Gone are the days of looking for a chalet as ‘just somewhere to sleep’ while skiing. Now it is all about high quality catered luxury ski chalets, Egyptian cotton, vintage champagne, fine wines, haute cuisine, indoor pools, spas, foie gras and hot tubs.

To the discerning skier of today the quality and the luxury chalet experience might even be higher up the wish list than the depth of the fresh powder.

When choosing a luxury chalet as much consideration is given to the reputation of the chef, the range of the menu, the quality of the wine list, the size of the pool, even the staff to guest ratio, as is the consideration given to the location, resort height and snow record.

Well-heeled, but time poor, guests expect the very highest standards for their precious time away from the Boardroom, the hedge fund portfolio or the next big M&A transaction. They enjoy the finer things and expect the same when they are on vacation. This is where the luxury ski chalet comes into its own.

After making fresh tracks from a days heliskiing, today’s chalet guest looks forward to being looked after at the very highest level. Chauffeured from the piste to their luxury ski chalet where a refreshing glass of champagne awaits them together with foie gras and truffle canap├ęs. Some personal pampering in the luxury well-being spa readies you for your Michelin star dinner.

Many luxury ski chalets are located in the top end French and Swiss ski resorts of Courchevel, Verbier, Meribel, Klosters among other places. The locations in the resort tend to be very private, but getting into the centre of the resort or to the lifts in the morning is no problem at all with chauffeurs on standby around the clock to take you. High quality luxury ski chalets together with some of the very best skiing on offer makes for the perfect mix. Because of the many facilities that these chalets offer, guests who do not ski can still have a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday to remember.

Catering for every need of their guests is what the best luxury ski chalets aim to do and a number to it very well. Simple things like booking lift passes, arranging ski equipment, organizing guiding/heliskiing and providing chauffeurs is now standard, and expected, offering – taking away the hassle and replacing it with a seamless and time saving service at the highest level. Anticipating the needs of guests is the priority. The best chalets do this effortlessly.