Chalet Pelerin – the ultimate heli-ski safari in the Alps
Issue 7 / 28 September 2018
Chalet Pelerin – the ultimate heli-ski safari in the Alps

Take to the skies and enjoy an epic heli-ski adventure from luxury Chalet Pelerin in the French Alps.

Serena Norton

The Chalet - Savoyard sophistication

With seven world-class ski resorts, including Sainte Foy and Val d’Isere, under a 30 minute drive away, Chalet Pelerin provides a base from which guests can enjoy extreme mountain adventures. Nestled between Savoyard farm buildings, Chalet Pelerin is situated on the French and Italian border in the small, authentic village of Le Miroir. Perfectly situated, the chalet gives guests access to incredible ski terrain as well as offering privacy and a taste of the local culture.

As much as Chalet Pelerin is about outdoor adventure, you won’t be disappointed to return to this cosy mountain retreat. With sheepskin throws, wooden beams, oversize leather sofas and antlers hung above large stone fireplaces, this is alpine chic at its best.

The property accommodates 14 people in total and has four king-size bedrooms, a bunk room with four twin beds and a children’s playroom with a built-in twin bunk bed. With a private balcony, log fire and steam shower, the master suite is particularly luxurious.

After a day tackling the powder, take a dip in the indoor saltwater pool, revive yourself in the Finnish sauna or soak aching muscles in the outdoor hot tub.

The Food - French flavours galore

Afterwards settle down to a feast created by your own private chef - whether you prefer fondue, wood-fired pizza or something more extravagant, your chef can tailor the menu to your preferences. Eat around the family-style dining table or on the terrace beneath the fairylights whilst admiring views of Mont Pourri. French wines also take centre stage, with nightly pairings by an in-house Sommelier.

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The Skiing: incredible mountain-based adventures await...

  1. Region - The Tarentaise Valley
  2. Average annual snowfall - 3.75m
  3. High point of terrain - 3,653m (Tignes, Grand Motte Glacier)
  4. Skiable terrain - 1,500 km on-piste / unlimited off-piste
  5. Average run vertical - 1,000 to 2,200m
  6. Average heli time per day - 20 minutes
  7. Average number of runs per day - 20 piste / 2 heli drops
  8. Highly-trained IFMGA certified heli-ski guides
  9. Complimentary use of high-end skis specially adapted for heli-ski and off-piste snow conditions in the French Alps
  10. All avalanche safety equipment is included

A recommended itinerary - from France to Italy

A mix between on-piste, off-piste and heli-skiing, a different resort every day, not to mention epic backwater powder and an extraordinary variety of terrain - this really is the ultimate ski adventure.

After arriving and settling in to the chalet, start the week as you mean to go on with an early morning yoga session before skiing the sunny slopes of La Rosiere. Next, a quick trip over to Italy for a gourmet lunch before returning to the chalet, taking in some incredible off-piste terrain en-route, for drinks and dinner in the chalet’s Alpage.

Start day three off with a hearty breakfast before heading over to Tignes and Val d’Isere for some on and off-piste skiing. You might even fit in some heli-skiing before enjoying the apres scene at the famous Folie Douce.

On day four perhaps you might like to try a different kind of winter adventure - cross country ski, ice skate, dogsled or paraglide at Les Arcs - the options are endless. The next day might see you enjoy the local slopes of Sainte Foy before returning to Chalet Pelerin for cocktails and canapes and a soak in the hot tub.

Summer at Chalet Pelerin

Summer days at Chalet Pelerin are just as exciting. From cycling through the Tarentaise Valley, swimming in the river, hiking the mountainous landscape to guided via ferrata, rock climbing and horse riding, the options are endless.

So what are you waiting for - book now for the trip of a lifetime. Prices start at €5,865 per night based on 10 guests. This includes guide service offering customised adventure itineraries, all gear required for activities, pre-arrival planning, use of the Alpage, chef-prepared breakfast, apres and dinner, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and all lift tickets.

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