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Chalet Holidays Still Happening Say Chalet Holiday Companies

Patrick Thorne

09 Sep 20

The news that several of the UK’s biggest ski holiday operators have fully or partially stopped offering chalet holidays for at least the next two winters has led the UK’s smaller chalet holiday companies to stress they still have holidays on sale for the coming season.

“We have worked long and hard putting in place new cleaning procedures and establishing dining methods that work whilst respecting social distancing. We know that people still want to ski, our guests will still want to eat, and what was once known as a wonderful experience sharing a chalet and meeting other like-minded couples and families, is unlikely to change,” said Chris Chapman, co-owner of RushAdventures, which organises chalet holidays in the French resort of Les Gets.

“This winter we will still be offering catered options, we might be forced to go slightly ‘off piste’ some weeks if we are required to change our procedures, but we will be here, we will be skiing, we will be drinking vin chaud, eating cheese and chatting late into the night about the best places to ski and who did the biggest jump during the day!” Chris added.

Other ski holiday operators also believe that some bigger operators pulling out of the chalet holiday market will ultimately be good news for the more specialist chalet operators.

“This is in effect a continuation of the trend over the past few years of chalets returning to being run by specialist operators. Catered chalets are far more complicated to run nowadays, with, for example, French regulation limiting the amount of time our staff can work on a weekly basis,” says Nick Morgan, Managing Director of Le Ski which has grown over the past three decades to now offer 33 chalets in Courchevel, Val d’Isère and La Tania with flights from London and Manchester to Chambéry and despite the many challenges for travel companies at present, is running their normal programme this winter.  Staff are pictured above in the pre social-distancing era.

“There is also a trend away from larger chalets which the big companies traditionally preferred to run. So it’s smaller chalets being run by smaller, specialist companies which has to be nothing but good for quality and satisfaction levels. What has become clear over the past few months is that it is more important than ever to choose a tour operator with proper, full financial protection, i.e. an ATOL licence.” Nick adds.

All chalet operators have spent a considerable amount of time making the necessary changes required to help keep skiers and snowboarders safe when staying in mixed group chalets this winter.

All chalet operators have spent a considerable amount of time making the necessary changes required to help keep skiers and snowboarders safe when staying in mixed group chalets this winter.