We spent a fantastic week at Chalet Chocard during our half term week in February 2011. It was very much a last minute booking and Laura at Snowcrazy was efficient and helpful and made sure we got a great deal and that all the arrangements were in place before our arrival, including a free night and dinner in the chalet at the start of our holiday as we arrived a night early and also free transportation to and from Geneva Airport which was a big financial bonus
La Rosiere is a very pretty village looking straight across the valley at Les Arcs. The La Rosiere ski area connects to La Thuile in Italy where the skiing was fantastic. My 12 year old went over there most afternoons for a pizza and icecream. There is a large selection of shops and restaurants up in the village. We were slightly concerned about the proximity of the chalet to the slopes as the kids never like having to haul their boots and skis about and so we usually prefer ski in ski out. However, we need not have worried. Whilst the chalet offers a complimentary minibus up and down at your requested time in the morning and evening, the free local bus runs past the chalet every 15 minutes and the bus stop is literally a 20 step walk up the road from the chalet. The bus drivers spoke excellent English and were always very pleasant. The village was maximum one mile away and was a pleasant walk for anyone with time on their hands. Snowcrazy also offer a lift up and down to the village on the staff’s evening off but we chose to take the bus up and have a leisurely walk back down after a fabulous pizza in Le Petit Danois.
The chalet itself was lovely in a peaceful forested area. There was a huge hottub at the front of the chalet with far-reaching views through the trees across the valley. There was also a steam room though we didn’t use it. There was a large wraparound balcony on the first floor, ideal for catching the sun and enjoying the views. My husband and I had the master bedroom suite on the first floor and it was very quaint with lots of lovely carved pine and hearts, an en suite and a door out onto the balcony, underfloor heating and plenty of storage space. The kids, 12 and 15, had an enormous bedroom on the floor above with en suite shower room. Close enough for comfort but far enough away for a bit of peace! The chalet maid made the beds if requested. There was always abundant hot water for showers.
There was a massive dining table which would easily accommodate 12 people and a lounge area which would be cosy for 12 unless u were all from the same group as is often the case. There was a large selection of dvds and books for guests’ use. There was sky tv also an ipod/iphone docks and free wifi. Breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner were all provided by Jenny and Jamie, a young English couple with Jamie dolng all the cooking. There was a hot option plus divine croissants, cereal, juices etc in the morning and home baked cakes in the afternoon. Canapes were served around 7 and dinner was a very substantial three course affair, followed by coffee and a cheeseboard! Jamie worked hard to produce a great dinner in the evening with a wide range of vegetables accompanying the main course and a highly calorific dessert to follow. They were happy to make menu changes for things which the kids didn’t like. Meals were served with local wines.
The rest of the Snowcrazy team whom we met were Fiona, the very excellent ski guide and chauffeur, and Jason, Ben and Chris who organised the ski hire, lift passes, online check-in on the way home etc. Ski equipment, lift passes etc were all delivered to the chalet. The tech guys were happy to bring other boots for my daughter to try when her feet were in agony after her first day on the slopes. This was great rather than having to go up to one of the numerous ski shops in town.
This was our first Snow Crazy experience and all in all I could thoroughly recommend them and would have no hesitation in coming back to Chalet Chocard again and would be happy to recommend it to friends.