Catered Chalet: Why European Skiers know better

July 23rd, 2014

cateredchaletheader1Little known fact: A Catered Ski Chalet is THE most popular way to take a ski vacation in Europe.

And for good reason.

Think hassle-free…

  • Ski all day and actually relax when you get home to your chalet.
  • No shopping, no prep, no dishes to wash
  • Someone else to figure out the logistics of the day
  • A real vacation (even for mom and dad).

You get the idea.

Invented by the British in the 1960’s, the Catered Chalet experience has evolved into a wide range of options from basic to ultra luxury. The common thread being that the British figured out that it’s more fun to ski when you don’t have to worry about where your meals will come from, and where you get to truly enjoy the place you are staying in, rather than eating out in expensive and crowded restaurants each night.

Here at Moving Mountains in Steamboat Springs CO, owner Robin Craigen (a Britain native) and his wife, Heather, have brought the same philosophy to the United States, offering truly “hassle-free” luxury ski vacations for their guests.


Here’s what a Catered Chalet Experience looks like:

1. No cooking or worrying over reservations.
In a catered chalet, the cooking is done for you. You rise to freshly made coffee or espresso drinks and breakfast cooking, and at the end of your skiing-filled day return to cocktails and appetizers, followed by dinner (or reservations handled for you).  The only food questions you’ll have are, “Should I have seconds?” and “What’s for dessert?”

cateredchalet22. No schlepping.
From your arrival at the airport to your transport to the ski area, your gear and luggage are handled for you. Your catered chalet hosts greet you at the airport with a smile, whisking your back to your luxury home for the week where, depending on the time of day, gourmet food awaits.  And your hosts will be there to help you with your gear throughout your vacation, every step of the way.

3. No planning required.
From your ski tickets, rentals, and lessons, to restaurant reservations. to outings on snowmobiles or snoweshoes, your Catered Chalet Team takes care of it all. Tell us what you want to do (or ask for our recommendations), and leave the rest up to us.

MORE - Moving Mountains Catered Chalets Featured by SKI Magazine

So…Europeans really do know better. But lucky for you, you can now have the coveted luxury ski chalet experience right here in the U.S., in Steamboat Springs - known for both its world class skiing and family friendliness.

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