Just returned from a week at Chalet Mors with Ski Olympic. Got a good last minute deal, making it excellent value for money: flights, transfers, 20kg luggage, brekkie, tea and cakes, 3-course dinner. Only extras were snowboard bag, lift pass, and one meal out on staff night off. We didn;t even need to buy lunch as we filled up at breakfast and just had chocolate/cereal bars to keep us going on the slopes.
Met by Liam at Grenoble for the two and a half hour transfer to Moriond, warm welcome from chalet staff who had tea and cakes waiting for us.
Traditional alpine chalet, in a fantastic quiet location, 5 minute walk to town centre and main lifts, free shuttle bus to 1850 stops right outside chalet, lovely views of valley at the back of the chalet. We had Room 6 downstairs at the rear, with terrace overlooking valley, bath with shower over, separate WC, two singles and bunks, more than enough for the three of us adults. Adequate storage space. Terracotta tiled floor was cold and spartan, but at least we could see it was clean! In fact the room and bathroom/WC were spotlessly clean when we arrived, so I didn't need to use my Dettox wipes! Two of the rooms are directly off the lounge/dining room so you may be disturbed by late-nighters/early risers. Rooms 1 and 2 are accessed from outside - not ideal in bad weather. There is a boot room, which is locked from 7pm to 7am, or lockers are available at the lift station if you don't want to walk back in your ski boots.
Lovely lounge with big fireplace which Liam lit every evening. Tea/coffee available 24/7. Good wifi signal in lounge, hit and miss in the bedroom (the loo had the best reception!). Meals taken at two long tables. A bit of a tight squeeze as not much space to move between them. The chalet was not full; I can't imagine there would be enough room for everyone to sit at table if it had been full. Certainly not enough easy chairs in the lounge. Chalet girls Rosie, Sophie and Amy worked very hard and were friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, chef Danny was laid up with a bad back after giving us a lovely dinner on the first evening but stand-in chefs did a good job keeping us well fed, catering for vegetarians and other dietary preferences. Breakfast could be improved: cereals, bread, jams, cheeses, cold meats, yogurts all good, but hot items (scrambled/fried eggs, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, etc. were in unheated chafing dishes, hence were usually cold or barely warm. Porridge available on request, but again it was not very hot and a bit gloopy, but some may have liked it that way. Little gripes: salt and pepper were in small ramekins on the table so everyone had their fingers in them; baguettes at breakfast and afternoon tea were not cut, so handled by guests when cutting them. Would have been good to wrap a napkin around them - I should have thought to do that myself. And salt and pepper mills/shakers would be good! We ran out of clean mugs on a few occasions, mainly because guests took them to their rooms and didn't return them. Otherwise, very happy with quality and quantity of food. We were even served canapes and bubbly on first and last evenings, and cheese and port on last evening. Oh, one other gripe: it was assumed everyone drank wine and we had to ask for soft drinks, which was squash, but we did get juice with the canapes and on the last evening. Plenty of red and white wine for those who indulged.
We've been to the 3 Valleys many times before but never ventured as far as 1650. It's a great resort for beginners and intermediates. Confident beginners can ski over to Courchevel 1850 and back, or take the free shuttle bus (10 minute ride, buses run every 10 minutes) where there is more than enough to keep all levels happy for a week. A local Courchevel pass also includes Courchevel 1550 and La Tania. With an early start and a 3 Valley pass, it is not difficult for intermediates upwards to ski to Val Thorens/Les Menuires/St Martin via Meribel and back in a day.
Would definitely recommend this chalet and Ski Olympic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Mors has in 2012 undergone a massive refurbishment program.As one of the original chalets in Courchevel 1650, Chalet Mors exudes an atmosphere of authentic charm that is difficult to create in newer chalets. The harmony of its stone exterior is matched when one enters through the heavy wooden door into the warmth of the open plan dining room/lounge. The pitched ceiling is supported by thick wood beams, and meals are taken around long tables which ensure that everyone can sit down together to enjoy great evenings of fine food, wine and relaxation in this most traditional of chalets.Over the years some newer parts have been added to the interior of the chalet, and while some bedrooms are modern and of a good size, others are smaller and more quaint. ... more less