If you’re planning a trip to Morzine for either some fun on the snow or a summer adventure, Rude Chalets should definitely be on your agenda. Hosting a range of fun, thrill-seeking holiday goers, Rude has 8 chalets in Mozine, ranging from a 16 capacity sociable catered chalet to The Lodge, a shared hostel style accommodation.
Ski and snowboard holidays remain a popular choice with Brits for their unwritten motto of work hard, play harder, attracting crowds from all demographics, backgrounds and ages. We flock to the slopes to spend the days gathering speed as we bomb down the mountain and the evenings drinking away the aches and pains in our chalets with friends or in the many bars of the French ski resorts. Morzine in particular is a perfect place to do this, with a lively nightlife and an expansive area of piste skiing within easy access from the town.
We stayed at Rude’s Chalet Joseph which held a prime positon right in the centre of Morzine and just a two minute stroll from the Super Morzine gondola. The location was perfect, with easy access to not only the slopes but also to the shops and nightlife in town. From the balcony you could watch life unfold in this charming French ski-town, a mix of French locals, holidaymakers and weekend visitors who mesh surprisingly comfortably with the huge amount of Brits that have decended on Morzine, many who have settled there indefinitely but more often the seasonnaires who head back season after season to work and play in the resort.
We were greeted by our hosts Jack and Becka who looked after us exceptionally throughout our stay. Becka lugged my shamefully heavily suitcase up the stairs before I could even object and on entry to the chalet we were greeted with the warm smell of beef bourguinon which was cooking on the stove, waiting for us. The Chalet Joseph transfer day was Sunday which is a nice break from the usual airport hoards on Saturday and meant the journey was a breeze. After setting our bags down, we sat at the candle lit table to enjoy a the three course dinner prepared for us by our hosts. This became our nightly ritual, enjoying great food and eclectic company at our long dining table.
Chalet Joseph itself is spacious chalet, with big communal areas and cosy bedrooms. Upstairs you have the big kitchen and dining area, with a sixteen-seater wooden table stretching the length of the space. It’s a sociable area where your hosts can cook and chat with the group. This is where the magic happens – whilst we were out snowboarding, Jack and Becka were preparing, baking and cooking for our arrival, an ultimate luxury when you’re on the slopes.
Downstairs is the huge living room with a log fire, three comfy sofas, a big TV, a foozeball table and another kitchen space. Even when the chalet is full, there’s enough space for all the guests to socialize and relax. Chilling out by the fire on the spacious sofa after a long day boarding is blissful. There was a huge range of movies to choose from or a variety of board games if that’s your kind of thing and in a chalet with capacity of 16, there’s always someone to play with.
Each morning our hosts would set us up for the day with a big breakfast of pastries, fruit, bread and a hot options of perhaps bacon, eggs, pancakes or porridge. With a long day on the slopes ahead and with usually a hangover to battle, this was a life saver.
We would come home to a freshly baked cake, which we could enjoy in the afternoon before dinner was served later in the evening. With carafes of wine to accompany it, the meal was always a highlight of the day and essential stomach lining before hitting the bars later on! The three course dinner was always beautifully presented and seemed to hit the spot everytime. We were served an array of warming, comforting dishes including Tartiflette which is a favourite of mine and was cooked exceptionally well for us by Jack, lasagna, roast pork, salmon filets, stuffed chicken to mention just a few. This was always proceeded by a delicious starter such as roast pumpkin soup, goats cheese tart or ceaser salad and we somehow always found room for dessert, unable to resist the tempting treats put in front of us. The cream caramel and berry crumble were both highlights for me.
Becka and Jack attended to our every need and were always there to serve up seconds or top up our wine. They created a warm, relaxed atmosphere in the chalet, which made our stay extra enjoyable. They also made sure we knew where all the best bars to go out were and helped us find our way around town.
Also part of Rude Chalets is The Paradis Nightclub, which is where all the thrill-seeking skiers and boarders end up to party the night away. The club is open until the early hours and crowds flock there after midnight. If you can bear the sore head in the morning, it’s definitely worth a visit!
The skiing in Morzine was brilliant, with easy access to neighbouring Avoriaz and Les Gets so there is plenty of terrain to explore whilst you are there. There are lots of cruisy blues but also challenging blacks for the more experienced riders. It’s also worth taking a trip to the snow park, to watch boarders and skiers somersault over huge jumps.
From start to finish, the process of staying with Rude Chalets was brilliant. From their easy booking system to arranging transfers and ski lifts, they have everything covered, making your visit seamless. The chalet was traditionally cosy and warm and guests are well-looked after, ensuring a hassle-free ski trip. With a range of catered and self-catered chalets across Morzine, you are spoilt for choice. I had a special affinity with Rude Chalets, not only because we share a name but for our aligning attitudes which champion fun and exploration abroad. I would definitely recommend Rude Chalets and will be looking forward to my next visit to Morzine!
2151 Route de Ardoisiere
En Ly, 74110