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Frequently Asked Questions


9 July 2023 by

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We’ve shared some of the questions we get asked most often, but if your question is not here simply email and we will be happy to help!

All of our Montchavin chalets are next to the Les Coches gondola. Chalet Lievre Blanc is the closest and is only 20m away.  

Chalet Barthelemy in Peisey is a 3 minute walk to the Lonzagne ‘lobster pot’ lift which takes you up to Plan Peisey. From here you walk across the road and straight onto the Vanoise Express or the Peisey chairlift.

When the snow conditions allow, you can ski straight to the front door of our Montchavin chalets.

For Chalet Barthelemy in Peisey, the piste finishes across the road from the Lonzagne ‘lobster pot’ lift which takes you down to Peisey village, where the chalet is just a 3 minute walk away.

In Montchavin, the nearest ski hire shop is Evolution 2 which is opposite the chalets and equipment hire can be prebooked online. Don’t forget to ask for our discount code! 

For Chalet Barthelemy, we recommend Noz Sport 2000 in Plan Peisey which you can access via the Lonzagne lift.

For ultimate convenience, you can also use Rental Republic who come to your chalet to kit you out!

In Montchavin we have a secure garage with parking under the chalets and can provide at least two spaces for your stay. If you need more spaces just let us know!

Chalet Barthelemy has a private off-road driveway with space for one car. There are further communal spaces available a short walk away.

We are able to request childcare from registered agencies, who are often English seasonnaires. We can also provide local childcare with highly trained French nannies, also known as ‘nounous’. 

Yes, we can book your lift passes and make sure they are in the chalet for your arrival. We currently offer a discount of 4% on the ticket office price.  

With two young children ourselves, we understand what it’s like to travel with little ones. We can provide fixed cots, travel cots, a baby monitor, high chairs, a baby bath and bed guards. We also have plenty of favourite books and toys we can share! 

We have developed a menu for coeliacs, vegans, vegetarians and pescatarians. We are also able to procure some halal products.   

Breakfast is continental with fresh pastries or eggs cooked every day.

We make a cake or sweet treats daily and serve this for afternoon tea.

For dinner, we offer home-cooked hearty French classics and our menu is seasonal based on locally-supplied produce. Our dishes include things like tartiflette, beef bourguignon and roasted cod. Our starters include homemade spiced tomato and lentil soup and handmade brie and red onion tartlet.  For pudding, you can expect to see lemon and berry roulade and spiced peach crumble.

In our Montchavin chalets, we serve either canapés or a cheeseboard in addition to our 3 course dinner menu.

Yes, we can prepare a separate menu for the children or they can eat our usual menu with you – just let us know what you would prefer. Quite often you can choose the kids meals on the day, and they are always freshly made family, favourites.

We have always included quality French wine with our dinner service and next season, we will also offer rosé alongside red and white.  We supply drinks for the children too, so they don’t miss out.

If you are looking for something special or just your favourite bottle, we have an upgraded wine list at great prices – just ask us for details.

Paradski is well served by 4 major airports in winter, Geneva (2.5hrs) Lyon (2.5hrs) Chambery (1.5hrs) and Grenoble (1h45).  

Geneva offers the most frequent daily flights and good flexibility, with services from all major UK and many international airports. Check out Air Swiss, British Airways and EasyJet. Lyon also has a good service, with daily flights with EasyJet and BA.  

Grenoble and Chambery flights are less frequent, but you do land closer to the resort. Jet2 have started flying from Stanstead, Bristol and Manchester and TUI, EasyJet and British Airways all offer flights on Saturdays too.  

Yes, we think so, especially if you live in SE England and we have done it many times. It’s much nicer than you think too! We would recommend the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone to Calais, with a departure the night before.

If you take a late afternoon crossing, you can make Dijon (5.5hrs) by bed time. There are plenty of cheap hotels here, which sets you up for the last 3.5hrs drive to Paradiski. The main benefit is that you miss all the Saturday changeover traffic. You can also ski with your free 1/2 day Paradiski lift pass in the afternoon, when you purchase a 6 day pass. Win/win, we think!    

No, sadly the direct train has stopped but you can come from London St Pancras and change in Paris. It’s actually quicker than the direct train, with a journey time of 8hrs.  If you travel by train, we can pick you up from Landry train station which is 10 minutes from Montchavin and 20 minutes from Peisey.

The staff night off is Thursday where you are free to explore the local village, restaurants or get take away pizza. Alternatively for a supplement we can organise a raclette service in the chalet.  

There are six restaurants in Montchavin ranging from pizza to traditional Savoyard specialities. All of the restaurants are very good, but we really like La Ferme de Cesar and Camp Base. Early booking is always recommended and we can do this for you.  

For Chalet Barthelemy in Peisey, there is a hotel/restaurant and pizzeria which is a firm favourite with our guests. For something a little more special, Le Petit Hibou is a high-end option for a gastronomic experience. We can help with reservations for these options too.

Yes, there is plenty to do. Montchavin has a great spa and swimming pool, Espace Paradisio. There is also a cinema, dog sledding, snowshoeing and an ice rink nearby.  

Les Arcs offers similar activities and there is a bus from Peisey village which takes you into Les Arcs. You can also take the bus to the Nordiques centre in Peisey-Nancoix, which has cross-country skiing and a beautiful alpine restaurant.  

Summer is so under-rated here in the valley. It’s a secret we are torn between keeping to ourselves and shouting from the rooftops! The lifts generally open on the last Saturday in June and close the first Saturday in September. All our Montchavin chalets are open in the summer for flexible stays for a minimum of 3 nights.  

Our chalets are self-catered in the summer and offer excellent value. The spa in Montchavin has an outdoor pool which opens in the summer season and there are many things to do both on the mountain and down on the river.  

You can try paragliding, high ropes, downhill mountain biking, electric mountain biking and carting. Alternatively, why not book white water rafting, canyoning, rock climbing or kayaking? For a less active day out, you can swim in the lake and relax on the beach near Bellentre.  

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Contact us today to find out more about our chalets and the wide variety of services we offer. 

We know just how exciting an alpine holiday can be, which is why we are here to offer our support and local knowledge to make it even better.