Chalet Igloo, Selva, Italy
We’ve just returned to Lanzarote fully refreshed from a fantastic weeks skiing in Italy. Chalet Igloo, Selva, has been our home for the past week and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
It felt a bit like going on a busman’s holiday as we chose to book a chalet, and share with 5 other guests. We have always understood what our guests must feel before they join us, but last week we experienced it for ourselves. On the coach journey of 1 and a half hours from Innsbruck airport to the resort Richard and I were full of questions
What will the chalet be like?
What will the chalet host be like?
What will the bathroom facilities be like (we were sharing)?
What will the snow and skiing be like?
What will the other people be like?
What kind of food will there be and will there be enough?
No worries. Everything was fantastic, I’d happily recommend the chalet and Ski Total in Selva to anyone wishing to ski there.
The chalet was old but well looked after and comfortable, with a great log fire in the evenings. There were four rooms, 2 with en suite and the other 2 shared a bathroom with bath, toilet, and shower. Steve our host, was a friendly chap who had run chalets for many seasons and was relaxed and helpful as we arrived. He discussed the safety features of the chalet with us over drinks and canapés as we introduced ourselves to the other guests’. It really does not take long before strangers become great friends, and by dinner time we were all laughing and joking amongst each other.
Dinner each evening was great, plenty of it and always tasty, we have come away with a few recipes of new things to try on Velvet Lady. As on Velvet Lady, the host did all the cooking, but he was extremely happy when we helped clear the table and even stack the dishwasher!
Breakfast was as on Velvet Lady, help yourself to fruit juice, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, bread and jam (we usually have toast and marmalade on board) with an added continental option of ham and cheese. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Plenty to set you up for the day, Steve also made porridge and something hot if you wanted it ranging from pancakes to frankfurters!
Worst part of the day for me was getting ready to go on the slopes. What to wear! How cold is it! And doesn’t it take a long time to put on the ski boots followed by a walk to the lifts.
Our first two days were clear blue skies, sunshine and 1 degree. The snow was a bit scratchy. On the third day it snowed, and skiing was not enjoyable (just like being out in gales) so we gave up and found a bar that served an Italian speciality, Bombardinos. Hot Advocaat and Rum topped with cream, yummy. Never the same when you try and make it at home.
After it snowed it got very cold, -11 up on the mountain, so more layers were needed but the snow was absolutely fantastic for the last 3 days.
Ski dolomite has a nifty bit on their web site where you can enter your lift pass number and it shows you the times and the heights of all the lifts that you use, and then based on averages works out which run you must have skied and how far you went. It seems that we skied 150km of runs during the week, with the most on our last day!
We really enjoyed ourselves, we thoroughly enjoyed the company of the other guests in the chalet, spending the evening’s playing cards or charade games after dinner, laughing all the time at stories of things we had done during the day.
We flew back to Lanzarote, relaxed and refreshed even with a few tired aching muscles. Its great to be home, and we are looking forward to sailing again very soon.
We’re full on Sunday for our first relaxed sailing holiday around the Canary Islands of 2011, but we do still have some last minute vacancies for February and March.
Why not join us!