VIP SKI chalet catering
Our Executive Chef is passionate about food and hugely sensitive to the appetite of a hungry skier whilst considering a balanced diet. The new and refined 2013 menus are heavy enough to reward mountain exertion yet light and simple enough to leave you grinning not groaning.
All our holidays include;
- Continental breakfast with a cooked option on 6 mornings
- Afternoon tea will be left in the chalet for you to help yourself to freshly made cake or biscuits, bread & jams, selection of teas, coffee and hot chocolate
- Canapés on the first and last evening
- 3 course evening meal (6 nights) followed by cheese board and coffee
- A choice of red and white wine is served throughout dinner
If you are staying in one of our larger CLUB chalets then your chef will be offering canapés and a choice of menu on 6 evenings; a little more choice to pander the penchant of everyone in the party.
Our two hotels, Altitude Lodge in Les Gets and Hotel Montjola in St Anton, include dinner and cooked breakfast on 7 days.
Sample menu to whet your appetite
To prepare you for your day on the mountain, for breakfast you can tuck into croissants and pain au chocolat, yoghurts, bread, jam, honey, selection of cereals, porridge, and cooked breakfast plus orange juice, coffee & a selection of teas.
Waiting for you on your return from a day on the mountain you can expect delights such as Chocolate brownies, Banana and walnut muffins, White chocolate & raspberry cookies and Carrot cake.
For those who prefer the savoury course how about; Spicy tomato & lentil soup, Thai fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce, Courgette, mozzarella, mint & chilli salad or Roasted red pepper & brie tart
For main course your host will freshly prepare dishes such as;
- Morrocan beef tagine served with herby couscous & harissa yoghurt
- Herb marinated pork fillet served with red cabbage braised with apple, bacon & balsamic vinegar, crushed potatoes & garlic courgettes
- Roast leg of lamb with rosemary & peppercorn sauce served with dauphinoise potatoes, french beans and glazed carrots
- Sesame seared salmon served with noodles & stir fried vegetables
If you still have room you can then enjoy something sweet, such as; Lemon and ginger cheesecake, Red berry pudding, Lime and raspberry tart or Chocolate orange mousse cake
Cheese & Coffee
Retire to the lounge and enjoy a fresh coffee and a selection of cheeses.
The dishes above are examples of what you can expect on the menu, please note it is not a confirmed menu for the upcoming season.
Special dietary requests can be catered for, please advise at the time of booking.
Red or white?
Our wines are selected by our Chalet Sommelier, Xavier Rousset. Chief Sommelier at the Hotel du Vin from 1999 to 2004 and Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year in 2002, Xavier then became the youngest Master Sommelier in the world. After working as Head Sommelier at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Xavier opened his own restaurant, Texture, with Head Chef, Agnar Sverrisson in 2007. We are all privileged to enjoy Xavier’s advice and share in his passion.
Alongside our 4 house wines, we have a selection of upgrade wines available to purchase in our chalets.
Please note: Alternative wine and other beverages are available to purchase from the bar at Altitude Lodge in Les Gets and Hotel Montjola in St Anton, but will differ from those listed below. Wine selection may differ across our resorts, please ask your Chalet Host for the upgrade wine list in your resort
Dom Perignon 1999 €140
Dom Perignon 2002 €125
Veuve Cliquot NV €32
Champagne Jacques Picard Brut NV €tbc
Taylors Late Bottle Vintage 2001 €28
Viognier, Château Pesquie 2008 €12
As a grape variety, Viognier is very aromatic, spicy and rich. Sometimes it lacks acidity (which can unbalance a wine), but this is not the case with Chateau de Pesquie. The estate is situated in the beautiful region of the Vaucluse, a short distance from the famous village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. With its lovely notes of apricot, this wine makes an excellent choice for an aperitif.
Paul Zinck, Terroirs Riesling 2008, AOC Alsace €12
Paul Zinck is one of the under-rated Alsace region’s most dynamic producers, making some beautiful wine from the region’s classic grape varieties (Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer). This Riesling expresses the typical aromatic and elegant character of the grape. It is perfectly dry (there’s nothing sweet or confected about this wine), deliciously opulent, with intense hints of ripe lime fruit and a slight smokiness. A great partner for pork (which is found in much Alsatian cuisine) and for spicier, Asian-influenced dishes.
Costiere des Nimes Cuvée Trassegum Blanc 2008 €13
This wine has a straw yellow colour and a floral, vanilla-tinged nose. It offers great balance, with the weight of the roussanne grape (fermented in oak barrels) combining perfectly with the perky liveliness of the grenache and rolle/vermentino grapes (fermented in vats). It is full and long on the palate.
Chateau Bauduc Sauvignon 2011 €12
Made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the 25 acres of Sauvignon that surround Englishman Gavin Quinney’s Chateau Bauduc, this is brilliantly crisp, zingy and full of grassy, lemony flavours. It has been the house white at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin 3* restaurant for twelve vintages on the trot, a ‘special selection’ of Rick Stein’s for a decade and, more recently, the prestige house white at the Hotel du Vin.
Chablis Fevre 2010 €17
Owned by Bouchard Pere et Fils, this domaine has improved dramatically over the past 10 years. Whilst it comes from a large producer, the range is among the most reliable in the Chablis appellation. It is no wonder that the Fevre name appears on most good restaurant wine lists!
Michelas Saint Jemms Crozes Hermitage Blanc 2011 €18
While most wines from Crozes Hermitage are red, here is an example of the lovely whites that are also produced there in small quantities. Made from the classic Rhone grape varieties Marsanne and Roussanne, the wine is quite round and full on the palate, with soft flavours of peaches and pears. Try it as an interesting alternative to Chardonnay.
Meursault de Montille 2009 €38
Both Meursault and De Montille are names from Burgundy: the first being the village the wine comes from, the second being the family that made it. Alix de Montille is the daughter of the highly respected Volnay and Pommard producer, Hubert de Montille. This wine is everything you would expect from a good Meursault: rich, creamy, but very well-balanced. Burgundy is a hard wine region to understand but the best tip I can give you is to rely on the producer. In this one you are in safe hands.
Vignerons de Buxy Tete de Cuvee 2007, AOC Montagny 1er Cru €17
Here is a beautifully rounded oaked Chardonnay from premier cru vines in Burgundy’s popular Montagny appellation. On the nose, the oak is remarkably subtle – as far away as you could possibly get from Aussie or Californian oaked Chardonnays. On the palate, there are flavours of orange/lemon peel and pineapple, allied to the gentle butteriness that is so typical of Chardonnay. The wine is hitting its peak right now, having benefitted from 3-4 years of bottle age. A great wine for creamy dishes.
Bordeaux Chantegrive Rubis 2005 €11
Based on the Merlot and the two cabernets (Franc and Sauvignon), this grape variety is from the excellent vintage of 2005. Chantegrive is from the cote de Castillion, neighbour to St Emillion. This wine is drinking extremely well and the moment and is fabulous when served with lamb or slow cooked beef.
Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah, François Villard 2009 €13
Francois Villard is a highly talented wine maker who puts a huge amount of effort into all his red wines – and it shows. Well-balanced, slightly spicy with plenty of red fruit, this wine will do well on a cold evening and is delicious when served with lamb.
Fleurie Vieilles Vignes, Chignard 2010 €16
Made from Gamay (old vines), this is one of the great classics of the Beaujolais region just north of Lyon. Forget any preconceptions built on disappointing experiences with Beaujolais Nouveau: this is proper wine. It is light-bodied, full of sweet red fruit and has a touch of black pepper. As always, the producer is the key to a good wine – Chignard being one of the best established in Fleurie.
Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Les Cimels Rouge 2009, AOC Costieres de Nimes €12
At the bottom of the Rhone Valley lies in the Costiere de Nimes appellation, a close neighbour to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Chateau d’Or et de Gueules is one of the stars of the appellation, making amazingly rich and deep wines. It has been awarded great marks by Robert Parker, Gilbert & Gaillard and may other leading journalists. The wine (60% Syrah, 30% Carignan and 10% Grenache) from the fabulous 2009 vintage, has a complex nose of dark fruits, freshly cracked black pepper and herbes de Provence. The palate is full-bodied with rich, juicy fruit filling the mouth. If ever a wine was designed to be drunk on a cold winter’s night, halfway up a mountain, surely this is it.
Nicolas Potel, AOC Chorey-les-Beaune 2010 €13
Potel is one of the star names across Burgundy, a reference for elegant Pinot Noir. Chorey-les-Beaune is an appellation close to the Beaune itself and is an excellent source of wines that are ready to drink early. This young wine has a lovely red ruby colour. On the nose, there is a complex bouquet of cherries, black fruits and light vanilla notes. The palate is quite fresh, with a lot of typical Pinot notes. Classic Burgundy Pinot.
Chateau Caillou les Martins 2009, AOC Lussac St Emilion €13
This Merlot-dominant Lussac St Emilion will appeal to both the Bordeaux traditionalist and the modern drinker. It has a classic Bordeaux profile, with oak influences that don’t overpower the wine. Its juicy intense blackcurrent flavours will strike a cord with those drinkers who enjoy a more modern style of wine. With its lovely round body, soft tannins and beautiful balance, it is a perfect partner for beef.
Domaine le Fourmone Maitre de Chais 2009 €17
The wines of Vacqueras in the southern Rhone Valley tend to be rich, concentrated and full-bodied and this is no exception. It is packed with aromas of ripe and candied fruit, liquorice, black pepper and spices. The palate is rich, warming and spicy, with flavours of bramble fruit, coffee and Provencal herbs. But it manages to balance all of that with an elegant freshness – something many wines from this region fail to do. A perfect winter red, so pair it up with deep warming stews or roast venison.
We'll do the cooking!
Imagine all the pleasure of a dinner party with friends every evening for a week; without the cooking, the taxi, the babysitter or the washing up. You don’t even have to bring a bottle, our celebrated sommelier has taken care of that. Nothing whets the appetite quite like a day on the mountain. Fuel your passion with a full hearty breakfast and then reward your daily exertions with a seductively sinful teatime treat balanced by an evening of healthy fine dining.