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When considering a ski holiday one of the first things you’ll be thinking about is where you’ll be staying. Ski holidays offer a selection of different accommodation types which suit all types of traveller. These also come with various benefits as well as some good and not so good things. Here are some of the main types of ski accommodation, as well as some of the features, pros and cons.

Catered Chalets

Chalets are one of the best types of ski holiday accommodation. Often they are stand-alone buildings that look a bit like large huts and are designed in a wonderful mountain/alpine style. Chalets are great for groups and might come with 5 or 6 days catering. This means you can spend more time on the mountain, followed by relaxing, without having to worry about cooking, cleaning and all those other tasks which are nice to get away from while on holiday. Chalets are often referred to as a home from home due to the warm and cosy designs.

Common features of catered chalets

  • Might come in a holiday package with flights and transfers
  • 5 or 6 days catering. Including afternoon cake and wine with dinner
  • Private rooms and bathrooms
  • Dining area and lounge
  • Hot tubs or saunas
  • Free wifi
  • Shared with others when not booked for a private group

Pros

  • Great for groups
  • Often decorated in a classic alpine style
  • Catering is a time saver and can also be a money saver
  • Sociable environment
  • Good for budgeting your costs

Read more on the reasons to book a chalet for your ski holiday.

Cons

  • You may have to share the public areas (although not the rooms with other guests you don’t know)
  • The menu will often be fixed
  • They can sometimes be pricey
Beautiful lounges in catered Chalets - Chalet Altair in Nendaz Switzerland ©Skiworld~
Chalet Altair in Nendaz Switzerland ©Skiworld
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Apartments

Apartments are another type of ski accommodation and are often located in larger buildings such as blocks. They normally come with a lounge and kitchen as well as various bedrooms and bathrooms. As well as the bedrooms there is often a sofa bed where someone in your group might have to sleep.

Ski apartments have come a long way and you’ll now find a good range, from very basic to high end and luxurious. You may even manage to find apartments located in the heart of the resort, or that offer the option of ski-in or ski-out.

Common features of ski apartments

  • Kitchen and cooking facilities
  • Dining table
  • Lounge
  • Several bedrooms
  • Private bathroom
  • Shared public facilities

Pros

  • Good for families and groups
  • Allows you to cook your own meals which is handy if you have special dietary requirements
  • Can be a cost-saver for families and groups
  • Good range of options to suit all budgets

Cons

  • You’ll have to cook or eat out
  • Often there is a sofa bed, so not all private rooms
Ski accommodation building
image via Unsplash

Hotels

Hotels can offer luxurious and provide high-end experiences. The best hotels will come with swimming pools, spa facilities, saunas, restaurants and bars. The rooms will be private and can cater for smaller sized parties such as 2-4.

Common features of ski hotels

  • Private rooms with a bathroom
  • Various meal options such as bed and breakfast, half-board or full-board
  • Wellness facilities such as pool, sauna or steam room
  • Bar or/and restaurant on site
  • Shuttle services to and from the piste (if necessary)

Pros

  • Can be very luxurious
  • Often great wellness facilities
  • Sometimes meals are included such as bed and breakfast, half board or full-board

Cons

  • Not great for large groups
  • Can be more expensive
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (hotel room)
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – Image by @mikecleggphoto

Self-catered chalets

Another more recent type of ski accommodation you could consider is a self-catered chalet. These offer the benefits of staying in a beautiful chalet but without the catering. This means the initial cost can be slightly less. Self-catered chalets often have to be booked as a whole for your group, ie a 6 person group in a 6 person chalet. This is nice though meaning you have the entire property to yourself.

Common features of self-catered chalets

  • Kitchen facilities
  • Private rooms and bathrooms
  • Dining area and lounge
  • Free wifi
  • Sometimes a sauna or steam room

Pros

  • Can be cheaper than a catered chalet of the same specification and holiday date
  • Cooking facilities
  • Good for families and groups
  • Can be cosy and feel like a home from home

Cons

  • No catering
  • The entire property has to be booked as a whole
Self-Catered Chalet St Moritz in La Plagne
Self-Catered Chalet St Moritz in La Plagne – ©Skiworld
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