Chalet Là Bas – review

I was invited to go and visit the family run catered chalet near Bourg-Sain-Mauice, Chalet Là Bas (www.chalet-la-bas.com) by Steve and Connie Nash. It was my first experience of skiing in France and the first time to stay in a catered chalet, and I was quite impressed with both. Chalet Là Bas has easy access to some of the best slopes that France (and some would say Europe) offers. The chalet is within less than 30 minutes of such great as Val d’isere (Espace Killy), Sainte Foy, Rossiere, the 3 Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens) can be reached in about an hours drive. It’s home resort of Les Arcs is just 5 minutes drive away.

About Chalet Là Bas

Steve and Connie run a very personal service in their 8-10 person chalet. With many years of experience in the hospitality industry across Europe (including Italy, France, Spain & Greece) Chalet La Bas is really more like a mini hotel.

Originally opened in December 2008, the chalet boasts modern facilities like satellite TV, WiFi internet internet access and a wide collection of DVDs. They  also offer a host of traditional chalet comforts like a wooden fire, large kitchen seating up to 10 people, and a comfortable livingroom. The chalet is open to individuals or to whole groups. Small children are accommodated in the event you rent the whole chalet. In our week at the chalet we got to know the other residents over dinner and evening chats. The whole experience is a very social one.

The chalet itself is beautifully decorated, and some of Steve’s own artwork can be found through out the chalet. The chalet’s is over 200 years old, which you’d guess from the inside, but you’d never know from the inside.

When we were there they had a beautiful chalet dog, Tina. She was the official chalet dog will make welcome everyone with an enthusiastic tail wag, sadly she’s now moved on to warmer pastures. Tina you’ll be missed ! 

Location

Chalet La Bas is 5 km from the funicular in Bourg-Saint-Maurice that takes you straight to Les Arcs 1600. While the chalet is not ski-in / ski-out, the chalets’ proximity to the many different resorts and their generous & flexible shuttle service means you won’t be left stranded. At the funicular you can rent ski gear, get some snacks and purchase lift passes. The village Bourg offers a selection of bars for aprés ski just a few minutes walk from the funicular, sadly there isn’t any place to get a drink right at the funicular. You can celebrate the end of each days of skiing at bars at the top of the funicular at 1600. The funicular will bring you back down the mountain every 20 minutes until 8pm Monday – Thursday and 9pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday. If you are adventurous you can even ski all the way down.

Catering

Catering includes a cooked breakfast in the morning along with a continental offerings of croissants, jams & pan-au-choclat, juices, coffee & tea. an after skiing hot drink and homemade cake by Connie to help you get warmed up. A homemade four course evening meal is also provided  (starter, main course, desert & cheese plate) along with a choice of wine.

You won’t go hungry at Chalet La Bas, and you certainly won’t go thirsty, they run an honesty bar, where a pint of beer will cost you just €1.

Pickup & delivery

Transfers from airports Geneva, Chambery or Lyon airports are possible. And as part of their service, daily transfers to and from the funicular in Bourg-Saint-Maurice are offered. And depending on availability, transfers to some of the other nearby resorts.

Accommodation

The chalet offers 1 double room, I twin room, 1 triple room and a family room with a double, a single and a sofa bed. All rooms have an en suite shower or bath. The rooms are quite bright and spacious, here are some shots of our room.

Location

The chalet is located between the villages of Landry & Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

See map (C marks the location of the Chalet),

  • Lyon airport : 180km
  • Geneva airport : 140km
  • Chambéry airport : 95km

Other advantages

Previously we had only used self-catering chalets, these on paper can look like a cheaper alternative to catered. When taking into account the time and expense for breakfast and dinner, and the fact that you won’t have to worry about the washing up

Ski Safari

Connie and Steve are at hand to offer you advice to what slopes you should be trying for your level of skiing / snowboarding. For an extra cost you can do their ski safari, where you will visit a different resort each day, this is definitely recommended for experienced skiers looking for an extra challenge, or those of you who get bored of 6 or 7 days at the same resort. Steve will guide you through some of the resorts during the week to show you the best and funnest runs as well as his personal recommendations for tasty lunches.

Contact Chalet Là Bas

website : http://www.chalet-la-bas.com/

facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chalet-la-Bas/307892939258979

Chalet làs Bas has limited availability for the 2013 season as of now, so don’t hesitate with getting in touch with Steve & Connie.

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