SKI CHALETS LOSE DAY’S CATERING
Britain’s leading chalet operators have reduced the number of catered chalet nights offered in standard packages from six to five to absorb rising costs.
Guests with Inghams, Ski Total, Esprit Ski and Ski World, between them operating more than 250 chalets and chalet hotels in Europe, will now be expected to fend for themselves for dinner for two nights in the week rather than just one.
The catered chalet model has been remarkably robust for the past 40 years, with skiers used to three-course dinners, afternoon tea and cakes, and unlimited wine for six out of a standard seven-day holiday. But a fall in the value of the pound and stricter employment laws in France and Switzerland has led operators to tighten their belts.
Crystal Ski Holidays has taken a different tack, choosing to retain six days of catering but concentrating on higherquality chalets.