CATERED or SELF CATER - 7 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14, CHAMPAGNY- PARADISKI
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About Barrelli Ski
Established in 1992, Barrelli Ski, owned by Steve and Emma have been running this chalet catered and self- catered since 1999. We currently run this chalet exclusively catered. An indoor swimming pool and spa were built in 2010 adding another dimension to this already fantastic chalet. Our two boys were born in 2005 and 2007 and learnt to ski in Champagny and Les Houches where we also own a fantastic 15 person chalet - Rocky Mountain. We have lived in various places in the UK and now love living near sandy surfing beaches in beautiful Cornwall!
Barrelli Ski purchased this Chalet in 2000
Why Barrelli Ski chose Champagny-en-Vanoise
Chalet Sapiniere is in a beautiful situation in a real French village - a fantastic ski resort in its own right with links to practically unlimited skiing and snowboarding. It has a fast, modern lift system and reasonable ski pass prices and various lesson and ski pass deals. In essence, we fell in love with Champagny because it has the best of both worlds - a fantastic ski area but also a natural charm and ambience which makes it different to many mass marketed more touristy French resorts.
What makes this Chalet unique
It is in a stunning setting with beautiful views from the chalet and indoor swimming pool which both look across to the snowy mountains of Courchevel. We are a small family business with nearly 30yrs knowledge and experience, so we really feel we have finely honed our product over many years. Our top priority is providing high quality food and service at very affordable prices.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
We really enjoyed our stay at Sapiniere. The views are stunning and there are open fields behind so you can get out and walk or sledge really easily. BarrelliI Ski run a group of chalets with one for the staff so you have help close by but no-one living in your chalet which is perfect. The team are relaxed and friendly. The facilities are great, more than half our party are kids so having a play area, games room and pool was brilliant. The view from the pool is amazing. It would have been handy to have a box of toys for young children and something the team could provide very easily.. The food was very good but the children’s menu was a bit basic and it would have been nice to see more fruit and veg offered with a variation on ice cream for dessert.
The town is pretty and has a few nice restaurants, supermarket, chemist etc. The walk to the lift is up a steep hill. There is a series of steps at the top making it a challenge with a pushchair. There was another way but it was apparently a half hour walk rather than 15 minutes( I didn’t try it). The skiing in Champagny is great and La Plagne is vast, we didn’t get close to exploring everything. The queues for the telecasting first thing are long but even though it was half term we found the slopes not overcrowded We had a fractured wrist and this was handled super quickly and easily at the local medical centre ( X-ray, cast and out in under half an hour!). The Barelli Ski team has relationship with the ski shop next to the lift where you can leave your skis ( you would not want to get them up and down that hill). Getting 5 adults and 6 kids fitted up in this tiny shop was pretty hideous and took over 2 hours.
Overall, I’d rate this Chalet very highly and we look forward to visiting again
Sunny, spacious savoyarde chalet
We had an amazing stay, the skiing conditions were perfect, the Barrelli Ski staff were delightful and the food absolutely delicious! We were very well looked after, nothing was too much trouble, just don't challenge Mike to a table tennis game!! The on site facilities are amazing, in particular the swimming pool with the incredible views across the valley. The ski hire shop Barrelli Ski recommended were also very good and the free overnight equipment storage makes walking to and from the chalet a piece of cake. The walk up hill in the mornings isn't too bad either, we treated it as a gentle muscle warm up and you have a little mountain stream to keep you company.
The village is nice and compact and typically French - boulangeries and local artisan shops, a lovely old church with a leaning tower and plenty of bars to choose from - although we got to like the 'Code Bar' where a lot of the locals tended to hang out. The Timbale opposite was good for live music (although we got a Queen tribute act :) !!! They weren't that bad actually!
The skiing was excellent, Champagny links directly in with the La Plagne ski area and you can be in La Plagne Centre in just 20 mins (although we preferred staying over in the Champagny sector as it was a lot less busy). You can also be at the top of the Roche de Mio by catching just 4 lifts starting from Champagny village. We felt it was very well conected and the nursary slopes for the little'uns well placed at the top of the gondola. Our kids also loved Marie, their ESF Instructor. We have had some dodgy instructors with the ESF over the years, but when we were booking we were informed the Champagny ESF was very good. And we agree!
We had a fantastic holiday and will definitely recommend staying with Barrelli Ski to our friends and family. Hope to see you next year.
Lovely Savoyard chalet with superb meals
Chalet Sapiniere is part of a small group of associated chalets which can be combined to provide extra accommodation if needed, as we did. Our group of 13 couldn't fit Sapiniere with the sleeping arrangements we required, but by also taking neighbouring Apartment Flocon we were very comfortable and could all fit round the table in Sapiniere for our meals. To access the skiing you have a 'warm up the muscles' walk to the gondola, picking up your hire skis, on the way, at the rental shop where you store boots and skis each day. Your lift passes are organised and waiting for you on arrival and all we had to do was add the extra insurance for slope emergencies. The food was tremendous; from hearty breakfasts to cake and tea for your return from the slopes to the superb evening meals, including very tasty alternatives for our 'veggie'. We were asked to vote for our favourite dishes at the end of our trip and the votes were fairly evenly spread! The wood burning fire in the seating area gave a cheery glow to add to the underfloor heating so toes warmed up nicely while having preprandial drinkies. Bedrooms are comfortable and having a tumble dryer and washing machine available is a useful addition. Sauna, hot tub and pool were used by some of our party and Steve tells me the 'bracing' temperature of the pool has been resolved but was great for after ski wind downs. Finally the staff. We had a warm welcome and introductions to all the 'saisoner/res'. Josh was running the show and nothing was too much trouble. The chefs, Torrie and Kiki produced the wonderful meals and cakes including my birthday cake! Bravo. This was our second visit to the complex and is not the last as we have booked again for next season!’
Warm welcome - amazing team work
From the very start, Chalet Sapiniere and the amazing Barrelli Ski team worked hard to make each of us feel welcome, fully engaged in making our holiday easy and enjoyable, 100% achieved - Thank you Team Sapiniere.
Our food was prepared and delivered professionally – can honestly say, there was not one choice on the menu that I didn’t like, dinner times were yummy (as were the daily cakes).
The property was warm, cosy and well maintained. There was plenty of room for each of us. I really enjoyed relaxing in the Pool, Sauna and Hot Tub after a full day on the slopes.
Chalet Sapiniere, is located in a great spot for easy access to all facilities in the town and the lift up to the slopes.
Amazing team work - each member of the team brought an individual skill/approach to our holiday, yet, the whole team united to deliver fantastic service throughout - customer service was defiantly at the heart of what you do - a big thank you from me - you made our holiday even more enjoyable :)
A Fantastic Place To Be !!
What a fantastic place in a small village of Champagny en Vanoise!!! Chalet Sapiniere and Barrelli ski have been excellent which has made this years ski holiday with friends a memorable one!!!
The hosts were kind, hard working and a "nothing is too much trouble" attitude which has made our stay a truly relaxing and enjoyable one. The food was great and the chalet itself was clean, tidy with a warm feel to it plus with the swimming pool and hot tub, it's made this a truly relaxing place to be after a great day of skiing!!!
Would I go again....ABSOLUTELY!!! This has been our 2nd year and just keeps on getting better!!
I can't wait to go back!
This chalet was perfect, I've been so impressed.
Let's start with the location, it's less than a ten minute (downhill) walk from the ski hire shop/ restaurants, and lift. It looks over Savoie with breathing taking views from the two double sliding doors of the south facing rear of the chalet.Within 5 minutes is a delicious boulangerie, a SPA for essentials, and this chalet sits off the main road so it easy to find. The area was quiet, serene and very relaxing. A perfect getaway.
Now for the chalet, it held 14 of us with such ease, not to mention with warmth and comfort. The beds were comfy and snug, just what we needed after a long day on the slopes. The chalet was warm, during the night we could even afford to open the window for some fresh air. The underfloor heating was an absolute joy – no tip toeing around cold floors. No thank you.
With several bathrooms queuing was not a problem at all. The downstairs hosts a huge but snug seating area, which could entertain 14 of us , but also just two when needed. All whilst having the backdrop of the mountains from the huge windows onto the balcony. There is wi-fi to photo message envious pals back home of the digs, food, and the views.
Adjacent to the sitting area is the dining area, which was able to effortlessly sit 14 around it's huge table. This leads me onto the food which was simply outstanding! 10/10.
The day started with the table laid with fresh baguettes, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs (to your preference), baked beans, butter, a gazillion slice of cheese, meaty stuff ( I ate veggie), cereals (muesli, cornflakes, choc cluster things – the lot), orange juice, apple juice, tea, coffee... you get my drift. It was plentiful and the perfect start to the day.
As for dinner, well, that was something else. Where does one start?
We kicked off with a different tasty starter every evening from blue cheese salad, to mushroom topped bruschetta (tomato for one person who politely declined mushrooms). Mains – well I ordered veggie, which is what I will comment on. I had salmon, trout, mussels, sea food stew, prawns, veggie lasagne– each meal was cooked and prepared beautifully. My meals were carefully prepared separately, and certainly not as an after thought. Finally, dessert, again was delicious, and as ever plentiful. There was not one mouthful of food that was not well received by anyone during this week. Finally, the crème de a cream was the pool downstairs, with breath taking alpine views.
1 hour from Chambery Airport, 2.5hrs from Geneva Airport, 3 hours from Lyon Airport and only 20 minutes from Moutiers Railway Station, Champagny en Vanoise is an authentic village ski resort directly linked into the huge Paradiski ski area (La Plagne and Les Arcs). It is also just a 15 minute drive from La Tania, Courchevel and the 3 Valleys. The chalet is just 400m from the pistes and lifts and 350m from the village centre, with all its bars, cafés, restaurants and shops. At the foot of the ski lift is the ski hire shop we use, where you can leave all your ski equipment, enabling you to walk to and from the chalet in your normal shoes.
Other Activities: Ice Karting, Bob Sleigh, Skidoo Rides