Luxury Skiing

Chalets are in demand as skiers try to avoid poor exchange rates – and high prices in resorts – by booking all-inclusive holidays in English pounds.

Some chalets can deliver exceptional value in tough economic times. The robust breakfast of fresh bread, home-made jams, cereals and cooked traditional English (the latter a pricey extra in hotels) sets you up for a high-energy day on the slopes.

Happily, the standard of chalets in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France has improved vastly in the past decade. Gone are the days of creaking floors and non-soundproofed walls, tired-looking communal bathrooms with only enough hot water for first-comers, and mediocre food from untrained cooks.

These days you’ll find en suite bath or shower rooms, communal spa facilities and conscientious staff no longer simply doing a minimal job for you in order to fund their own skiing.

I took a quick look while trying to find a good-value luxury chalet holiday in a sought-after ski area. I searched for easy access to the world-famous 4 Valleys in Switzerland, as it is still one of the most popular with British skiers, despite high prices in bars, shops and restaurants.