourite restaurant. Corniche also very good. Very good stay in Les Chardons. Third time here and have loved it every time. Only complaint is water pressure and temperature sometimes but not big issue. Murray’s food is delicious and Christina is great and very helpful and the girls are always cheerful and always around to talk to. Loved the holiday. Also the fact John is always available makes it work well.

February 2019
Killy skis were excellent. Mountains Masters ski lessons good English and great fun. Restaurants Grand Cocor was great and La Corniche was lovely. Food was beautiful, loved all of it, every dish was great especially the fish. Chalet staff are fantastic. Would love a mirror in the bedroom for hair drying. Really good holiday – loved the marmelade!

February 2019
Fanstatic stay in Chardons, absurdly good food, Murray and Christina will be impossible to replace. Christina is a lovely person and they are an exceptional pair. Really loved them working together. Mattis for skis and boots, very good. (Mattis opens at 8.30 not 8.) Ski lessons with ESF, very nice instructors. Sue at Gatwick was particularly good but would like more information about checking bags in.

February 2019
Jean Sport was perfectly good. Alpine Experience guide was amazing and as always found the best snow whatever the conditions. And lesson for daughters was great and they improved. Food was out of this world, looked forward to dinner every evening. Vegetarian meal was really nice. Beef and duck were lovely and the fish was delicious. Presentation for that number of people was outstanding. Wine selection was very good and very impressed for chalet wine. It matched the amazing food. Chalet girls were all fantastic and mature and knowledgeable. Perhaps they could wear name tags to be able to thank them more personally. Christina was absolutely lovely to have around and so nice to talk to. Restaurants – loved La Corniche. Only thing to change is the mattress in our room, and our tv didn’t work. But a really superb holiday.

February 2019
Skis from Mattis very very good as always. Restaurants – Panoramic in Tignes was very nice but not as good as Murray’s food. No restaurant as nice as Murray’s cooking in Les Chardons! Been coming for a few years and love it as much as ever, and love Murray’s food. Fabulous having Christina there, and the chalet girls were great. Loved the Prosecco and the wine selection. Would like a hook for the towel in bathroom. Loved the holiday and the good weather and had a great time. The boot situation was handled very well by John. (Lost on the bus on the way up).

February 2019
Good holiday and had a good time. Mattis skis were really good, swapped snowboard for skis after a few days. Lessons with the ESF with Marie, very nice, learned a lot. Lunch at Boulangerie was very nice and good value. Food at Les Tufs was great and great service and table. Chalet food was fantastic, loved all of it. Chalet girls lovely, friendly and chatty as usual. Up to the great YSE standard. Would like a humidifier because the air is so dry. Mattress protectors make the bed a bit sweaty.

February 2019
Snowberry skis and boots very good. Lesson with New Generation was okay but could have been taught a bit more, has had better instructors in previous years. Crêperie Val is very nice for kids, also Marmotte and Cascade great value. Food in the chalet was absolutely lovely, couldn’t have been better. Christina is lovely. It’s been a lovely week and we’ve enjoyed the sunshine!

February 2019
Snowberry brilliant and had the comfiest boots ever. Slightly too long skis and got them changed no problem. Restaurants – 1789 restaurant and Fondue Factory were really good, service better than previous years. Grande Ourse has gone downhill, disappointing. Chalet food was perfect, very very good and exceptionally nice chalet girls. Prosecco was a very nice touch. Would have preferred a feather pillow.

February 2019
Jean sport skis were brilliant, nice and calm in there. Les Tufs was very very nice. Food outstanding and vegan option was delicious but would have liked a bit more desserts or fruit. Chalet girls were nice and helpful. Very attentive and worked well as a team. Had a great holiday no complaints.

February 2019
Oxygene, excellent, fantastic new equipment – would recommend. Chalet staff were fantastic – very friendly, attentive and great. Zoe in particular was very nice along with Murray and Christina in charge. All outstanding. Chalet food, 10/10, it really was good. A friend came for one evening and we were a little surprised at the cost for one person – maybe our fault for not asking first. But so well presented and excellent. Vegetarian food was great – always had so much food, sometimes too much but still great. Duck and hake was our favourite out of a delicious week. Mushroom stroganoff was fantastic. Restaurants – Avancher, beautiful place, very good food, would recommend

February 2019
Jean Sports – fantastic, John should mention this in his CD, very friendly and very convenient – used them for a while and get a good discount now. Chalet – best food in resort with Murray and great to have Christina back again. Girls were great, more switched on than last year which was great. Chalet food, excellent, so good! Does he ever get any complaints – salad was maybe too cold? The bread was very nice and makes a really nice change. Restaurants: Avancher – excellent, not been before but it was lovely. Mostly French there which is nice. Gormandene – would not recommend! Cold in the restaurant and food wasn’t much.

February 2019
3rd week in Chardons this season and great as always. Chalet food excellent – wouldn’t be coming back again in two weeks time if I didn’t love the food here! Restaurants – burger in Moris – just what I needed. The chalets girls switch around and I struggle to remember their names, suggest a bolder pen for the name badges – only criticism all week!

February 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed our week. The town had a great atmosphere too! Chalet staff, very good. Chalet food: we taught him all he knows! Couldn’t pick any favourites as it was all good. All 3 courses compliment each other, a rich dish followed by a lighter desert – great. Restaurants: Refuge du Solaise – beautiful place, lovely atmosphere but food was lacking the high quality we were expecting.

February 2019
Guide – Pat and Jean Zimmer off-piste guiding, superb. Chalet staff excellent all week. Chalet food excellent as well Restaurants: Blizzard – very good! Everything was first class! For people hiring skis at Chardons, Jean Sport should be mentioned as it’s so easy!

February 2019
Ski Club Great Britain – excellent guide. Chalet staff brilliant as always. Chalet food magnificent, all superb.

February 2019
Overall great food all week – portion sizes are spot on. Restaurants – Pizz n Love, a break from fine dining and just what we needed

February 2019
Precision – very good, good service too
Chalet staff and food excellent, high standard all the way through. Loved breakfast – great bread. Could the staff wear name badges all week, maybe have a chalet guest list too to remember everyone’s names.

February 2019
Les Chardons all excellent. Restaurants – Refuge du solaise, nice experience but Murray is a far better cook. The YSE package is always a good fit for me – keep it up!

February 2019
Ski Shops – Mattis, pre booked, quick and efficient, a few changed skis and boots and they were very happy to help sort us all out. Chalet staff – great, been 3 times before, knew what to expect and it was a great stay. Murray and Christina were fantastic and the girls were great all week! Christina was exceptionally helpful, we had a few issues but she resolved them very quickly. Chalet was always clean and tidy, girls did a great job all week. Chalet food was just incredible – Murray is so good in the kitchen and for that many people it’s amazing. Would like to see a few more options for breakfast – would be nice to have fruit salad on offer to but not a huge issue. Favourites – beef fillet was just amazing, hake and duck were also very good! Puddings were beautifully presented and delicious! Restaurants – Brasserie Grand Cocor – not the best choice, nothing wrong with it, service was great just the food wasn’t as good as Murray’s. Few went to Chez Nano and preferred the food there compared to Grand Cocor

February 2019
Snowberry Streetside – one of the party wasn’t aware that Streetside don’t pick up – make sure that future guests know that it’s the Slopeside shop that collects your equipment! Jean Sport – 25% discount for YSE (not mentioned on the information CD) – skis were great and service was very good too! Chalet staff absolutely brilliant, very friendly, great to see Murray and Christina! Really enjoyed Christina’s dress on the last night. The chalet girls were excellent as always. Victoria did a lovely breakfast! Chalet food fantastic, every night just got better and better. All the food was incredible. Nice that the menu has changed from last year. Steak on the last night was great but all was great! Fish was excellent! Restaurants – 1789 good food but felt a little rushed, very busy but really nice evening. Edelweiss and Sachette (Tignes les Brev) – really nice lunch at both. Joel is great at Sachette – very very friendly and a good host.

February 2019
Mattis Intersport very helpful, changed my boots as they were uncomfortable but new ones were great. Chalet staff lovely, very nice – Christina and Murray are a joy. Christina is a real bonus for YSE. It’s our 14th week with YSE and the service we had this week is the reason why. The chalet girls were very helpful, friendly and all remembered what we were getting up to and asked questions around that. Our room was lovely, kept very tidy and clean. Chalet food brilliant, gorgeous. Everything was wonderful. Sushi canapé was delicious. Beef, chicken and duck were particularly good. Restaurants – Casa Scara, very good food, very happy. Must book though as they were turning people away when we were there. In the brown book it says Sachette in Tignes les Brevieres service is poor but this wasn’t the case when we went. Happy with the change to Lyon airport compared to other years.

January 2019
Chalet staff very nice, exceptional service. Very good food and great morning bread especially loved the brown bread. This year even better than last year. Very impressed with the holiday.

January 2019
Tdc was brilliant – we had a 2-person lesson and it wasn’t too expensive. Amazing churros at Tipi bar near the Datcha with no queue. Chalet staff great and really nice. Fantastic food, loved how well catered it was for gluten free. Would have preferred a bath in our room and would appreciate a list of rooms with baths on the website (every room and bathroom is described on the Les Chardons page – YSE). And rooms slightly small but good holiday all round and Chardons is in a great position.

January 2019
Jean Sport had great service – had to change skis half way through and were happy to help. Second set of skis were great. Tignes restaurants really good possibly better than Val. Chalet girls helpful. Nothing bad to say about food. Good holiday.

January 2019
Absolutely lovely stay. All chalet girls helpful. Exceptional food. All good. With doctors updates conference it would be helpful if the chalet day off was on Thursday. Superb holiday all round. Intersport was perfectly adequate. La Sachette in Tignes les Brevieres was lovely.

January 2019
Jean Sport skis were great. Quite expensive restaurants. Chalet girls were very nice and helpful and food was delicious. All great. In our room the plug is behind the bed which is inconvenient. Would also appreciate a loo roll holder instead of random loo roll placed around the bathroom.

January 2019
Mountain Pro Shop great for off piste. Jean Marc with ESF – use him privately he was very good as usual. Fantastic stay, outstanding food. Chalet girls were all good and Christina was excellent. Wouldn’t change a thing.

January 2019
Cascade Restaurant very good and great value but no food in any restaurant was as good as the food in Les Chardons. Loved the breakfasts with brown bread and fruit, amazing cooks and great cakes. Chalet girls really helpful. Christina so kind and helpful and goes out of her way to help. Little things she does make a big difference. Spacious bedroom, nicely decorated, but pillow was a bit too hard, everything else was good apart from that!

January 2019
Tdc were exceptional and couldn’t be any better. Nico was excellent. Consistently amazing ski school. Best ski school and reasonably priced, good value and quality. Snowberry Streetside shop excellent. Murray and Christina were delightful and so pleasant and couldn’t be more helpful, they are perfect chalet hosts and could not be faulted. Only thing is we would like more variety of alcohol and not just wine. Maybe more Prosecco. Would like the girls to wear name badges more often so they could thank them by name. Zoe was particularly excellent.

January 2019
Snowberry fanstastic as per usual. La Corniche was alright, but Edelweiss was superb. Les Chardons was as wonderful as every other year with lovely chalet girls. Excellent food as ever. Just an amazing holiday and we look forward to coming back.

January 2019
Jean Sport very good skis and convenient location. Chardons very good, excellent food as always fourth time here. Chalet girls very very good and very attentive. John is great and amazing at organising everything. It’s been a great holiday.

January 2019
Les Barmes de l’Ours perfect always rent skis from there. Chalet girls were fantastic. Didn’t expect food to be so perfect absolutely loved it. No complaints would come back next year.

January 2019
Snowberry was very good, great at boot fitting. Edelweissrestaurant was really good, loved it and would definitely recommend it. Chalet good was fabulous and girls were excellent. All good no complaints.

January 2019
Intersport discount was lovely for being with YSE. Avancher serve a great fondue. Perfect stay in Chardons absolutely delicious food and a lovely atmosphere and perfect chalet girls. Only complaint is we ran out of soap and never got it replaced but only a small issue. Catered very well, loved the breakfast. Can’t think of anything to make it better.

January 2019
Intersport very good were very happy to change skis to off piste skis halfway through the week. Off piste lessons with tdc very good and loved having an English guide. Chalet girls helpful and friendly can’t complain. Food was scrumptious. Very enjoyable week.

January 2019
Restaurants – Baraque was lovely and La Cave was very impressive. Chalet girls were very very nice.
Chardons food was very very nice and Murray is very talented. However I was very annoyed breakfast was cleaned up earlier than they said it would be. Got down at 9.30 on 3 occasions and got no breakfast.

January 2019
My first trip with YSE and I thought it was a very smooth check-in at Gatwick and a quick journey. I found the recorded talk on the coach funny and informative. A HUGE thank you to Christina for her hospitality. She is very warm and welcoming and Leon is delightful. Murray’s food was amazing. Favourite dishes were the sea bass, falafels, hake and cerviche. BTW the carrot cake was the best carrot cake I have ever tasted! YUM! Victoria was lovely in the morning and her scrambled eggs were excellent. Naomi, Annie and Ellie very friendly and approachable. Thank you to Shannon for helping with my heavy suitcase on the first day. We also enjoyed the packed lunches – great value and delicious. Only 2 suggestions: to have breakfast until 10am for the non-conference guests, and to change the shower curtains. I will be recommending Les Chardons, Christina, her team and Murray’s delicious menu.

January 2019
Staff lovely and friendly. Food was fantastic. Thanks for a great holiday we’ll be back.

January 2019
Slightly noisy from the main street outside. Food was amazing and girls were really good. Our room was perfectly cleaned every day. Fondue Factory for the night off – really nice. Started at L’Étincelle but it was so expensive we walked out. €35 a head at Fondue Factory much more doable.

January 2019
Chalet team were amazing. Special shoutout to Zoe who we found super friendly. Best food we’ve ever had on a ski trip.

January 2019
Morning guiding session with Chris from Alpine Experience was great fun. Everything in the chalet was spot on. Vegetarian dahl was lovely, as was the lentil soup on the first night. Doughnuts were amazing.

January 2019
Lovely to have a bath and a shower. Really good food as last year. Staff were perfectly friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. La Corniche is very good and not outrageously expensive. It would be nice if there was a bulletin of what was going on each evening in the chalet or resort.

January 2019
Staff and food both excellent. Maybe a choice of cheese instead of dessert would be nice. (This is offered in the first night’s speech – YSE). The chalet team were a particular highlight – nothing was ever too much trouble. Very comfortable rooms and lovely convenient and quiet location. Mattis Intersport for ski hire, booked online. Great value and great quality kit. Very happy with them. Food favourites were pork belly and last night’s steak.

January 2019
Great chalet team, great food, great resort. Thanks for a memorable holiday. A very delightful experience. Super convenient location. Can I have a copy of the bus CD as I’m suffering from slight insomnia at home. We would recommend Jean Sports for ski hire especially as they gave us a 30% discount. It gets slightly smoky in the restaurant during breakfast.

January 2019
Excellent holiday. The chalet, ambience, staff and food were excellent. Good recommendation from YSE to go to La Fromagerie on our night off. We would also highly recommend Nicko from TDC who found us the best powder on the mountain.

January 2019
We have just enjoyed a fantastic week in Les Chardons. This is truly a skiers set up, with a great family atmosphere created by Murray and Christina with baby Leon and dog Sky, who make it feel like a real home from home. The team spirit is great and we enjoyed getting to know all our staff who looked after us brilliantly and always responded to our endless questions and requests with a smile! We enjoyed the guest appearance from JYS and trading stories of Val d’Isère in the 1980s!, as well as getting to know other guests. The food was an unexpected surprise – this was not run of the mill skiers grub, but creative and delicious home cooking at its best with highlights too many to mention but including the homemade hummus, roast duck and tasting menu of puddings. All this within a few minutes of the main lift and staggering distance from the nightlife – yet with blissfully peaceful bedrooms. What more could real skiers want?!

January 2019
Food perfect again. We’ll definitely come back. The staff are excellent, happy and cheerful. Chef Murray is on another level. We just have a snack when on mountain because we’re so full from Murray’s great food. Mushrooms for breakfast would be nice. Fantastic skiing. Favourite ski resort in the world.

January 2019
Week was fantastic – even better than last year. Good having Christina back and she’s very friendly. Food even better too and was absolutely delicious, astonishingly good cooking. The chalet staff were great. Superb skiing, best weeks skiing we’ve ever had. Ski hire with Oxygene. Good skis and lessons from them, really nice instructors.

January 2019
Very good overall stay. Fourth year here and would 100% come again. The chalet staff are amazing at their job. Fantastic skiing. Snowberry Snowside offer pick up whereas Streetside don’t but it is cheaper. Would recommend the Barillon – loved the food.

January 2019
Mattis ski hire great and got a discount for being with YSE which is great. Very friendly and brand new skis. Ate out at Barillon, superb meal. We’ve stayed in chalets with YSE before but we liked Chardons even more. Food was amazing, perfectly cooked. Little things made the whole stay great, chalet girls very attentive.

January 2019
Excellent week, been here a few times and as good as ever. Chalet girls were lovely. Gluten free menu exceptionally good. Nothing bad to say!

January 2019
Ski hire at Snowberry fine – slightly more expensive but worth it. Nice room. Great week, and Christina is lovely and on top of everything. Lovely food except for slightly cold steak. We’d like to be able to boil our own eggs on the staff day off. But overall a great week. Brilliant stay and great staff.

January 2019
Killy Sport for skis was good, skis were great and we loved the online service. On Wednesday night we ate at La Baraque – delicious. Lovely week at Chardons, and excellent food, enjoyed every meal. Chalet girls were tremendous and very helpful. Great holiday.

January 2019
Snowberry really good, love them every time. Mountain Masters brilliant with very nice instructors. Good skiing. Marmotte is good. Chardons was great with amazing staff and food and comfy rooms. Really good overall. Amazing food and loved duck and steak which were perfectly juicy.
Looked after perfectly. Will come again.

January 2019
Snowberry all good. Marmotte reasonably priced but the rest of the restaurants are expensive. Really good holiday. Friendly staff and delicious food. Would like more big mugs and bigger glasses for water and we would love to be able to buy YSE cookbooks. Will book same week for next year.

January 2019
Ski hire with Precision very good. Cascade and Marmotte restaurants very nice. Very good week in Les Chardons. Christina very helpful. Food very good. Last night was the best meal. All good wouldn’t change a thing!

January 2019
Snowberry very good and worked hard to find boots for my odd feet. Very good at adjusting skis. Brilliant week, nice to be back. Would like soft drinks at dinner but apart from that perfect.

January 2019
Intersport skis brilliant. Cascade restaurant delicious and cheap. Loved staying in Chardons and were pleasantly surprised. Excellent stay and chalet girls were lovely. Both Murray and Christina are brilliant and efficient, they run it really well.

January 2019
Excellent stay, we had an absolutely amazing time. Food good every night with very friendly chalet girls. Nothing bad to say, everything was perfect. Very very good, superb holiday. Signal restaurant great and good value. Fabulous restaurants all over. Jean Sport, great skis, very helpful. Cinq Frères good with friendly waiters.

January 2019
Ski hire at Jean Sport, good skis. Chalet staff very cheerful and helpful. Food good at every meal. Very comfortable rooms. Would definitely come again.

January 2019
Oxygene ski school instructor was average not very “challenging”. Very friendly chalet girls, very good food especially pork, and good for specific dietary requirements.

January 2019
Ski hire at Mattis, good skis comfy boots. Very good all round stay, brilliant helpful chalet girls, only problem was bathroom window doesn’t really work so bathroom was freezing. Other than that superb stay.

January 2019
Alpine Experience particularly good instructor. Artic Café very nice and great for vegetarians. Chardons staff excellent and always smiley. Same for food, however would have liked sausages as well as bacon at breakfast. Room a bit small but nice, and cleaning good.

January 2019
Would have liked the staff at Precision Ski to be more knowledgeable about their ski insurance. But good equipment. Superb time in Les Chardons, incredibly attentive pleasant smiley staff, couldn’t be better, food was fantastic, rooms were great.

January 2019
Very good stay, girls were lovely, excellent food especially for vegetarians. Rooms very nice would come again. Very good skis and boots at Snowberry. Lesson with tdc very good, off piste with Alpine Experience fantastic.

January 2019
Ski school Alpine Experience was good fun. Chris was great. Atelier d’Edmond for the day off was delicious and better than last year. Chardons staff great, nice to have Christina back. Murray very talented. Only complaint is white wine is served too warm.

January 2019
New Generation skis were ideal. Folie Douce self service good, Edelweiss delicious. Great holiday, staff 10/10 and great food. Would come back and thought the whole thing was very professional.

January 2019
Great restaurants all over Val d’Isère. Knew what to expect from Chardons and thought it was very good. Only complaint Is there are no basins in shared wcs and would like a hand sanitizer. Brilliant food. Great chalet girls.

January 2019
Regular in Chardons. Love coming to Val d’Isère, look forward to it all year. Lovely staff and food good as always. Chez Paolo good pizzas.

January 2019
Skiing has been perfect. Perfect time in Chardons, been before but best year so, nothing negative to say. Delicious food. For lunches, Cascade is best value restaurant in Val d’Isère.

January 2019
New Generation with Julian very good off piste. Great food at the Folie Douce. Been to Chardons a few times and this was the best it’s been. Brilliant food. Couldn’t have done anything better. Christina is very efficient. Definitely come again. Murray is fantastic. Very impressed.

January 2019
Jean Sport was perfect and nice and close to Les Chardons. Skied with Alpine Experience who are great. L’étincelle all right for lunch but service not fast enough. Les Tufs is great. Chardons chalets girls cheerful and helpful and food excellent. Jam pots need to be cleaned on a more regular basis. Been many times can’t think of anything else to complain about! Very good stay all round.

January 2019
Excellent holiday. Christina was perfect and very kind. Friendly chalet girls. First time with YSE and very impressed.

January 2019
Would recommend Corniche as well as Barillon and Trifollet, Alpage has gone downhill with barely edible burgers. Chardons was excellent. Brilliant food, loved it, could be Michelin starred. Better than any fancy place we’ve been to. Every meal was delicious. Victoria great at breakfast. Great chalet girls. Love travelling with YSE. Hired skis at Boraso, very good. Bought boots which are comfortable. Way better than Mark Warner. Murray nailed his fish which is one of the best meals we’ve ever eaten, it was just right, not bone dry like most places serve it.

January 2019
Jean Sport convenient and easy. Very nice in there, upgraded skis after booking online. Cascade was great and better value than anywhere else. Girls laid out table on a day where they had a picnic which was really lovely. Very relaxing and perfect holiday. Loved Murray’s fish too. No complaints.

January 2019
Precision Ski very good. Signal restaurant great, Peau de Vache great. At Chardons everything was perfect foodwise, especially afternoon tea cakes. Well looked after and well catered for allergies. Chalet girls really lovely.

January 2019
Very clean and really nice room and nice to have a towel change mid week. The whole holiday was a great success. Particularly helpful and friendly chalet girls. Best ski resort we’ve been to. Casa Scara great.

January 2019
Everything very good. Nothing bad to say. Chalet girls very friendly and Chardons run very efficiently.

January 2019
Good restaurants as usual, lunches at Marmottes very tasty and cheap. Room was nice. Murray stepped up his game and beef dish and desserts were even better than last year if that’s possible. Chalet girls were very pleasant. Great selection of staff.

January 2019
Food has got even better and was excellent. Would pay a lot of money for food like that in England! Brilliant chalet girls. Really nice all round. Only one suggestion: would like beer to be offered as well as wine.

January 2019
Snowberry was amazing, had skis we specially wanted. Signal and Edelweiss were amazing. Rooms were basic but expected it. Only one plug socket. More hooks needed for clothes. And more shelves in bathroom. Chalet girls were amazing, and food excellent. Christina was very attentive. Murray and Christina are a lovely couple. Always nice to have reasonably priced yet tasty wine.

December 2018
Mattis intersport not good for skis as no space for overnight storage even though it was advertised. Chalet food sensational, spectacular. It would be good to post the menu for the evening in the morning so people could ask if they wanted it plainer. Food amazing, more veg would be appreciated. Bread was plain and could be more interesting. Beef cheek was a definite favourite – rich and delicious. Chalet girls helpful but it would be nice to know their names – maybe they could introduce themselves again after the first day. Christine very kind and helpful. Night out was at La Corniche – disappointing, raclette not good. Signal restaurant good for lunch.

December 2018
Chalet fantastic, food out of this world, good portion sizes, would have liked more varied cereal at breakfast (didn’t find the porridge until the last day! – could it be labelled?). Chalet girls very sweet and nice. Killy Sport good for skis. La Casserole good for evening out.

December 2018
Jean Sport excellent. Great price with discount too, super friendly and wonderfully convenient. Both skis and boots really good. Chalet food very good, Murray is very relaxed. Would have liked to know we could have cheese instead of pudding. Filet steak was amazing and although all the meals were excellent, the beef cheek was the unanimous favourite. More cereal options would be good and pain au chocolate for breakfast! Christina is very kind and the chalet girls are nice. The chalet is rather tired. Went to Etincelle for meal out but 14 of us walked out after having been shown to a table then totally ignored for 15 minutes. Cascade good food and good value.

December 2018
Hired at Jean Sports. Excellent, very convenient. Ski touring with Chris – great. Murray and Christina are excellent. Food exceptional, really really good. Rooms are fine. The chalet girls were helpful but impersonal and didn’t offer their names. CD on the bus goes on a bit but is informative!

December 2018
Snowberry very good, especially boots. Chalet food fantastic. All good and perfect portions.

December 2018
The staff were just lovely and the food was delicious. Everything so well run and smooth. Everyone really good and friendly. Fantastic holiday, food amazing, all perfect. Duck and steak particularly good. Five star food, lovely staff who go above and beyond. Everything very very good. Best value for money company. Need big mugs for tea and coffee! Staff very friendly. Evolution 2 great, and Precision very good. Surefoot very good for boots. Mattis and Oxygene both very good, Snowberry good but expensive. TDC very good. Géant sport very good skis. Jean Sport good

December 2018
Room great, food superb, girls superb, couldn’t fault anything, Snowberry good, TDC excellent, everything fantastic.

December 2018
Snowberry – hired both economy and premium skis and boots, boots happened to be brand new even using economy which was very happy with! Ski Republic – used before and happy with the equipment! Precision – good equipment. Killy sports – equipment as expected, did a good ski service! Freerider by Oakley – good ski equipment. Jean sport – didn’t have skis but helped with forgotten equipment well. Boraso sport – brilliant attention to detail. We got brand new skis and great service. Also convenient location for Chardons. Mattis very good and affordable – 70/80 euros. Snowberry excellent as always but of course the most expensive. Hors piste (booked via SKISET) – not overly impressed, very average. Chalet staff – the girls were fantastic, very happy to help out with enthusiasm. Everything 10/10! Very enjoyable week. Without exception all fantastic all week. After 16 years of staying with Mark Warner on this same week of the season this was a very very pleasant change! All very friendly and welcoming. It feels as if the girls have always worked there. Fabulous as usual, very comfortable and great location. Fairly basic chalet but the staff, food and service by far make up for that. Need brighter bulbs in the rooms. Similarly, all over the hotel the bulbs are different colours (white/yellow) – looks naff. Some rooms too cold but hot water perfect. Very happy with the food, far better than expected! Generally talked about as exceptional. Maybe a little rich for the first night dinner after travelling! Extremely impressive. Two people not sure about combination of hake and lentils. Wine plentiful and excellent quality. This year’s rosé much better than previously. Victoria is fantastic and lovely to have doing breakfasts. Restaurants: La Lodge – good food, reasonable prices. La Casa Scara – good food, not as good as YSE’s cooking and also expensive. Victors – average burger but good Thai curry. La Casserole – very happy, good raclette. 1789 – very good, been there before and does fantastic steaks. Grand Cocor – affordable and good food but not busy at all. La Casa Scara – OK but quite a limited menu. Pasta, veal or lamb pretty much. Affordable wine by the carafe. La Croisette – very nice friendly and French. Would recommend.

WINTER 2017-18

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.

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Iona and Lindsey were marvellous. The food was absolutely super, but one in the party found it too rich and fancy, so the chef gave him plainer meals. Everyone else thought the food was fantastic. The girls were really lovely and could not have been more helpful. Ski hire from Jean Sport – extremely good. Private lessons with Simon McCombe at Mountain Masters – also extremely good. Roxy is the best place in Val d’Isère for fresh orange juice and plain food. The Fromagerie also very good. The only problem was the fire, they tried to light it one night, the room filled up with dense smoke immediately ….to such an extent that medical attention was needed for severe eye irritation the next day

April 2019
Great stay in the chalet. Food was lovely. Girls were so so lovely and great with the children. John always very frank about description of places but the youth hostel opposite gets quite noisy. Snowberry skis and boots were great. Mountains Masters and Oxygene lessons were excellent. Progression Ski were good and have good instructors. L’Ouilette restaurant very nice. Cascade great value.

April 2019
Jean Sports gave 25% off ski hire and a free ski wax so great all round! Some of us changed skis daily and they couldn’t have been more helpful. Went with Mark and James from Mountain Masters – 3 mornings off piste – snow wasn’t great but we still had some real fun. Those guys know where to take you! Chalet staff Lindsay and Iona were great! Chalet was immaculately clean, great food, what a week. Cooking was fabulous all week! Favourites were the beef fillet and fish curry. Restaurants – L’Etincelle, food was very nice, fairly pricey but a good place for dinner. Edelweiss always great for lunch!

March 2019
Chalet staff were really amazing. Iona and Katie both excellent. Fish curry was amazing. Lindsay’s scrambled eggs are to die for. So much meat! Maybe two fish nights would be better, instead of the beef cheek night? Restaurants – late lunch at Fruitière was a really good shout. Sparkling wine was a really good addition to the house wine menu. And we loved the rosé from the wine list. Ski touring with Andreas (Alpine Answers) was really good.

March 2019
Chalet girls Lindsay and Iona were so helpful, fabulous. Iona kept the chalet very clean and tidy throughout the week. Chalet food was very nice. The Thai fish was particularly delicious, the first time Lindsay had made it – impressive. We appreciated her being flexible with cakes – giving us our favourite carrot cake not once, but twice! A refurb of the kitchen would be very welcome with the girls as well as guests… Downstairs bedroom is extremely warm and the mattress very firm so it gets even hotter – downstairs bedrooms need a refurb too… Handrail up to top floor would also be helpful. BUT please keep going as long as possible YSE!! Restaurants – Le Lodge, perfectly fine. Nice fondues.

March 2019
Fabulous week. Snowberry was nice although very busy. Les Tufs restaurant is delicious and they serve great wine. Marmottes was good value and nice. Tête de Solaise very very good. Chalet food was fabulous and loved the portion sizes. Dairy food menu was delicious, cooks were amazing. Girls were lovely and informative. Really nice to have around. Brilliant girls. Rooms downstairs could do with a bit of an upgrade. Doors and cupboards look a bit worn. Chalet should have smoke detectors in it. Upstairs rooms amazing. Also it’s quite a noisy place because of the hostel next door. Lovely week.

March 2019
Lindsay and Iona were amazing in the chalet and very good at accommodating food requests. Best food ever in a chalet! Beef and duck were absolutely delicious, fish was fantastic and the mashed potatoes were perfect. They’re lovely girls and they work so so hard and it shows. The boot room in Charlotte is too small for 8 pairs of boots, but everything else perfect – had a great time. Intersport by Pitte was okay but we didn’t hear about the YSE discount but still managed to get 20% off. Not that impressed with Snowberry boot fitting but Intersport were good. Ski lesson with New Generation with Sam was really really good. Signal restaurant was great and we loved the Casserole for Savoyarde cheese and wine. Folie Douce too expensive though the food is good. But don’t like paying for loos.

February 2019
Precision Ski: all good, no problems. Such a lovely week thanks to the chalet girls. They’re great! Absolutely amazing food and the chalet itself is lovely and comfortable. The bedrooms were always very clean. The information in John’s tape is very useful even despite the fact we’ve been to Val d’Isère before!

February 2019
Amazing, fantastic, superb week! Chalet staff were absolutely brilliant. They looked after us really well. They were especially good with our 6 year old and even looked after him occasionally. They are a real credit to YSE. Chalet food was just ridiculous! Beautifully presented even for the children’s meals. Restaurants – La Casserole was really delicious. Snowberry and Precision both great for ski hire. Children went to New Gen and Oxygène for lessons.

February 2019
Great holiday! Lindsay is a fabulous cook… what a cook! Her food was all great. She had to cook three different menus and they were all delicious. Her gnocchi starter, hake, chocolate and orange fondant, fillet beef, all of her cakes… everything was marvellous. However bad we left the chalet, Iona gave it back to us absolutely perfect! She is a lovely girl and kept the chalet spotless. We loved the Trifollet and The Fondue Factory, though the latter is not cheap. Thank heavens you do Nespresso, because the standard coffee is not very nice! We hired online from Snowberry and were very pleased. Martina from New Generation Ski School was excellent!

February 2019
Intersport Mattis and Snowberry for boots, easy experience and good at fitting boots. Chalet staff Lindsay and Iona were absolutely amazing. Delicious food. Loved it. Main thing that made the holiday amazing was how good the Lindsay and Iona are and the perfect food. Asked for lemon drizzle cake twice as it was so amazing. And perfect skiing.

January 2019
Fantastic, absolutely brilliant week! Iona kept the chalet clean and we couldn’t fault the girls! We’ll definitely be booking again with YSE as we had a great week – great weather too! 10/10 for food, very very good all week! Vegetarian dishes were also really really nice – thanks! Beef fillet and beef cheek where our favourites but all meals where great! Chick pea dahl was really nice! Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle were really yummy. Restaurants: Fondue Factory, food was really good, the waiter only asked two of us for drinks and asked us to move tables but once seated it was a really good evening! Snowberry Streetside great service, even better that we didn’t have to take them back to the shop at the end of the week – the collection service is great. BASS for private lesson with Joe, really good, only my 3rd time skiing and Joe got me confident enough to ski blues by the end of the week!

January 2019
We loved Lucy and Iona, who were both very, very good. Lucy’s food is superb, Masterchef standard! We remember her chicken, pork belly and fillet of beef, but everything was wonderful. Iona was the perfect chalet girl, charming and efficient. The kitchen extractor doesn’t really work, and smells go straight up to the bedrooms. Last night’s beef was pretty tough to smell for a vegetarian! We normally stay in Pierre, and Charlotte doesn’t really compare, though the staff and the position are excellent.
We had excellent lessons from Lauder of tdc.

January 2019
All three girls we had throughout the week were great. All the food was great. Don’t think the tomato stew and duck went very well together?? Tasted good though! The mushroom and truffle soup was excellent as was the fillet beef on final night. All beautifully presented. Breakfast was lush. We love the mixed grain porridge. And Lindsey makes great scrambled eggs. Taken most of the cake home with us! Restaurants – Cinq Frères very nice but quite expensive. Not reasonably priced as it says in the YSE suggestions list. Ski Shops – Precision very cheap but can tell. Kit looked old and boots knackered. We even went for two up from the budget level! Helpful and friendly people. Snowberry – really good, expensive but the delivery and pickup service is really excellent. The kit was nicer and newer as well. Ski schools & instructors – all went with evolution 2. Really good. Some groups as little as 3 people in! Nico is particularly good, and David good for younger ones.

December 2018
Lindsay and Iona are delightful! They looked after us SO well. Lindsay’s food was amazing, in spite of the fact that with three vegetarians she was cooking two different meals every evening. The hake with pea puree was wonderful! But it was all fabulous. We enjoyed every bit. Iona is superb and keeps the chalet spotless. We hired from Snowberry. Perfect. We had lessons from tdc: Kim, who was perfect for nervous ladies, Steve, who was very encouraging, and Joe, who was very analytical. All excellent. We loved lunches at the Peau de Vache (very good value), Fruitière, 3 Caves, Edelweiss and Ouillette. The Blizzard was great for drinks. The Mourra was a bit trendy for us!

December 2018
We stayed Christmas week at Chalet Charlotte. The service we received from Iona and Lindsay was outstanding. They were always pleasant and charming and nothing too much trouble. The food was like dining in a top restaurant. From the moment the journey starts to the end the attention to detail far outstrips any other operator. You are by far the best ski company. I would happily pay for a book of the recipes we enjoyed too. Please consider publishing one. Your formula is so much not present in the rest of the travel industry – the personal touch makes all the difference along with the quality of everything from the food to the people you employ. Thank you for making our holiday so enjoyable

December 2018
We have just returned from our third skiing holiday with YSE and a big thank you for making our Xmas break so special in Chalet Charlotte. YSE are certainly the best ski operator we have been with and having skied myself for 60 years that is some testimony! A special thanks to Lindsay and Iona our chalet hosts, always calm and accommodating to our needs and who both proved wonderful ambassadors for YSE. Thank you!

December 2018
Snowberry – pickup service very good and flexible when needed to change. Brand new kit, booked online before the holiday. Beginner skier had 5 lessons with Oxygène’s Adrien who speaks great English. The chalet staff work really well together and are great ambassadors. The quality of YSE food and staff is second to none – no other company is as good. Wish you were in Courcheval! Very impressive to cook Christmas dinner in such a small kitchen. We ate out at Le Casserole – good raclette and fairly average steak.

December 2018
Lindsay and Iona were super nice, lovely to have around and they put up with all our mess so well. The food was much better than we expected. Great holiday overall and we will definitely come again. Mattis was great for skis.

WINTER 2017-18

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.

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Izzie and Katie were fabulous, such nice girls and we’ve had a great week. Both have been great with the children, and Izzie is solely responsible for the stone I have gained in weight. She is very talented and did a superb job cooking for us. Children’s food was great and she was very accommodating in everything she did. All the cakes were fab, hake, Thai curry was great, beef cheek was also really nice. Happy all round and it’s been a fantastic week, thanks girls!!! Slightly odd layout of the chalet but it didn’t impact our holiday. We used Snowberry (slopeside) for ski hire. They were great, super staff. Ski schools: Mountain Masters Al – absolutely brilliant all week and great with the children. Mountain Masters Edward – really nice also great with the kids. Jean Jac from ESF private lesson, really good! Yann (independent instructor) really good private lesson.

April 2019
Really amazingly, superb week. Snowberry excellent – premium collection service is a must if staying in Fornet! Chalet staff Izzie and Katie were both perfect and made our holiday work so well. Unbelievable food, if a bit too much at times. We’re not sure we ate much of the daily cakes and even though they’re delicious we felt a bit like we had to eat it all. It was all delicious and nothing negative to say about the quality, maybe it’s just us! Kids dinners were done very nicely. Restaurants – we went to La Fruitière for lunch so didn’t need a big dinner, flash pizza were great though! Just a note that the layout of the chalet is very open downstairs since the front door is shared with another lodging and the door kept being left open.

April 2019
That was the most amazing holiday! Izzy and Kate are brilliant. They create such a lovely atmosphere. They were so good with the children. Izzy’s food was some of the best we have EVER eaten, and she handled the fussy 7-year old marvelously. She got her making her own pizzas to encourage her to eat new things. Kate keeps the place gleaming, of course. We hired from Snowberry and were very happy. We organised lessons through Ski Bro, who found us the excellent Yann and Grégoire last minute. We were delighted. Beware of the Signal sit-down restaurant, because it doesn’t do a kids’ menu. We had excellent lunches at the Refuge de Solaise, the Etincelle and the Trifollet.

March 2019
Huge congratulations to Izzy and Kate. They are a very good team, great fun, and lovely company. They handled our quirks really well! Izzy’s cooking is delicious, amazing, brilliant. Her risotto, pork with Asian salad, both beefs, her cakes, her gluten-free brownies – it was all superb. Kate keeps the chalet gleaming clean. Should the shower drains be cleaned out more frequently? And we need hairdryers with nozzles… Both Snowberry and Mattis were excellent. Olivia from EV2 was brilliant, Mose (?) pretty rubbish! Frederico from Oxygène was great for snowboarding lessons. The Signal was great for lunch, and the Refuge de Solaise, which just opens on Wednesday evening, is superb and not too expensive.

March 2019
Snowberry are excellent, very slick. Alan is excellent and highly recommended for boot advice. Matis on the snow square are fantastic, great value for money. The YSE website said we qualified for a discount but the code wasn’t working so we used a separate Intersport discount which got us more money off anyway! We used James Allen (private instructor) – he wasn’t great, would not recommend. Chalet staff are such lovely girls. Chalet was always clean and tidy, we felt very well looked after. Chalet food was stunning, amazing! We especially loved the pork belly and fillet beef that Izzie did. Restaurants, 1789 – we love it! Keep going back year on year as it’s so good. Les Barmes de l’Ours – we think it’s significantly better than how you describe in your book. Extremely expensive though, but well worth it. If we’d been offered croissants on the first morning we’d have definitely taken you up on the offer! Filter coffee was not so hot and combined with the thick crockery it goes cold pretty quickly. We vote Lyon over Chambéry transfers any day! Fab location for the chalet!

March 2019
Jo and Katie were lovely. Food was delicious, loved all the dishes. We think YSE has got it all just right.

March 2019
Snowberry were excellent and swapped our skis happily 3 times. Edelweiss and Trifollet are our favourite restaurants. Katie and Joe were exceptional hosts and amazing food, all amazing and such tasty food. Locks on ski locker very temperamental and could be replaced but chalet was perfect. Really enjoyed our stay.

March 2019
Jo and Katie were brilliant , chatty and so helpful, both great and made the whole stay enjoyable. Food was amazing, Jo is a brilliant cook and we especially loved the beef on the last night. Lovely chalet. Loved our stay. Oxygene skis were good, happy about discount. Ski lessons were really good. Snowberry Slopeside were excellent. Comfy boots. Edelweiss lovely as always and Etincelle great and loved the Alpage. La Source serve really good food. Les Tufs delicious too and Tête de Solaise is lovely – great pizzas.

February 2019
Katie and Lottie were both total babes! We loved them. Food was totally amazing! We loved the soups and the beef that looked like a fondant pudding! Veggie options were delicious: Lottie put lots of effort in to make them as similar as possible to the regular mains. Restaurants – Trifollet is wonderful!

February 2019
Precision – advanced range skis were fine but the standard range were ropey. Oxygène instructors Antoine. Spanish and English speaking, all good. 7 children in the group. Chalet staff were really great. Delicious food, everything very nicely varied. Restaurants – La Corniche, terrific. No windows though and it gets very hot in there.

February 2019
We’ve had a great week and the weather was superb!! Snowberry Slopeside were excellent. Their shuttle service and collection is very convenient. Any issues they were more than happy to change them. Progression’s Anthony for a total beginner was great. Allowed me to learn and gain confidence. Izzie and Katie were absolutely marvellous – chalet was kept so clean all week and the girls make a great team. The food was delicious!! Izzie made a real effort for the vegetarian food all week. We had to reduce our cake consumption throughout the week but we didn’t really want too. We are real foodies and felt very well catered for. Poached eggs were great. Salmon was truly delicious. Pork belly with red Thai curry sauce was a winner. Butternut squash… all so good. Restaurants – La Corniche, very good, would recommend, traditional French food and very good. Decent atmosphere and would go again. Ice for drinks would be nice but we know there’s limited freezer space. Sliding door in living room got very hard to open during the week – otherwise a great week!

February 2019
Snowberry was expensive but very good because someone in the party kept needing to change skis and they were very good at it. Lodge restaurant was okay but wouldn’t recommend. Not great service. Marmotte was really easy. Very good stay. Izzy is absolutely amazing. 25 years with YSE and still surprised at how good the staff are, Izzie and Katie really were perfect. Izzie and Katie were really brilliant and got on so well with everyone. Izzy’s food is outstanding. Loved every meal. Have never eaten so well for a week straight. Loved dinner with John because he’s so entertaining and love the fact he’s so not PC and food was always excellent. Loved the holiday as always. Only complaint is would like to be able to request things like soft drinks and extras when booking and would be happy to pay the extra (see Soft Options Optional Extra – YSE). Very good holiday. Off piste lessons with tdc were brilliant and had the most wonderful time, some of the best off piste skiing ever. Les 5 Frères had outstanding food. Slightly disappointed with the Fruitière which didn’t have amazing service and was overpriced. Tignes les Brevieres has great restaurants especially Sachette. Excellent week, loved it.

January 2019
Very good holiday and good organisation, YSE does it all very well. Lovely stay all round. Izzie and Katie were excellent and so so lovely. The food was amazing, absolutely tremendous every single night, we loved all of it. The chalet is smaller than last time we stayed, but still nice and cosy. Room 1 is lovely but we’d suggest adding a shower curtain. Snowberry has good skis. Killy very good and Simon at Mountain Masters was great. Fromagerie was a great experience and really good fondue.

January 2019
What a brilliant week it was! We love the chalet and Izzy and Katie are just amazing. Izzy’s food is delicious. Every night was quite fantastic! It’s the third time we’ve come to this chalet, and we just love it. Izzy made us a wonderful birthday cake. Katie is absolutely brilliant, and a lovely hostess. One of us moved the bedside table and was amazed ti find that there was not a single speck of dust, even on the skirting board! Oxygène were great to hire from. They ran our equipment to the chalet and collected it at the end of the week. They let us try lots of different skis because we’re thinking of buying. We like the Fondue Factory, the Grizzly in Tignes and that cocktail bar at the Yule.

January 2019
We’ve had a wonderful holiday. Issy is a superb cook, an exponent of effortless excellence, warm, welcoming and lovely. She’s really good, always putting in extra effort and doing much more than we expected. We loved the duck, beef cheek, fillet beef and cauliflower soup, but everything was delicious. She needs an extra chef’s jacket or two! Katie and Brontë looked after us perfectly. They were brilliant and made the birthday very special. Their party games were huge fun. Brontë is quiet, but she is hard-working, efficient and lovely. We saw her burn herself on hot plates without complaining or even wincing. Very impressive! We had excellent meals in the Étable d’Alain and the Fondue Factory, and a lovely lunch at the new Refuge at the top pf Solaise. O Crazy Barm’s does the best hot chocolate in the world, the Garage does excellent pizzas and the Arctic Café does some amazing things, such as their sea salt cocoa. Oxygène were great to hire from, and provided a minibus to take us home to Le Fornet with our equipment.

January 2019
Chalet staff were really brilliant. No problems there. For someone who isn’t a trained chef Izzie put some amazing meals together. Katie ultra helpful. Really tremendous. Dinner service was a bit too quick so would have been nicer to have a bit more time between courses. But we spoke to the girls about this and they sorted it. Nice being in Fornet and being able to just walk across to the lift. Would’ve been nice to have a laundry service having come from so far away. We got too hot in the chalet but maybe this is an Aussie thing. Couldn’t get the temperature right. Turned it all off and opened the windows. Restaurants – La Source was good and suited us. Ticked the boxes and was affordable. Panoramique was beautiful and reasonably priced. Ski hire at Snowberry – new kit. They didn’t do the collection service for us but we had a car. But they did pick the kit up on Sunday.

December 2018
Everything was amazing, excellent, absolutely outstanding. The girls are absolutely superb – anticipating what you need, discreet when you don’t need more chat, chatty and interesting when you do. They work incredibly hard, and the chalet is spotless. In spite of all of the dietary requirements, the food was all brilliant. Izzy is a really skillful cook. We stole lots of her menus, because they were so good. She also has a great sense of humour. Last night’s beef was fantastic, as were the duck, mushroom stroganoff, hake, banana cake etc. The G-F cakes were truly fabulous! We hired from the excellent Snowberry and had lessons from the excellent Craig, brilliant Joe and rather over-talkative Ross from BASS. We had a delicious dinner at l’Atelier, and though it was good for G-F people, it wasn’t suitable for vegetarians. We like the Bellevarde and Crêpe Val’s but not Bananas, where service is appalling.

December 2018
Ski Shop ‘Freeride’ (in the snow square) very happy with the service! Also paragliding off the mountain (up Solaise bubble) – loved it! Dog sledding (with Evolution 2) really enjoyed it. Snow shoes with Pascal in Killy Sports, went 3 days on the trot it was so good! Girls in the chalet were incredible, had a fantastic week, chalet was spotless and they bent over backwards to do anything we needed. If we came again we would ask for Izzie and Katie. The chalet layout not as good for us as other years (eg Vieux Cret) but the girls made up for that! Furniture is a little dated and we would have liked to see the girls have better equipment to use and work with, but they were amazing and accommodating! “Best chalet girls we have had”. Chalet food was incredible – every meal Izzie made was fantastic – couldn’t have asked for better! Restaurants – Le Jardin des Alpes for lovely traditional French food, very cool tree inside, the crêperie in the snow square was lovely too.

December 2018
We all had our own equipment but Snowberry were more then happy to alter some boots for only €15 thanks to Alan who is head of the boot department. 3 people did Alpine Experience with Wayne who is excellent and they always use him. Chalet staff really really good. Great working as a team. Izzie and Katie were excellent. The small touches were much appreciated like folding up our clothes. My word Izzie can cook! Great variety each day. The hake was excellent, duck and steak and the beef. Portions were fine – sometimes even a bit too much! Big fans of the house champagne, fuillé fussé and fumé. Restaurants – Fromagerie great for raclette but also quite expensive. Had a picnic on the night off as we didn’t need another slap up meal!!

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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.

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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

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April 2019
We’ve had a lovely holiday! Iona is superb. She keeps the chalet spotless and cooks really good food. Last night’s fillet was marvellous, but so was everything else. She was brilliant with the children, doing a separate meal for them every night. She had them helping cook pizzas, which they loved. James the driver was really good as well, and it’s a great service. We had lessons from Margarita and Daniel at Oxygène, both excellent.

April 2019
Ski hire and lessons with Oxygene, all good equipment. Very impressed with instructors Margarita and Lucas, great with the kids and they learned a lot. Chalet staff Iona and Ashley were really, really great and lovely. Iona sorted the kids out with an early meal which was superb, they loved the food and were happy. The food was amazing as always, all lovely, risotto was great, hake and beef also stood out. Restaurants – we went to the Fondue Factory for the night off, really good, was touch and go if the kids would like it but they really enjoyed it too which was great.

April 2019
I just wanted to let you know what a brilliant time we all had at La Croix last week. I can’t remember a holiday since I got married 11 years ago when I have been completely looked after by other people, rather than doing the looking after of the family myself – it was hugely spoiling for me. I have to admit that I was dreading the week, based on our absolutely terrible experience with Mark Warner in Val d’Isere last year (our first ski holiday). But a week with YSE turned it around for me – I thoroughly enjoyed myself – having never wanted to go on a ski holiday ever again, I would now love to come back. It was an absolute joy to be taken care of by the lovely Iona in the chalet, and by our driver, Charlie who were both utterly charming and couldn’t have been more helpful. And the chalet itself was charming too – I felt like we were staying in one of my daughter’s toy Sylvanian families lodges. The room with the double bed was a bit cramped for us so we actually slept in the slightly larger twin room next door and put the children in the double. YSE had genuinely thought of everything – and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. When we gave feedback on the coach my husband said he wished that skiing food was a little lighter – but I have to stress that this is his view on skiing food generally and in no way a reflection of Iona’s wonderful cooking. She tried to lighten the meals for us when George mentioned this to her! So a huge thank you to all the team.

April 2019
Snowberry, really good, happy with the equipment and boots. Adult morning lessons with Nico and Georgio from Evo2. Great lessons, learnt a lot as a total beginner. The children (morning lessons) were very happy with Olivia and Sam, learnt a lot and built confidence. Chalet staff Iona was fantastic. I felt completely looked after all week by Iona, never had that before. Ashley was always chatty and helpful. Charlie and Chris were great at shuttling us around, loved the Defender and it was always a welcome sight at the end of the day when we saw them! Chalet food very good – what a great chef she is. She looked after the children really well, made banana pancakes for breakfast which was fantastic. We loved the duck, beef fillet, sticky toffee pudding, lemon drizzle.. The only thing we would say is the food was lovely but we just felt like it was too much and very rich, but Iona listened to us and adapted really well. Restaurants – Marmottes self service was great for lunch!

March 2019
Mattis, very good, easy process and great equipment – not the cheapest but they were good. Chalet staff Ashley and Iona were very good!. Chalet was kept tidy and they coped with all our diets really well. Iona is fabulous. 11/10 from us! Chalet food was great, her cakes and deserts were fabulous. Iona is queen of deserts!! Panna cotta was lovely, beef cheek was also lovely and something I’ll be cooking when home as we loved it so much. Restaurants – La Casserole, was very hot in there but the food was delicious. Edelweiss was lovely for lunch. The YSE drivers for the chalet were exceptional. Having previously worked for a ski tour operator we used to get numerous complaints about our shuttle service but YSE’s was great!

March 2019
Snowberry really good. Perfect service. Chalet staff Ash and Iona were great. Very accommodating. Chalet food delicious. Returning guests – very impressed with the standard this year. James the driver was really good and always on time. We especially wanted to thank Iona and Ash – we couldn’t have wished for a better week. Special mention to JYS who runs the company extremely well and has made YSE into something very, very special. Just a point that the double room is very small. You can’t manoeuvre around the bed very easily. Restaurants – recommend booking lunch in Solaise. Really delicious. Fruitière also really good, great service, especially the downstairs area with a beautiful panoramic view.

March 2019
Killy Sport – all good. Helpful with changing boots. Chalet staff Iona and Ashley were both great. Very reliable and friendly, they did a great job. James (JB) our driver was so helpful – what a luxury to have a pick up driver. Chalet food was delicious. Pork a particular favorite. Porridge in the morning was excellent! Restaurants – Fromagerie was amazing! Wine was not great. We weren’t fans of the Malbec. Chalet is minimal and small. Very few frills. Beds are comfortable though. Definitely on the small side of cozy.

February 2019
Oxygene, hired through them because of ski school, very good quality skis and good knowledge, happy to swap our skis as well. Oxygene instructors Tamara, Roberto and Diddi, very helpful, engaged the kids who really progressed. They also remember them year on year which is really nice. Chalet staff Iona and Ashley were lovely – very helpful and attentive. Chalet food very good, last couple of nights were the best dinners! Great all week. Beef fillet and beef cheek were great, salmon was always lovely. Restaurants – Fondue factory, very good food, it’s our go-to now and great as always. Great service. Good solid week!

February 2019
Skimium – good equipment, friendly staff and quick service. Chalet staff – both Iona and Ashley were great, very chatty and really helpful. Even got involved in our games and have great taste in music! Went above and beyond – pancakes this morning were fantastic. JB was a great driver, very helpful with lifts and an all round nice guy. Chalet food brilliant – restaurant standard every night. Think we’ve all put on 5kg but all enjoyed doing it so it’s fine! Favourite meals were beef fillet, duck, pork belly – all amazing!
Restaurants – La Corniche, lovely evening, great food, wine was very good. Good raclette and fondue too

January 2019
Snowberry Streetside – Jock was great, Josh really helpful. Used them before which is why we went back. ESF’s Maria for group lessons, first day was classic French lesson (ski ahead and then wait until the group caught up) but it got a lot better. Lessons were great but the reduced lift pass only covers the Val d’Isère, Maria tried to take our group to Tignes but the lift pass we got through ESF didn’t work and she wasn’t aware that the ESF pass are only for Val! Chalet staff – superb. The girls were brilliant, they didn’t miss a beat all week. Iona is lovely, food was amazing, nothing stresses her out! Ashley was lovely and very chatty. Scrabble was great fun and Iona’s input was invaluable! Chalet food – amazing all week, perfectly seasoned, not to salty or rich either. Very nice house red! The duck was just👌🏼. Hake, beef, you name it we loved it! Brownies and banana loaf weren’t around for long because they were so good! Restaurants: La Casserole – incredible, we had a cheese feast and it was so good! Good wine – don’t drink too much! Cocos is always a laugh. Super week and we will be back for sure!

January 2019
What a great week! The food was unbelievable, especially considering that half the party were pescatarians, and Iona was cooking split menus. Both Iona and Ashley were wonderful with little Charlie. He had a wonderful holiday. Driver James was brilliant, as was our nanny from Little Chicks. We enjoyed dinner for 11€ at Pizz’n’Love.

December 2018
Really good week! Chalet staff and drivers were great!! Iona and Ashley create some delicious dishes, loved all of them: sticky toffee pudding, pork belly, etc. Ate out at L’Avanche – really nice, good, modern and good traditional French food. Les Tufs also great for lunch!! Snowberry ski hire, good service – used the shuttle service. excellent. Mountain Masters for lessons and two days guiding, all great – Rupert is hilarious and good fun! Went ice go-karting which was fun – make sure to wear ski gloves!

December 2018
Iona’s food is delicious, amazing, great job. Iona and Ashley lovely. Really clean chalet, everything organised so neatly including our clothes and bathroom items. Snowberry great. Mountain Masters really good. Bedrooms lack storage space. Another soft chair or something needed in the sitting room. Very minor things but overall brilliant.

December 2018
Had a lovely stay, Iona and Ashley were great and all the staff we have met are just lovely. Charlie our driver was great. Iona adapted the food very well to accommodate us, she would make the kids food and we would all eat together which was really good of her. Canapés were great too! Loved the wine list, very impressive and tasty, and at a reasonable price too! Loved the beef fillet and duck were great, the boys favourites were beef cheek and the sticky toffee pudding and Victoria sponge!

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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.

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
The chalet girls were good and friendly but perhaps just not as ‘exceptional’ as girls we have had in the past. The cleaning was ‘ça va’. I ended up having to clean the tap explosion in the bathroom; however when Leigh arrived for work she sorted it and it was fixed. Jess’ food on the whole was really good. Canapés maybe not up to the excellent standards we have had before. Restaurants –
Le Lodge was fantastic as usual. Killy and Snowberry outstanding for ski hire.

April 2019
A great week. The girls are brilliant and absolutely charming. Jessie’s food is very, very good. Amazing vegetables, outstanding cakes – all perfectly executed and beautifully presented. The children’s meals were perfect. She is a very good cook. Leigh looks after the chalet impeccably and is quite lovely. We had excellent lessons with Morten and Eduardo of Oxygène. We quite liked l’Étincelle, found the Fruitière less good than the price suggested, loved the Réfuge de Solaise, but like the Peau de Vache best of all. The mattresses are getting saggy, there is a plug socket in a cupboard that doesn’t work, and deckchairs would have been nice, even if it means storing them unused for the previous 50 weeks…

April 2019
Just back from a fabulous week in Gnellets with Jess and Leigh. Food amazing and loved my vegetarian options – a total bargain.

April 2019
Jess and Leigh were absolutely great. First class service and friendliness. This week’s food was absolutely amazing. We’ve been on lots of YSE holidays over the years and the staff and food was especially good this year.

March 2019
Snowberry, very good, shuttle service was great, very helpful, swapped skis etc and they were fine with it. Chalet staff – fabulous, anyone that can put up with us are great! We had a great week. Loved the chalet, plenty of hot water – just what’s needed after a days skiing. Jess and Leigh make a good team and are great fun. Jess’s food was great. Very impressed. She’s going to be hired as our cook when she comes home! Breakfast was done really well. Beef cheek, fillet and hake, banana cake and fudge cake – all amazing. Restaurants – La Fromagerie, really lovely, staff friendly, food delicious and great atmosphere. Trifollet is a great lunch spot, L’Armailly in Les Brevières is also lovely. Good market in Les Brevières on a Thursday (lovely cheese and sausage) may be everyday but we went on a Thursday. Ben was great at delivering wine, Adam is very handy with glue and light bulb changes. John’s live speech was exceptional!!!

March 2019
Precision Ski – really good value, great skis, slow service. Snowberry – really good. Chalet staff Jess and Leigh were really good, although Jess didn’t say yes when I asked her out! Leigh was great keeping the chalet tidy. Jess is super calm and can really cook, nice change in menus from last year. Amazing!!!! Onion and goats cheese soup and pork belly were standout dishes. Hake was great, mini Yorkshire puddings were also fantastic!!! Restaurants – Cascade and L’Alpage were good

March 2019
Mattis – good, boots and skis were good quality, quick and easy service. Snowberry – really, really good, good skis and equipment – got the premium skis from last year and they could have been new this year to be honest! Chalet girls are great – they put up with a lot and coped well! Food was amazing, hake, beef fillet. Carrot cake was also lovely! Restaurants – Tignes Sherpa – great value and location, L’Etincelle expensive but good food, La Sachette great food, service could have been better. Low beams in the chalet made for some sore heads (could have been the alcohol…).

March 2019
We’ve had a super holiday. The chalet is on the basic side. Room 3 is tiny and noisy, there are homicidal beams upstairs, and the Hobbit loo is challenging. But the living room is lovely, and the chalet develops a great atmosphere, even with a totally mixed bunch like us. Jess is an amazing chef. She is so relaxed and laid-back, yet every meal was simply delicious. The Ox cheek, the hake, the filler beef, that soup! She’s really very good. Her cakes are fab! Her meals were fabulous at the start of the holiday, and simply got better! Some of us didn’t like any of the wine, particularly the fizzy demi-sec, some of us liked most of them, some of us loved them all! The breakfasts were a bit sparse. Should we have done what we’ve just heard Moraine did, and requested baked beans? Leigh is divine! She is SO efficient! She polishes the taps beautifully, she folds the towels with mathematical precision. We loved her!! We hired variously from Snowberry, Oxygène and Mattis, and loved them all. We had excellent meals out at the Refuge de Solaise (brilliant!), Étincelle, Sana and Corniche.

March 2019
Snowberry (slopeside) very good, quick, efficient and knowledgable. Chalet staff Jess and Leigh excellent, very good, very nice. Chalet was always clean. Jess’s cooking is excellent and she accommodated our requests very well. Very good food all week! Favourites were the beef fillet, beef cheek, white onion and truffle soup, duck – all exceptional. Restaurants: Trifollet – excellent vin chaud, La barilon – lovely food – child-friendly too, L’Armailly in Les Brevières – lovely spot for lunch. Other comments: mattresses were worn and need replacing in most of the bedrooms. When booking it would be useful to know about the low ceilings and beams as we had a couple of taller people who would really struggle if they had to use the upstairs toilet daily. Centre Aquasportif is great for whiteout days and non skiers. Cafeteria coffee isn’t the best.

February 2019
Snowberry (slopeside) – amazing! Freeride – didn’t pay as much attention to my feet and paid the price as I got blisters quite badly – ended up changing boots but the blisters were still bad. Chalet staff 11/10 – excellent really good, great team, easy going, fun, patient and really good at their job. Classy, discrete and well educated. Chalet food fantastic – too good for us! Best chalet food we have ever had. Duck, beef fillet were just incredible. Mushroom risotto. Banana bread. Ate out at Cascade – very good, especially the self service cheese. L’Amilly at Tignes les Brevs does very nice pizza. Les Tufs – great!!! Burger place – slightly intoxicated but it was very good!

February 2019
We’ve had a gorgeous holiday. Jess’s food is excellent. She has obviously been very well trained. Her presentation is superb. Nothing stood out in particular, because it was all very good. The children’s food was greatly enjoyed. Both Jess and Leigh were fantastic with the children, and Leigh keeps the chalet spotless, though even she can’t do much about the low beams! We hired from Mattis, as we always do. They are very good. The children had very good lessons from Oxygène, who actually seem to enjoy teaching children! We bought a lot from the wine list. There are some great wines on it at ridiculously low prices, though some better glasses for drinking fine wine would be good. A three-course lunch at the ** Atelier d’Edmond is fabulous value at 55€. We thoroughly recommend it.

February 2019
Used Snowberry and Precision Ski. Both fine and really good. Chalet staff – everything was amazing. Both girls were good at giving suggestions of where we could go for lunch. Chalet food was great, no complaints there. Restaurants – Fondue Factory – was ok but nothing overly special. In all honestly we’re probably just going to book again for next year!

January 2019
Snowberry were great well worth the money. Chalet was extremely clean and nothing too much trouble. Both Jess and Leigh are a fantastic asset to the company. They put up with us very well. Everyone would agree that every single meal was amazing. Beef and fillet were particular favorite. The cakes were lovely too. Breakfast was lovely. Restaurants – Le Lodge was good no complaints there. Beds aren’t very comfortable, and are a bit short. More towels would be nice – we should’ve asked (see Extra Towels Optional Extra – YSE). Transfers were really good and the information CD.

January 2019
Really really really good week. Jess and Leigh absolutely fantastic. Absolutely amazing food, really impressed. Loved the chalet, nice and quiet. Précision Ski not great – bindings were too loose but changed later on and were better. ESF was really good and Eric was great for snowboarding. Restaurant – Casserole really good and La Sana great.

January 2019
Loved the holiday, would come back. Food was the best we’ve had on a chalet holiday. Jess and Leigh were very friendly. Loved the skiing and got so lucky with great conditions. Really good time. Casserole was great – overall impressed with restaurants in Val d’Isère.

January 2019
Chalet was really clean. Jess and Leigh really professional, but also great fun. They really went above and beyond what was asked of them to ensure we had a good week. Quality of service by them was particularly good. Chalet food was sooo good. Not sure about the Côte du Rhône – it was a bit bitter. Crème brûle was a favourite dish, as was the fish. Restaurants – went to Victor’s, good as always. Fondue factory on last night for 30th birthday, was ok.

January 2019
We were a rather disparate group, and overall we had a great week. The girls are lovely. Leigh is really good, looking after the chalet and the guests really well. Most of us liked everything Jess served us, and thought she was brilliant. We really enjoyed the Malbec and Côtes du Rhône. The courses came out a little fast at the start, but Jess served more slowly when someone asked her to. The underfloor gets very hot, and one guest had to shimmy across the floor on eggboxes to protect his feet!

December 2018
Snowberry – very good and helpful. Excellent boot-fitting and their collection service is such a bonus. Used Oxygène for the odd private lesson. Three different instructors – Frederico was particularly good for snowboard beginners. Juri also very good (ski instructor) with excellent English. Chalet staff are the best we have had in Val d’Isère and we’ve been with VIP and Esprit. They couldn’t have been more helpful. Perfect blend of chatting with us and leaving us to ourselves. Food was really fantastic. All the meat was fantastic and our children are slightly fussy. Canapés and cake amazing. Our favourites: lemon tart!! Difficult to pick specific ones. The fish was delicious as was the beef. Also the wine list was a great option to have. Les Messoniers was a favourite and a bargain! As a practical suggestion, the chalet has a lot of low beams especially on the stairs where head clearance is so low you bang your head. Could YSE pad them? Maybe an automatic light to come on on the stairwell? We ate out at La Corniche – adults had fondue and children had burgers. Pretty generic French menu and nice chilled atmosphere. Busiest week of the season but we didn’t feel rushed nonetheless. Perhaps a few more staff would be helpful but not a problem for the rest of the season.

December 2018
Thanks for a great holiday. The girls are brilliant – engaging, interesting, chatty and helpful. They are remarkably mature. Jess’s food is superb. She is so enthusiastic, and seems to love what she’s doing. She is very artistic, having fun with her silicone brush! Every dish was spot-on. Last night’s beef was an absolute triumph. Leigh looks after the chalet and the guests beautifully. She is fascinating to talk to. We loved the endless hot water! We found the Sun Bar extraordinarily expensive for very ordinary food, weren’t impressed by the Cascade, thought Chez Nano was good for the children, but really like the Panoramique on the Grande Motte, which is quite pricey but worth every penny. We hired equipment from Precision and Ski Republic, both of which were fine. We had excellent EV2 instructors Alex and Louis.

December 2018
It was a lovely holiday! Both girls are superb. Leigh looked after us amazingly well, and Jess’s food was gorgeous. First class all round. Even the fussy eaters were delighted. The cakes are fab. Last night’s beef dinner was particularly memorable. Her soup is amazing. And the Scotch eggs. We hired online from Killy. They’re very good. We enjoyed Chez Nano, but the Cascade is our favourite.

WINTER 2017-18

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.

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
The chalet probably needs a little maintenance over the summer. The showers run hot then cold, and the TV and some of the carpets need replacing. But everything YSE did was brilliant. Dougie is a top chef. Amazing, phenomenal, really good. We loved his red Thai curry, beef cheek – everything! Grace and Lucy are lovely. Great with the children. Really nice and helpful. They keep the chalet gleaming. We loved the Land Rovers, and drivers James and Chris. With our WhatsApp group they always arrived in no time. We loved the hot tub! We had great instructors and rather well-used skis from Oxygène. We really enjoyed the meat fondue at the Fondue Factory, while the Garage was great for children.

April 2019
Chalet staff – all three were absolutely amazing. So responsive and flexible with anything we needed. Patrick our driver was excellent; friendly, accommodating and flexible. Grace was excellent with our youngest, they got on like a house on fire! Dougie’s food was phenomenal. The poor guy was double cooking to deal with our ridiculous dietary requirements. We did notice he gets quite a lot of recipes and inspiration from Instagram sensation JoJo’s Kitchen! Kids’ dinners worked a treat as well. We compared notes and photos with our friends staying in Pic Noir and were amazed at how consistent the kids’ meals were between the two chalets!! Restaurants – Refuge to Solaise was a nice experience. Quite expensive for what it was but was fun to be up the mountain at night. A few points: more hooks in a few of the bathrooms would be appreciated. It would be useful for a driver to be available when ski school finishes. Maybe for weeks when children are on holiday, 12-1 would suffice. We kept seeing other companies shuttling kids back from ski school and this would have been a nice addition. Oxygène ski kit and instruction for the children worked fine.

April 2019
We’ve had the perfect week. Dougie’s food is absolutely brilliant. Not just the normal menu, but the vegetarian and vegan alternatives as well. His vegan chilli and roast cauliflowere were wonderful. We loved the falafels. The carrot cake and lemon drizzle cake were fab! Grace and Jo are quite lovely and keep the chalet spotless. All three were lovely with the children. The kids adored them and their food, and we were impressed to notice them sweeping the floor between the children’s meal and the adults! Driver Charlie was brilliant. We wonder whether the kitchen extractor is working properly. We really noticed on duck night! We hired from Snowberry, who are very good. We had excellent lessons for the children from the ESF 8-maximum classes, and a very good one for the adults from Franck of Mountain Masters. The Arbre de Vie is fantastic. Delicious food, including vegetarian and vegan options, and amazing service.

March 2019
Snowberry give really excellent, comprehensive service. Best boot fitting I’ve ever had. Oxygène with Stefano – he was GREAT. Really nice guy, and very patient. In the chalet the girls are lovely and make a great team and always kept the chalet clean, tidy and a lovely space to spend time. James the driver was great, very patient. We had to be careful about being late for our lessons as we suspected the other chalet James was driving for weren’t quite as punctual as us.. Need both chalets to behave themselves for the system to work! Chalet food really excellent from Dougie. His cooking was truly outstanding. The duck and steak were particularly stand-out. At times Dougie was making three different meals effortlessly. We wanted to bring him home, actually! Gluten and dairy free: every single meal was prepared to exactly what I needed. I got actual cakes and desserts which I never normally get, very thoughtful. Please get Dougie to write a recipe book. Restaurants – Le Casserole, very cheesy but great. Sparking water would be a good add-on to provide. Only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer! This was the most relaxing holiday I’ve had in a long time!

March 2019
Mattis great. Good skis and great quality. Claire Angus private instructor was fantastic. Dougie is an excellent chef, Grace and Lucy kept the chalet organised and tidy. Very impressed overall. Chalet food – the beef cheek and the red Thai pork dish stood out. Carrot cake was also ‘outstanding’. Driver James was really good and punctual. Thanks for fixing boot warmers from last year. Well maintained hot tub. Restaurants – Les Tufs was all right, Refuge was brilliant, Fruiterie not good, Piñata in Tignes Val Claret very good, would recommend it, Hotel Yule was very good. Etincelle great!

March 2019
Chalet staff Dougie, Lucy and Grace were great fun! They really make the chalet. JB was great driver and very friendly – if anything he needs to take longer to arrive so we have more time to drink! Chalet food all phenomenal – every meal was fantastic Very impressive cook we all agreed. Even our fussiest eater loved every meal. Favourites: hake, beef fillet, pork Thai green curry, duck you name it we loved it! Restaurants – Fondue factory for lunch was nice. La Casserole for evening off was ok, nothing special. Would be good to have a TV in the chalet. Snowberry streetside, skis and boots were great. Intersport, efficient and good quality equipment. Two very good lessons with Lauder from TDC. Had a very poor lesson with Mountain Masters but they took the feedback well and didn’t charge us for it. Also BASS ski school – (can’t remember instructor’s name) had an off piste-lesson with them on Tuesday arranged by a friend and it wasn’t that great, the snow wasn’t either but he should have said that and turned it into a piste lesson rather than carry on trying to find good off-piste (which he didn’t).

March 2019
Everything was amazing, incredible, perfect! The whole holiday was first class, They’re a fabulous, exceptional team, who work really well together. They are friendly but discreet, relaxed yet professional. Their attitude is superb. Dougie’s cooking is exquisite. His portions are spot-on, he adapted to funny diets, and he should certainly open a restaurant. His breakfasts were great, His cakes were amazing (though possibly not the flapjacks!). The carrot, coriander, chilli and coconut soup was to die for, as was the banana bread. We loved the Malbec! Everything he served was wonderful. Lucy and Alice were absolutely brilliant, *****, 10/10! They kept the chalet spotless and sorted any issues immediately. Patrick was an absolute star. He was so flexible, and handled the lifts really well. The WhatsApp group is a brilliant idea. He kept the hot tub lovely and clean. One plug socket near the mirror in Room 2 may not be working, and Room 4 is very aware of kitchen and table noise before breakfast. We were very happy with ski hire from Eskiador and a lesson from Nico of EV2, though another lesson with EV2, from Mose (?) was pretty useless. We loved the Baraque and the Casserole, where the vegetarian raclette is even better than the normal one. We thought the Trifollet was rather overpriced, and we hadn’t understood how important it is to book restaurants, for lunch or dinner, several days in advance.

February 2019
Snowberry – they were totally flexible as we were quite demanding. Lewis and Paolo at New Generation were great. Chalet girls were fantastic and the food was amazing – Izzie is a fantastic cook. We ate out at La Corniche and had a good time. Lots of cheese. A TV in the chalet would be nice. We would have liked more flexible driving hours (especially on the whiteout day) such as the option of a later lift in the morning, or earlier in the afternoon; but admittedly we never asked!

February 2019
Private lessons with New Generation, very good. Instructors Danny, Martina, Dave all great. All three chalet staff were absolutely fantastic. James the driver was helpful and flexible. Chef Dougie was really great and took everything in his stride. One of us couldn’t ski so Dougie was very useful recommending walking routes and things to do. Restaurants – Cascade, Marmottes and Borsat all very good options up the mountain. La Casserole perfectly good. Pizza from Flash Pizza for the kids. First time there’s ever been a problem with the flight being delayed.

February 2019
We have had an amazing holiday – everything was wonderful. Dougie is a fantastic chef, the food was all wonderful in spite of all the diets he had to handle. We loved the beef cheek, the hake, the duck … absolutely everything. Lucy and Grace were marvellous and kept the chalet spotless, we told them not to bother but they tidied everything and looked after us wonderfully. Fergie was a fabulous driver, really competent, safe and punctual. We hired from Snowberry which was very good. We had excellent food in Tinsel Town (l’Etincelle!) and the bar de l’Ouillette, but were not so impressed by the Fruitiere. The shower in the bottom bedroom drips onto the floor a little.

February 2019
We just wanted to write and thank you for a truly great holiday, all your staff have been brilliant from the office through to everyone at the resort. The accommodation in La Grande Sassière was everything we could have wished for, although could do with updating.. The weather and snow conditions were amazing and all 12 of us wanted to pass on our thanks for a lovely time. We think the company cares about its staff and that showed time and again making the experience for us one to remember.

February 2019
Perfect, brilliant holiday. Précision Ski great and loved discount from YSE which made it very reasonably priced. Wonderful stay. Couldn’t have been better. Exceeded expectations. Lucy and Grace were informal but professional, perfect mix of being hard workers but also very fun. Just lovely. Food was perfection. Dougie was just great for catering for everyone. Absolutely outstanding. Every single member of staff is perfect for their job. Loved having a boot warmer. Loved John’s speech on the way up – very entertaining. Dougie and chalet girls and James the driver are all perfect. Had an amazing holiday. Fiona is great at choosing the staff because they’re all amazing at what they do.

February 2019
Excellent stay. Best chalet holiday ever, with excellent food. Dougie went above and beyond and we looked forward to it every night. Lovely chalet girls who were always happy and cheerful. Food was exquisite. Cosy room, loved their pillows, really comfy beds. Good shower which was appreciated after a cold day of skiing. James was very sweet as well. Chris was great too. Only thing is slope outside gets really icy. But other than that was a brilliant stay. Précision Ski was good but not as good as Snowberry but half the price so worth it. Amazing stay. Wonderful experience. Loved the jacuzzi. La Casserole for 12 people was brilliant and we loved the fondue they serve there.

January 2019
Chalet team were outstanding. Lucy and Grace are a fabulous team. So unintrusive and the chalet was spotless. The three of them work really well as a nice team. Dougie’s cooking has been the best we’ve ever had on a YSE holiday. All the cakes (including a birthday cake) were great. Everything faultless. The Land Rover service was great. Thank you to John and Lucy for picking me up from Tignes when I injured myself. Chalet’s CD system is broken and speakers are rubbish! Somewhere to hang up gowns whilst in the hot tub so snow doesn’t get on them would be nice. Lyon Airport is so much better than Grenoble!! It’s a bit dark in the hallway – one of the bulbs wasn’t working so could barely see skis. Snowberry were excellent as usual. Very helpful when I needed to change skis etc. Boot fitting service especially good. Julian from ESF was absolutely excellent. Would highly recommend. Most we’ve ever learned in a week.

January 2019
Dougie, Lucy and Grace are an amazing team. The girls are absolutely lovely. They kept the chalet spotless, and looked after us beautifully. They really went out of their way to check we had everything. They got us spa leaflets, they advised us where to walk, they gave us brilliant lunch recommendations. Dougie’s food is absolutely fabulous. Everything he did was amazing, though we particularly remember the beef cheek. And every day he cooked a completely different menu for the one person who can’t eat the normal chalet food. He did special cakes, which were lovely. His vegetarian food was possibly even better than his normal food, which is something we’ve never come across before! Driver Patrick was a delight. We hired from Snowberry, which we really liked. We had lessons from the ESF. Their office is chaotic and rude, but their instructors were excellent. We had Pascal and Bastille, both of whom were really good. We had lunch at the Atelier d’Edmond, and an excellent dinner at the Casserole.

January 2019
I was part of the party in Grande Sassière a few weeks ago. I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the effort that you and your team went to to get my girlfriend a wheelchair at the airport. It helped massively and I know from insider sources that it wasn’t easy! Unfortunately, V has a suspected torn ACL, so not having to hop through the airport helped massively! On the day of the accident itself, I want to especially thank Fergie, who was very calm, knew what to do and who to speak to, and whose exemplary French meant I didn’t have to embarrass myself with my useless attempts! I also just wanted to forward some info .. things I’m sure you’re aware of, but are probably worth re-iterating to guests in your lovely recorded message if you’re looking to fill a few minutes:
1. Carré Neige is 100% worth it.
2. V, having managed to ski single legged down part of La Face and having managed to get a chairlift back up to the top of the Olympic, was told she couldn’t come back down in the bubble, as she had suspected ligament damage and ‘walking on it could make it worse’. I’m not sure if this is genuine caution or whether it’s just a ploy to get more money out les anglais, but either way, without Carré Neige, she’d have had to pay a lot of money!
3. They asked to see a Carré Neige receipt as, I’m guessing, they couldn’t be bothered to ring reception to find out whether the lift pass has it associated or not. They soon dropped it, but might be worth mentioning it.
4. Now I think about it, I seem to remember you mentioning it, but there are two doctors surgery in Val and V was taken to the tiny one that no-one knows about in the ambulance .. which resulted in an interesting/comical conversation with a receptionist. ‘Oh no she isn’t, oh yes she is .. etc.’
Lastly, it’s probably also worth mentioning that as well as V managing to tear her ACL, I managed to break my finger whilst stretching my quad muscle. Very stiff and desperately trying to get my foot to my hand in order to stretch it .. managed to kick my finger with my heel and break it. Potentially the most ridiculous skiing injury of all time 🙂 Thanks again, definitely looking to book again next year!

January 2019
Brilliant week in Grande Sass! Loved every minute with Dougy, Grace and Lucy. Can’t fault anything, apart from maybe allowing us to drink a little too much house wine on occasions. We all got on so well with the staff, particularly Rory. The girls were really good at making sure we had everything we need, chalet was kept clean and tidy! Dougy ‘the new Jamie Oliver’ was great all week. Everything was delicious; fillet beef, brownies, hake etc. Breakfast is delicious but would like more variety, beans, hash browns, sausages etc. (Please see the Serious Breakfast Optional Extra – YSE) Restaurants – 1789, really nice place, good food and atmosphere!

January 2019
An awesome week. Chalet staff amazing, awesome. Really attentive and great. Food was incredible all week. Loved everything we were served! One of our party got injured but everyone was so accommodating with it and that’s so nice of all of you! Request water glasses by the beds. PINT GLASSES PLEASE. Restaurants – Fromagerie, awesome food, different experience seeing the cows etc, good fun place to eat. They seemed a little overwhelmed with a party size of ours (12) but the food was great and we had a nice table. Snowberry’s pick up service is key!! Skimium – also good, no complaints, good equipment.

December 2018
Snowberry excellent, v good skis. We changed them for an off piste day. Ski guide from Mountain Masters very good too. Dougie’s food fantastic, 10/10. Every meal was excellent and delicious, portion sizes perfect, enjoyed lots of vegetables. Meals were well balanced. The whole team very friendly and the girls were lovely and constantly tidying. The chalet was very comfortable and it’s lovely to have the open fire. James (driver) AMAZING nothing too much trouble. Hot tub is great. Fondue Factory excellent for night off. Les Tufs for lunch, popular.

December 2018
Food superb, Dougy superb, we had lots of food which was great, lovely Christmas dinner. Girls looked after us well, organised and clean chalet. Well made beds! Lovely. Killy Sport good and very flexible for ski hire.

December 2018
Brilliant – couldn’t have faulted them at all – even when Dougy chopped his finger off!! Grace and Lucy were great!! Charlie was super helpful and so was Chris when our WiFi went down. Food was much better than expected, really nice to be able to change the menu and not feel awkward doing it, we had a dairy free in our party and Dougy was great accommodating us all. Loved the beef fillet and hake, nice to have some variety!!

WINTER 2017-18

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.

WINTER 2016-17

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.

Chalet d’Isère

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
We had a brilliant holiday. It’s a lovely chalet, roomy, bright and modern. They are an excellent team. Dan’s food is absolutely delicious – really good – fabulous. We particularly loved the fillet beef, hake, beef cheek and all puddings. Zoe and Alice are both fantastic, really good, so attentive and very sweet. They keep the chalet spotless. We had a fabulous meal in the Refuge, going up in the evening. It is not cheap but it’s a lovely experience. The Ferme des Trois Capucines is really, really good. The menu at Les Tufs is less extensive and more expensive than it used to be. The sauna is quite difficult to use. The arm of one sofa seems to have been broken by children, the shower in room three drains slowly, and the doors to the corridors are a bit squeaky.

April 2019
Oxygene – brought the skis to the chalet and picked them up which was great! Very good quality skis and boots, first pair of skis my husband has liked in years! Lessons with Ski Montane, Jim and Laurent. Used before and great for the children. Two groups, one for young and one for older child. Chalet chef Dan is a lovely guy and great chef. Alice and Zoe were very nice, the chalet was always clean and well presented, beds were quite uncomfortable though. Hot tub and other facilities were great! Dan’s food is exceptional, he did a really excellent job all week The kids’ early sitting was great, food was yummy. We loved the spiced carrot soup, broccoli purée, pork belly. The hake made a nice change and the filet was also great. Duck was also very good. Restaurants – Tete du Solaise, great spot for lunch. Peau de Vache, very nice meal, food was great and lovely atmosphere. Les Tufs was great for a big family. Used Poppy from t4nanny and she was really nice! Full days with the children and we were very impressed. Would be nice to have the hot tub outside on the decking as the room it’s in isn’t that nice!

April 2019
Snowberry – all very positive. Chalet staff – the girls were really sweet and always had a smile on their faces. They did really well at keeping the chalet up to scratch for the whole week. Food was very good, we are much lighter eaters though so we thought it was a bit heavy. Nothing was too much trouble for Dan, children’s dinners and the birthday cake on the final night were great. Restaurants – Avancher was brilliant, really loved it there. A really great recommendation from the staff. The sauna didn’t work all week. If we’d been informed of this before we had arrived then we would be less annoyed.

March 2019
Dan’s food was absolutely outstanding, everything was really delicious, well presented and the portion size carefully managed for people with insatiable appetites. Fillet steak probably the favourite meal but the scrambled eggs have to be mentioned as they were the best ever. The Thai curry was really delicious. Zoe and Alice very helpful, friendly and efficient. Skiador good for ski hire. Mountain Masters Christian was a very good instructor. The women thought it would be nice to have mirrors in the bedrooms, especially a long mirror. The men didn’t think this was a good idea! Restaurants – Baraque, a good choice for dinner but no availability until 9.30 so some of the group took the Solaise bubble up to the new refuge restaurant for dinner on Wednesday. It was a good experience (large portion sizes) and the stars were amazing!

March 2019
Chalet staff Dan, Zoe and Alice’s fantastic. Excellent food, impressively presented, though it could be hotter. Difficult to get so many plates hot enough to the table. Dan’s veggie food was really really good! Very impressed. Restaurants – Casa Scara, really good. Mixed review of food. Lescale Blanc in Tignes was also great. Snowberry really good, picked up skis efficiently, no hassle. Eskiador – some issues with bindings. Would have preferred to go to Snowberry.

March 2019
Snowberry (slopeside) excellent, 3 of us changed boots but had no problem with sorting us out – very happy with the equipment Elliott from BASS was very good for a refresher lesson – exactly what I needed and covered lots. Chalet staff – Dan and the girls were great, chalet was kept very nice all week. Overall we have had a great week. We loved our food – Dan is excellent chef. Wonderful each day. Starters were lovely and we would like to have it all again! Restaurants – Les Tufs and La Source were nice lunch spots, Grande Ourse also nice, had a great caesar salad and pasta there! Bar Jacque – very nice for our evening off. Restaurant under Le Fornet cable car – we booked and got table service so would recommend and the food is good! Table could have been wiped down better after breakfast and dinner – finding crumbs, but was good generally. Really liked the wine from the YSE wine list. The front door needs to be sorted as you really have to pull it in order to properly close it.

March 2019
Why don’t YSE give out water on the bus? (Because we stop after an hour, and most people can survive an hour without a drink.) Why don’t we give out piste maps on the bus? Why don’t we knock on the guests’ doors in the morning and leave a cup of tea outside? (Because you might want to lie in!) However, if a consensus was possible, it was that Dan’s food was fantastic, brilliant, really good, delicious, though possibly a tad salty, even after we’d asked him to make it less so, with the best cakes we’d ever eaten and an epic sticky toffee pudding! The presentation was beautiful, with incredible attention to detail, however, some people thought that making the food look so good for such a large number of diners was causing it to come out a bit cold, and they felt that we needed heat lamps, or that Dan should worry a tad less about the presentation, or that the girls should help more with plating up. Hannah and Emily were lovely, very good, flexible and accommodating, but there was a feeling that if we’re going to put butter in tiny bowls we need several of them on that huge table, and that we need more water jugs. Elliot from BASS and Claire Burns from Mountain Masters gave excellent lessons. Precision, Eskiador and Snowberry were all very good ski hire shops. Outside the Petit Danois is dangerously slippery (one person banged his head very hard falling on the ice).

February 2019
Snowberry are really excellent. Our fourth holiday and they’re always exceptional. Two days of private lessons with Ben at TDC. Would strongly recommend them. A number of us had lessons with Marco and Sam from New Generation and they were both excellent – perfect English. All three chalet staff were really excellent. The girls were so lovely, absolutely superb! Dan’s cooking was brilliant. All exactly what we’d expect from YSE. Might have been nice to have some fresh fruit at breakfast time. We only had fruit juice. Isère is by far the nicest chalet we’ve stayed in: the rooms are huge but the heating is extremely hot. We know it takes a while to adjust and we managed the situation with opening windows. The Fondue Factory was actually quite good. We would go there again. Had a long lunch at l’Etincelle which was pretty impressive, but not very impressed with Fruitière: cold food, too busy, and not enough staff!

February 2019
Eskiador – great skis, boards and boots needed changing and they were happy to help out. We used Minou at ESF – group of 5 snowboarding booked last minute on Friday for Saturday, really good day – were doing blues and reds by the end of the day! Chalet staff Dan and the girls were faultless, chalet was super clean, food was excellent: pork Thai curry, sticky toffee pudding. Afternoon tea was a real hit – carrot cake, brownies and Victoria sponge were great! Just a note that the mattresses felt very hard, but everything else top notch, TV, WiFi, hot tub, thanks! Restaurants – went to Val Pizza, just what we needed.

February 2019
Everybody really happy, it was a wonderful holiday. Everything was perfect particularly Dan’s food. His hake, the puy lentils, last night’s beef. It was all brilliant! Emily and Hannah were great. They kept the chalet lovely and clean, they helped with the kids and were absolutely brilliant. We hired equipment from Eskiador, which was great, and we had a lovely evening at the Baraque.

February 2019
Hired skis at Ski Republic – wouldn’t go back. Bad fitting and standard wasn’t as high as expected. Would rather pay more in future for better kit. Lessons with Oxygène (Andreas) changed to one on one lessons after the first day which was much better. Hannah and Emily were very good. Really nice little team they have. Nothing ever too much trouble. Rooms always spotless. Excellent attention to detail with the cleaning and tidying. Amazing food. Favorites were the desserts. Sticky toffee in particular. Slow cooked pork belly/beef cheek were amazing. We had a lot of different allergies and dietary requirements and Dan was very on the ball with accommodating us. Most of us said it was the best steak we’d ever had. Sauna was very complicated to use. Couldn’t operate it ourselves. Maybe simpler instructions needed. Would be nice to have soft drinks or beers offered instead of wine. Last year we got the option of wine or beer which was nice (in a different company). 3 out of 16 drank wine… Our first experience with both YSE and Val d’Isère and it was amazing. John’s talk on the way is great but would be nice to have some of this information beforehand such as mittens, beginners skiing advice etc. Best chalet experience we’ve had. Chalet spotless and food delightful. We kept saying to each other how clean the bathrooms were! We could keep going all day raving about the chalet and the holiday! (Could be good to have WiFi in the TV room so we can watch Netflix)

January 2019
One of our best chalet holidays ever, in spite of the weather. It’s a lovely chalet and everything is so well organised. Scott’s food is quite amazing. We loved the asparagus starter, the rabbit pie, all of the cakes, particularly the lemon drizzle. The vegetarian food was ridiculously good. The rest of us kept pinching it. The curry, the naan, the aubergine thing. He is a brilliant chef. Beth and Alice are lovely and keep the chalet spotless. We loved the hot tub. Overall the chalet was a bit hot, though nothing an open window couldn’t solve… We hired from Mattis and Killy (via Ski Set). We had excellent ESF lessons from Jean-Jacques, Jean-Luc and Françoise. We like l’Étable d’Alain very much. We LOVED the marmalade!!

January 2019
Fantastic week. Dan made delicious food, he’s a great guy and chef. Had him last year so happy coincidence having him again. Hannah was lovely and we don’t think we were the easiest guests but everyone was really helpful. We came back this year because it was so nice last year and thought it was just as good this time. Overall week really good, great chalet girls amazing cleaning and perfect food. Got stuck in lift and missed dinner but all very fun and laughed a lot. Was a brilliant holiday. Snowberry really good skis and great boots. Burger house and kebab shop were amazing after a night out. Fantastic overall stay.

January 2019
Great location. Fantastic week and Dan was amazing and cooked a great quiche on request. Chalet girls really friendly. We wouldn’t change a thing. Snowberry was expensive because we forgot to pre-book, which was frustrating, but amazing skis once we got them and impeccable service.

January 2019
The week was marvellous. Amazing service, good fun and friendly chalet girls. Dan cooked amazing food, loved all of it. Eskiador really good. Étincelle really delicious.

January 2019
Best skiing holiday we have had including the other two YSE holidays we have been on. Snowberry Streetside very good about finding us the right skis, very pleasant and resolved an issue we had. Ski lessons with Elaine Bunyon as recommended by John, great lesson! Our chalet staff were great. On the ball and really made our holiday a breeze. Dan was a great chef to have on our holiday, food was exceptional all week, porridge was very nicely cooked! Dan’s cooking fits mirrors the chalet: amazing. Couldn’t have had a better birthday week!

January 2019
Chalet staff were great, and very helpful. The chalet was amazing, room temperature was good and chalet was always clean. The food was great, meat and fish was good quality. We would love to see more fresh salad in the evening meals and a little more fruit for breakfast. The beef fillet and beef cheek were clear favourites – again the quality of the meat was really high which was nice. Hake was also excellent. We enjoyed eating at Edelweiss and Trifollet. Fondue Factory was great as usual. Snowberry’s premium skis were the best skis I have used. Service was efficient and friendly.

January 2019
Snowberry – good service as expected. Such a nice chalet, the staff were great. Really friendly and attentive. We had a really, really nice week! Loved all the food, only annoyance is that we forgot to ask for the chocolate mousse recipe! Also the pork belly curry was lovely. Restaurant – La Casa Scara, really nice, would definitely go back there.

January 2019
Chalet staff were really fantastic! Not sure how but each year the staff get better and better!! Dan can really cook and his food was most enjoyable! The carrot cake was particularly good, beef cheek was delicious, pâté and risotto were also favourites. Restaurant – we usually go to La Caserole but Fondue Factory made a really nice change!

January 2019
Everything was excellent, everyone was very friendly and nice and we had a great week! The chalet is extremely nice and comfortable. We will be back! Chalet food really impressive, great food all week! Very high standard of cooking. Only 1 salt and pepper and bread board for the huge table – request more salt and pepper and an extra bread board just to make life easier. Ate out at La Blizzard – if you want to spend the money we would recommend it. The Signal restaurant on the mountain also has exceptional food.

January 2019
Really enjoyed our stay. Great staff, lovely chalet, our second year here – best chalet we’ve stayed in! Dan and the girls were great. We need to persuade our party leader to rebook but as he’s in hospital due to a skiing injury we may have to work harder than usual. Great food cooked by Dan all week, exceptional standard! Soups were just excellent – the best, thanks! The beef last night and risotto were fabulous. Restaurants – Avancher, traditional French food and a little bit more too, good cocktails but don’t over do it like we did! A delicious fondue! Snowberry, very good service. Eskiador very helpful, nice shop, very good quality skis and not too busy. Bought ski boots from Surefoot, service was great and boots fit well (take some bedding in). Ski schools & instructors – Tansy from Mountain Masters was great, second year of having her and she is confidence-inspiring and really good! Touring with Mountian Masters Olivier really good, hired a backpack and really enjoyed our guided ski touring!

December 2018
Snowberry (Streetside) really happy with the service and quality of equipment. Private lesson with ESF, exactly what I wanted, just booked through their office in the village. Fantastic chalet, Dan and the girls were fabulous, very helpful all the time. Chalet staff great, had some illness but the girls were really caring and helped us throughout it. Team were great, felt very at home!! Chalet food was incredible. 10/10 – delicious food all week. Quite rich but great. Duck was a winner, and pork belly curry, Christmas lunch also incredible. Truffle soup was delicious, brilliant cakes too! Vegetarian food Dan made was great, he really made an effort. Canapés were faultless. Restaurants – had fondue at La Fermette, amazing and really friendly staff.

December 2018
Very good, chalet worked well for us, the lift still isn’t functioning correctly but we managed just fine! Had a great week! Dan did great, loved the canapés! He sure knows what he’s doing in the kitchen, best chalet food ever. Loved the breakfast, great scrambled eggs and the beef and hake were clear favourites! Weren’t too sure how to take the basil panna cotta!

December 2018
Dan’s food absolutely brilliant. All fantastic and well presented. Staff are a great team together, couldn’t believe they had only been working together for a week. Looked after very well. Favourite meals beef cheek and pork. Duck excellent. Delighted with Snowberry as changed skis every day according to conditions and as the start of the season most skis were brand new. Off-piste with Eduardo and Frank from Mountain Masters. Overall a wonderful holiday, thanks Dan, Alice and Beth. Le Garage for the night off was very good.

WINTER 2017-18

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.

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Everything was just unbelievable! Scott is better than ever. It is so good. And he went to a load of trouble to give lovely food to our coeliac. His stories are getting better than ever as well! We were interested to learn that YSE has bought out all the other tour operators in town!! Steph is really lovely. She is great. She keeps the place shining. We hired good equipment from the Killy shop through Ski Set.

April 2019
Scotty and Steph were brilliant, really good, fun, chatty, personable and great with the children. Chalet food outstanding! The teenagers loved it, clean plates all round and they were even eating things they hadn’t tried before! The younger children’s sitting was great, very happy with the food. The kids’ canapés and all the cakes were just amazing! The double bedroom (slightly smaller one) sink didn’t really drain properly, couldn’t leave the tap running otherwise it would overflow. One of the top rooms isn’t really that safe as there is a big drop that someone could fall down so a barrier would be good.

April 2019
Snowberry (slopeside) always really helpful and great, slightly annoying that they don’t store your boots overnight. We went with various Mountain Masters intructors (Rupert T, Rupert G, Phil and Claire) all marvellous instructors and we always use them every year. Chalet staff Scotty and Steph were amazing as always! Scotty will never get any negative feedback from us! Steph and him make a great team James was great, apologies as we kept calling Patrick instead of James but all great regarding the shuttle service. Scotty’s food is just incredible! He coped very well dealing with 4 vegetarians. It was all pretty exceptional but the duck is always his best along with his cakes. Veggie lasagne and starters were really impressive. Restaurants – Tete du Solaise was excellent, we’ve been coming to Val for ages and it’s one of the best in my opinion, shame it’s only just opened. L’Etincelle’s menu is far better at lunch than at dinner so evenings are limited and fairly expensive choices, and they seemed a little grumpy too.

March 2019
Had a great holiday and a great week. Thanks all! Chalet staff Steph and Scotty were absolutely marvellous. Steph was excellent, chalet was always clean and tidy. Food was superb, stayed there before with Scotty – he went the extra mile for anyone, did early sitting for the kids, Gluten free cakes for one of our party every day and he would adapt the menu where he could so we were all eating the same dish. Restaurants – Grand Cocor on the snow square, nice food and very convenient for us with a buggy. Snowberry (slopeside) very good, very happy with boots. Mattis – sorted out some skis for our two 2 year olds and they were great. Lesson with Oxygene for 6 year old with Barbra and Stephan, really liked his lessons and thought they were fun. ESF, lessons for 3 mornings with French instructor, chain smoker (!), he was great!

March 2019
Snowberry premium service was brilliant for ski hire. Definitely worth extra money. Chalet staff Scotty Manning is brilliant. The fish stood out most. Two birthdays were both brilliant evenings. Really good cake. Huge effort. Patrick is a very good driver. All very happy. Pippa needs a mention from the Sherborne office for talking about birthdays. We were very impressed. Restaurants – Tignes les Brevieres was worth the taxi trip (restaurant over the bridge).

March 2019
Chalet staff – both really excellent. Really enjoyed having Charlie and James as our great drivers, always reliable. Overall a really really good team! Scotty’s food was simply out of this world. We all agreed that the food in the chalet was miles better than what we ate out. Restaurants – 1789, a little crowded, but excellent and reasonably-priced food. Ski Republic are a bit crap. Online booking, great price, but rubbish kit, no choice and bad fitting. Mountain Pro on the other hand are fantastic! Oxygène ski school were amazing. Small class sizes which got smaller throughout the week. Stefan was excellent, pushy but in a good way!

March 2019
The week was perfect in every shape and form! Scottie’s cooking is quite outstanding. The quality of the food – not just his wonderful cooking, but also the first-rate ingredients – was amazing. There is no skimping. He loves cooking, is a brilliant chef, and kept us entertained all week! Steph is fantastic, absolutely lovely, and keeps the chalet spotless. James is a lovely man and was a great driver. What a great service that is! The sofas are the most comfortable we’ve ever sat in, and the beds are really comfortable. We had fantastic lessons with Simon from Mountain Masters, as we always do. Some of us hired the best boots we’ve ever had from Precision, aided by the excellent Lucas. Others hired very happily from Mattis. We all liked the Casserole, Bar de l’Ouillette and Coin des Amis. We hated the Datcha. Some of us like 1789 for its delicious fondue, others didn’t like it at all. We loved the Panoramique self-service, but thought l’Alpage, also in Tignes, had gone downhill.

February 2019
Everything has been perfect. Scottie is a very, very, very good chef. His food was all fab, his portions perfect, and it was all very impressive. We loved the duck and chicken. We loved everything he served. Steph is absolutely lovely, so good, so smiley, and she keeps the chalet spotless. We had a private lesson with an independent instructor called Ludo and we hired very good equipment from Snowberry. We enjoyed meals at the 1789 and particularly at Les Crozets.

February 2019
Snowberry (Slopeside), very impressed, efficient and helpful! Love the fact they pick up your skis for you. Skis were good quality and well serviced – cut my finger on the edge of my pair! Best children’s boots we have ever had – they didn’t whinge once! Ski school with Sebastian of Oxygene, very good, happy with the lessons, did 9am-12noon lessons and the kids really enjoyed it! One of the children was injured but Oxygene made sure he got his medal at the end of the week and were very helpful! Chalet staff Scotty and Steph were amazing – lovely guy and Steph was fantastic, worked so hard, was super helpful all week! Charlie, James and Chris all really nice drivers and happy to help. Really nice chalet, very homely and perfect for a ski holiday. The best food we have had in 20 years of ski holidays – we had a break from YSE for no particular reason but so happy to be back! Chocolate brownies, pork belly and beef cheek were exceptional. Restaurants – Refuges du Solaise, great atmosphere, fun to head up the lift at night, food was tasty but not the cheapest option. Les Tufs, very good, great pasta and atmosphere. L’Ouillette, great for non-skiers, can still watch the kids ski etc and great pizza there!

February 2019
We have had the best week imaginable! Scotty is brilliant, amazing, very very good. He is an incredibly talented chef and very funny. We loved everything he cooked, particularly last night’s dinner. And his apfel strudel. His canapés are wonderful. Steph is fabulous, she looked after us beautifully, she even folded my pyjamas… We love her.. Driver Patrick is awesome. He is so lovely, he was helpful and punctual, and when we were in the bar he was happy just to drive our skis home and put them away. We love the Land Rover service. We loved the Lodge, the Fruitiere and the Bouida.

February 2019
Snowberry Slopeside – very good, quick and organised, excellent service, they know their stuff – all pre booked online and our skis were waiting for us pretty much. Collection service is great too. Two had own boot problems and they sorted out us out with hire boots and were very happy to help – much more comfortable too. 2x 2 hour lesson with Rich from New Generation – very good, gave exactly what we wanted, gave us some really useful feedback about our technique. Also New Generation Danilo – went powder skiing, expensive but very good! Chalet staff superb, brilliant. Steph is just a lovely girl, pleasant all the time, cleaned efficiently and sorted any issues we had quickly. Very good at opening wine too! Beds, bed linen was all exceptional – the whole chalet was just fantastic. Fitted out so well for skiing, just what we needed. Steph and Scott were great and worked very well together. Land Rover service was great, Fergie was always helpful and reliable – nothing was too much for him at all. Nice surprise to have a driver on the day off too! Chalet food exceptional, unbelievable – best we have ever had. Scott is a professional chef, returns standard every night – just great. Every night really was top notch – pick any day and you could say it was incredible. Restaurants – Le Barillon very disappointing, steaks were mixed up, wrong cooking – most were overdone. Edeilweiss – great location, good food. Trifollet – works well, nice place. Oh La vVache (previously bar Saint Jacques in Tignes Val Claret), service and food very good!

January 2019
Great holiday! Scottie has to write a cookbook. From breakfast through to dinner, everything he produced was perfect, fantastic and first-class. It’s really interesting fusion food, dishes like the gorgeous Thai fish curry. Anna keeps the chalet spotless and looked after us beautifully, She is a lovely girl, a good egg! They are both so welcoming and made us feel totally at home. We loved Tignes Cuisine, and enjoyed eating at the Blizzard, though it is ludicrously expensive. Our drivers – James, James, Patrick and Chris – were excellent: punctual, helpful and charming.

January 2019
Ski Republic were good value for money – we went as they were the cheaper option, and were very impressed. Had a private lesson with a friend staying in I’sere with Beatrice from Oxygene. Really useful and learnt a lot. Chalet staff were awesome – you guys have so many great staff! Scottie’s food so so good, all amazing! The cakes were so good to come back to. Fish curry, pork belly, beef fillet. The beef Wellington and Yorkshire pudding starters were also great. Chocolate orange desert was so good! Restaurants: Trifollet – nice, really good, great portion sizes. Free shots although we don’t recommend genepi!!

January 2019
A wonderful YSE holiday! Scottie’s food was simply outstanding, Steph was so attentive (particularly with water and wine) and kept the chalet spotless. The whole YSE machine was brilliant from booking to the final flight back to Gatwick. We really did have a fantastic holiday!

January 2019
Scottie is a wonderful chef, so passionate about food. Everything was perfect. He did us an amazing curry, and we really loved the extra portions of vegetables. His vegan food was absolutely superb, and the rest of us kept stealing it. For a former Mr Australia, Scottie is a delight, and so entertaining! Steph was absolutely great, lovely, efficient, attentive – she never let our wine or water run out. They’re a great team. James the driver was also excellent – so helpful, willing and charming. We had an excellent meal at Pizz ‘n’ Love, a brilliant lunch at La Sachette, a snack at the Croq’ Burger and drinks at the Blizzard – all brilliant. We took lessons with the excellent TJ from Alpine Experience.

January 2019
Great chalet staff. Had an issue with a radiator, only mentioned it in passing to Steph and when we came back we had a new heater – brilliant! Patrick the driver was great, always quick and happy to help! Chalet food amazing!!! Cakes at afternoon tea were so nice, loved the brownies. Breakfast, would be nice to have croissants at breakfast otherwise there’s a lot of bread, would be good to maybe add more variety with the cooked breakfast too, sausages some days etc? Favourites: beef was exceptional, duck, fish curry also great – basically everything was so good we loved it all! Restaurants – Fromagerie, good traditional food, beef was a little overcooked but all in all a good place to eat. Timings of flights, transfers and collections are all great, no super early or late starts which makes travelling easy, we could get our skis the same day as arriving too which was even better! Snowberry (slopeside) really happy with the service from them, shuttle was great and equipment was really good

December 2018
Snowberry (slopeside) fantastic, busy but very efficient. Their shuttle is great. Chalet staff – awesome as always!! Scotty’s food was exceptional, the hake and duck really great. Steph is so friendly and willing. Charlie and James great drivers. Chalet food – FANTASTIC!! Portions perfectly sized and Scotty would have any extras on the table. Wine choice v good. Alternative menu (no desserts) also good, we loved the cheese. We ate out at the Fromagerie – some staff issue but great food. Grande Ourse – service not great and food nowhere as good as it has been in previous years. Les Tufs for lunch and Bananas for a drink also great!

December 2018
Food excellent. Scotty and Steph were the perfect hosts. Food absolutely brilliant. Steph lovely. All very clean. Food amazing. James the driver really good. Downstairs bedroom and bathroom need a revamp. Hill up was really icy. Precision ski good. TDC amazing.

WINTER 2017-18

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!

WINTER 2016-17

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. 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!

Chalet des Neiges

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Chalet staff Anna and Miranda were very friendly and great to have around the chalet. All three girls were absolutely superb. You really couldn’t get better – a really nice calm team! Mimi’s food was all very good. In particular the Thai fish curry was exceptional. And great boiled eggs every morning. We could never get the radiator in room 1 to work – we told Anna about this. We wouldn’t stay here again because of the steep hill up to the chalet. The bath in room 3 is not suitable for our age group, a walk-in shower would be much better. The chalet shouldn’t be sold as ski in/out as it really isn’t very easy. Swift help with my mattress which collapsed on night 1. Some replenishment of shower gel would have been nice. Restaurants – Victors was lovely, helpful with vegetarian options. La Corniche was excellent. The girls were particularly helpful in finding and making this reservation for us. Le Casserole – not as good as Mimi’s cooking! Ski Shops – Snowberry were excellent.

April 2019
Mimi is a quite brilliant chef. She is so calm and un-stressed, yet produced brilliant meals for the adults and equally delicious children’s food. It was all delicious, but we particularly loved the pork belly and fillet beef. Anna and Miranda looked after us and the chalet wonderfully. They are lovely girls – friendly, helpful and very tolerant of all the noisy children. Great fun. They keep the chalet amazingly clean and tidy. But when we asked which was the cheapest ski hire shop at la Daille – being rather careful with our money! – they didn’t know… We hired from Ski Set, who are very good, once you’ve got used to their sardonic manner! James at Mountain Masters is excellent. We also used ESF la Daille. There are not many instructors, so the choice is limited, but Isobelle was very good and Hypolite rather less so. There are not many English-speaking pupils in these classes. We had a very good meal at the sweet Barillon.

April 2019
Everything was fabulous. It was an amazing week. The girls could not have been more charming or more helpful. Mimi’s food is incredible, brilliant, faultless, absolutely amazing! Her portions are perfect. The children loved their meals. She is so calm and relaxed and such a lovely person to be around. The only single thing that wasn’t quite so perfect were her canapés. We totally understand that cooking such high-standard food for up to 15 people she doesn’t have much time for preparing them, but they all seemed a bit baguette-based and less delicious than everything else she did. Could the girls possibly help with them? We particularly love Mimi’s hake, her fillet beef, chocolate cake, beef cheek–everything really. Miranda and Anna are absolutely lovely. They keep the chalet spotless. We wouldn’t say no to more croissants or pains au chocolat for breakfast… We hired from Precision, who drove us to the shop at the start of the week and collected our equipment at the end.
Margarita from Oxygène is a very good instructor. We had a good dinner at the Lodge.

March 2019
Everything was perfect on our holiday. Jo’s food is fantastic, absolutely brilliant, and her presentation is gorgeous. Her hake, duck, steak – she is a very talented chef. Anna and Miranda are really lovely too. They keep the chalet totally spotless. The three of them work together like a well-oiled machine. They are a fabulous team. Brilliant. Miranda was poorly, bless her, but never let it stop her working. We hired from Ski Set at La Daille. Yuri was really helpful and interested, sorting out our equipment well and giving lots of useful advice. They also let you buy hire kit at very good prices. We had excellent lessons with BASS. We very much enjoyed meals at the Corniche, Edelweiss and Peau de Vache, but the best was at the Signal. Rooms 2 and 3 are running short on keys. There is a drip above the front door making it icy first thing.

March 2019
We’ve had a marvellous week. The girls make a lovely team. They work together really well, and create a brilliant atmosphere. Anna and Miranda keep the chalet spotless. Mimi’s food is incredible. YSE absolutely must publish a recipe book, since our food is so amazing, though Mimi just seems to come up with the most wonderful variations without anyone else’s help. Her fish with Thai curry was spectacular. Her gluten-free dishes were fabulous! We hired from Snowberry and Skimium at la Daille – both excellent. We had brilliant lessons with Matty from Supreme, Simon from Mountain Masters, and Mike and Paolo of New Gen. We had superb meals at The Edelweiss, the Alpage in Tignes (the world’s best omelettes!) and the Corniche. The food was good at La Sachette, though the horrid head waitress made our waitress cry! The double mattresses in Rooms 1 and 2 are beginning to sag in the middle.

March 2019
Snowberry, good advice and happy with the equipment. Lesson with Rich from TDC, very good, clear instruction, refresher lesson and he covered areas we felt weak on. Chalet staff were good, attentive and had a great week. Chalet food was great all week! Hake was really nice, beetroot soup was also a favourite. Restaurants – Vielle Maison, very good, food and service. La Sachette also very good. More fruit would have been nice, and to keep the bananas separate from other fruit as they go off quicker!

March 2019
Chalet girls were very good, very attentive and chatty! Chalet food was very good and wasn’t a single dish we didn’t like. Our favourites were the lemon tart, chocolate cake, beef cheek, hake with red Thai curry! Restaurants – Marmottes and Cascade are great value! Trifollet is lovely – would recommend booking. Les 5 Frères (by Chardons) very good but disappointed with the quality of the cod, though other dishes were great!

March 2019
Snowberry Slopeside – great service and quality of equipment, very efficient too Got precisely what we asked for. Rich from TDC was very helpful and we had a great lesson. Chalet girls there are superb, what a great team they make. Miranda was especially nice and the other girls were still exceptional. Every meal was lovely! Mimi can cook, great meals throughout the week and we thoroughly enjoyed her food. She is very calm and laid back and creates a great environment. Restaurants – Trifollet was lovely, good service. Tete du Solaise, excellent food, service and location. YSE wine list was great, lovely selection of wines and the price is fantastic

March 2019
Killy – organised through Ski Solutions, paid for premium hire. The skis were pretty battered but wax and edges were fine!! Some skis were so battered two swapped them before leaving the shop – which was fine. Swapped boots during the week due to comfort issues – quick and efficient. Lessons with Claire at Mountain Masters, really happy with that. Tried to book guide Richards Harris – but he never called back. In the chalet, Mimi, Miranda and Anna were so good all week. Had a great week, chalet was lovely and in a great location. Food was really good, always enough wine, veggie options great all week. Restaurants – Fondue Factory on the evening off, nice place, lovely food! Tete du Solaise was great for lunch during a snow storm. Les Tufs – we waited 30 minutes to get seated and then they told us they had no food. Rose Blanc staff not that friendly – taking tables away from us when drinking. Just a note that the cafetière coffee has mixed reviews from the group. The sofas are a little worn. Please tell people it’s actually €10 to get your lift pass replaced, not free! The swimming pool is great!

February 2019
We could not have had a better week. Mimi is a marvellous cook. She is lovely: the portions and temperatures were smack on. Everything she cooked was perfect. Her scrambled egg is to die for! Beef cheek was wonderful and last night’s beef fillet was incredible. Just right! Alice and Anna are absolutely lovely girls, absolutely gorgeous. Alice had only just arrived in the chalet, yet they worked perfectly together and kept the chalet immaculate. It was as though they had worked together all season. 15 people at the table is a bit crowded, and also in the sitting-room where we swapped a sofa for an armchair to get more seating. That armchair, incidentally, is sagging in the middle. We had lovely meals at the Jardin des Alpes, Corniche, Baraque and Vieille Maison. Lauder from tdc is a brilliant instructor and a lovely bloke.

February 2019
Snowberry Slopeside pricey but the shuttle service was great. Good quality skis, happy to swap skis for a snowboard mid week, very happy. Chalet staff outstanding, exceptional – you should clone Mimi. Very engaging, mature and friendly girls – superb, and the best we have had, way better than other chalet holidays we’ve been on. Mimi’s food was again outstanding, best ever! Beef fillet was top drawer, risotto, duck all great. Restaurants – Chez Nano, pretty average, but got what we paid for. We would try other places before going back. YSE is great, would use you guys again, very friendly everyone I’ve met. Chalet was outstanding!

February 2019
Snowberry Slopeside a total rip off, service was efficient but very expensive – great skis but expensive! Average service that was never going to live up to the price we paid. Chalet staff Mimi, Miranda and Alice were awesome. As good as we have ever had in a chalet – super friendly and helpful. Chalet food outstanding, Mimi is a really talented cook, pleasure to eat her food. Apple tart (best we have ever had), risotto, beetroot soup, goats cheese salad were exceptional – but everything was great! Restaurants – La Corniche, lovely evening, food and atmosphere excellent. Our first time with YSE – great, good value and we will book again!

February 2019
Snowberry Slopeside so easy, good to not have to take skis back at the end of the week. Very thorough sorting your equipment out, swapped boots and skis with no issues. Used Ski Bro for ski school – Frederico, really nice guy and lessons were very helpful. Full days so children went from beginner to parallel turns within a week. Would recommend! Chalet staff Mimi, Miranda and Alice were great, particularly nice to the children. Patient, welcoming, friendly, couldn’t have been more helpful all week. The chalet was super clean. Too hot on the first night but that was sorted ASAP. Also pillows are uncomfortable, but everything was else we couldn’t fault. Chalet food really good all week, our waist lines won’t thank us. Mimi and Ashley are great cooks. Loved the birthday hedgehog cake – thanks! Very helpful with children’s meal times. Pork belly, apple tart everything was really good. Restaurants – Fondue Factory, good fun, food was delicious!

February 2019
Precision – all good, really comfy ski boots. Used Oxygène Ski School (Geoff then Anton). Both were great. Our chalet staff were amazing. The chalet was always tidy and clean. Mimi is an amazing cook. The veggie food was so so good. Other favourites were the pork belly, beef cheek and duck. Potatoes with every meal is probably a bit too much and a lot of us felt it was too stodgy before going to bed. Stir fry starter was a good as was the Victoria sponge cake. Restaurants – Casserole, so much cheese but was amazing.

February 2019
We must have been the most difficult group ever, and the girls had their work cut out. They did very well just putting up with us! They are really, really good. Annie and Miranda are wonderful, lovely girls, keeping the place spotless. They were incredibly helpful and thoughtful, and looked after us brilliantly. Mimi’s cooking is absolutely epic. It was right up there with the incredible Morgan last year, dare we say possibly even better?? She is very, very talented, yet so calm! She was always doing something, but never rushed. Her beef fillet, duck, beef cheek, chocolate mousse, beetroot soup – everything was just marvellous. We liked the Rosée Blanche a lot. The croque monsieurs and hot dogs were more enjoyable than the food in most of the mountain restaurants, and a hell of a lot cheaper! We have skied with loads of companies, and YSE are so much better! The chalets, the staff, the food, the transfers – we’ll never go with anyone else again! We hired from Killy, who are very good.

January 2019
Snowberry – expensive but very good, efficient and fast. Free pick up and return was handy although we didn’t use it. Good quality equipment. Borasso Sport – fine, nothing outstanding but all good. ESF (Tignes), very happy with the lesson, but very large groups and found them as John says in his CD! Chalet staff Mimi, Miranda and Anna were great, tolerated us very well. Very patient with us and we can only thank them for that! Chalet was kept very clean and tidy all week by Anna and Miranda, we realised just how nice they kept it after they weren’t there on the day off! Drivers were super helpful all week and very quick at responding to our requirements. Chalet food excellent, of a standard far higher than expected. Great presentation all week. Breakfast would be nice to have some other options like hash brown etc (see Big Breakfast Optional Extra – YSE). Sometimes it would be nice for larger portions, asked for seconds most evenings but didn’t ask the girls for larger portion sizes. Restaurants – 1789 is amazing, cheese, great steak, but not sure it’s the place for 10 rowdy people. La Lodge – amazing steak, fast service even though it was busy! 5*. Le Barillon – very nice good traditional food, good service.

January 2019
Ski Shops – went to Eskiador, skis were good, service was very good, great value for money. We worked out before we left that it was £100 cheaper for two pairs of skis and a pair of boots than Snowberry! Had my own skis serviced and my wife ended up buying the skis she had rented. One couple used Snowberry and were very happy with their skis and the service received. Stayed in Neiges before, and this stay was exceptional. Spot on, lovely girls. Perfect week that we all enjoyed. Chalet food was exceptional, Mini was excellent. Afternoon cakes were amazing. Breakfast was lovely but it would be nice to have a bit more variety such as beans, mushrooms etc. Meals all so good: beef fillet, duck, hake, and risotto were delicious. The boot room is rather small, and the chalet is sometimes a little hot. Restaurants – Loop bar did great omelettes and portion sizes were generous.

January 2019
Chalet staff we had this year was amazing, they work really well as a team. Particularly good. Previously we’ve had chefs with more experience but Mimi works so hard, comes in early and the food was very good. Chalet was always clean and tidy and the girls very nice. Vegan food was outstanding. Definitely worth paying the ‘Different Diet’. A couple more vegan breakfast options would be nice. Last year we asked for more veg and we felt this was acted on this year and was great. Restaurants – La Barillon, really good. 16 of us. Dealt with us perfectly. They even did a vegan meal.  The hill up to the chalet is very icy. The track to the side slightly helps but if we have beginners etc it might be worth thinking about. Can we really say it’s ski in ski out? Would not recommend anyone to go to Surefoot. They sold me a lifetime guarantee 8 years ago, I used the boots for 5 holidays and I went back and they told me it wasn’t the case now. Not as I remember when I bought them!! Snowberry on the other hand were fantastic. Lessons with Oxygène with Phillip who was great.

January 2019
We had a great trip. Everything was absolutely wonderful! The girls were lovely, superb, attentive, really kind looking after guests with terrible colds. They were all flexible and accommodating, accepting all the changes and complications without batting an eyelid. Nothing was too much trouble. Abbie and Miranda kept the chalet spotless and really tidy. Mimi’s food was delicious and beautifully presented. Everything was great. The pork belly, the steak – everything. The vegetarian food was fab – not just the same as everyone else’s with a meat substitute, but delicious nut roast, Thai green curry etc. Snowberry were very good, as was our instructor Adrien from Oxygène. We had really good lunches at the Edelweiss, Panoramique, Trifollet and Bouïda, and a good dinner at the Barillon.

December 2018
Snowberry (slopes side) shuttle was really nice, equipment was great, very efficient, got there late but sorted very quickly. TDC ski school with Joe and Lauder, both very good and helpful. Also Oxygene’s Mauric, really good lesson. Didier wasn’t as good but still provided some good tips! Chalet staff top notch, very helpful and lovely, chatty but not intrusive! Our 4th time with YSE, love it. Chalet food very good, as always! Also great vegetarian menu all week. Ate out at Le Balard, excellent, lovely staff and nice food though not a huge amount of vegetarian options.

December 2018
Snowberry economy service from slope side meaning no collection/delivery, though they’re happy to do alterations as and when required. One member of party had lessons with Adrien – good. Chalet Girls were great. Very happy all round. We had Ashley as our chef on Christmas Day when she stepped in and no problems there. Chalet food was great throughout the week. Portion sizes spot on. Cakes were awesome. We were fussy with our breakfast but the girls handled it fine. Went to Fondue Factory – slightly useless service but they were busy. Not extortionately expensive. John very helpful with injury, offering chauffer lifts throughout the week.

December 2018
Thank you for a brilliant week! The girls are fantastic. Very good indeed. They are a great team. We couldn’t believe it was their first week! Mimi’s food was universally superb. Everything. She is so calm, efficient and organised. We asked for slightly bigger portions, and she provided them with no problems. The vegetarians were really pleased. Last night’s meal was exquisite. We loved both soups and it was lovely to get a birthday cake for Debbie. We hired from Snowberry, who are quick and slick and do a brilliant job. We had really good lunches at the Fruitière and Tufs, and La Bouïda in Les Brévières.

December 2018
We’ve had a wonderful week! Mimi is an absolute star. Her food was just delicious. She is totally calm and never flustered. All of her food was perfect, but last night’s steak was out of this world! Rosie and Annie are lovely, charming, brilliant. Keep the place perfect. The heating was a bit dodgy, but Adam was round immediately to fix it.

WINTER 2017-18

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
We’ve had a great week. Lucy’s cooking is perfect, very, very good, brilliant. She is highly accomplished and totally unflappable. Her vegetarian and pescatarian dishes were fantastic. And the rest of us particularly enjoyed her beef cheek. Ellie is lovely – charming. helpful and fun to have around. She keeps the chalet spotless. We hired from the excellent Mattis shop. Lessons with Nico and Fab of Oxygène were excellent.

April 2019
We’ve had a fantastic week! Everything has been perfect. Lucy’s cooking is amazing – really, really good – and she is so enthusiastic for someone nearing the end of the season. She just loves cooking and is very good at it. We loved her beef, and her butternut squash soup was INCREDIBLE, though it was all delicious. Ellie is lovely, and keeps the chalet absolutely spotless. Both girls interacted so well with our children. They let them help and created such lovely memories for them. The children were all in tears saying goodbye! The kids weren’t too keen on granola etc and would probably have preferred Coco Pops, though the girls made pancakes several times, which the kids absolutely loved!
We hired from Precision. They’re pretty good, though because they were collecting des Neiges, they couldn’t collect us! We took lessons with BASS. Elliot is very good, but Joe is amazing! We had excellent meals at the Refuge de Solaise and the Trifollet.

March 2019
Everything was absolutely wonderful. Both girls were delightful. They are a lovely team and complement each other so well. They are fantastic and adorable, and everything was fabulous. Lucy’s food was brilliant, really good, up with the very best we’ve had on several YSE holidays. All of the meats and the fish were excellent. We hired excellent equipment from Skimium and Precision. Nicolas from the ESF is a very good instructor. Amazing meals at Edelweiss, 1789 and the Place in Tignes le Lac.

March 2019
Val Ski (Skimium) good skis and service. Very convenient location too. Good value. Roberto from Oxygene really good, first lesson in ages and it was well worth it. 3 hours and it was full on. Chalet staff Lucy and Anna have been excellent all week! Lovely and chatty. Outstanding girls, 8th time with YSE and these girls where up there with the best. Special mention to Anna for being really helpful, she went out of her way to help us and both girls were so pleasant. Chalet food very good indeed. Cakes were great, did our best to eat them! Canapés were great too. Top food, all exceptional! Butternut squash soup, beef cheek, sticky toffee pudding were favourite amongst a great week of food. Pork belly, deconstructed apple crumble also great. Restaurants – Trifollet for lunch was great. La Corniche for dinner was also really nice – the place to eat your body weight in cheese. La Source, good quick stop lunch. We’ve been coming with YSE on and off for 19 years and we always compare our other holidays against YSE and we are yet to find a better one! There are 2/3 pairs of skis in the ski room that have been there all week and still there when we left. Bought boots from Killy and they were great and covered all questions etc. Need a magic carpet to get from the slopes to the chalet!!!

March 2019
Chalet staff Lucy and Elly were brilliant – they both worked so hard all week. Good vibe in the chalet and it’s in a great location. Chalet food really good, we wouldn’t change a thing, portions sizes were great. We were a little late arriving but bacon sandwiches were left on the table for us which was great. Our favourites were the beef fillet, duck, and all the cakes!! The bathrooms and beds seemed quite small!. We booked quite late and it would have been nice to know that we were going to be sharing the chalet with people much older than us. We enjoyed eating at Le Lodge – lovely food. Panoramic and Trifollet were our favourite mountain restaurants. Snowberry (slopeside) really good, changed my boots and skis. They were fine about it and I got what I wanted. Helmets looked a little beaten which wasn’t ideal.

March 2019
Snowberry Slopeside very easy and efficient, happy to change skis – had to change twice but skis and boots were all good after that. Chalet staff delightful, lovely girls, looked after us very well. Chalet food very nice and very good food! Lovely cakes all week. Meals were beautifully presented but would love to see a few more vegetables on the plate. Our favourites were the beef cheek, beef fillet and duck! Slightly frustrating not to be able to watch the rugby in the chalet. Also the cafetière coffee isn’t very nice – taste wasn’t the nicest! We ate out at Trifollet – lovely lunch, Edelweiss – another lovely lunch. Ou la vache in Tignes Val Claret – great food! La Vieille Maison – good evening meal, lovely place. Les Tufs – great pasta and steak.

March 2019
Snowberry (slopeside) – hired touring skis mid week, very happy to help out and we swapped in the street side shop. Felt the streetside staff are a little more knowledgable. Skied with Henry at Alpine Experience, very happy, he knows his stuff for sure, we use him every year. Snowshoeing – individual based in Val d’Isère, really fun – trekked through the forest in Sainte Foy. Chalet staff Lucy and Elly were fantastic – really good! Chalet food very good, lovely food all week. Beef fillet was lovely, great dauphinois!! Restaurants – Au Bout Du Monde in the Manchet valley, really good food, arrogant service but worth it.

March 2019
Snowberry (slopeside) very helpful and good, shuttle service is great! Chalet staff very pleasant and nice girls – chatty but not too chatty – nice balance! Chalet food very nice all week – it’s all been really quite nice! Duck was cooked very well and the beef last night was lovely! We ate out at La Vieille Maison – very good food!

February 2019
We have had the most incredible holiday. We love the chalet and Scott is an absolute genius. His food is quite sublime. His pork, his raspberry ravioli, his cakes, even his porridge were all innovative and quite delicious. Ellie is the perfect assistant. She is just brilliant. Lovely girl. Does she keep the chalet clean? God, yes, unbelievably! It would be useful to know how to lock the ski room. We never quite worked it out! We had a fantastic meal up at the Refuge de Solaise on Wednesday night.

February 2019
Used Skiset at La Daille, excellent, happy with the quality of equipment. Chalet staff Lucy and Elly were lovely, superb, fantastic all week. Chalet food excellent. They got the children eating all of the menu with some adaptions from Lucy which was great. Beef cheek, sticky toffee pudding and chocolate mousse all great! Risotto, hake, duck were also some highlights. Restaurants – Le Garage, great food and atmosphere.

February 2019
Lucy and Ellie are a great team. They work together so well, and we have had the most amazing holiday! Lucy’s food is superb. She is a brilliant cook, and we have NEVER seen anyone work so hard. She is excellent. We loved her canapés, brownies, Saturday night soup, beef – well, absolutely everything. The chalet was spotless, and the girls make it feel so welcoming. They were quite silent in the morning, and there was none of the usual clattering and banging. We really enjoyed the Vieille Maison, Armailly, Arbina, Barillon and Cascade. Louise France’s Corner bar in Tignes does the best coffee in the whole area. We hired from Mattis, who are very good. Snowberry forgot to set the bindings to one pair of boots, which wasted a bit of time. We had excellent lessons from Simon and Christian of Mountain Masters.

January 2019
Snowberry (slope-side) – v good service, pick up meant we didn’t need to take skis back at the end of the week. Equipment was great, good quality. Had an issue with boots but they changed insoles and made way better. Oxygene – Adrian – very good lesson. Oxygene Stephan for an off piste lesson, really good lesson, little blunt but learnt a lot! Chalet staff Lucy and Ellie fantastic, super, very patient with us. Even put up with our drunk text – she took it very well! Always clean and nice to come back to! Chalet food was delicious, absolutely brilliant, really nice food, more veg would be nicer! The ratios were always perfect. Favourites were beef cheek, beef fillet, strawberry parfait. The apple cinnamon cake (Lucy’s own recipe) was amazing! Restaurants, 1789 really good, but we don’t recommend the sausage, especially when everyone else had great steaks. Edelweiss and Les Tufs for lunch were amazing! Misc – Room 5 shower curtain is too small and water leaks all over the floor every time you shower! Champagne was lovely, below cost price. John helped sort out a passport issue – thanks. Room 4 was a little warm, we did turn off underfloor heating but still remained pretty warm!

December 2018
Precision – really good skis and boots, efficient at getting us all kitted out, broke some skis but got them swapped with no issues or cost. Chalet staff – fantastic, couldn’t fault them at all, cooking was exceptional. They worked so hard, chalet was always spotless. Chalet food exceptional, delicious, and a whole new level!! Afternoon cakes were amazing and Lucy was a fantastic chef all week! Great baby food too – he ate way more of her purée than he eats of mine! Favourites: everything, hake and beef were superb! Pizza n Love for the night-off – best pizza, didn’t have it delivered as they weren’t sure where our chalet was but was still great!!

December 2018
Snowberry collection service great as ever. Mountain Masters – Mark and Rupert both English and very good. Chalet staff both really good – you wouldn’t know it was their first time working together! Both super-accommodating and flexible. Cakes very good. Prefer the menus from previous years with puff pastry items as starters. Falafel was quite small (malteaser size)! Portions could have been a bit bigger especially for the men. Vegetarian cauliflower steak didn’t have any specific sauce – was able to have some of the beef’s sauce as it was vegetarian anyway but would be nice to have its own sauce. Final night beef really amazing. Bedrooms and bathrooms in Pentes a bit smaller than we’re used to with YSE (perhaps spoilt with Pierre). Debate about the road up to NPP. It got really treacherous. We ended up walking through the deep snow on the piste by the neighbouring chalets. (We always advise people to walk in the snow to the side of the road as it gives much better grip – YSE.)

December 2018
Lucy and Ellie are excellent, really good, so nice, so friendly. Ellie organised a massage, which was very good. Lucy’s food is fantastic. It could not be improved on! We asked for more, and she provided it. Last night’s beef was particularly memorable, but it was all delicious. We would like bigger water glasses, particularly to take to our bedrooms. Plastic ones would be fine. We hired from Snowberry, who are so fast! The pick-up service and ski collection at the end of the week make such a difference. We loved Les Tufs, but at the Casa Scara the food was average and the service was poor.

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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.

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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

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April 2019
Chalet staff Emily and Nicola were outstanding, went above and beyond and were excellent. Food was 5-star! Such great food all week. Excellent variety although too much yummy cake!! Steak fillet, hake, beef cheek, raspberry soufflé, carrot cake all fantastic. All meals were exceptional. Perdrix is a lovely chalet and the girls compliment it perfectly! The doors are quite noisy. They are possibly warped slightly so you need to slam them closed. Snowberry very quick, efficient and a great location for us. Happy with the quality of equipment.

April 2019
Mountain Pro equipment was excellent. Seamless swapping for touring etc. Impeccable service in the chalet. We had an excellent holiday. Chalet food was amazing. Emily’s a great chef. Serious shout out for her. She was ill one day and the replacement we had, well, we could tell the difference! Restaurants – we stayed in the Refuge de Solaise on the night off as part of the rondo we were doing.

March 2019
We’ve had a perfect week. The chalet is gorgeous, as are the girls. Emily is a superb cook. Murray can be proud of what he has taught her. Everything was delicious. Over the years we’ve noticed that your meals have become smaller and neater and even better. Emily’s cooking is wonderful. Nicola? OMG, she is amazing! She is an obsessive cleaner! The chalet is spotless. We loved finding our towels made into animals, or our napkins on fish night made into fish, complete with eyes and mouths! Both girls are wonderful. We skied with Thomas from Alpine Experience, as we always do. When we first came here with YSE 15 years ago we couldn’t ski and our daughters were tiny. Now the whole family hikes up the Charvet and skis near-vertical couloirs. We hire from the excellent Jean Sports. We had excellent lunches at the Etincelle, Marmottes, Tufs and Signal self-service (with really good live music on the terrace), and a great dinner at the Taverne d’Alsace.

March 2019
Just to let you know, we have had the most amazing week skiing, the weather was perfect! Emily and Nicola are a credit to YSE. Our rooms were spotless and clean every day and the food was amazing. I am sure we will be back again at some point.

March 2019
We’ve had a fantastic week! Snowberry – very good, went back a few times to sort out skis etc but it was great service. Chalet staff Emily and Nicola are fantastic!!! Chalet food amazing, so good. Fillet of beef last night was delicious, hake was beautiful – to be honest all of it was great! Restaurants – Edelweiss, very nice. Tete du Solaise, lovely for lunch. Victor’s for evening meal is interesting, we had a table on the edge of the bar area and it wasn’t ideal, but the food was good.

March 2019
Everything was brilliant. Both girls are fantastic. Emily’s meals were consistently superb. We had some real foodies in the chalet, including a pretty demanding vegetarian, and they were hugely impressed. We loved absolutely everything, but particularly the fillet beef, the duck, the squash starter. and the cauliflower steaks (wtf?). Nicola keeps the place immaculate. She is so thorough, she even zipped up our wash bags, and when someone left a load of small change, he found it all sorted into denominations and stacked! Her towel origami is such fun, as are her napkins! It would be good to make the bath slightly less slippery to shower in. Snowberry Streetside was excellent. We very much enjoyed meals at the Lodge and Salon des Fous.

March 2019
Excellent chalet/apartment in great central position. But the real stars of the week were Emily and Nicola. Emily’s cooking was consistently terrific and far above what one might expect in a chalet. Nicola kept everything immaculate and as a pair they were a joy to have around. Not so much skiing because of the blizzard conditions for at least 3 days in the week but Saturday was skiing heaven – wonderful snow under a clear blue sky. YSE has organised everything very well and John YS seems to be ageless!

March 2019
Emily and Nicola were both superb and they really made for a wonderful holiday. Emily’s food was second to none, been 25 years with YSE and Emily was the best chef we’ve ever had! The cooking was simply fabulous. One of the highlights was the towel and napkin art – Nicola’s origami creations are amazing. The situation with the hot water was kindly solved with alcohol! The service was poor at Precision ski hire.

February 2019
Killy Sport – great no problems, did the same last year. Mountain Masters – 4 days, mixture of lessons, off piste and on piste due to ability of the group. Chalet staff brilliant, the girls were really really good, attentive and friendly. Chalet food really good, her cooking really came across. Wow – steak, hake, risotto, could go on and on.

February 2019
We have had a very good week, John’s CD is world class – we were genuinely listening to every word, which doesn’t usually happen! Chalet staff phenomenal – seriously good. Annie was very nice, very friendly. We were lost without them on Wednesday – didn’t know what to do! Connor’s food was outstanding all week – such an upgrade from other holidays we’ve been on. Throughout the week it was exceptional – steak, duck even the potatoes were amazing. We went to Pizz ‘n’ Love on the night off – can’t really member much about it… Marmottes and Cascade on the mountain were great options for lunch as such good value. Oxygene ski hire – managed to get a discount so went for them! Slightly less efficient than Snowberry (took their time to sort us out) but skis were very good, happy to swap skis etc.

February 2019
We had a wonderful holiday again. It’s our favourite week of the year, and we are going to book immediately for next season! The girls were absolutely marvellous. So smiley and lovely. Emily’s food is amazing, and she adapted everything perfectly to our family (three small children)’s tastes. We LOVED the hake! Nicola is wonderful. The kids adored her towels! Where did she learn that, Cambridge?? She is just great and keeps the chalet spotless. We loved the Baraque, Refuge de Solaise, Panoramique and Lo Soli restaurants. We had super lessons from Tansy of Mountain Masters and Georgio of Progression. Snowberry were brilliant, and it was so good that they opened especially early for us on Monday.

February 2019
Matis Intersport, very good. Everything was really really good in the chalet. Food was truly amazing. Favourites include the pork belly, risotto starter. Restaurants – Fondue factory, good, would recommend it.

February 2019
Everything was perfect. Emily is a brilliant cook. Her food was consistently delicious. We cleaned our plates at every meal. We particularly loved the soups and the beef cheek, but it was all superb. Nicola is lovely, wonderful, so nice. It’s great to see her putting her mechanical engineering degree from Cambridge to such good use, turning towels into swans! (Or were they dogs? Or cats?) They are both adorable, the chalet is fab, the food is fantastic, the chalet was spotless, and we all a wonderful week.

January 2019
Used Snowberry Streetside – great service, one of us had to change our boots and they were very helpful, they were also very happy to change skis during the week. Very convenient location. Chalet staff Nicola and Emily were outstanding even by YSE standards. Chalet was beautiful, and kept very clean by Nicola who couldn’t have helped more with drinks and looking after us. The duo worked really well together. Both girls were really attentive. Always get good service with YSE but this was exceptional. Chalet food was stunning. Absolutely fantastic. A1 service all week. Wheat free – the girls were brilliant. Favourite meals were beef, duck, hake, pork – all lovely! Restaurants – La Source very good, great options for wheat-free! Really nice selection of food and salad bar. Ambience in there is great.

January 2019
Emily and Nicola cared for us this year;
Emily was the chef, and Nicola’s role was clear.
Pour the wine, pour yet more wine, then offer more again;
If the bottle’s just part emptied, you can’t pour it down the drain!
The food with YSE is good, to say the very least,
And this year was outstanding, a real gourmet feast.
But most of all we liked our staff, always full of smiles,
And when requests were made of them they went the extra mile.
As for going skiing , we got out on four days.
The snow on piste was just like silk, it really did amaze;
But the light was often very flat and the air was rather cold.
It snowed a lot. To go up top you needed to be bold.
And so on two days out of six we stayed in, and read;
A chance to chill out, and relax, even doze in bed.
Next year in March we’ll come again, so please arrange more sun,
But even if that can’t be done, as always we’ll have fun.
Thanks to YSE, John YS, but especially Emily and Nicola for yet another great holiday in Val d’Isere.

January 2019
Chalet staff 10/10! They work so well together. Extremely accommodating. They couldn’t have been nicer. Chalet food was really excellent, especially the beef on the last night. Restaurants – we’ve been a few times to Baraque – all good there.

January 2019
Chalet staff Nicola and Emily were both outstanding. Emily was spectacular all round. Very calm and a really nice presence in the chalet. Food was lovely. I would have preferred simpler/slightly less rich meals but was fabulous nonetheless. Kids had same food as adults and thought it was delicious. Restaurants – went to La Baraque, highly recommended, it was fabulous. Rooms very hot especially at night. (Only some of us thought that though.) Whole holiday extremely well organised. Transfers so smooth. This is why we came again. John Yates-Smith puts an enormous amount of effort into it which makes a nice personal touch. Precision ski hire – really good. Great service and equipment. One lesson with Mountain Masters very enjoyable. Olivier great fun and highly recommended.

December 2018
Hired skis from Precision – they were fine. We wouldn’t know about their levels and what the difference is as all the kit was on a par. Perdrix is quite noisy, but the location is brilliant. Chalet staff Nicola and Emily are excellent. Extremely accommodating and they couldn’t have been nicer. They work really well as a team and we were extremely impressed by how professional they both are. Emily did an amazing job cooking and helpful with various dietary requirements. There’s almost too much food at times but this was altered on a nightly basis. Pork belly was a particular favourite. Not so sure about the fish. For the night off a big group went to Chez Paulo.

December 2018
We had a wonderful week, touring off-piste with Jean-Marc from Alpine Experience, using equipment from Jean Sports. The girls are both utterly wonderful. Our best yet from numerous YSE holidays. Emily’s food was all absolutely fantastic – best YSE cook yet! It was all delicious. Loved the hake and the passionfruit bavarois. Nicola is lovely. She couldn’t be nicer. She cleans with the thoroughness of the chemical engineer she is. Super girl! We ate most days at the lovely Les Crozets, and really enjoyed our dinner at the Etable d’Alain.

December 2018
Snowberry slightly unfriendly telling us to bring our kit back ourselves as we were only staying around the corner. We had Hannah at TDC who is a really good instructor especially for beginners. Chalet staff – both Emily asa Nicola absolutely great and work so well together. Chalet food incredible especially for the first week. Favorites were beef fillet and pork belly. We turned off all the heating and from then on the temperature was perfect in the chalet. Restaurants – Corniche, friendly, traditional alpine food, would recommend. What a great week!!

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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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Chalet staff Anna and Ellie were perfect, brilliant, really, really nice, 5-stars from us. Great with the children, and nothing was too much trouble. The chalet was always tidy when we came home. Chalet food was excellent, lovely vegetarian food too. Nice balance, not too rich. All amazing. Duck and beef cheek were lovely. Stuffed mushrooms and onion rings were also lovely. Whole experience with YSE has been great! Amazing holiday, amazing week and the girls made it for us. The chalet is in a great location and worked really well for us. Rental equipment from Ski Republic who came to the chalet. Really good service – I believe they are based in Bourg! Ski school with ESF – greeting could be better as it felt a little cold, especially as it was the children’s first day with them, otherwise they had a great instructor.

April 2019
Oxygène don’t make it clear that ski hire as part of their package ONLY covers 5 days. Fortunately they didn’t charge us. They bit off more than they could chew as they ran out of helmets and poles. Are Oxygène giving YSE guests a harsher deal due to Sunday transfers and the need to get kit back in time for other guests arriving Saturday? Oxygène instruction was brilliant with the kids. They went above and beyond with our youngest who was struggling so they put together a new group. Both chalet girls were so great and an asset to YSE and our holiday. Ellie was super lovely and helpful. Jo’s food was spectacular, incredible! The children loved it! Restaurants – Refuge de Solaise, more stellar reviews for this one! Little Chicks babysitters are great. Easy pre-booking etc.

April 2019
Snowberry (streetside) – wonderful as ever. They’ve listened to our thoughts and acted upon them. We used ESF Guide Cedric for first 3 mornings and it was exceptional. Had some great teaching points and we will use him again. Chalet staff Anna and Anna were amazing! Anna the chalet assistant was good, always friendly and efficient. Anna the chef was fabulous, her knowledge of ACLs was far more than we expected! She is an extremely good cook – we’ve had similar dishes but hers was another level. Lemon tart, pork tacos, miniature Yorkshire puddings: you name it we loved it! Beef cheek – extraordinary! Soups also. Restaurants – La Casserole, Grand Cocor, Les Tufs, we know them all and think they are all great. Misc I called John after I injured my ACL and he organised a lift for me; Patrick was so so helpful and great at sorting me and the rest of my family out. He made sure all the skis were sorted before leaving and is a great person to have around. Glad to see some local wines as the house wines, also liked the sparkling wine. Would be nice to see some local reds next year please!

March 2019
Everything was great. The girls are excellent – really helpful and thoughtful. They recommended our getting to the highly impressive Snowberry shop before the rush, and they looked after us beautifully all week. Anna’s food is very, very good. She is an excellent chef. We ate lots of things we wouldn’t normally have chosen in a restaurant, and loved them all. It was positively educational, and we’re really impressed. What a great cook! Ellie is delightful and hard-working, and keeps the chalet spotless. We had good lessons from Steve and Rich of tdc. We enjoyed dinner at La Baraque.

March 2019
Ski Republic (Rond Point) service wasn’t great, skis were okay though. Chalet staff Anna and Ellie were amazing – spot on, exceptional, fantastic, they made the holiday! Lovely with the children. Chalet food just incredible, excellent, superb. We enjoyed everything. Beef cheek, hake and fillet were top notch. The girls were exceptional – organised and nice to be around. Beautiful chalet too. The booking staff in Sherborne were very helpful – I asked lots of questions and they were great at giving all the info I needed.

March 2019
We’ve had a superb week. Anna’s food is really good, absolutely delicious. She is an excellent chef, and so adaptable. Her GF cakes were incredible, and she looked after our baby so well. We remember the beef brisket and hake, but it was all marvellous. Ellie keeps the chalet spotless, lovely and clean. They are both fabulous girls, absolutely lovely. We were very happy with our equipment hire from Mattis. We had good meals at the Lodge, Garage, Fondue Factory and Fruitière, but didn’t like the Baraque.

March 2019
Anna and Ellie were both amazing. Anna’s cooking was seriously out of this world. The food presentation was exceptional, the favourite meals were beef cheek and the fillet steak and the lovely canapés every night. Snowberry ski hire fine and guiding day with Wayne from Alpine Experience was very good. The problems with both the lift and the hot water system were a nuisance however the extra alcohol provided went a long way to keeping everyone happy!! Restaurants – Victors and the Refuge de Solaise were good.

February 2019
Snowberry (streetside) – easy, efficient good service. Lessons with Liam from TDC. For a couple of mornings each week, very good and we get on well with him. Two beginners were with Remy from Oxygene – zero to skiing reds by the end of the week – really enjoyed the lessons. Chalet staff AMAZING!! They were incredible, really friendly, went out of their way to help us. Hosting was just amazing! They made the holiday for us!! Top class, thanks! Chalet food so nice, rich but so goood!! Beef fillet, duck, hake – everything. Brownies and cakes were amazing. We ate out at La Source – so nice, really looked after us, the girls had said that they had heard the service could be slow but they really looked after us, gave us a birthday cake etc so we were happy! (though not quite YSE standard). Le Signal was great for lunch and really good food too. Refuge du Solaise is okay but expensive. Bar VX, Cocos, Hibou, Fall lLine all good bars!

February 2019
Loved the chalet though it was a bit hot, there’s a lamp we kept banging our heads on, and the towel rails need more explanation. Both girls were lovely, very accommodating, helpful and sparkling. The food was excellent, if a bit rich, and there is a lot of meat. Anna is a very good cook, and last night’s fillet was done to perfection. Snowberry were very good, changing our equipment when required with no problem. Richard Harrison is an excellent instructor.

February 2019
Everything was gorgeous. It was the ideal vacation. Probably better than we could have imagined. Chalet staff were very discreet – there when we needed them but also gave us our space. Really perfect girls, they did an exceptional job. Food was exceptional. And maybe a bit too much at times. It really was extremely good. Exceeded our expectations. Restaurants – La Vielle Maison, very cute and atmospheric. Can YSE do something like this in Vale or Aspen? You’d do very well. We’ll keep our eyes open. The photos don’t do the chalet appmt justice! All I can say is you overfed me and forced me to drink too much wine! Snowberry ski hire – had to change pairs of skis a few times. They were great and flexible. Used Alpine Experience (Jerome) – excellent, would recommend.

February 2019
It’s a lovely chalet, and we’ve had a quite exceptional week. The girls get 10/10. They are brilliant, excellent, absolutely superb, faultless, lovely young ladies. Anna’s food is just amazing, ridiculously good. All of it. Everything she served. The duck, the pork tacos canapés, the risotto, beef, carrot soup – everything was gorgeous. Ellie is quiet, discreet and incredibly efficient. She seemed to know what we needed before we’d even realised it ourselves. The girls work brilliantly together, and were lovely with our two-year old. We really enjoyed our evening in the Baraque. We hired from Mattis, who are excellent for skis if a bit random with boots. There’s a very good Precision shop on the other side of the main road. We had brilliant lessons from Oxygène with Roberto, Andrea and Yuri (?). A bath mat would be good for people who decide to use the bath as a shower…

January 2019
Snowberry – very helpful with selecting wider off-piste ski. Very good service, adjusted my boots for me and made them more comfy, quality of skis and boots very high. Oxygene – Antonio (group lesson) – excellent lesson, haven’t skied for 5 years and he got me back up to scratch. Phoebe and Sophie in the chalet were super helpful, chalet was always clean, food was great – couldn’t fault anything. As good as always – we will be back. All the food was great, nice bit of variety, would maybe be nice to have some extra bits of food on the table so more can be had if desired – only a minor point to an otherwise great week! Faultless – we asked for more bread after the first day or so and it was sorted out which was great. Presentation great all week. We loved the scrambled eggs, soups, mushroom risotto, deserts you name it, it was fantastic. 1789 restaurant had really good food, slight issue with a chewy steak but they sorted it all out. Fondue Factory – very good, nice blue steak and the fondue was also really nice. Would be pretty good if there was some kind of mobile massage that could come round to sort aches and pains – we already knew about Bonne Sante but would like a home visit! More soft drinks would be nice, fruit cordial would be a nice touch.

January 2019
Ski shops – Precision were great. Chalet staff brilliant and looked after us so well. Couldn’t fault them. Chalet food was all so good. Duck was a favorite and the falafel starter. Could have done with a couple more potatoes but that’s just me. Wine was lovely. Malbec was the preferred choice.
All the food was good, cake and canapés were lovely. Every single part of the YSE holidays has been thought about and streamlined by John and Annabel. It’s very admirable. Beautiful chalet in a great location. Couldn’t fault the holiday, it was lovely.

January 2019
We are so disappointed that we now have to go home!! The girls were great – they laughed at our jokes and made our week. They are amazing. Thank you! 11/10 Annoyed we have to go back to home cooking after sampling Anna’s food! Much better than the restaurant food we had on the night out! Everything was amazing, Moroccan soup, lemon drizzle, passion fruit bavarois. We ate out at La Vieille Maison, great atmosphere, nice service, eaten there before but not as good as Anna’s food! Deserts were great, one is a sample of all of them which is great! Room 4 can get quite hot, plus the fan is loud and the a/c unit isn’t that effective!! Snowberry, really good service, quite expensive but they were happy to change my skis daily to the conditions. Most comfortable boots I’ve ever hired. Intersport – hired test ski on two days, two different pairs, and one pair were brand new! Evolution2, French instructor, got me out on the slopes. Also Tansy from Mountain Masters – really nice and positive – good lessons!

January 2019
Everything worked really well. The chalet is so well designed and the drying cupboards are amazing! A few rooms too hot on arrival but changed thermostat so was fine. Took a few days to work this out. You had to remember to turn off heated towel rails in the bathrooms! Chalet staff – both were brilliant. Ellie really nice and both were great to talk to. Anna’s food amazing. The duck was great. Hard to pick any individual dishes. Chocolate cake another favourite. Restaurants – L’Arbre de Vie was excellent. We went for a late sitting as we didn’t book and managed to miss the rush. Fairly reasonably priced for what it was. We were planning to go to Le Garage but the menu was limited. Snowberry were fantastic. Swapped skis three times and they were really good with giving advice etc.

December 2018
Snowberry – not impressed. Poor service. Two pairs of skis were stolen from Coco’s – we had to pay €200 for the excess. Skis were pushed onto us that weren’t right. Kit was OK but we’d go somewhere more premium next time. Ski Republic were helpful when the skis from there were stolen. Rémi was our guide for the week, he is an independent. High praise. Chalet staff had problems with illness during the week. Thankfully Anna recovered and came back and was excellent. We are quite demanding cooking-wise with dietary requirements which she handled excellently. Very happy with food aspect of things compared with other companies we’ve been with. We went through three or four chalet assistants due to illness. No major problems as they were all good but just inconsistent and also difficult for them to come into a chalet they don’t know. Chalet food all really good. We don’t eat fish so we had chilli on fish night and an Indian veggie option and both were great. For the night off, 30 of us went to Chez Paolo which we booked quite far in advance.

December 2018
Both girls were lovely, interesting and great company. Anna’s food is amazing. Her Christmas dinner blew us away. We loved the hake and fillet beef, but it was all perfect. Ellie keeps the chalet brilliantly. We hired from Snowberry and were most impressed. We used a private instructor called Valentina, who is excellent. We got a table right by the huge windows of the new Refuge du Solaise. Excellent food, reasonable prices, stunning views!

December 2018
We collected skis and took them back to Snowberry Streetside ourselves as we were round the corner. Good kit though and very comfy boots. Ski schools/instructors – as usual we used Jerome from Top Ski who is brilliant. Chalet staff Anna and El fantastic. Chalet food all absolutely delicious, Anna did a really great job. Pork tacos were a particular favourite. The room without a window is very hot – we turned all the heating off straight away. The place tends to be quite noisy which isn’t a huge problem for us and is expected as the chalet is so central. Overall an amazing week

WINTER 2017-18

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.

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Hospitality was so nice. Whatever we asked for the girls would act on straight away. They were really good with the children. Very flexible when we did or didn’t want an earlier dinner for them. They were also very accommodating with changing the menu to be more child-friendly. Showers in the twin rooms aren’t really showers. You need to use as a bath or the water goes everywhere. Restaurants – Le Lodge very nice. Good recommendation. Ski Shop – Snowberry excellent.

April 2019
Everything was superb. Erika is a very good cook. Everything she served was delicious, and we particularly loved her slow-cooked pork belly and beef cheek. She did us a lovely birthday cake. Rosie is lovely and looks after the chalet beautifully. Both girls were wonderful with our little boy. They interacted so well with all of us, and sang along with him to Disney songs. We had lessons from the excellent Lucas of Oxygène. Pistes is quite a small chalet to have two staff, but it does give them time to do the job incredibly well. We think the dishwasher was flooding slightly, but presume this has been dealt with.

April 2019
This was our seventh holiday in des Pistes. We love it! Erika is a fantastic cook and unbelievably efficient. Erika’s cooking is very, very good. As good as we’ve ever had – equal to Kat’s a few years back. Her hake, duck and fillet beef were quite delicious. Rosie is absolutely lovely. She keeps the chalet impeccable. This is the first time we’ve had two full-time members of staff, and we did wonder whether two girls for five guests in quite a compact chalet wasn’t actually over-egging the omelette slightly. It certainly changes the dynamic. One can’t interact with the chalet girl as well as when there’s just her and us. Mind you, if having full-time help is what allowed Erika to produce such wonderful food, we can live with it! We hired from Snowberry, who are excellent. We had an excellent dinner at La Corniche.

March 2019
We had an absolutely brilliant week. Erika and Rosie are lovely girls and deserve a huge payrise. Erika’s food is wonderful and beautifully presented. She is a fantastic cook. The pork, soup, fillet beef – everything in fact without exception. We want to buy the recipes! Rosie keeps the chalet spotless. She’s a star. We are very pleased. We hired from Precision, who are very good. We had an excellent dinner at the Lodge. It’s very good value. And good lunches at Les Tufs.

March 2019
Everything was spot-on. Erika’s cooking was fabulous, Rosie kept the chalet impeccable, and both girls were lovely, gorgeous and doing a great job. They took any request into account, and we could not have been happier.

March 2019
Snowberry slopeside, not cheap but worth the extra. Equipment was great and they are know their stuff. Chalet staff Erika and Rosie were great, lovely company. Erika had great conversation, recommendations and always thought ahead before we had to ask about anything. One of the best chalet staff we have had in the many years of being with YSE! Chalet food was very very good, from the soups that were exceptional, beef cheek, pork tacos, brownies, pork belly we literally loved all the dishes. Restaurants – Vielle Maison, fondue and hot meat stove, very traditional, service was great. L’Armailly in Tignes les Brevières, Erika’s recommendation and it was great!

February 2019
It’s a lovely chalet. Erika is a wonderful, excellent, very good, unbelievable cook. Everything was delicious. The hake, the beef, the chilli and coconut soup. We have taken so many recipes home with us! Snowberry were superb as ever. We had a great meal at 1789.

February 2019
Skis from Jean Sport, great equipment and service. Good knowledge of touring skis. 4 days off piste guide with Jean Marc Peak (known from previous holidays), not a huge amount of off piste but he still showed us some very cool spots! Chalet staff Erika and Rosie were lovely. Kept clean and tidy, and the chalet food was all delicious. We enjoyed going to Pignatta, a great pizza restaurant in Tignes. Les Crozets (Fornet gondola) – very good food. Great week – thanks YSE!

February 2019
A really fantastic first chalet experience. YSE will be highly recommended by us now. Not sure the chalet is really ski-in-ski-out especially on day swhen the snow hasn’t been cleared. But a really superb holiday. Rosie and Erika in the chalet both absolutely brilliant. Like batman and robin. Such a good combination. The chalet was immaculate and the food was 5*. First class. 6 out of 5. Incredible. GREAT soup. Restaurants – Le Lodge, really nice. It was recommended to us. Nice lively atmosphere.

February 2019
Erika is marvellous, fabulous, absolutely fantastic, if a bit overstretched once she lost Rosie! She’s a lovely girl and does a great job. Does she keep the chalet spick and span? Gosh yes, it was absolutely spotless. Her food was all absolutely delicious. The duck, last night’s whole dinner – well, frankly, it was all brilliant. We loved the Vieille Maison, and enjoyed the Thursday evening Festilight. Eskiador are very good for skis but rubbish for snowboards.

January 2019
Snowberry – really good and efficient, skis and boots were great. ESF – 4 had a private lesson with Laurent, really good lesson, felt like we got some good feedback and tips to improve. Chalet staff Rosie and Iona were great, really nice girls, chalet was always clean and tidy! Chalet food amazing, couldn’t fault it, always so happy to wake up to, and come back to Iona’s food! Quite rich, especially when having 3 courses, and the service was sometimes a little quick between starters, mains and dessert, when eating such nice rich food – but it really was great. Duck, beef, chocolate brownies, lemon cake – all amazing. Restaurants – La Baraque had really good food, good sized portions, nice change to normal restaurant food.

January 2019
Ski Shops – Skiset in La Daille, really good equipment, staff were great, very friendly and helpful. We had a private lesson with Enrico from Oxygene, classic cool Italian who knew his stuff. We had him for the morning and that was enough time for him to give us loads to work on re technique. ESF boarding level 2 with Marie really good, numbers reduced as the week went on, I’d done some boarding before, definitely progressed throughput the week but it was a little bit of the classic go down and watch and then carry on skiing with no feedback. ESF level 2 skiing with Bertrand, really good lessons, gave some really useful pointers that allowed me to progress. Chalet staff – really nice girls, great week, Rosie kept the chalet tidy all week while Erika was amazing with her cooking. Really good food: beef fillet, pork belly, duck, Yorkshire pudding starters – all great! Cakes were really good – lemon drizzle and sticky toffee pudding were big hits. Restaurants – La Casserole – really impressed, very good food, beef fondue and raclette were lovely. The Refuge de Solaise and Les Tufs were really nice spots for lunch.

January 2019
Erika and Rosie both very sweet and hardworking. Chalet was always perfectly clean. Was too warm and we wanted the fire on so turned the heating down. No idea how Erika prepared such good meals in that tiny kitchen. Restaurants – Fromagerie, slight cheese overload but great! Snowberry – all good. Instruction with Mountain Masters who were good.

January 2019
Erika is a lovely girl and a great cook. She was really flexible and adaptable, and her food was gorgeous and beautifully presented. Saturday night’s beef, the beef cheek and the hake were particularly memorable. Rosie was great and makes a brilliant team with Erika. We thought that Snowberry were excellent. We loved the Trifollet and Signal, were rather disappointed by our old favourite the Corniche, and didn’t think much at all of the Sun Bar.

December 2018
Snowberry (streetside) – very happy with the service, skis were good quality. Chalet staff – Erika was great. Chalet was always clean and tidy. Great food all week!! Favourites: the duck was very popular, beef was also very nice! Ate out at La Mora (main street), really good food.

December 2018
Chalet staff – Erika is literally amazing. Erika and Amanda were lovely and helpful. Food was stunning, everyone was catered for perfectly. Restaurants: Les Tufs – been there often and always very good

December 2018
Such a good week! Erika is lovely, and it was like eating in a top restaurant every evening! Her food is brilliant. She is very talented. We loved the soup (carrot, coconut and coriander), duck, beef and hake; the sticky toffee pudding, brownies, lemon drizzle cake (which we requested a second time) and crème brûlée. But it was all delicious. She keeps the chalet spotless. Snowberry are very good. We had a great dinner at the Fondue Factory, though portions are so enormous we should have shared our salads. The Marmottes is also very good.

WINTER 2017-18

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.

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Chalet staff Edie and Kate were lovely, superb, really good, very helpful. Chalet food was super. Amazing! Edie did some great vegetarian dishes and we were super impressed. Lactose-free meals were really good. Cakes were great – carrot cake was lovely, brownies. Beef fillet, pork, duck. Had a really good week! Online the chalet is marketed as ski in ski out and you would have to be a really good skier for that to be achievable, should be described as possible ski in ski out. Piste L is quite a tricky ski down for people who haven’t skied before so it would be good to know that before booking. Ski Shops – Precision, really good, happy with the equipment.

April 2019
Snowberry are great! Other ski shops should really follow their model. Edie and Kate blend seamlessly into the holiday. They’ve gauged just the right balance between being there and not being intrusive. A real asset to YSE! Really stunning food from Edie. All the food was amazing.

April 2019
Everything was incredible, unreal. Edie and Katie are so lovely, Edie’s food is mind-blowing. It is so good. She even stayed on until 1.00pm one day practising a new pudding! We were a really difficult mix: a 10-year old, a group of nightmare 20-somethings getting up late, and a range of older adults. Edie and Katie handled it all beautifully, and created such a nice atmosphere. Katie keeps the chalet SO clean, and she is just lovely.

March 2019
Snowberry great as per usual. Yvan from EV2 was great. He took us back to basics to start with but it ended up being very useful. Mountain Masters were excellent, giving us a choice of instructor. We chose Christian, very sympathetic for nervous skiers – they’re very attentive to your needs and requirements. Chalet staff – the service was very responsive and as expected. Very professional, always dressed up for evening meals. Chalet food was brilliant and Edie was lovely. We asked for some fresh berries that Edie got for us no problem. We didn’t pay for them but previously we’ve been asked to cover this? Edie made a phenomenal cake and display on the day of our silver wedding anniversary, she also made salmon canapés to commemorate our proposal on a fishing trip, which was a lovely touch. Restaurants – Refuge de Solaise was the perfect venue to celebrate our wedding anniversary! Lovely spacious rooms. Electrical sockets ought to have USB plugs in them – maybe a good idea to have on the floor plan on the website or in the description? Room 3’s bathroom is tiny so we used the shower in the sauna room all week which was ok as we were with a friendly group but not great for privacy! During dinner YSE provide alcoholic drinks but not non-alcoholic drinks – encourages lots of drinking! Maybe some sparkling water would be nice.

March 2019
Snowberry – very easy. You certainly pay for the convenience. Amazing chalet girls – simply the best!! Kate knew everyone’s name by the first night, really top notch. Food was really, really good. Would have liked some bigger coffee cups, not such small ones. Being in France you’d have thought there would be croissants. But there weren’t. (NB Guests can ask for croissants – YSE). We had to pay for mushrooms in the morning… why? They should be included. Restaurants, 1789 – not great. Food took ages to come, and when it did some dishes were OK but those who had sirloin steak said it was nothing like what we’d expected. Poor quality meat. Disappointing compared to the excellent lunches up the mountain and fantastic food in the chalet in the evenings. With hindsight we would have chosen a different day off so the restaurants weren’t so busy. But the girls did offer this to us so I guess it’s our fault. We love the Lyon transfer – completely stress free. Our friends went via Chambéry and had a nightmare so we can see why you chose Lyon! The cost price wine list is a real bonus. LP at 20€ a bottle is excellent! House wine was also fine – Côte du Rhône particularly good. Might have normally expected a few more toiletries, they would be nice but not a deal breaker. Mattresses a bit tired. Other than that the chalet was perfectly nice. Could we get a sky subscription? The doors for the ski and boot cupboard still scrape on the floor after 4 years! Any chance of an illuminated shaving mirror in the squirrel room? Nice room, though!

March 2019
Snowberry skis and boots very efficient, happy to swap equipment which was nice. Fondue Factory was great and we loved La Source. Our favourite restaurant is the Bellevarde. Yule serves great drinks. And the Cascade restaurant is great value. Our chalet staff Edie and Kate were amazing. Kate’s service was amazing and Edie’s cooking was great. The chalet is gorgeous, really spacious. Mushrooms or baked beans would be nice for breakfast to bulk it up a bit. Room with sauna should be either a proper spa room or a proper games room. Nicest chalet we’ve stayed in and nicest food we’ve had in a chalet. Would like a hot tub for the price though. Rooms were a bit too hot.

March 2019
Amazing stay, we loved Edie and Kate. Snowberry discount good, with great skis and boots. Off piste ski guide from Top Ski really good. Fondue Factory delicious. Bellevarde restaurant very good too. The Yule do a great gin and tonic. In one of the bedrooms would like a shower hook instead of having to hold it above your head. But the chalet was lovely. The wine was very generous. Food was amazing and Kate’s cleaning was great. Really good baby food and girls were really helpful. Perfect holiday, had the best time, Eddie is a very very good cook.

February 2019
The Matis intersport on snow square couldn’t have been better. Excellent equipment and very speedy efficient service. Chalet staff Edie and Kate were absolutely TOP. Kate kept the place perfectly clean and tidy. They were happy to get any extras we required without hesitation. The food was excellent. Empty plates every night. Breakfasts were particularly good. Lovely relaxing atmosphere during all mealtimes. For the night off we went to Grand Cocor. It isn’t in your book of recommendations but it’s a really good option. €40 a head is very affordable and the place has a lovely atmosphere. Impossible to fault the holiday in any way. A really nice, relaxing week.

February 2019
Children enjoyed their lessons with ESF. Nice booklet at the end of the week with progress and qualification summary. 6-8 people in each class. Chalet staff Kate and Edie were friendly and really great. Edie did a really great job cooking. Good variety. Homemade marmalade very nice. Very very good food, though quite rich. Pancakes would be nice for the children at breakfast. More shampoo please, and perhaps more towels per person. Restaurants – Taverne d’Alsace, good and family friendly. Food was ok and service was brilliant.

February 2019
Intersport – equipment was very good, staff very nice. Chalet staff Kate and Edie were fantastic. Chalet food was very good food all week! Pork with crunchy salad was a winner. Great location of chalet. Skiing was great.

February 2019
Chalet staff fantastic, the girls were great! Very attentive and great as always! Chalet food excellent, consistently good (here for 2 weeks) and thought all meals were great. So many favourites: duck, beef cheek, beef fillet – all fantastic. Restaurants – Taverne d’Alsace – lovely as always! Victors – service was slow and food wasn’t that good, Thai curry wasn’t seasoned that well, etc.

February 2019
Precision – very good, nice equipment, skis were good and they even helped fix my own boots. Impressed by the service. Chalet staff, brilliant – wonderful and friendly, good attention to detail. Food was great, really nice. Favourites: duck, pork, beef cheek, and the marmalade is great. Restaurants – Avancher, very good, generous portions, very nice salad and good atmosphere.

February 2019
The standard of the holiday is exactly what I want, nothing extra that feels unnecessary. Everything down to the coaches is thought through. Chalet staff were marvellous, couldn’t have been nicer and we felt very well looked-after. Very very good food. We liked everything on the menu, food was great all week. Brownies were so good!! Restaurants – Taverne d’Alsace – been there a few times, it’s very nice. Snowberry Slopeside – service is great but seems to get more expensive each year. Went to Surefoot to sort out my old boots – had memory foam insole etc and don’t really think they are worth the extra money to be honest.

February 2019
Fabulous holiday. Chalet girls were wonderful and just as good as ever. Food absolutely delicious, loved all of it, and it was the highlight of the holiday. Perfect week with perfect snow. Loved Pierre which is our favourite chalet. Edie and Kate were absolutely excellent and seemed to work very well together as a team. Very impressed with how good the staff are. Absolutely delicious food. Snowberry was great for skis and even better for boots. Oxygene was great and had good French instructors who spoke good English. Loved La Peau de Vache especially eating outside. Liked La Corniche but not quite as much. Really good holiday. Really helpful and lovely chalet girls. Would have liked an overhead shower in room but only complaint.

January 2019
Everything was just perfect. It’s a gorgeous chalet. Both girls are absolutely brilliant – attentive, charming, calm and relaxed, they create a lovely atmosphere, the perfect ambience. Kate looks after the chalet and its guests perfectly. Edie’s food is quite brilliant, delicious, superb, and stunningly presented. There’s no fuss, no mess – just wonderful cooking! We particularly remember the lemon posset with thyme, the beef fillet, the duck, hake, raspberry parfait, basil and lyme panna cotta, but everything was fabulous. We loved the Cinq Frères, which is much better than we anticipated from the YSE restaurant guide. They do hearty casserole-type food, but it’s quite sophisticated and not expensive (36€ for the menu of the day). Some of us loved eating at Flash Pizza! The sauna is great, but needs a timer.

January 2019
What a fabulous week we’ve had! Our best week ever with the best snow and the best weather. We’re coming back in March. The girls are absolutely wonderful. Edie’s food is incredible. We’ve had Scottie in the past and didn’t think anyone else would ever compare, but her cooking and presentation are right up there with his! The fillet beef was just perfect, the duck was gorgeous, we loved the beef cheek, the sticky toffee pudding was out of this world, there was a delicious squash and goat’s cheese starter, and all of the canapés were amazing. Ellie was wonderful. My goodness, she rolled up my phone charger! She’s marvellous. She keeps that huge chalet spotless. She is the perfect host, and also has a wicked sense of humour! The lights seem to have faded into a romantic twilight in the lift, and the parquet is beginning to lift in certain bedrooms. We had our best skis ever from Snowberry, and an excellent lesson from Steve Angus of tdc.

January 2019
Very happy! Edie is a top, top chef. She is very talented, always adding delicious little extras. Her presentation is fabulous and she is totally unflappable. We love her pork belly, Moroccan tomato soup, duck, beef, cakes – absolutely everything. Kate was the perfect host, making us feel so welcome and comfortable. She keeps the place spotless. They’re a wonderful team, and work together so well, seeming to know all the time exactly what the other wants. Jo dislocated her shoulder on the first day and tore her ligaments, but the girls were so wonderful she still had a great holiday. Snowberry are very good, but not cheap. Precision gave us 55% off, and the boots were brand new.

January 2019
Great location. Chalet staff Kate and Edie absolutely lovely and looked after us very well. Very helpful and proactive. Edie and Kate are outstanding and complement each other really well. Food was first rate and delicious – only thing (personal preference) is a bit more sauce would be lovely as I’m not a fan of overly dry food. Favorites: duck and fillet steak! Very good and on a par with previous visits. Good variety. Maybe a bit too fussy for what I’m used to as this was beyond my expectations. Some of the food could have been a bit hotter but it was very very good. Restaurants – we just got pizza on the night off. Went to Cascade and Marmottes for lunches as per usual – good recommendations! Le Lodge for lunch do very good salads – nice for the person who was injured. Half a day with ESF – very good value.

December 2018
We’ve had a wonderful week! The girls are wonderful. Ed’s food was just amazing. It was better than Adrian’s last year! Everything was fabulous, especially the duck. Kate is a very, very good. She keeps the chalet spotless, and is absolutely lovely. They are both exceptionally good. We hired from Snowberry, who are amazing. Several of our pairs of skis and boots were actually brand-new, still unused. The lighting seems not to be working fully in the lift, but it didn’t detract from the most perfect holiday.

December 2018
Mattis – hired there for years, happy with the quality. Marc Peases and Valerie from Evo2 were great, used them for years! Marc and his wife are excellent instructors. Very technical teacher and very helpful! Jenny’s food is excellent, what she did was superb! Kate is chatty and friendly, very accommodating and great at charades! Great week – super happy. Chalet was super clean, cleaner than we have had in previous years, nothing too much trouble. The pork belly and brownies – best we’ve ever had!! Jenny was great at adding the extra elements, vegetables were always a combination rather than just one variety. Jenny coped well with the “fussiest chalet in Val d’Isère!!” Gluten-free carrot cake was such a nice treat for someone who can’t normally eat cakes! Restaurants – Grande Cocor – tasty food, evening menu is limited compared to lunch. Great for families as there is something for everyone.

December 2018
We hired ski kit from Precision who were great. Chalet staff Edie and Kate are so great and work really well together. They’re not just good at their jobs but they’re such nice people. Kate took it upon herself to do lots of small things which were a nice touch like going out in the evening to collect logs. Chalet food very very good. Loved the variation, combinations and creativity. First evening portions were a bit on the small side so after we mentioned it to the girls the portions got much better. The tuna starter on the first night was a real winner but it was all great. The gym isn’t a proper gym but the sauna is good.

December 2018
What a great holiday! Edie and Kate are such lovely girls and made the chalet feel really welcoming. It was spotless. Edie’s food was wonderful. It was all to die for! Pulled pork canapés, beef cheek, fish with chorizo were particularly memorable. It was nice that the sauna was finally working when we wanted it this year! We pre-booked skis from the Precision Iseran Shop, and had brand new equipment at very reasonable prices. Bought something from Planks. When we said we were with YSE they offered us 10% off, then raised it to 15%!

WINTER 2017-18

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.

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Chalet staff Phoebe and Sophie were fantastic – out of the 12 years we’ve been coming with YSE Phoebe is the best chef. We mentioned the bed was a little hard and the girls sorted it ASAP!! Phoebe’s food was delicious. Fillet steak, mushroom risotto, white onion soup, all cakes – all great! Only suggestion the chefs could ask which cakes we would like throughout the week as sometimes we felt like we were wasting some good food because we couldn’t manage it. Lyon Airport makes a great change, much quicker than Grenoble. Precision – we usually hire with Snowberry but due to their prices we changed and we were very happy with the quality of skis (didn’t hire boots).

April 2019
Snowberry not that great. They were good at changing skis if necessary but the quality wasn’t good. We’ve had much better. Guide from Oxygène (Jean-Pierre) was very good. Chalet staff Sophie, Phoebe, Nicola and Emily were all great. Food was delicious. Both cooks adapted very easily to our fussiness. Very impressive stuff. Restaurants – wouldn’t go to Atelier d’Edmond again. Too fussy. Swap amuse bouches for fondues! Trifollet is our favourite up the mountain as well as Trois Capucines (definitely a gem YSE should recommend!).

April 2019
We used Precision for ski hire. Used Snowberry last year and Snowberry are way more efficient. It took a while to sort us out with equipment and our instructors questioned the length of our skis. Probably wouldn’t go there again. Lessons with Fred from Mountain Masters, really nice and learnt a lot both skiing and boarding. Chalet staff Phoebe and Sophie were great all week. Sophie managed to sort out the fire each evening which was great. Chalet food was delicious, fantastic! It would be nice to have some lighter dishes throughout the week but Phoebe’s food was really delicious. We loved the omelettes and pancakes for breakfast. Also the duck and the steak. And the pear pudding was lovely. Canapés were just superb. Restaurants – Trifollet, Edelweiss and L’Ouillette are all great for lunch. Arctic Cafe was also great for smoothies etc.

March 2019
Our holiday was as good as you can get. Izzy and Sophie are just lovely. The chalet is perfect. Izzy’s food is amazing – her Thai curry, pork belly, fish, beef fillet and her absolutely delicious soups! Everything was FAB! The alternative diet for the pescatarian was brilliant. Sophie is so lovely, and keeps the chalet spotless. We are very happy and satisfied. We loved the Edelweiss, Etincelle and Cocorico. We hire from Skimium, who are very good.

March 2019
Snowberry Streetside – very good service, took lots of measurements and were very helpful. We came back to change boots and skis and they were very happy to help. One-to-one lessons with TDC. Rich and Steve, both very good, got us to do more advanced things than we thought we were capable of! Chalet staff Phoebe and Sophie were lovely, welcoming, friendly and did everything they could to make a great week for us. Excellent food all week. Overall our week has been 10/10. Chalet apartment was outstanding, bathrooms are great and we were very comfortable. Restaurants – Peau de Vache, Bar l’Ouillette – both very nice food and atmosphere.

March 2019
The girls are absolutely brilliant! Phoebe is the most amazing cook. She is excellent, absolutely excellent. Every single meal was delicious. We loved them all. No favourites. Well, possibly the duck and fillet beef, but it was all wonderful. Sophie is lovely. Spot-on. Super. She keeps the chalet spotless. We twice had other YSE staff – a delivery driver and a chalet girl – barge in without ringing the bell. We were watching TV on a bad weather day, so please could outsiders ring (noted – YSE). The lights over the table have unmatched bulbs, one of which is too bright. Snowberry were very good. We had an excellent lesson with Marco of New Gen. We had a poor meal at La Corniche.

February 2019
Precision – good quality of skis and level of service. Their prices were higher than online so they matched the online price. Oxygene (Luca) morning lessons 9-12, really enjoyed it. Chalet staff Phoebe and Sophie – lovely. Hospitality was excellent, chalet was always clean and the girls did a great job. Food was fantastic, excellent, very good. Very good vegetarian options all week. We ate out at the Fondue Factory, very nice!

February 2019
A wonderful holiday. We felt utterly pampered by two lovely girls who worked very hard, cooked the most wonderful, beautiful, delicious food, handled having gluten-free AND dairy-free at the same time brilliantly, and kept the lovely chalet absolutely spotless. Phoebe and Sophie were charm personified all the time. Snowberry also good for ski hire.

February 2019
Snowberry – all really good. Used Streetside shop as we were next door. Mattis Sport – highly recommend. Chalet staff were absolutely brilliant. Chalet very clean and tidy all the time. Staff were friendly and conscientious. Chalet coffee was very weak. Restaurants – went to Fondue Factory, definitely recommend it.

February 2019
I just wanted to compliment you on a faultless holiday in Val d’Isère. From the prompt and well organised pick up from the airport at the start of the week to the prompt and well organised return to the airport at the end of the week, every aspect of our time spent with your company was beyond our expectations. Georgia kept the apartment spotless whilst Pheobe created the most wonderful meals, night after night. I will be recommending YSE to all my friends.

February 2019
The chalet is absolutely gorgeous. It exceeded our expectations and went far beyond. As did Phoebe’s cooking. She is a wonderful chef. We can’t tell you how good her food is. All of it. Everything. Every meal. She loves food and was happy chatting to us about it. Georgia is marvellous and looks after the chalet beautifully, but she was poorly for a few days, and Ashley and Alice stood in. They were all lovely, wonderful and hard-working. We liked l’Armailly and Chez Paolo, but were very disappointed by the Casa Scara. Poor food, poor service, and very high prices!

January 2019
Chalet staff all great, really lovely. First time with YSE and very impressed. Really attentive. Good company in the chalet. The girls are superb and work really well together. Chalet food was amazing and beautifully presented. Probably too much meat for me on the final night as we’d had a big lunch. Both colour wines excellent. Fish was a favourite in the week. Restaurants – we went to Baraque, excellent.

January 2019
Snowberry (Streetside) fairly good for ski hire but we didn’t think they were overly different to places we have used in the past. Chalet staff really friendly, very attentive and looked after us well all week. All the food was amazing, loved all of it! Beef last night was incredible and the pork belly. Restaurant – Chez Nano, good pasta, decent service and a nice evening.

January 2019
Chalet was very warm, doesn’t suit everyone but for us it was great, I’m usually cold! Couldn’t fault the girls, nothing was too much trouble, and we felt very well looked after! Chalet was clean and beautifully kept. We had a great week and felt like Sophie and Phoebe looked after all our needs. Chalet food – one vegetarian in our group said the food was amazing, very pleased! Cakes at afternoon tea were great, well presented and delicious. Also the mushroom dish on the last night. Ate out at Chez Nano – pizzas were good, not great, good value for money, good service. Rented skis for the last day at Intersport by Sherpa – really helpful, good quality of skis.

January 2019
Mattis on the snow square (just skis) friendly, helpful good English to help sort us out, happy to swap skis if you fancy it too. Chalet staff – not good, excellent!! Had a fantastic week, loved it. Sophie and Phoebe were professional, friendly, hardworking and funny and made our week. Sophie’s cleaning was to a very high standard – very impressive. Chalet food again excellent, considering it was Phoebe’s first year as a cook. Everything was cooked to perfection! The house wines were also lovely, Malbec was great and I even liked the whites which I don’t normally. Restaurant – Taverne d’Alsace, we only had a starter but it was good, probably not to everyone’s taste but good for us. Friendly and efficient staff.

January 2019
Chalet was great, loved it had a great week with Phoebe and Sophie who were great and really catered to our needs! Chalet food absolutely great especially hake and beef fillet. Just a note that we could hear everything that was being said in the living area very clearly – not a problem but could be for some people! We ate out at Chez Nano – great food, we had a lovely pizza and pasta there and keep returning after 20 odd years!

January 2019
Another brilliant week with YSE. Our chalet was very luxurious, the food once again was delicious and washed down with Minuty served by a great team which made made our stay so spoiling. No wonder we are returning for our 3rd YSE holiday in March. Thank you to everyone involved from the booking team in the UK, everyone behind the scenes and a big thank you to Phoebe and Sophie in Ptarmigan.

January 2019
Chalet staff Sophie and Phoebe absolutely fantastic. Food was fab.

December 2018
Ski hire through Oxygène – fantastic service. Couldn’t recommend them more highly. Good quality. YSE don’t push them enough on the bus. Independent instructor Yann for 5 days. Excellent and highly recommended. Chalet staff Sophie and Phoebe are excellent and looked after us extremely well. They are both unbelievably helpful and accommodating. The chalet was perfectly clean at all times.  All meals ran perfectly smoothly. The food was also excellent, consistently good all the way through. Favourite: chocolate fondant! We ate out at Les Jardins des Alpes – YSE should remove it from the recommended list. We booked for 9 o’clock and finally got a table at quarter to midnight. Not a clue what went wrong but a serious problem in the kitchen or something meant it was a disaster. Food was nothing special once it arrived.

December 2018
Very pleased all round – such a nice touch having a birthday breakfast on the last morning. Both the girls work so well together and Sophie’s a clear natural with children. Phoebe is such a good cook! It was all delicious. Favorites were the mushroom risotto and the hake was superb as well. Too hot in the chalet. 24/25 degrees in the room without a window where the two children were sleeping. We turned it all off very quickly.

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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!

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Apartment was lovely, in a lovely location. Izzy was lovely. Food was really really lovely! The pork was our favourite meal. The chicken was fabulous too but all the puddings and cakes were absolutely delicious. Ski hire was from Snowberry whose pick up and drop off was super efficient, and their equipment very good. We booked Evolution 2 for children’s lessons but Evo 2 changed it just before the holiday and as a result we could only have lessons with Cedric from 11:30-3pm which didn’t fit with the children needing lunch. Rather disappointed with the ski school. Our night out was at the Fondue Factory – we booked early because of the children and it was very good.

April 2019
Food was fantastic. Izzy is a fantastic chef and great at cooking for children. I noticed there was more fruit and veg and really loved it. Fruit bowl always full – best food we’ve had. Loved the wine list. More than a great holiday. Snowberry skis were very, very good. Mountain Masters were brilliant and spoke good English and made the lessons fun. Restaurants – Chez Paolo was very nice. Loved Cascade and surprised at reasonable prices. Trifollet was excellent. Tignes restaurants are great too.

April 2019
Snowberry – perfectly good, skis seemed to have taken some beating and edges were a little blunt. Chalet staff – Izzy was absolutely brilliant and I would like to commend her as highly as possible. Great chef too – her food was wonderful. Restaurants – Tete du Solaise, Panoramic, Les Tufs, Le Signal, we’re fanatics for mountain lunches!

March 2019
Izzy was very good. She kept the chalet nice and tidy/clean. Chalet food so delicious. Maybe rearrange some of the meals – we had double chocolate on a few days. Bit of an internal dispute over heating but nothing we can do about that except to come on holiday with different people! Restaurants L’Etable d’Alain (fromagerie) – good but not as good as the chalet food!!

March 2019
Skis from Intersport – good. Le Refuge de Solaise was fantastic. Chalet food was absolutely delicious. Exceeded all expectations. Duck was so good and every night was perfect. Izzy was wonderful, 10/10. So helpful and friendly. Whole week was really good and we loved the wine. Great chalet and great chalet girls.

February 2019
Skis from Snowberry were very good. New Generation for our boys was really good, great instructors. Nice restaurants in town but expensive. Went snow shoeing through Killy Sport and really enjoyed it. Chalet food was very very good, everything was great. Izzy is lovely. Maybe problem with extractor fan in bathroom because moisture not taken out properly. Fans dusty – we were sneezing at night.

January 2019
Izzy is just fantastic. She’s a real star, a wonderful girl, a lovely person and an amazing cook! Everything she served us was quite delicious, and if you look at the list of restaurants we visited, you’ll see that we like eating well. She deserves a pay-rise (she’s not getting one!). We hired from the excellent Jean Sports, because we always do. We loved lunch at the charming Bout du Monde. You must tell more people about it, because it’s absolutely lovely, and you can ski or walk to it. We had excellent lunches at the Peau de Vache, the Bistrot de l’Atelier d’Edmond and the Trifollet, we didn’t like the Cascade or Marmottes, which smell of loos, we weren’t impressed by the Sachette, and we found the welcome at the otherwise excellent Edelweiss too grumpy for our liking. We enjoyed dinner at the Casserole.

January 2019
Izzy isn’t just a chalet girl, she’s a chef, and absolutely brilliant. She looked after us really well, made the holiday, and made four old men very happy! Her duck, beef and pâté were exceptional, but so was everything she served. Don’t lose Izzy. Make her a partner! We quite liked Casa Scara, though it was nothing special. Precision were good, especially with a 55% discount!

January 2019
Izzy is one of a kind and a credit to YSE. Nothing was a problem and everything was under control. Obvious it is a lot of work for her on her own but seems like she just takes it in her stride. She was great with the children, and they cooked pizza with her on the last night! Chalet food all really good. Izzy prepared different food at different times for the children which was a nice gesture. We’re not fussy and the variety of food was very nice. We’ll certainly be back – never had a bad experience. The whole company is very well polished. Ski Shops – pre-booked lessons with Oxygene for the children and hired kit with them. Very helpful on the hire side, all kit was great. Lessons great for 5 year-old but our 10 year-old was put in a beginners’ class despite him having done some classes. They weren’t keen on moving him up so we felt he was slightly held back.

December 2018
Izzy is absolutely fantastic. Just superb. Her food was really, really good. She is a former teacher, and was brilliant with the children, gently firm, but rushed to find the forgotten teddy bear. She handled the milk allergy brilliantly. No stand-out dishes: everything was marvellous. The chalet is spotless. Snowberry were fantastic! We always takes lessons from Supreme. Jack Evans is wonderful with all ages – children, adults, old people. We highly recommend the Supreme ski school. We enjoyed lunches and dinners at Gourmandine. They are friendly and flexible, the food is delicious, the prices are very reasonable, and their wines are delicious.

December 2018
Izzy couldn’t have been better. In the past when we have come early in the season we’ve noticed things haven’t been up to scratch but this week was perfect. Cleaning and cooking very diligent and she takes it very serious. It’s like staying in a hotel. Responded when we had problems with WiFi etc and also arranged some physio for us which was excellent. Daniella from Bonne Santé was very good for massages. Cooking excellent, one of the best we’ve had. (We’ve been 6 or 7 times.) A really lovely Christmas dinner. Izzy was flexible with timings and even let us pop off to watch the fireworks in between courses and was happy to stay later to accommodate this. Went to Le Casserole for the night off – very good raclette. Steak not so good. But a fun atmosphere. Transfer from Lyon airport very good. No queues like in there used to be in Grenoble. The street is noisy in the early morning. Hired skis from Matis Intersport and they’re very good with new kit this season, though the children’s boots weren’t so good but not awful. Used Oxygene ski school – Roberto as we usually do for the boys. Four days or private lessons – definitely recommend.

December 2018
Izzy very very nice, very chatty, nothing too much trouble, knows when to join in. Lovely, lovely food, can’t believe it’s her first week. Really like the chalet, great position. Snowberry very good. Overall great no complaints.

WINTER 2017-18

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.

WINTER 2016-17

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

WINTER 2018-19

April 2019
Charlie was fantastic. One of the best chefs we’ve ever had. He takes great pride in presenting and serving his food. We really liked it when he came to the table and told us what we were eating etc. Food was really great. Nice presentation. The children ate with us which was on the whole the right decision. Chalet staff – slight ‘end of season’ feeling. No more napkins, one loaf of bread at afternoon tea for 12 people. Don’t feel as though they particularly went the extra mile. Some of the little things we’re used to when coming with YSE were missed this time (wine pouring, napkins) and some slip-ups with the cleaning. None of this was worth mentioning mid-week though so we’re not complaining. For ski hire we used Precision Ski next to Casserole. They were just OK, nothing special. We had a broken binding which could only be fixed by the same hire ship we picked them up from. Overall not too satisfied with the service from them.

April 2019
Had a great week! Ski Republic – really good, reasonable price and managed to leave our skis there overnight which was handy. Snowberry (slopeside), good equipment, very attentive with the boots. Lessons with Oxygene (Cali), so good, amazing, friendly and some great teaching points for me as a newbie. Children had lessons with Evolution 2 and they really enjoyed them! BASS (Craig), really good, learnt and improved a lot. Chalet staff Charlie and Jess were amazing! Really nice, very friendly and attentive, made a great team, everything worked really well. Charlie’s food was really, really nice! It was all great. The breakfasts set the children up for the day! Beef fillet and hake were very much enjoyed among some exceptional cooking all week. Restaurants – Etincelle and Grand Cocor were really nice for lunch! Signal, not that impressed, limited menu and wasn’t very child friendly. Chez Paolo was great, nice pizza and good service. As a non skier it would have been lovely to have a TV with an aerial/sky box but other than that it was a great week.

April 2019
Barasso Sport were brilliant. Kit fantastic, but the service less so. Ski republic were all right, nothing special. Needed some extra help with boots and some of our party ended up switching to Snowberry. Instructor Nicolas from Ski Bro was excellent. Sit-skiing with Oxygène was great fun. They’re really helpful and friendly. Chalet staff – everything was spot on, 10/10. Jess fitted in perfectly and seamlessly with what we wanted from our holiday. She’s a total natural. Charlie’s food was quite exquisite. We people who have done a 1-week cookery course and produce terrible quality food in ski chalet jobs, but Charlie’s food is outstanding – and he’s talking of opening restaurants etc. YSE are a cut above the rest! Final night’s beef with dauphinois potatoes was delicious. We wanted to bring Charlie home. Comments? More ice for our G&T’s would’ve been nice! Restaurants – we enjoyed Le Casserole, nice local food.

March 2019
Precision – good value, everyone who hired thought the equipment was good, even offered online discount in store to people who hadn’t pre-booked. Mattia from Oxygene ski school – 4 mornings, beginners class and it was really good, informative and learnt a lot! Also Oxygene’s Enrico) – very happy with lessons! Chalet staff Charlie and Jess were awesome, really lovely, fun and attentive. Charlie’s cooking was great, we’re quite a demanding group and the food was still exceptional! Beef fillet, Thai pork belly – if we had to pick a few but they were all great. Deconstructed cheese cake also went down well! Restaurants – La Source, okay, nothing special, service was slow but the fondue was good.

March 2019
Ski Republic (Rond Point) – good equipment, some skis were slightly older and seen some action considering they were supposed to be premium hire. Chalet staff Charlie and Jess were very good. Charlie’s food was excellent – the beef fillet was a real hit! Restaurants – Le Coffee in Tignes Val Claret very nice food. Baraque very nice food and drink, a bit too nice as we were there until 2am. YSE were great from start to finish!! We will be back!

March 2019
We had a great week. Charlie’s food is superb, very good, absolutely amazing – all of it, the steak, the duck, the fish. What a talented chef he is! However, we think he was allowing himself to be distracted by family and friends at the start of the week, and by mid-week the kitchen needed a clean. The kettle was greasy, the bin rather messy, the floor seriously grubby and the sponges pongy! We mentioned this to a chalet manageress on Thursday and it was like a Flash advert: the kitchen was shining clean for the rest of the week!! Jess is fantastic, brilliant, lovely, and keeps the chalet spotless. They are both excellent people and make a super team. They work very hard. The heating was going a bit crazy. Snowberry are excellent, especially with the group discount we negotiated! We had an excellent lesson from Christian at Mountain Masters. We enjoyed 1789 and the Bar 8 in Tignes.

February 2019
Snowberry (slopeside) really good, happy with the service. Charlie and Jess were brilliant and great hosts!! Jess was great and kept the chalet super clean. Food was all really delicious, Charlie is a very good cook. Poached eggs, cakes, beef fillet all exceptional. Ate out at La Corniche – very good, ended up eating late because we didn’t listen to your advice on booking restaurants, but we were happy with our evening at La Corniche. Wonderful week. Chimney may need sweeping as it smokes and fills the room a bit!

February 2019
What a brilliant week!! Charlie’s food is amazing, just unbelievable, absolutely incredible. We were blown away. When he served celeriac purée the teenagers wanted to know what this ‘delicious sauce’ was, and he got them eating and loving things they’d never even have tried at home. And what a calm, super bloke!
Jessie is lovely. They’re a lovely team, and gave us lots of useful advice. Jess keeps the chalet impeccable and spotless. We hired from Killy via SkiSet. When one of us went back to change boots the boot man said “They’re a whole size too big. What idiot fitted them?” “You did, we answered…” We like the food at the Bar de l’Ouillette, though the queue is a bit long…

February 2019
Chalet staff Jess and Charlie really good. They’re great and work really well together. They made the extra special difference for our holiday. We told Jess that a lightbulb was broken in the morning and it was fixed within the day – very impressive. Great tips from both of them about where to ski in certain conditions. Food was exceptional. Charlie really nice to talk to whilst he was cooking – very personable. Charlie’s a really great cook but perhaps the budget could have been stretched to give vegetarians more? Very responsive – we asked for bananas and got them very quickly. Restaurants – La Corniche, a lot of cheese but ok offerings for vegetarians. Sauna wasn’t working at the start. Told Jess straight away but it took until the last few days to be fixed. But John dealt with the sauna situation really well and overall we had a positive experience. We’ve gone with four different chalet companies and you guys have definitely been the best so far.

January 2019
Snowberry – would definitely recommend. Good transport service. Good fitting. Boots fitted me better than ever before. Oxygène – very good lessons with Antoine. Chalet staff both great. Chalet was perfectly clean all week. Lovely team and nice people. Really friendly. Food was especially excellent. Charlie’s a great cook. Hard to pick favourites as every single meal was unbelievable. Slow cooked beef and fillet were both especially good. Restaurants – Chez Paolo, pretty decent.

January 2019
Charlie is excellent and Jess was lovely, 2 weeks spent were amazing. Loved all the food no dish we didn’t like. Amazing holiday will come again.

January 2019
Great holiday, we loved it all of it. Snowberry was very good. Very good skis and loved skiing back to chalet and having Snowberry collect them on Saturday. TDC was brilliant for instruction. New Generation very good. Really good instructors and surprisingly good at speaking English, would definitely recommend them. Absolutely excellent chalet food, Charlie should go on master chef! Particularly good at having consistently amazing flavour. Beef was just fantastic. He made the perfect eggs, not one hard poached egg and scrambled eggs always delicious. He was willing to go above and beyond, spends so much time cooking. Jess was great and helpful and amazing cleaning and a great host. Loved having the sauna. Amazing snow. The whole experience was just so easy. Organised perfectly. Really useful how well John knows Val d’Isère.

January 2019
Chalet staff both absolutely amazing. Charlie’s food was unbelievable. Jess kept the chalet absolutely spotless. We were fairly atrocious but they were amazing fun and always joined in. Jambo was nice when he said morning and good night to us. Helpful with buying extra alcohol etc. Chalet food amazing, excellent. All of it worked really well together. Canapés all lovely. Don’t often get some of the dishes up the mountain so was a nice change. Demon Noir was a favourite as was the Jacquerre. Restaurants – Chez Paolo very nice. Coco’s also, great toffee vodka. Fruitière and Edelweiss both great. We appreciated the flexibility with transfers via Moûtiers. Such smooth transfers. John’s recording on the bus absolutely fantastic. Precision for ski hire – all good there.

December 2018
Booked skis with Killy Sport – flexible. Used Oxygène ski school for four of the party for the week and a few private lessons. Jean-Jacques was our favourite. We loved our chalet staff! Jess was amazingly helpful, taking all our snow boots into town on the last day. This was a really nice helpful touch as we’d have been stuck otherwise. Really helpful and lovely. Charlie’s cooking is amazing. Very accommodating if people didn’t like certain foods. Sorted out our gluten-free in the end with GF pancakes and cake. Favourites: everything. All awesome. We ate out at 1789 – pretty good but we over ordered.

December 2018
Just want to let you know we have NEVER had such wonderful staff! Jess and Charlie were excellent in every aspect. The vegetarian dishes presented every evening were more than delicious and the atmosphere wonderfully relaxed and professional. Cherish them please! Happy New Year!

December 2018
Charlie and Jess were absolutely brilliant. She looked after us perfectly, and his food was fabulous. The kids loved their meals (“the lasagne was amazing!”) and we all loved ours. The vegetarian alternatives were delicious. Portions were perfect. We particularly remember the pork belly and braised beef, but it was all wonderful. Canapés, starters – the lot! Thank you for the Christmas tree, and once the wind died down the log fire was great. We hired from Snowberry, who are excellent. We had lessons from Muriel and Christopher, same as last year, whom we found via skilesson.com. We liked the Lodge and Marmottes for meals out.

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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 disappointing compared to previous good experiences. 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.

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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

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April 2019
We’ve had a fabulous holiday. Scott is a quite amazing chef. He is so creative and he got the children involved. They were helping him cook. They loved his chocolate fondue and his “Day Out at the Red Sea”! Georgia is lovely and fabulous and keeps the chalet so clean. Our driver Charlie is a really good lad and was great with the children. We hired from Killy, which was very good. We love the meals we had at the Panoramique, Etincelle, Refuge de Solaise and Baraque. There is a slate looking a bit loose on the porch.

April 2019
Snowberry (slopeside) very good, got the skis I wanted as I booked online, shuttle is such a good service. Precision, fine, good equipment, came to the chalet to fit everything and everyone was happy. We used Fred from Mountain Masters – really happy with him, 4 hours each morning, mixture of on and off piste. Chalet staff Scott and Georgia were rjust super. Scott’s food was amazing. Really delicious and incredible – we really lucked out! Courgette fritters, chicken, hake, beef all fanastic. Gluten free cakes were also great. I’m holding Scott personally responsible for the 10kg I’ve put on! Restaurants – Tete du Solaise, food was great, good atmosphere and great location. Bananas, great chilli and burritos, great with children too which was nice. Les Tufs, good burgers and chicken and chips! Better ventilation in the loos and in the mezzanine would be the only improvement we could say – sometimes when Scott cooked breakfast there was a slight build up of smoke up there.

April 2019
Snowberry (slopeside) really happy with the service and equipment. My boots of 10 years fell apart and Mattis Intersport were great and the other shops by Sherpa were very helpful indeed. Although the one by tourism office were very unhelpful and tried to put me in too small boots and insisted that they were right. ESF’s Christina and Annie were great for the children. Chalet staff Scott and Gregoria were brilliant, the perfect balance of getting involved with us but also not intruding in our family time which was great. Scott’s food was exceptional, brilliant. He obviously loves cooking and he adapted our menu for the week so well – like having restaurant food each night. He changed some of the puddings, etc. We had separate sittings for the children and he made some really exciting dishes around their favourites. Restaurants – Grand Cocor on the snow square was lovely for lunch.

March 2019
Eskiador – good value, some issues with bindings not fitting correctly but skis were good quality and boots were comfy. Service was a little slow but overall good. Chalet staff Scott and Georgia were wonderful, both lovely, very friendly and chatty! Put up with all of us. James and Charlie was also efficient and very friendly drivers. Scott is the best cook in the world, just marvellous. It was all awesome. Restaurants – La Sachette, very good, L’Etincelle was also lovely, Fondue Factory was okay, service was average.

March 2019
Mattis were ok for ski hire, but Snowberry were better. New Generation ski school – great lesson from them. Chalet chef Scott was great. Hannah was also fantastic, lovely to be around. Chalet food amazing. Fillet steak stood out, veggie food also amazing. Patrick the Land Rover driver is fantastic and a very nice chap. Côte du Rhône was delicious. Best chalet wine we’ve ever had!

March 2019
Snowberry passed with flying colours. Simon McCombe and Al from Mountain Masters were excellent. Managed a challenging week very well, we skied a lot! Chalet staff – Georgia is a lovely, calm hostess. Drivers were brilliant, Charlie and Fergie. Scott is the most amazing chef, his attention to detail was astounding. Restaurants – Chez Paolo was great, very sweet place. The big french window in the living room has a gap in it so lets a draft in. We’ve noticed this for the last three years! Why is it so difficult to light a fire? Neither Georgia or us could manage to get one going.

March 2019
Everything was fabulous. Scott’s cooking is amazing, unbelievable, exceptional, just wonderful. He is really talented. His attention to detail is amazing. Everything he served was perfect, and he looked after the pescatarian beautifully. Georgia is lovely, on the ball, so efficient, chilled, brilliant – nothing phased her. She dealt with any problems immediately. Jambo is excellent, hard-working, helpful, a super bloke. Snowberry were amazing. Lauder and Nico from tdc gave us brilliant lessons. We loved the Lodge and Trifollet, and absolutely adore the Edelweiss.

February 2019
We have had a fabulous week. Lucy is a great cook, she’s brilliant, her food is very, very good. The duck was possibly a tad dry, but everything else was absolutely perfect. The carrot cake, the banana loaf, delicious canapés. Everything was lovely. We love Georgia. She is amazing, so personable, she makes a cracking cup of tea, she keeps the chalet spotless, and she even folded my pyjamas! They are a great team and work brilliantly together. Fergie and Patrick were brilliant drivers. Fergie is very serious and very patient, waiting for hours outside Cocos. He also gave us very good skiing advice. We had an excellent meal at the Casserole. The Yule is expensive, and the service is rubbish, but the food is delicious, and we went three times! Danish Martin from Oxygene is a very good instructor and we rented excellent equipment from Snowberry.

February 2019
Unbelievable, wonderful, it’s a gorgeous chalet. Scott served the best food we have ever eaten anywhere! It was sensational, he is marvellous, he is in another league, he should be on Masterchef. We loved absolutely everything he prepared, his attention to detail is extraordinary. He serves lots of vegetables and fruit which we really appreciated. We have never tasted a banana cake like his, or parsnip puree. Georgia was amazing. Our best ever chalet girl, she is a wonderful host with a great sense of humour and keeps the chalet immaculate. We want to take them both home with us. We very much liked l’Etable d’Alain. We enjoyed the Nespresso, but not the cafetiere coffee. Snowberry looked after my dodgy feet brilliantly!

February 2019
Eskiador – great equipment, slightly understaffed but good service all in all! Snowberry – wonderful, brought out the wrong pair of boots but Snowberry really sorted me out and it was great – no pain in my boots all week – great job. They actually listened to what I wanted and provided it! Oxygene – Bernard, eccentric but good. Some interesting phrases and terminology but he was good instructor albeit slightly alternative. Chalet staff Scott and Anna were terrific 20/10. Scott is an exceptional chef – food is up there with a high quality restaurant. Best chalet food we’ve ever had! He was super nice at talking through what he was making and how he was making it. Anna was delightful, responded to all our needs, rooms were beautifully tidied everyday – absolutely faultless! Anna’s attention to detail was great. Great team! Fergie was a super efficient driver (Charlie too), my skis were taken mistakenly but Fergie managed to get my skis back from the person that took the wrong ones so that was super helpful of him. Chalet food – Scott should enter master chef. Virtually every dish Scott made we hadn’t had before but in a really good way and not odd in the slightest. Perfect portion sizes, takes such care over his food. Beef cheek and asparagus tempura with poached egg were stand-outs, slightly different and tasted great too. Raspberry ravioli was amazing. Thanks for the recipes and book Scott – so nice of you! Bottom floor bedroom, the bed is rather small. Restaurants – La Source, dreadful, wouldn’t go back (we have been spoilt by Scott though). Menu wasn’t great, very simple and some dishes were overcooked. Salad had so much vinegar in it was almost like a soup! Decor was great but wouldn’t recommend.

January 2019
Snowberry Streetside, all good, a couple of us had to change boots and sometimes I felt like they weren’t listening to exactly what I wanted, though the skis were good quality. We love our chalet staff Scott, Anna and Charlie – they were very tolerant of our hangovers! The chalet was spotless all week, Anna was lovely and the food was fantastic. Some great combinations. Pancakes on a hangover were amazing, just what we needed. Not sure on the Vegemite… but the bacon was yummy all week! For a vegan Scott cooks meat perfectly. The rabbit pie starter, steak, deep-fried asparagus and poached egg starter were some real winners. Slightly more fruit would be nice, but really all perfect! Restaurants: Trifollet – 16 of us, food was good, good-sized portions, steak tartare was half a cow on a plate – amazing! We would recommend the Refuge de Solaise for lunch.

January 2019
It was a great holiday. Scott is a fabulous chef. We loved the rabbit. But everything was brilliant. Naiomi was lovely and brilliant, and looked after us wonderfully. She needs more split logs! Room 4’s bathroom floor is very cold. Extra bathmats would sort the problem. We liked the Barillon for dinner. Mattis and Jean Sports are great for hire, and Romain in the Superdry Intersport is a brilliant boot fitter.

January 2019
Amazing chalet staff, Scott and Naiomi were just great! Patrick our driver was always on time and happy to help. Scott was unbelievable, his food was better than when we ate out. The duck and hake was amazing, really really loved all meals. Chalet seems a little tired and dated, the fire grate fell apart and we had to repair it twice! Restaurants – La Lodge, great atmosphere, very full but nice place to eat. Still wasn’t as good as Scott’s cooking though! The lady at Gatwick who hands out YSE luggage labels etc, was fantastic and thanks also to John for helping sort out a taxi when one of our party members got the wrong passport and had to get another flight out! Ski Shops – Snowberry, very good service as usual, got 10% off as we used them last year!

December 2018
Super happy with Snowberry, changed boots and resolved issues. Ski lessons with Oxygene’s Fabrice – really good and informative. Progression (Louise) was the best lesson we have ever had, private 2-person lesson booked quite late too. Chalet staff – lovely people, poor Anna (get well soon), Naomi stepped in and the whole week was great!! Driver Charlie was fantastic on the day we needed lots of different trips! Scott’s food was amazing, very accommodating about dietary requirements but nothing was a problem – best chalet food ever! We ate out at Val Pizza, all we needed and was great!

December 2018
Scott and Anna amazing. Food amazing, really good. Brilliant hosting. Went the extra mile all the time and really good with the children. We love the chalet. Scott’s food is incredible and Anna has been a phenomenal host, nothing is too much trouble for her. Not only were our bedrooms immaculate, she has been a great host, personable both with the girls and the oldies. Drivers have been great and Chris successfully extracted a child from the loo! We were all so impressed by the effort everyone made for Christmas. Great holiday. Snowberry really good and Evolution 2 really good. Brilliant week all round. Five stars food, exceptional. Snowshoe good. Historic walk in town good.

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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.

WINTER 2016-17

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!