I didn’t realise quite how time consuming blogging could be! Every time I think about posting something new, I am overcome with the guilt that I could be doing something slightly more useful. It’s half term now though, albeit the end of half term, so I have some time on my hands and perhaps I can get back into the swing of it.
I am currently sitting on the train coming back from holiday – I spent a week in Morzine, France with my family for a skiing holiday. It was fantastic!! I had a wonderful time and so thought I would share my experience with you. We stayed with Mountain Mavericks – a small British chalet company run by Emma and Olly. They have three chalets and one hotel, all in Morzine.
Morzine is about an hour and 20 minutes drive from Geneva airport, where Mountain Mavericks picked us up in their mini van. Most of the people who work for Mountain Mavericks are English, though there are also some Australians. All of the chalets girls, drivers, and chefs are in their twenties and loving life, and a lot of them are planning on doing another season.
We stayed in Chalet Chambertin, with three members of staff. Each morning we could chose whether we wanted a wake up call and a cup of tea, We then bundled down for breakfast where there was an array of warm croissants and pain au chocolat straight from the oven, as well as crispy french bread. I had spoken to Mountain Mavericks before we arrived to let them know that I’m gluten free, and they were fantastic about it all. I was given little gluten free croissants every morning, so didn’t feel left out at all! We could also have a cooked breakfast each morning if we wanted it, and this was different each day. The cooked breakfast this morning was Croque Madame (very cheesy ham toastie with an egg on top), which was wonderfully delicious.
After breakfast, we kitted up (they have a lovely warm boot room to dry out your ski clothes) and were given a lift to the slopes. It’s about a 5-10 minute dive depending on where you want to be dropped off. In Prodains there’s a cable car that goes straight up to Avoriaz, the central ski area, so we usually got this. What I like about Morzine is how there are so many places you can ski to. It’s on average about 1800m, and definitely no shortage of snow. It’s easy to ski over to Les Gets, and also Switzerland (Les Crosets and Champoussin being relatively close and easy to get to).
At the end of a day’s skiing we were picked up from our chosen destination and taken back to the chalet, where tea and cake was waiting for us. The chef made some wonderful cakes, ranging from millionaire shortbread and brownies to cherry and dark chocolate cake, and my personal favourite – strawberry and white chocolate cake. He made them all gluten free, so there was no fussing around, and they were the best GF cakes I have ever eaten.
After tea and cake we jumped in the hot tub which helped to ease our aching muscles. It’s quite amazing to sit there surrounded by white snowy mountains. The sauna was next, which dried us off and made us all very sleepy! We then had time to laze around before dinner, which they served at 8pm.
There was a four course meal every night, and all of the food was cooked and presented to a very high standard. The starters were probably my favourite part of the meal, and included little goats cheese tarts (all of them were made GF) with a rocket salad, carrot and coriander soup, and foie gras. After the main and pud we had local cheese, and were told a little fun fact about it each night.
It was so lovely to not have to worry about anything all week. Everything was sorted out for us, and it was a great relaxing holiday. The snow was great, especially on the Swiss side. The chalet was nice and cosy and had the beloved hot tub and sauna, and the staff were all jolly and helpful. I have no complaints at all, and highly recommend Mountain Mavericks to anyone. They were very accommodating and took my gluten intolerance seriously. They are also great with kids, and provided everything from car seats to plastic cups.
The best recommendation that I can give you though is that this was the fourth time we’ve been to stay in Chalet Chambertin with Mountain Mavericks! And if snow sports isn’t your thing, you can also go and stay there in the summer where they will organise activities for your ranging from mountain biking to paragliding. There are also some lovely walks!
Service and staff: 9/10 – Very happy, though the weather was awful one day and they weren’t too keen on picking us up from the slopes a bit earlier (usual time is 4pm at the earliest).
Food: 10/10 – Done to an excellent restaurant standard, and always a lot of it!
Gluten-Free: 10/10 – Can’t complain. They were very accommodating and I never felt left out. They went to a real effort to check every label. They also made me a little packed lunch to take for lunch each day, as I didn’t think french alpine restaurants would be very clued up about gluten free.
Accommodation: 9/10 – Lovely, warm and cosy. The room I was staying in was a little on the small side though.
Resort: 10/10 – Didn’t bother us at all having to be driven to the slopes. Great area and good snow.
Total: definitely 10/10 – Absolutely loved it, and will be going back!