Portes Du Soleil is one of the largest ski regions in the WORLD! This Swiss French ski region spans 12 ski villages and obviously two countries. Where to stay for the best ski access to all this terrain? We love the Mountain Lodge at Les Crosets – a charming Swiss ski town just above Champery, not over-built or busy like French Avoriaz and Châtel, and not too sleepy like nearby Champoussin.
The Mountain Lodge is a luxury ski in ski out chalet in the heart of this mountain village, with 23 suites, and easy access to a poma lift delivering you to the major slopes Portes Du Soleil skiing of Avoriaz, Crosets, Champoussin, and Morgins. The Lodge has all the modern comforts, spa, dining and bar, spa with hot tub and sauna, set in a traditional wood chalet at 1670-meters.
From your first moment at Mountain Lodge, you are greeted with warmth in the cozy alpine wood lobby and lounge by the fire – its chic but casual. Grand beams, sheepskin throws and pillows, Swiss dot curtains frame the pretty slope view through timber-frame windows. Mountain Lodge staff is friendly and efficient, switching from French to German and English with ease from check in to cocktails to concierge logistics.
Mountain lodge’s private ski room, complete with ski boot dryers, is perfect to shed your stuff and not clutter your alpine chic suite. Our slope-view room had a fantastic balcony, beautiful modern appointments like a fluffy down duvet, lovely bath amenities, robes, and a heated clothing rack.
To the Spa level of the Lodge we beelined in our provided robes to soak and relax après ski, noting a Game Room and Cinema.
Après ski, tea and sweets are served are served afternoons in the Lodge’s fireplace living room, where families gather, played games, and some sipped drinks. That was our queue for a cocktail at the convivial bar after skiing from Champoussin to Champéry, with lunch on the French side – 30 miles of skiing all tolled. Our bartender shared a few of his favorite Portes Du Soleil ski trails and listened to our day’s adventures intently.
Dinner is served to guest of the Mountain Lodge, The Chef’s plat du jour, in a classic Swiss dining room nightly. We loved our handcrafted wood tables with candlelight, homemade soup, followed by deliciously seasoned pork entrée. We retired to the roaring fire in the living room to sip a local Pinot Noir with our decadent pot de chocolate dessert – heaven in a heavenly ski chalet in the Swiss Alps!
After lounging by the fire, chatting with fellow skiers about our Portes Du Soleil ski day, we retired for powdery dreams in our delightful bed, with a view of the groomers working their magic out on the slopes.
Waking eager to ski, we enjoyed a fantastic breakfast buffet, brewed coffee, croissants, local ham and cheese, yogurt, plus freshly made eggs to order, traditional bacon, mushrooms and roast tomatoes. Service is prompt, perfect for us skiers wanting first tracks. Grabbing our warm dry ski boots from heated room, we hit the ski slopes refreshed and refueled. A quick Poma outside the lodge brought us to the manicured slopes every morning.
You can walk from Mountain Lodge to Les Crosets compact village, for fresh cheese, bread and wine, a ski shop, and other essentials, but all our needs were met at the Mountain Lodge except to ski. In fact, Mountain Lodge even has a Ski Shop and Ski School next-door in their pedestrian square.
Mountain Lodge is the ideal location in Portes Du Soleil, you can ski to so many fabulous mountain huts and chalets for a ski in ski out lunch or aperitif. Les Crosets Mountain Lodge is a two-hour drive to Geneva, three to Zurich, with underground parking, or a shuttle can be arranged.
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