|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This very spacious luxury chalet (193 m²) boasts a stunning location with magnificent, panoramic views from its wide wrap-round sun terrace. Recently built to a very high standard, it is arranged over 3 floors. There is a lower ground floor with a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, a bathroom and a laundry room.
The ground floor has a bathroom, another bedroom, a sauna and a bath and shower, ski boot storage room, well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and a lofty, open-plan living room with dining area and a cosy, open fireplace. Satellite TV is available with Sky plus English and other language channels; DVD player, CD player.radio and TVR video. Free WIFI Internet Access.
On the first floor there is a double bedroom with wide balcony off, a further twin bedroom, a twin room with full-size bunk beds and a bathroom. Stair gates, 2 cots and 2 high chairs can be provided for young families. There is free indoor garage space available for 2 cars opposite.
With access to Verbier and all the 4 Valley skiing in winter and, in summer, plenty of wonderful scenic mountains walking to be enjoyed, it's perfect for families or groups of friends travelling together.
Transport: By air - There are multiple daily flights operating to Geneva (Cointrin) from most of the major UK and European airports. UK carriers include British Airways, Swiss Air and Air France and budget airlines Easyjet, Jet2, Flybe and Bmibaby. Snowjet.com operate weekend flights from the UK direct into Sion in winter. Other European connections include Zurich, Berne, Basle-Mulhouse, also Chambery (France) and Milan (Italy).
By train - There are regular train services (2/3 per hour) from Geneva Airport to Sion with onward travel from the rail station via the by the local Post bus or by taxi.
By car - Car hire is available from Geneva Airport with rentals through any of the main car hire companies.Taxis all the the way from Geneva Airport can also be pre-booked.
If you prefer to take your own car, the drive from Calais to Sion will take appoximately 9/10 hours and from there it is a straightforward drive via a wide mountain road to Les Collons. Snow chains are required by law in winter.
Unique selling points of the property: Chalets are usually built on the outskirts of mountain villages and can be tricky to access, especially in winter. Often it means getting into a car every time you want to go anywhere. Not so Chalet Etoile Polaire, which we think has the perfect situation in the middle of a village which is part of Switzerland's famous Four Valleys ski circuit. It does not suffer from the over-crowded pistes or the lengthy lift queues which can affect its more famous neighbour Verbier. Thus, a central location coupled with first-class skiing without the hefty price tag, Les Collons is a relatively, undiscovered little gem!
In summer, the unspoilt beauty and Swiss alpine charm of the region is captivating. There are a myriad activities on offer such as walking and hiking, mountain biking, golfing, wine tasting, chilling out in thermal springs,discovering small,chocolate-box villages or exploring historic towns amid stunning, mountain scenery - it makes a great base for a family holiday.
In Summer: When the snow disappears the Alps come to life as a wonderful summer holiday destination. Crystal-clear mountain air, outstanding natural beauty and long hours of warm, sunshine - the micro climate here boasts the same hours of sunshine as the South of France! What better way to relax and revitalise but when you want more, there are plenty of activities on offer Mountain walking (300 km marked trails) including gentle walks along the 'bisses' (ancient water irrigation channels) or more strenuous hikes at altitude. Mountain biking (250 km trails, including the amazing 44km trail at Mont Fort - local bike hire). Tennis - 2 courts close by. Wine tasting tours in local vineyards. Guided local nature walks. Mini golf and Swimming pool at Thyon. Paragliding school at Evolene. Horse riding and trekking. River rafting on the Rhone. Beach and water sports at Lake Geneva. And for children, a local playground, Happy land, the Adventure Forest at Vercorin and water park at Aigle.
Chalet Etoile Polaire (it means 'North Star') is the second home of the Rogers/Marlow family. We live in the UK - the Midlands and London and are all keen outdoor enthusiasts. We also happen to love Switzerland - not only for its stunning, natural beauty and good standard of living, but also for its unique, alpine charm. Our purchase of the chalet sprung out of a desire to own a mountain retreat, somewhere where we could all relax and enjoy great skiing in the winter and plenty of sunshine and walking in the summer. Family and friends mean a lot to us and here we have a perfect opportunity to create lots of happy memories. We hope that the magic works for you too when you come to visit our lovely chalet
Tina Rogers purchased this chalet in 2007
As soon as we stepped onto the chalet balcony, we were blown away by the view, a breathtaking panorama on 3 sides, spanning the length of the beautiful Herens Valley with a backdrop of mountain peaks including the mighty Matterhorn. We were instantly smitten! The small village of Les Collons has proved a perfect spot for us - it's a cosmopolitan mix of local folk and second home owners with an easy, relaxed atmosphere. The region as a whole benefits from an amazing microclimate with long, sunny days and clear, starlit nights. At 1800 metres altitude, snow cover in winter is never a problem, but neither is access as the chalet is quietly situated just off the main village street.
Inside, it has all creature comforts being exceptionally roomy and spacious, staying cosy and warm in winter and light and airy in summer. It's our idea of heaven,a real home from home!
Chalets are usually built on the outskirts of the mountain villages which means they can be tricky to access in winter. Often this means getting into your car everytime you want to go anywhere, including the ski slopes. Not so ours ....which we think has an ideal location right in the middle of a mountain village which is part of the fabulous 4 Valleys, Swizterland's largest linked ski terrain. The fast quad Trabanta charilift is just a couple of minutes' walk down the road and there is a ski bus stop opposite so although not right on the piste, this chalet is as good as. You can always ski back down at the end of the day.
What's more, Les Collons does not suffer from the over-crowded slopes or lengthy lift queues which can affect its neighbour Verbier. Thus you have a central village location coupled with all the first-class skiing of an extensive ski circuit right on your doorstep.... without the hefty price tag!
An added bonus, it's a great place in the summer-time - for outdoor pursuits like walking and mountain biking but also for generally chilling out and breathing in the pure mountain air!
"Chalet Etoile Polaire is a very beautiful chalet with fantastic views over the Rhonetal and you can see the Matterhorn from the terrace and balcony. All rooms are cosy and tastefully furnished and the bathrooms are new, modern and useful. The kitchen is very well-equipped, you will find everything you need (and more). We enjoyed our stay very much, the Chalet and the ski area as well".
We stayed for 8 nights as a party of 11. Les Collons was ideally situated for the Thyon Dixence and Sierre Zinal mountain races that we had come to do. There are lots of walking, road biking, mountain biking and trail running possibilities in the immediate area. The chalet is very well equipped, spacious and comfortable. The views from the chalet, particularly of the Dent Blanche, are stunning. We had a week of great weather. Very hot during the day down in the valley but perfect at 1800m.
We are a family of 6 adults and 4 children (ages 5 -14). We found the facilities at the chalet excellent and very well equipped. The bedroom accommodation very conveniently matched our requirements. The chalet's location in the village of Les Collons is very convenient for accessing the Trabanta chairlift or the free ski bus up to Thyon 2000 which picked up at the Office de Tourisme approx. 50 mts walk away. The car parking spaces in the garages opposite were a great advantage. We found the chalet extremely comfortable. We are familiar with Les Collons and believe that Chalet Etiole was an excellent find.
As the title suggests the Chalet Etoile Polaire is stunning.
It really is a magnificent home from home experience that enables you to really enjoy your stay.
We are 3 families (6 adults and 4 children) who have returned to the Etoile Polaire for the second year running get the children used to skiing. There is more than enough space from all 10 of us and the large dinning table for everyone to leisurely eat together which makes the the evenings listening to the stories of ski school and the day's events a great experience.
The ski area is fantastic and the slopes are maintained beautifully which the chair lift just a 2 minute walk from the door.
The caretaker is on hand to clear snow if required (although little point with 4 children!) and happy to help with your stay if required
We have driven to the chalet on both occasions and there are 2 large undercover parking spaces suitable for large 4x4 which again just helps with everything.
In short it's a beautiful chalet with stunning views with absolutely everything you need from over 30 dinner plate settings to wifi.
Many thanks Tina for making our second trip equally as fantastic as the first.
Very best regards
Will, Kerry & Tilly (8)
Law, Jen & Ashley (7)
Mike, Rach Josh (6) & Aleshia (8)
We love Chalet Etoile Polaire and have stayed here for both our summer and winter holidays. It’s in such a great location – in the centre of the village and so convenient for all the ski slopes with the main Trabanta lift a few minutes’ walk away. Our children love it here as well for there are plenty of local activities to choose from and for us, it’s a boon to have the local bars and restaurants on the doorstep. We wouldn’t hesitate recommending this chalet as it ticks so many boxes - in its comfort and cosy ambience, its fabulous views, in particular the mountain sunsets but also for its Swiss-style, traditional luxury.
We stayed at this chalet for one week in March 2015! A group of 12 ranging from 19-55 years, mostly skiers, a few boarders and one non skier! From the initial enquiry to post holiday contact, Tina was brilliant! She was able to answer my numerous questions and proved extremely amenable when we changed our booking from 8 guests, to 10 and then with only weeks before arrival to 12. The chalet was clean, well equipped and in a great position for the trabanta chair lift! We were greeted by Francois, the caretaker, as promised who was extremely helpful giving information about the area. I was slightly concerned with us fully occupying the chalet that we would feel over crowded! This was not the case! The pictures of the living area make it appear much smaller than it actually is! The wifi, very important to some younger members of the group, worked really well! There were loads of games, DVDs and books there for us to use! The views from the chalet were just beautiful! Waking up every morning to a glorious blue sky was an added bonus! The skiing was perfect for everyone! Some of the youngsters, and one not so young, enjoyed the black runs, whilst the rest of us loved the wide blue and red runs which were well groomed and quiet! We never had to queue for a chairlift, gondola or drag lift! There is a supermarket not to far from the chalet which had everything we needed and wasn't badly priced! Food wasn't as expensive as we had anticipated and everything we ate in the restaurants was lovely up on the mountain and near the chalet! La maya was really good and Cyrille was really accommodating and fun! Vegetarian food wasn't as easy to find as in some resorts we have been too but they would always find a "special" dish if you asked! We spent about £35 per head per night on eating and drinking out. The food on the mountain was about £12-£15 per head obviously depending on what you had. The only negative thing we found was the steps down to the chalet which were icy in the morning and evening! There is warning about them in the information pack so to be fair we couldn't really complain! I would 100% recommend this chalet, the ski area and the service we got!
We were happy to stay in Chalet Etoile Polaire, the Chalet was clean and had all facilities you could wish. A confortable Chalet.
The only inconvenience was the accessability for older guests when there is snow.
We enjoyed our stay and can recommend this place to holliday makers.
One of the best centrally situated chalets in the mountain village of Les Collons, Chalet Etoile Polaire (it means 'North Star') stands at a snow-sure altitude of 1800 m. Les Collons is on the eastern fringe of the fabulous Four Valleys which includes world-famous Verbier and it offers a ski circuit of over 400 km with 99 lifts up to an altitude of 3300 m. This is Switzerland's highest and most extensive linked ski domain and here you'll find a superb mix of skiing and snow boarding for all abilities.
The chalet enjoys a quiet, central location, set back from the main street, just a 2/3 minute walk from the main Trabanta hi-speed chairlift and it's virtually opposite a ski bus stop. Access is never a problem (as with so many other chalets located up steep, winding roads) and all the village amenities, including sports/ski hire, supermarket, bank ATM, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants are right on your doorstep. The uninterrupted, panoramic views from the chalet balcony extend right along the spectacular Herens valley to the mighty Matterhorn and beyond.
Other Winter Activities: skating; cross country skiing; snow shoe walking; toboganning; husky dog sleigh rides; thermal hot springs; paragliding; heli skiing; walking
Summer activities: walking and climbing; mountain biking; mountain scoooters (trottinettes); tennis; golf and mini golf; swimming; paragliding;
Golf: There is an excellent 18 hole golf course at Sion (20 minute drive) and another 6 world class courses within an hour's drive including the renowned Championship course at Crans Montana and those at Villars, Loeche and Verbier.
Ski: The small village of Les Collons is situated at the eastern edge of the 4 Valleys, Switzerland's highest linked ski domain. It's a skiers' paradise with access to over 400 km of pistes and 99 lifts interconnecting in an extensive ski area around Verbier, the latter which can easily be skied in a day. With opportunities for skiers and snow boarders of all levels, the more advanced will relish the challenges of Etherolla, the limitless off-piste and the mogul fields near the Mont Fort Glacier; intermediates will enjoy the long, cruising runs around the Printze area including the famous World Cup 'Piste de l'Ours' and beginners will gain confidence on the wide, open slopes just above the village at Thyon. A snow boarders' freestyle park at Thyon is considered the best in the area and video filming allows everyone to see your exploits on the big,wide screen. The local accredited Swiss ski school also has a children's kindergarten and creche for the tinies (18 months - 3 years).
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$999|
Prices are not definitive.
Additional Charges payable:
Final cleaning extra charge according to group size. Bed linen and towels extra charge by arrangement
Tourist tax;-2.20 CHF per adult per day;1.10 CHF per child (6-16years) per day.
Ski rentals run from Saturday to Saturday. Off-peak flexibility on arrival/ departure day, length stay.
Discretionary discounts for 2 week bookings; small groups and repeat guests.