I stayed at the Dahu in mid-Jauary & had one of the best week's skiing...fresh powder, blue skies every day :-) But ski conditions apart, the thing which really made it was the ski guiding - thanks to Vanessa for sharing your expert knowledge, listening to what we wanted to do, keeping us safe, nurturing a nice relaxed atmosphere in the group and encouraging us to keep exploring (although top of Val Thorens was a bit chilly compared to the champagne ski conditions we enjoyed most of the time). Meeting up with the other groups for lunch worked fine (and restaurants were fine) - and I heard good reports on Mark and Luke's guiding of them.
The Dahu's location is hard to beat - 2 minute walk up to the main lifts. As you'll have gathered from othe reviews, the Dahu is a little rough around the edges, but that's hardly unusual in a ski resort. The rooms are a bit small & not the most modern but they're cosy, clean and the water was consistently hot. I really liked the communal lounge/bar with the comfy sofas - a nice space to catch up with people (and certainly not taken over by the staff). They did a couple of quizzes during the week and had a DVD corner for the kids (who eat earlier than the adults).
The food was also wholesome & tasty and certainly enough for my large appetite. Veg was a bit mixed, but everything else good, including the free wine. And the restaurant staff had a nice informal manner - they genuinely did seem interested in what you'd been up to, but that didn;t detract from good service. So well done Luke, Lewis and the girls. The soup, cakes and tea from 4pm were also an excellent if a little too tempting.
Quite a few people had booked their ski's thru Mark Warner - my advice would be to try instead to get some decent online discounts and avoid the treck over to the ski shop over the other side of town for measuring etc (although they do deliver/collect the skis the distance makes it a litte more difficult to sort out any problems & you're probably paying extra).
Overall, a great week & definitely tempted to return.
- Also Known As:
- Chalethotel Dahu Courchevel