We went to Nancroix as first time skiers and happened upon Chalet Iris as part of extensive research. The price was very good and the lay out for our two families worked really well. Communication by the owner Russ was superb. He explained everything and was very patient with me for my many questions! He was always very quick to respond to my emails.
I had read reviews of Chalet Iris and noted the mentions that the chef Charlotte received…little prepared us for the incredible quality of the food Charlotte served us each day!!! She is an awesome chef and should be awarded a Michelin star all of her own!! That as well as being a lovely person! Chatting with other chalet-dwellers throughout our stay last week made us realise that not all chalet chefs produce such amazing food!
The holiday was in two halves really, one focussed around the food and the cosy warm chalet and the other, the skiing. As first-time skiers we were expecting to spend time on nursery slopes but to be honest, there weren’t any! The ski school we used (ESF) on recommendation by Russ were brilliant and the instructors were good at pushing you to reach your full potential. Some of the blue runs were a little bit challenging but lots were very nice and easy, especially La Foret. Look out for ski instructor Sophie who was lovely!
Back to the chalet – the owner Russ was superb. He took us to the ski school every day just before 0900 and picked us up in the afternoon. He was happy to drive via the supermarket for a few provisions to keep us going on the slopes. Nothing was too much trouble.
Bit of advice: the bars are a little expensive for what you get – around £11 for fast food burger and small chips and a pathetic little cup of hot chocolate for just over £3. And best bit of advice: take all your own medicines, plasters, paracetamol etc as the chemist is extortionate!! £7 for a small pack of cotton wool pads and £10 for throat lozenges!!!!
If you’re driving, the directions couldn’t be simpler and there was very little snow about. All the main roads were clear. The tolls work out about £65 each way stopping 4 or 5 times on the journey each way at the pay stations. The roads are fast (130km p/h) on the main tolls. The roads up to Nancroix have a lot of tight bends but are fine at sensible speeds. When you arrive at Chalet Iris, be sure to park in the big car park, not the little row of spaces opposite the steps where you go up to the chalet. There are no signs up but apparently you can’t park there according to a very unfriendly English lady who owns a chalet or two nearby. We made that mistake and she intruded on our delicious breakfast on our first morning! Very rude!
Russ recommended We hire ski gear from Rental Republic who were also brilliant giving a 5* service. Everyone we spoke to from the company were very helpful and had no issues in coming out to change skis or boots for a couple of us.
We would definitely choose to return to Chalet Iris again and we can’t recommend it enough. You’ll be thoroughly spoilt and you will leave wanting to take Charlotte home with you! We won’t spoil the surprise with details of what she will cook you but needless to say, we only got in at 1am this morning and I’ve already been out buying ingredients to try and re-create some of Charlottes feasts!!Posted by