Chalet Lucaval already exists, but during summer 2019 it is being entirely re-modelled. Almost nothing remains of the old chalet, which was already very comfortable. The new chalet is bigger and smarter. The people doing the work are the company responsible for most of Val d’Isère’s high-end developments in recent years, such as the chalets Ptarmigan, Perdrix and Pic Noir, and it is going to be very special indeed.
All that hasn’t changed is its position. Part of the very exclusive La Légettaz area above the Club Med, Lucaval is precisely 20 seconds’ walk from the start of the skiing. At the start of the day you make the easy glide across the M piste to the Solaise or Olympique bubbles, the Rogoney charlift or the Légettaz poma or the Bellevarde Express chair. And at the end of the day, you ski from Solaise to 50m from the chalet. If it doesn’t suit you to finish up on Solaise, the Rogoney chair is always the last lift to close, making it possible to traverse home from every direction, the free Train Bleu bus stops just by the chalet, and from 5.30pm until 8.00pm the operators own Land Rover shuttle runs from the Tourist Office to the door.
For après-skiers, Lucaval is six minutes’ walk from the excellent Étincelle restaurant, or ten from the Cocorico pre-dinner den of debauchery and Doudoune nightclub. Getting home is even more painless: as well as the aforementioned Train Bleu and Land Rover, Doudoune drives patrons home until dawn in its minibus.
Lucaval has five gorgeous bedrooms in the main part of the chalet, each with its own bath or shower and wc. Bedroom 5 has an extra pair of bunk beds that can accommodate one or two children.
Bedrooms 6 and 7 are in an annexe attached to the back of the main building. Bedroom 6 has a double bed, bedroom 7 a single, and these rooms can accommodate a maximum of two people using the rooms either as two singles, or one double room (when used as a double, the single room is then just a good place to stash your suitcases for the week). Or the single can sleep an extra child – see details under Extra Beds, left. The annexe has its own separate entrance a short walk around the chalet from the main door. This will suit returning revellers who won’t have to tiptoe past the doors of sensibly slumbering chalet colleagues, but can crash back to the annexe via their own entrance without detection. Ideal for mixed parties.
These photos are rather beautiful computer-generated mock-ups of the new chalet in its actual location, as well as a bedroom by the same interior designer to give an idea of how it’s going to look inside. We’ll replace these photographs with the real thing as we get them, but beware: if you wait until you can see the chalet before you book it, you’ll probably miss it. Chalet Lucaval is going to sell like little loaves, as the French say.
Bedrooms in order of preference (in our opinion)
Twin/double (9′ x 13’6″) on ground floor. Bathroom and wc.
Twin/double (9′ x 12′) on ground floor with shower and separate wc.
Twin/double (9′ x 13’6″) on ground floor with shower and separate wc.
Twin/double (9′ x 19’8″) L-shaped room on ground floor. Large bathroom with bath, shower and separate wc.
Twin/double (9′ x 14’9″) on ground floor, with shower and wc and an extra set of bunk beds suitable only for children.
Double (7’6″ x 11’6″) in first floor annexe, sharing shower and wc with Bedroom 7. This room can be used as a double or single bed, depending if your party use Bedroom 7. Maximum two people in the annexe. The annexe has its own separate outside entrance.
Single (8’10” x 7′) in first floor annexe, sharing shower and wc with Bedroom 6. This room can only be used if your party uses Bedroom 7 as a single. Maximum two people in the annexe. The annexe has its own separate outside entrance.
(21′ x 28′ excluding open-plan kitchen) on first floor. Huge picture windows onto west-facing balcony. Log fire. WiFi.
Extra beds are available when one party books the whole chalet. There is a pair of bunk beds in Bedroom 5 suitable for one or two children, and a single bed in Bedroom 7 suitable for a child if two people (probably his or her parents) take Bedroom 6 as a double, with a maximum of two extra children in whichever beds suits your party. These extra beds cannot be used for extra adults. The cost for these extra beds is half the quoted Lucaval price (not including any transport) or 85% of the quoted price if a flight and transfer are required. On certain dates we may not be able to provide a flight for an extra bed.
Eating and drinking may not be the most important things on your ski holiday. Good snow, fine weather, comfy boots – these are what will make or break the trip.
But food is an obsession with this operator. It is the one thing they control totally. Most guests wouldn’t blame them if it snowed every day, they got sunburn or their spouse eloped with a ski instructor, but if dinner weren’t the perfect end to a good day, or antidote to a bad one, they wouldn’t come again.
They start with a proper breakfast. Fruit juice, porridge, cereals from Rude Health, bacon, eggs, baguettes straight from the famous local bakery, a croissant or pain au chocolat if you like, yoghurt, Twinings tea and fresh coffee from Nespresso machines (with Nescafé and infusions for those who prefer them). If that’s not what you consider a proper breakfast, please see their Serious Breakfast Optional Extra below.
You return from the slopes to find bread and jam, a freshly-baked cake, hot chocolate etc. left out for you.
Dinner is where they pull out all the stops. Their policy on food is straightforward. They start with the best cuts of meat and the best fresh fruit and vegetables, not really counting the cost. Everything they need is available in Val d’Isère. Most people are very happy with their normal formula of canapés followed by a three-course, fixed-menu, dinner-party-style meal. The cuisine is largely French, though with a fusion of other influences – what Londoners call Modern British. (Foreign, in other words.)
But if there is a consensus in the chalet that lighter food or simpler meals or smaller portions would go down well, they’re very happy to adapt. If you want more or less, or hotter or colder, or earlier or later, just tell us. If you require a different diet or have an allergy, for £25 per person per week which goes straight to the cook, those guests who do not eat the same food as the rest of the chalet can take their Different Diet Optional Extra.
This is this operator's twenty-sixth winter, and they honestly believe that their cooking has steadily improved from year to year. They aren’t sure why. More professional chefs work for them, but even the cooks who’ve just learnt at home or on cookery courses seem to master dishes now they wouldn’t have attempted in the past.
Their pre-season in situ training course gives the cooks two to four weeks of hands-on cooking practice – more than they’d do in a year at cooking school. This is indispensable even for experienced chefs, at 6,000 feet, where nothing cooks the same as at sea level.
With dinner, they serve free unlimited quantities of a selection of very drinkable French AOC wine and vin de pays. This is, unfortunately, only with dinner, not breakfast, and they stop serving the wine when the coffee appears.
They also have a wine list from which you can buy everything from slightly smarter wine to Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild or d’Yquem. They sell these wines at less than they cost because you are not drinking the house wine. The more you consume the more you save. Drink enough and you’ll pay for the holiday.
And if you prefer Krug Grande Cuvée to Dom Pérignon, just give the girls the dosh. They’ll be happy to get some in for you.
They are confident that you’ll eat at least as well in their chalets as in any of the local restaurants or hotels. But the toughest comparisons tend to be with previous holidays with this operator. ‘Yes, she’s a wonderful cook, but you can’t beat Josh’s orange and butternut squash risotto, or Drew’s mushroom and port mille feuille.’ It keeps us on their toes.
They do not automatically provide every customer with expensive frills most do not require. Not everyone needs daily linen changes or vintage wine. They provide what most guests seem to want, then let you add any extra touches which are important to you. The most frequently booked is the Different Diet option.
Different diet, packed lunch, hamper, linen and towel change, scheduled flights and taxis are available to individual guests. All other options are for those who are part of a whole chalet booking, though they don’t have to be taken by everyone in the chalet.
Eight Days a week can only be taken by whole chalets if all those booked into the chalet have paid the supplement.
Please discuss your requirements with our staff in the office and book these options before you go.
£25 per person per week
Not everybody wants to eat the same food. Sadly their chalets do not have vast kitchens or teams of chefs to cope with cooking a separate meal for everyone every evening, and they can only cope with alternative diets, on any grounds, including health, religion or dieting, by increasing the cook’s hours or lowering the standard of everyone else in the chalet’s food.
Therefore, for people who do not want to eat the same food as everyone else, they offer several solutions. Individual guests can simply avoid whatever they don’t like. Or the whole chalet can agree on menus acceptable to everyone.
If neither of these options works, the chalet cook can come in earlier to prepare alternative food for each guest who wants different meals from the majority of people in the chalet. They charge £25 per week and this goes directly to the cook. It will be added automatically to the invoice of anyone requesting different meals. Please do not expect different food without paying. It isn’t fair on the chef or your fellow guests.
They are unable to purchase gluten-free ingredients in Val d’Isère. Obviously it is possible to avoid eating wheat in cakes and bread, they rarely serve pasta and your chef can thicken sauces with cornflour. If you wish you can bring gluten-free supplies such as rice cakes etc. Should the chef be asked to cook with these gluten-free ingredients and so have to prepare separate meals for anyone requiring gluten-free meals, they would charge the full £25 per week for this Different Diet.
If you have any other dietary requirement, please do discuss this with us well in advance of your holiday. They will do everything they can to prepare suitable meals but there may be a considerable extra charge.
Please note that they cannot provide a kosher environment and they cannot guarantee that their chalets will be nut-free.
£25 per person per week
This is for proper skiers who eat breakfast at 8am and don’t stop at noon: a substantial snack on six days, including the final Sunday, comprising two baguette sandwiches filled with ham, cheese or something similar, a can of soft drink, a bar of chocolate and a piece of fruit.
They offer a wine list from which you can select fine wines at less than their cost price, since they deduct the cost of the house vins de pays and AOCs you will not require. The list changes from week to week, and cannot really be seen in advance. Please pay the staff in cash.
£25 per person per week
If their normal breakfast of fruit juices, cold cereals, hot porridge, bacon and eggs etc, baguette, home-made marmalade, jams, yoghurt, coffee and tea does not sound like a serious breakfast to you, pay an extra £25 and choose a total blow-out full English (mushrooms, black pudding – whatever) or perhaps a healthstravaganza: fruit salads and smoothies etc. If the ingredients were particularly expensive they might have to charge a bit more than the £25, and not every London food trend has reached Val d’Isère quite yet, so give us some warning if you’re a particularly serious breakfaster!
As a guide group discounts can be applied only in chalets sleeping 12 or more persons, the amount of the discount is dependent on the travel dates, Discounts around £50 per person are commonly available, Please call us on 020 8313 3999 for more details.
Incentives to book this holiday through skiline.co.uk
- Free ski carriage saving you up to £75.
- Option up to 3 days while you get your groups agreement to book
- Free name changes (up to 2 per booking) up to 3 weeks prior to departure.
- Group booking payment management by skiline.co.uk so you don’t have too.
- Fast response to all queries by phone or email, calls are normally answered in 2 rings.
- Speedy booking confirmation, we will email you within minutes of confirming your booking.
- Ski school bookings managed
- Ski passes delivered to your chalet
- Great value ski rental in Val d’Isere, economy prices start at £61 for skis, boots and polls.
- Performance ski rental in Val d’Isere is just £93 for skis, boots and polls
Families with Children
Only when booking the whole chalet are children welcome.
Children under 2 years are charged at £125, this includes, a seat on the coach (not on the flights) Cot with quilt and high chair, proper bedding is not supplied.
Children 2 to 12 years receive a £50 discount or if using an extra bed a discount of up to 50% may apply. Child discounts cannot be combined with an extra bed discount. Only groups booking the whole chalet can utilise any extra beds that are available.
Ski rental is available for ski holidays at this property. Call Ski Line on 020 8313 3999 for further details.
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