Clooney, Orwell, Susan… are you getting the link yet? We must admit it took a little while for the reasoning behind our room names to dawn on us – but yes, they are all famous Georges.
Wordplay aside, staying at the Chalet George in Morzine was a fantastic experience. We were welcomed on arrival with champagne and canapés followed by an excellent three-course meal. Dinner was rounded off with French cheese and biscuits, and there was quality house wine flowing liberally throughout… And so it went on, throughout our four-night stay.
Food is, of course, a highly important factor on any ski holiday, and Skiology’s Chalet George delivered with aplomb. Catering for our mixed group of vegetarians and carnivores, chef Tom deftly conjured up two menus each evening.
The meat eaters were served local, free-range slow roasted lamb, duck and beef, while the veggies enjoyed well thought-out and creative dishes – no sign of a hasty pasta bake afterthought here.
And this attention to detail was something that really shone through throughout our stay. Our excellent host, Piers, looked after logistics, giving us all the information we needed, driving us to the lifts in the morning and waking us up with a cup of tea placed outside the bedroom door (handles facing in for convenient pick up).
The chalet itself is comfortable and warm, with good showers, wooden floors and a cosy log-fire burning on the cooler evenings. Breakfasts were prompt and the eggs were free-range and very fresh.
In season it’s a 5-minute walk to the closest ski lift and you can ski almost back to the door. However, as we were late arrivals (our trip was in early April), we needed to head up to Avoriaz to find the snow. The bus stop is an easy and flat five-minute walk from home, and the transfer to the lift station takes around 10 minutes.
The main high street is also a 5-10 minute walk and there’s an excellent microbrewery and bar right on the corner with benches outside in a sheltered, sunny yard. Morzine is a busy and attractive year-round town and even so late in the season we found some fun après-ski and even fitted in the obligatory shots and dancing on the last night.
Chalet George sleeps 14 on a catered basis – including breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. Visit the Skiology website for further information and availability.
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