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Choosing a Luxury Ski Chalet

Luxury ski chalets are becoming an increasingly popular option for skiers, especially for those that are searching for a truly pampering vacation, in which everything is taken care of. The only real problem with luxury ski chalets is that, with seemingly limitless options, how does one go about choosing? Since each person has their own idea of what makes a perfect vacation, Ski eGuide is here to help give you some tips and things to consider when searching for the ultimate luxury ski chalet:

Choosing a Luxury Ski Chalet
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1. First and foremost, a top priority should be to determine how close to the slopes you'd like to be. Most ski fanatics, (like those reading this article on Ski eGuide), are likely interested in logging as many runs as possible on the mountain this season. Fortunately, there are many slope side luxury chalets at most resorts to accommodate this passion. In many cases, there may even options to bunker down mid-mountain, whereby your first time on skis each day is heading down the slopes, rather than up a chairlift.

Ski-in/ski-out luxury chalets are perfect for families or larger groups that want to avoid the hassle of getting to and from the mountain. They also lend themselves to giving guests a bit more freedom with their time, since everyone can come and go as they please. The only real downside is that ski-in/ski-out chalets may cost a bit more, so it really comes down to whether or not having this added perk and convenience is worth it.

On the other hand, if skiing isn't the main event or if there are multiple mountains within range that you'd like to ski, a bungalow away from the slopes might not be bad option. Many resorts offer chic, getaway chalets that are perfect for those looking for a little rest and relaxation away from it all.

2. Since all vacationers are looking to indulge a bit, the second thing to consider is the dining experience. These days, most luxury chalets offer either fully catered or self-catered experiences.

 Luxury Ski Chalet
The fully catered option involves professional chefs, sometimes culinary wizards, cooking three personal meals for guests each day. With this option, guests don't have to shop, chop, cook, clean or just generally lift a finger while on vacation. Imagine waking up to a fresh cup of coffee and an inviting scramble with no effort and then coming home after a long day of skiing to a 5-star meal paired with wine. The fully catered experience is the epitome of pampering, but it will come with a bit extra cost.

Self-catering is a fancy term for "cook for yourself." While this option involves a bit more work, it too has its advantages, especially for those who love to cook. For one, cooking for yourself can make you feel at home while on vacation. It can also be great for families with kids, who may be picky eaters. Finally and perhaps most importantly, the do-it-yourself route again gives guests a bit of extra freedom, since catered meals are typically served at set times of the day. This way, you and your fellow vacationers can sleep in and have a late breakfast or just simply not have to plan your day around mealtimes.

3. Who can think of a luxury ski vacation and not think of dipping into a hot tub? The third thing to consider when selecting a luxury ski chalets is what types of perks are necessities at the luxury ski chalet. These days most luxury ski chalets have some type of spa feature, such as hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms or even a swimming pool; some may even have outdoor tubs and pools that are set against stunning mountain panoramas. Before making any final decisions, be sure to scope out what types of tubs the chalet comes with.

4. Now that the most important aspects of the trip - proximity to skiing, cuisine and hot tubs - have been prioritized, the fourth thing to consider when selecting a luxury ski chalet is logistics. Any top notch travel specialist should make sure that all of the logistical details, from A to Z, are in place. Some may even have special concierges that will not only find a luxury ski chalet that meets all of your preferences, but will also take care of the details related to things like flights, transfers, ski hires, lessons, lift passes, childcare, spa visits or pretty much anything else that might be wanted or needed along the way. Remember, when renting a luxury ski chalet, this means you've earned VIP status and should be treated accordingly.

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