When we started this business back in the 1980s, what started out as a fun passion to marry the greatest of sports with the greatest of luxury holidays seemed like a no-brainer.

Little did we understand how incredibly steep the learning curve was going to be before we could transform our dreams into reality.

We learnt very quickly that luxury skiing holidays don’t always centre on skiing. Yes, it’s a bit of a sacrilege for some but it must be said …


There will always be a core of dedicated skiers in any group but we’ve learnt that luxury is all about catering to and anticipating a variety of tastes.

And what a range there is on offer in Val d’Isere:

1.Shopping – There’s everything from designer label clothes, jewellers, children’s clothes as well as ski and snowboarding shops in the town centre. There’s something for everyone here, from the browser to the serious shopper.

2.Fitness and Yoga Classes – Whether a personal trainer is required to come to the chalet or the non-skiers fancy sampling a few of the enormous range of classes at the Centre Aquasportif, everything is possible. Classes range from AquaJogging to Stretch-Relax and Body Sculpting.

3. Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Hammams and Jacuzzis – Again, many of these facilities can be found at Le Chardon or in the village at the Centre Aquasportif where “A world of nothing but stone, wood and glass lets the mountains and the light of Val d’Isere come right up to the water’s edge!”

4. Indoor Climbing Walls, Squash Courts – These can be found locally for very reasonable prices.

5. Paragliding, Skydiving and Quad-Biking – Not for the faint-hearted and especially suited for the budding 007s amongst us. All these activities are a mere phone-call away.

6. Massage, Beauty Treatments and ManiPedis – Pampering in luxury is always available, whether by arranging for the beauty therapist to come to the chalet or a trip to the village is in order, all can be organised at the press of a telephone button.

The Definition of Luxury

All that’s required from the group is for one person to contact Le Chardon Mountain Lodges and between the sales and concierge team in Edinburgh, and the front-of-house staff in Val d’Isere, it is our job to make every wish become a reality.

Each member of the sales and concierge team has solid contacts in the local area. They know where to find EVERYTHING you could possibly need, from emergency supplies of Vogue, venison to the latest Xbox game.

What’s more, they have great relationships with the local pharmacies, florists, farmers and vineyards for all sorts of last-minute emergencies.

Contact us for more details via email or phone +44 (0) 131 209 7969.

Lewis McKay

Based in the Edinburgh head office, Lewis is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Le Chardon Mountain Lodges. Having spent time living and working in both Val d'Isere and Edinburgh this will be his 13th winter with Le Chardon.