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STEP ASIDE DOLLY

The ‘working 9-5’ ship has truly sailed, so whether you’re a seasoned hospitality professional or just keen for a career break, a ski season with Le Chardon Mountain Lodges offers a whole new world of opportunity. Each year we welcome staff back and recruit anew for our core Val d’Isere based team of 38 staff. All share one magic ingredient: a passion for extraordinary customer service and a broad smile! IS IT TIME FOR A CHANGE? The moment is now to swop your urban landscape for a glorious mountain view and the restorative qualities of mountain air? Pass up Pret a Manger for the real delicacies of Savoyarde cuisine where cheese is produced from the cows who graze just beyond your doorstep? Say “Au Revoir” to the sweaty bus ride, in favour of the open top chair lift entre amis. A lunch hour poised on top of the Solaise Mountain, topped with a chocolat chaud for good measure.
Family Ski Holidays, Luxury chalet valdisere

Welcome to catered chalet life at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges

What does catered chalet life look like? Over the last three decades we have designed, built and run our unique collection of luxury ski chalets in Val d’Isère with passion. We have delivered guests with the finest catering, service, atmosphere and comfort in the French Alps. Situated in a private enclave with breath-taking views, our five traditionally designed ski in / ski out luxury ski chalets offer every one of our guests a personal, discreet and professional service, that only an independently owned and run business could provide.   Arrival Champagne Picnic Our transfers service is complete with a champagne arrival picnic to enjoy from the airport to the chalets Breakfast Continental – pastries, cereal, homemade granola, yoghurt, fruit, tea and coffee, fresh juice, cold meats and local cheese, cooked items to order Chefs specials (one option each morning) – blueberry milk pancakes, French toast with bacon and maple syrup, eggs benedict, poached eggs on sourdough with smashed avocado, sweet potato topped with peanut butter and sliced banana
Seasonnaires, Skiing

LIFE IN A SKI RESORT – THE INS AND OUTS OF SEASONAIRE LIFE WITH LE CHARDON

As our 2019/20 ski season recruitment drive is mid swing and we merrily sift through CVs, we share a few nuggets of inspiration on what it’s like to work a ski season in Val d’Isere. WHO WORKS A SKI SEASON? Expect a work hard, play hard crowd, with a passion for skiing and snowboarding. At Le Chardon, our staff tend to be more mature than on average with a professional outlook, natural inclination towards customer service excellence and a thirst to try something different. Many are professionals from other walks of life, keen to experience a break from the rat race, with the added bonus of a beautiful mountain backdrop. Others are taking a break before university or afterwards, eager to explore alternative lifestyles. Several are from the hospitality sector looking to add broader experience to their CV. Obsessive ski behaviour features highly on the list of attributes. WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN A SKI RESORT, LIKE VAL D’ISERE? Naturally, this varies from resort to resort.
Skiing, Wellness

Best Spa Treatments after a day up the mountain

Relaxation taken seriously at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges At Le Chardon Mountain Lodges, we offer a full spa and wellness service because we know that after a long day on the mountain it is important to relax. We are here to ensure that you have a wonderful stay and are delighted to be able to offer you a variety of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments with our Chardon Spa Service. All of our treatments incorporate the Essential Beauty Oils range of products. This palm-free range is packed with plant essences and natural oils that nourish, revive and protect the skin. Here are our top 5 treatments De-Stress Holiday Prep! Focusing on the back neck and shoulders, this massage is designed to ease away everyday aches and pains and help you unwind into ‘Holiday Mode!’ Reserve for your first afternoon or evening!   Après Ski Massage Our sports massage (based on Swedish massage techniques) is designed to help your body recover quickly from the stresses of skiing or boarding all day.
Family Ski Holidays, Luxury chalet valdisere, Skiing Val d'Isere, Special Offer

February Half Term 2020

Free lift passes for all the family for Feb School Holidays 2020   At Le Chardon Mountain Lodges we specialise in luxury family holidays. Our home from home ambience is the ideal setting for an intimate family ski gathering. Where better to spend the February school holidays than in one of our luxury mountain lodges in Val d’Isère. Fresh mountain air, world class skiing conditions and endless activities to keep the children entertained all come as standard. The Le Chardon Collection is the ideal choice to offer the children some half term fun without any compromise on luxury. For February Half Term 2020 bookings (9 -16 or 16 – 23 Feb), we are offering free lift passes for your whole group on any sole occupancy lodge bookings confirmed between today and the end of August 2019. Choose to stay with us for an unforgettable family experience in the French Alps. For more information on availability and prices for February holiday weeks next season, please contact the team today.
Skiing, Skiing Val d'Isere, Snowboarding Val d'Isere

Expert’s guide to skiing in Val d’Isère

Years back, Val d’Isère had a reputation as a steep resort for good skiers. While these days there is far more to offer beginners and intermediates, it’s when you start to get good at attacking the black pistes that this resort really comes into its own. While Val d’Isère might not attract the same type of gnarly skier as Chamonix — the type who won’t go out without ropes, ice axe and crampons — it is, without doubt, one of the greatest places for experts to ski in the world. With World Cup pistes, open powder fields, fantastic itineraries, couloirs and plenty of lift-served off-piste, Val d’Isère offers a massive range of terrain — enough to keep you interested for several weeks if not months, not just a couple of days. “Simply the best for experts” says Where to Ski in France author Chris Gill, his words echoed by fellow ski journalist and Val d’Isère expert Peter Hardy, who says the resort is one of the greatest places to ski in the world — not just by reputation.
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Win Candide Thovex Signature Series 2.0 Ski – Faction Skis

Competition with Faction Skis!   Le Chardon Mountain Lodges have teamed up with Faction Skis to give away one FREE pair of skis, designed by Candide Thovex himself, worth £549! For your chance to win, simply enter the prize draw below.The closing date is 5pm on 25/03/2019 and the winner will be announced shortly after. Enter the competition here for your chance to win!  Designed with Candide, the CT 2.0 has become the all-mountain freestyle blueprint for fun. A 102mm underfoot true twin tip with a poplar/beech wood core, symmetrical sidecut and a smooth transition between rocker and camber gives this ski its playful feel and means it loves to pop lips, butter rollers and whip effortlessly between turns. the carbon stomp pad underfoot gives a solid landing while the anti-chip micro-cap sidewall construction ensures you can have the same level of fun season after season.
Skiing Val d'Isere

Intermediate’s guide to skiing in Val d’Isère

In one of the world’s best ski resorts, intermediates are never going to be short of skiing — and while Val d’Isère enjoys a reputation as a playground for those who like steep and deep skiing, there’s plenty more on offer. Plenty to do Intermediates love mileage — getting out, exploring a ski area and trying new runs and new challenges. With 300km of exciting pistes spread at altitudes of between 1550m and 3456m, with two glaciers, the Espace Killy is the perfect ski area for adventurous intermediates. Because of the climate, altitude and orientation of the slopes, snow is almost guaranteed over Val d’Isère’s long season that lasts from November to May — and the abundant natural snowfall is backed up by 900 snow cannons from Europe’s biggest snow factory covering 40 per cent of the ski area. Year on year, Val d’Isère continues to plough investment into its lift system — something that makes the biggest difference if you’re looking to eat up the miles.
Skiing

Interview with Faction Skis

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges had the pleasure of catching up with Alex Hoye, Co-Founder and CEO of Factions Skis, to hear directly from him the ins and out of this exceptional brand. It has been one of the fastest-growing independent ski brand in the world since 2012, with sales of 30,000 pairs in 2018. When was Faction born and what was your inspiration for starting? Alex had dipped in and out snowboarding, so that he could make the most of the terrain and technology available – it seemed that snowboarders were having all the fun. That was until 2006 when he met Tony McWilliam (Faction Skis Co-Founder) in Verbier, Switzerland. At this time, snowboarding was the predominant sport and the board industry’s shapes and technology was changing the way boarders could enjoy the mountain.  Alex and Tony were skiers who wanted to remain on skis. The idea to start their own company came about because they were inspired by board sports and thought they could bring the same excitement and innovation back into the ski industry.
Skiing Val d'Isere

Beginners guide to skiing in Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère rightly enjoys a reputation as one of the mega resorts in the world and that means it has as much for beginners as it does the gnarly, ice-axe carrying ski mountaineers. It used to be better suited to strong, fit, experienced skiers — and while these guys are still in for the time of their lives, since 2016 Val d’Isère has equalled its reputation as a great place to learn to ski. A two-year project to completely reshape the top of Solaise ski area (at a cost of €16million) changed its offerings for learners entirely — and the resort now has arguably one of the best set ups for beginners, both on the mountain and off. Skiing for beginners There is 300km of piste skiing in the Espace Killy area that makes up Val d’Isere and neighbouring resort of Tignes — but of course beginner skiers aren’t going to be putting in that sort of mileage on their first or even second weeks’ skiing.
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The Lightweight Guide To Ski Trip Packing

If you’re travelling for a short stay, one week or an extended trip – it is always better to pack light. Even as a seasoned traveller it is always useful to refresh the packing skills for a lighter start to your trip. Make a packing list Making a list clears the head of all your belongings and important items to remember for your trip. You will feel that much happier as your score off the items – goggles? Check! Especially if your packing for partners or the little ones! Plan your outfits Planning your outfits in advance should hopefully rule out coming home with a suitcase full of unused clothes and will save any unnecessary holiday shopping on the first morning when you could be out getting the first lift! Rolling vs Folding To save space and avoid creasing of clothes, roll your clothes instead of folding.
Snowboarding Val d'Isere, Val d'Isere Activities

Snowboard Size Guide: Which Size Do I Need?

Whether it’s your first snowboard or the latest top of the range board, there are a whole host of factors to consider. Here are our key areas to consider when looking for the right size for you. There are two main areas to look at when deciding your basic snowboard size; the length and width. However, as you get more advanced, you’ll want to consider your experience level and the type of snowboarding you specialize in. Snowboard Length When looking for snowboards for the first time, length is a good place to start. The length of your board depends on two main areas; first your weight and height. As you get more into more detail, you’ll want to start considering more areas such as your experience level and style of snowboarding. Weight Your weight is the primary measurement used to determine the length of your board. Your weight is mostly responsible for the level of pressure put onto the board, so this should be your first port of call.
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Christmas Giveaway with REN Clean Skincare

?6 Days of Christmas Giveaway with REN Clean Skincare? At Le Chardon, we’re working hard to minimise our environmental footprint. We have selected the REN Clean Skincare bathroom range as we share a fundamental set of core beliefs and opted to join them in working towards a waste free future. The range is present in all the chalets from this season. To introduce the brand properly, we are going to be giving away 1 gift set each day for 6 days, starting Wednesday 19th December 2018. The gift sets will be posted on Christmas Eve to the lucky winners and arrive as a belated festive gift from Le Chardon Mountain Lodges. For your chance to win 1 of 6 REN Body Favourites Gift Set, please enter here. Gift Set Description by REN Clean Skincare Behold our best of body – in a travel-friendly kit.
Skiing Val d'Isere

Who are Oxygene? – Ski Rental in Val d’Isère – Le Chardon

When it comes to ski rental, it can be difficult to choose between the different options. For this reason, Le Chardon Mountain Lodges decided to catch up with the team at Oxyegene to find out more about their service and the new addition of rental ski clothing, launched for season 2018/19. Who are Oxygene? Oxygene is a family run ski school that has been running for more than 25 years. Oxygene’s services are aimed at the international but also domestic French market. They are present in 9 resorts in France, predominantly in the Tarentaise Valley but also in Megeve in the Haute Savoie. They have ski rental shops in La Plagne and Val d’Isere and also offer various non-ski activities in these resorts. What was your inspiration for adding clothing? Oxygene wants to make life easier for its customers and ensure they are as happy and comfortable as possible. Buying ski clothing can be a time consuming and expensive business and most people only wear their kit for one or two weeks a year.
Skiing Val d'Isere

New Ski Lifts For Val d’Isère 2018/19 Season – Le Chardon

There are two new lifts for the coming season and the Le Chardon team are very excited about both!   New gondola for la Daille A brand new 10-persons gondola has been built from La Daille up to La Folie Douce. The cost of the project was around 10 million euros taking all summer to complete. The new gondolas are to replace the old 4-persons télécabine that opened in 1966 and increases the capacity from 933 to 2,800 passengers per hour. In addition, the journey time will now be half and shortened to just 4minutes and 30secs The new design is made up of 51 cabins called Symphony 10 which will be the first of their kind in France, created by an Italian designer who works for Ferrari and Maserati. Each gondola has heated seats, more space before than previously, sliding doors, WIFI and panoramic views. In total, there will be fifty 10-persons gondolas and one 4-person VIP gondola.  
Family Ski Holidays, Skiing

Childcare Options, Val d’Isère – Le Chardon

As you can imagine, childcare options in the alps link closely to ski and other snow activities. Even for those not getting right in amongst it, there are still plenty of options that are snow related for your child to enjoy. Ski lessons are the most popular choice for childcare, however not all children are old enough to ski or can manage a full day of it. For that reason, I will have outlined the best of the best childcare options for your child while in Val d’Isère. A popular option with our clients are private nannies and babysitting services. Our go to for this is Jelly and Ice Cream who are experts in childcare. Their staff are all CRB checked; first-air trained and highly experienced. The service caterers to all group sizes and will be coordinated depending on make-up of ages. They provide care to all age groups, from six weeks to teenagers. Jelly and Ice Cream nannies will look after your children in your chalet and will organise each day to suit you and your child’s needs, taking into consideration the weather conditions.
Family Ski Holidays

This Year’s Top Tips for skiing at Half Term – Le Chardon

THIS YEAR’S TOP TIPS FOR SKIING AT HALF TERM   When it comes to a family ski holiday, the children’s school holiday will most likely decide when you get to make the trip out. For many, this will be one of the middle weeks of February for half-term because although you could go out in December, the days are shorter and at Easter you might just risk slushy afternoons depending on snowfall. If this is your only opening to get away with the children, here are some top tips for making it as seamless and stress free, for this busy time of year. Book your accommodation as early as possible Accommodation starts to get booked up as soon as people return from their February break. This is because there are often deals on regarding lift passes or because they want to ensure the chalet or hotel that suits their family make-up is guaranteed. Ski Hire: Chalet or shop fit?  Booking ski hire for the whole family and group in advance is very important.
Family Ski Holidays, Seasonnaires, Skiing

Winter Alpine Driving, A Guide – Mountain Rescue – Le Chardon

Winter Alpine Driving, A Guide Self driving to an alpine ski resort offers spectacular scenery covered with a beautiful blanket of snow. The wondrous white stuff attracts thousands of people to the alps every year. Beautiful and fun, snow is awesome, but it can make a journey potentially dangerous because… behind the beauty is treachery! In this basic guide to winter alpine driving we offer some advice to help you stay on the beautiful side of snow and make your drive through the wintery wonderland a pleasure. We look at what to carry in your vehicle, what vehicle accessories you may need and what particular road signs you may encounter. Written by the professionals at The Mountain Rescue Ski Resort Transfers the advice comes from experience.     The Basic Kit Having the right kit can prevent many simple problems from becoming larger problems.
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Win DINOSKI ski suit worth £185 – Le Chardon

  Le Chardon Mountain Lodges have teamed up with DINOSKI to give away one FREE ski suit from their brand new collection, worth £185. For your chance to win, simply enter the prize draw below. The closing date is 9pm on 08/11/18 and the winner will be announced on 09/11/18!     Enter the competition here for your chance to win!                                                                                                                       Terms & Conditions apply. See below.   The collection features all-in-one, animal themed skiwear, which are waterproof and warm, sprinkled with just the right amount of wild. The lucky winner will get the chance to choose their favourite character.
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Easter Short Breaks: Ski Chalets in France

Few experiences are more exclusive than Easter skiing in France. And at Val d’Isere, even a short Easter break can become a once-in-a-lifetime luxury that you’ll never forget. At Le Chardon Mountain Lodges, we deliver exceptional service for exceptional people. We take care of every little detail so you can indulge in premium luxury in a truly breathtaking location, with your own dedicated staff on hand to take care of your every need.