The classic ski holiday image involves staying in a cosy, snow-topped chalet and relaxing by a warm fire after a day on the slopes, hot chocolate in hand. But the relative luxury of today’s chalet is in fact at odds with their origin. The term ‘chalet’ actually stems from the Arpitan speaking part of Switzerland and originally referred to the ‘hut of a herder’. With the emergence of the Alpine travel business, chalets were gradually transformed from seasonal dairy cattle farms into holiday homes used by ski and hiking enthusiasts. Over the years, the term ‘chalet’ transformed to its modern general meaning of a ‘vacation house built in an Alpine style’. Chalets can now be found across European and Northern American ski resorts. Chalet ski holidays are a skiing institution What better way to imagine the ideal ski trip than by staying in a traditional building made of wood, with a heavy, gently sloping roof covered in snow, with wide, well-supported, eaves? Staying in a chalet with a group of friends is the perfect way to get away for a fun, activity- based holiday. It’s also great for couples and singles interested in meeting like-minded skiers and anyone wanting an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Ideal for families A chalet skiing holiday is ideal for families, providing a safe, homely atmosphere where the children can play while parents relax. Catered chalet ski holidays offer a real ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere without the cooking, tidying up or cleaning. Cosy, comfortable, relaxed surroundings and delicious home-cooked cuisine washed down with complimentary wine ensures many would not choose anything else! Austria- the perfect example Austria is the perfect destination to test your snow skills and stay in beautiful landscapes and traditional chalets. After the daily piste run you can enjoy authentic Austrian apres-ski in the lively and traditional Tirolean fashion and feast on delicious mountain cooking and celebrated ‘konditorei’ cakes. Austrian ski resorts offer fantastic skiing tuition from beginner to expert and host some of the best family resorts.
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