We arrived late evening and were welcomed by the 2 Crystal Ski chalet hosts Dave & Lewis. They had kept us a 3 course dinner for us which was very much appreciated after a long day travelling!
The room we had was on the ground floor. We requested this as we wanted a decent shower and as much space as possible. The upstairs rooms are in the eaves and so have less space. Talking to other guests they didn't have a proper shower but just one over the bath which was also short. We made the right choice with our early request.
The beds were comfortable. Reasonably firm with no lumps! After a good day skiing we certainly had no problems sleeping! (That might also be down to wine & beer?!)
The breakfast is pretty limited. The lads do a cooked option of 3 items which varies slightly daily: scrambled egg, beans & speck; fried egg, mushroom & beans; poached egg, tomato & speck etc etc (speck is Italian thin sliced ham like Parma ham).
The ski hire shop (Ski 2000) was close by, but at the bottom of a reasonably steep hill. The quality of the equipment is very good. I was given comfortable boots and my skis had good edges.
Skiing the region is excellent! There's endless amount of runs and we didn't get to them all by any means. You could go somewhere different every day if you wish.
At the end of the day there is an easier path to walk back up to the chalet in your ski boots that is not so steep. If you are skiing down to the gates opposite Luis Keller bar, don't go all the way down! Instead, stop about 100 yards up the track where there is a crossing path. You will see a small hotel and car park on the left. Come off here and cross over the road to take the low gradient path back! We took a reccy trip from the chalet to work this out first after enquiring with the chalet boys.
There's a ski and boot room at the chalet to keep your equipment safe and to dry out your boots.
Back at the chalet late afternoon the lads lay on home baked cake for the guests which differs daily. These were very tasty (as long as the other chalet residents haven't eaten it all before you get there as happened to my friend!)
Dinner is at 7.30pm and is a 3 course set meal. The food on the whole was very good but being a small set up catering for 12 or 13 people, the choice was limited to the set meal. If you don't like it, or you have fussy eaters in your party you might find this awkward. There was only a couple of dishes I wasn't that keen on. I'm just used to hotels with more choice and so that's my only quibble and no fault of the lads cooking which is good. The wine served at dinner is just about drinkable but I'm a bit of a wine snob I'm afraid and in the end went to the supermarket to buy my own!
This is the first time I've been in a chalet and usually favour hotels. I think to be honest it's not for me and would choose a hotel next time. I can see the attraction though, and if you like this sort of thing then the personal service is great. The things I wasn't keen on were that we had to share a table with a couple of other guests who we had absolutely nothing in common with (likewise to the rest of the residents, but the other people are always a gamble to who you get, wherever you go!). The other thing was having to go out to eat one night. I fully understand that the lads need a day off and this is fine. It's just something to bear in mind when budgeting your holiday!!
Would I go back to Selva? Yes! Brilliant Ski area.
- Also Known As:
- Garni L'Salvan Val Gardena/Selva Di Val Gardena, Italy