For some obscure reason this chalet doesnt meet tripadvisors requirements to be listed. Its a catered chalet with multiple rooms, in a ski resort, offered by a leading ski operator. SO a bit odd that is doesnt qualify. Hopefully someone will find it here. I`ll do a proper one if it ever gets added..
Basics: sleeps 10 people across 5 rooms (although somehow 11 were booked in for the week after we were there..bizarre..think a travel agent may have been taking a few liberties). Roms are not ensuite (well ours wasnt - although I believe one of them may have been). There are 2 communal shower rooms and 2 communal toilets - which is fine (as long as you don`t mind the odd queue at peak times - so after a days skiing or just before dinner)
Rooms: Come with a basin. Austrian twin beds (for those that are not familair, this is a double bed frame with two mattresses and two duvets). Our room (top floor) had a balcony (3 floors in all) with nice views across the snow. There was a boot /ski room in the basement as you would expect. Room was a nice temperature and had a lock - although i had no worries about any of our fellow guests stealing anything - just not that type of holiday)
Food: This is a catered chalet. There is a continental style breakfast (bread, toast , cereal, yoghurt, fruit, tea and coffee, orange and apple juice) with a cooked option as well for breakfast (which was 3 ingredients on a rotation basis). All in a ll a decent selection to load up on energy before hitting the slopes
After ski - a freshly made cake by the chalet host (Rob in our case) with tea. Nice cake and provided an alternative to the apres ski bars (more about those later). I would have called it apres ski but that doesnt seem the right term with no alcohol (feel free to add your own though)
Dinner - 3 course menu cooked by the chalet host. Really decent food. Also came wth very free flowing red wine. Although the wine came from a plastic bottle it was perfectly nice and went down very well.. Food just as good as any ski hotel we have stayed in.
Location:Plenty of descriptions on the internet describe it as being 1 minute from the funicular and 3 minutes from the slope. A better/more accurate description would be 3-4 minutes walk in ski boots from the lift (so close) and about 15-20 minutes walk in non ski boots from the resort centre. All the Thomson (crystal) staff have asked for this description to be changed. There are 3 apres ski bars at the base of the funicular, the most lively by far is fables, well worth a visit. Rammed every night. The other two are an "igloo" stykle bar and a quieter neighbour, which stays open past 10 if you want somewhere a bit nearer than town.
Town centre:3 bars..the mexicana, bar 66 and the memory bar. bar 66 is normally lively, the mexicana was pretty full as well (and bar dancers). Memory was a bit quieter, but had free wifi. Alsoa fair selection of restaurants (we ate in the fondue restauraunt near the ski hire shop on the chalet hosts night off - which was all you can eat for 18 euros ..and yes they did try and test that theory!).
Ski area:HUGE! register your ski pass at www.skiline.cc and it will give you your weeks ski stats. Snow was superb when we were there as well.
Just a word on the crystal staff (and no I am not paid by them!!) superb. Rob , our chalet host was a good laugh, and a great host, Kim the rep and Anna the resor chalet manager were also very helpful friendly and approachable.
All in all a deceent resort (not quite so hedonistic as some, but the lack of bars meant that they were busier rather than having hundereds of quiet bars with 2 people in each). Very good ski base , which gave pretty much everything you could want (apart from wifi). If this was a review it would get 4 stars out of 5