Switzerland can be a wonderfully rewarding destination to visit on a ski trip and even if you don’t plan to take to the piste, exploring or simply admiring the beautiful Swiss scenery can also keep you entertained. Staying in a chalet is the perfect way to feel at one with the environment and a chalet can cater to anything from romancing couples to huge families. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles from green eco-chalets through to luxury accommodation,and your budget as well as your personal preferences will affect which type of chalet you stay in.
However, there are some pitfalls to avoid when booking a holiday in a Swiss chalet and it is important to think about everything from when you book your flights through to which company you book your chalet through.
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So, what do you need to look out for and how can you ensure your holiday will be remembered for all the right reasons?
Don‘t Blindly Book
If you want to going skiing or snowboarding, it is important to ensure you book your holiday when the snow is at its best for enjoying these outdoor sports, and your experience level will impact what weather you want to enjoy. Booking a chalet in the depths of the chilly winter may not suit everyone, but for hard-core skiers looking for deep snow, the freezing winter conditionsare ideal.
Consider the following:
- March and February are the best months for skiing in Switzerland
- You will need to ensure that your chalet is equipped to keep you warm
- January is the coldest month, making the slopes too cold for some to tackle
- December is popular for those looking to enjoy a white Christmas
Think carefully about what you want to do during your stay, as this will affect what weather you should experience. For example, if you plan on mountain biking or hiking you may prefer to visit in the warmer summer months but if you are going for the skiing, then winter through to early spring is best.
Don’t Forget to Research the Location
Where your chalet is located is extremely important in terms of what you plan to do during your holiday. There is no point in booking a chalet in Verbier if you want to explore Davos as this will require you to rent a car and travel, which isn’t always easy during the snow-falling months. Contact the company offer the chalet rental to enquire about the best location for various activities and conduct some online research yourself.
Think About which Activities Interest you
What activities you want to do will also affect where your chalet should be situated. If you enjoy mountain biking, then here are some of the reasons why you should stay in a chalet in Verbier:
- It is home to countless tracks
- There are endless cross-country paths
- Verbier is known for its exhilarating downhills
If you prefer to go skiing Verbier is also a popular hotspot as is Davos, Grindelwald, Gstaad and Saas-Fee. Klosters is a good place to stay if you want to hike in the summer just like Crans Montana, and it is important to remember to think about what activities you want to do when booking your chalet.
Don’t Leave it too Late, Remember to Book Early
Christmas is always a popular time of year as are the Easter and summer UK school holiday periods, so remember to book early if you plan on visiting during these peak times. If the chalet you want is already booked, contact the chalet rental company to find out if they have a similar chalet during that period to save you the time of starting your search over.
Another important point to take note of in order to book a great holiday in a Swiss chalet is whether or not you want to go to a quiet place or you prefer to stay somewhere that is a hive of activity.For example, if you are visiting with children you might want to book a chalet that is located close to entertainment venues to keep them occupied. However, if you are staying with your loved one, it may be a better idea to find a chalet in the countryside away from the hustle and bustle of a popular resort town.
Lastly, when you book your chalet in Switzerland, ensure you choose one that has everything you needand if you want a luxury Swiss chalet find one that comes with an indoor pool, a sauna, a private gym and a wine cellar. Making sure you think about when you book, where the chalet is, what you want to do and what you need your chalet to offer will help you to plan a truly memorable holiday.
Juliet Martin is writing in a freelance basis for the Luxury Chalet Collection. Founded in 2010, it is the finest collection of luxury ski chalets and luxury ski lodges to rent in the Alps.