Breaking news! The Marmotte cycling race has not been cancelled. The organizing comittee decided to postpone the race to the end of the summer. The Marmotte race will take place on the 4th of September 2021. Chalet Solneige offers you a special Marmotte package with food and drink points on the Glandon and the Galibier. Please contact us directly for availability and prices.
We ourselves were amazed at how beautiful it is here during spring and autumn. It is said that the valley enjoys 300 sunny days per year and we have started to think that that is true. The months of April, May, September and October are delightful: a sheer blue sky, the mountain tops covered (again) with a snow cap; in springtime all those lovely flowers and in the fall magnificent autumn colours in the forests.
In springtime you will be enthralled by the flowers in the mountains: at every altitude a different vegetation, in full bloom in our garden to just peeping out of the snow higher up.
Autumn is a good season for walking; it is still nice and warm during the day and peaceful since the summer crowd has gone.
Special tailor-made holiday packages
We can offer you special walking arrangements, adapted to your wishes as regards distance and grade. We will even pack you a delicious lunch.
Cyclists and motorcyclists will also enjoy spring and autumn at Solneige: lovely weather and less crowded on the well known cols.
Which amateur cyclist has never heard of this famous cycling tour through the French Alps? 174 km, 4 passes and finally the famous ascent of the Alpe d’Huez, 5000 m Altitude meters, 7500 Participants. Do you want to know more: www.marmottegranfondoseries.com
Do you want to participate in this tour? Then this offer will interest you for sure.
lodging in double or twin room
bike storage (garage)
2 food points Glandon and Galibier
advices on the race from cycle guide
Package price € 525 per person for 5 days
Additional (prices on request):
transport of cycle
Want to know more about our packages or accommodations? Please contact us
Which amateur cyclist is not familiar with the famous cols Alpe d’Huez, Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fèr, Col de Sarenne and Col du Galibier? Ideal for fall or spring. Would you like to experience this challenge yourself? Then this offer will certainly interest you.
Marie, who is helping us out in the kitchen, is actually the sheep farmer of Pourchery. In a big barn, just around the corner, she keeps 300 sheep, of which 200 are pregnant at this moment! Since about three weeks, things have been very busy: each day six to ten little lambs are born. And there is something special this year; there are a lot of twins. Most of them with one classic white lamb and one brown, white-headed lamb. But sometimes it does not work out and the mother abandons the little ones or does not have enough milk. Together with Inèz, our intern, Therese has now “adopted” three little lambs. They are raised with a bottle of milk, and we keep them happily together in the shed. We are giving them a bottle of milk four times a day. At first, they did not get the hang of it, but now it seems that the bottled milk tastes good and the three are bleating when we enter the shed. Meanwhile, we have given them names and they see us as their mother. As soon as we open the door, they come running towards us and follow us like little puppies. The bottles are empty in no time, followed by some hopping around and sniffing the hay. Next week they will be released into the meadow! We are excited to see them running around in the field. And we know for sure that they will rush over when we call them: “Moquette, Brownie and Flocon!” Aren’t they sweet?
Many of our guests have asked us for the recipes of our cuisine. Most are secret, of course! But this one we offer you with pleasure: an autumn salad with ice cream, quite trendy.
Recipe for 4 people:
2 red grapefruits
4 heads of radicchio
100 grams of feta cheese
20g pine nuts, toastedt
4 small scoops of grapefruit icecream
1 tray of cress
1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds
Freshly grounded pepper
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
60 ml of maple syrup or honey
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
First you will need to make the dressing. Cut wedges of grapefruit between membranes out with a sharp knife. Then squeeze the juice from the grapefruit until you have 100ml. Put in a saucepan with lemon juice, maple syrup or honey and a pinch of salt. Cook on low heat until syrup and leave it to cool down. Whisk 2 tablespoons of olive oil through the syrup. Season with salt and pepper.
Detach the radicchio leaves, add some dressing. Divide in star shapes on 4 plates. Put grapefruit segments on top. Crumble feta cheese over it and sprinkle with pine nuts and pomegranate. Sprinkle with cress and drizzle remaining dressing over it and add a little freshly grounded pepper. Put a small scoop of grapefruit ice in the middle and serve immediately.
*) Courtesy of Claudia
Hurray! It is snowing. It has been snowing the whole day!! Large snowflakes, small snowflakes, and large ones again. Within a single hour the whole world turned white, within two hours you can only see the ‘pillows’ in the garden, where the shrubs used to stand. It is cosy in the big salon, the bonfire is lit, apéro is on the table, and delicious smells rise from the kitchen…
A novice innkeeper in the Alps might think: fine, that’s allright, just let it snow. But the next morning the amount of snow if so high, that shovelling snow is going to be a difficult job. You get up early and see that there is a meter of snow, grab the shovel and get to work. Oops! After half an hour, it seems that your snow management did not work out. You shovelled the snow to a spot that needs to be cleared later. Pfff. And after another 30 minutes you start to feel your shoulder. The left one. And the right one. And your elbows, both. And your back… and the day hasn’t even started yet! A week later it appears you have a tennis elbow, and a dislocated shoulder. The snow that wasn’t cleared in time became thick and dense. A big layer of snow became ice. Grrrr. And the winter season is only halfway.
No, how about the experienced innkeeper. The first thing they do is listening. Ah… there is the snowplowing machine. Let’s have a chat with the guys. If they could clear the parking for us. Yes, the private parking. Yes, and how about a cup of coffee or something stronger later? Fine, merci! And should it snow for another hour, leaving another 30 cm of snow, you ask your guests: “Guys, take a look! What a beautiful amount of snow! Who likes to help me with some snow shovelling? I have got four shovels here…”
I visited this beautiful Chalet in februari 2013. Had a great time. Pieter and Therese, the owners, are very helpful to make your holiday a success. The chalet is near the Vaujany gondola to the Alpe d’Huez ski area. And in the evenings a very good meal and bed. Just TOP! Johan V
It was the second time that we drove up from Lyon where we live to go skiing in our favorite ski resort Alpe d’Huez. The slopes are perfect for demanding skiers and beginners alike. The equipment to transport the skiers are super, even heated seats when it is really cold and good connections throughout this vast ski area. After an intensive day skiing to arrive at Sol Neige is an joyfull experience. The tea is ready with home made cakes ,thereafter a good beer and thereafter Pieter and Therese have prepared a 4 course meal where the also have some preselected bottles of wine to wash it down. Thereafter you role into bed in a fully countryside environment. No car sound to be heard. Perfect nothing more to add ENJOY Erik Postma
We stayed at Solneige in early October and had a wonderful time. The setting of the Chalet is remarkable, high up in the Alps. It is very peaceful and quiet. There are plenty of outdoor activities to take advantage of the location. Pieter and Therese were very hospitable and helpful in providing cycling and hiking tips including lending me an invaluable map to assist with my hike. The rooms are spacious and each have their own separate bathrooms. The dinner we had on our arrival night was delicious as was the breakfast and packed lunch. I would recommend staying at Solneige and our only regret was that we did not stay longer. Note we had a hire car, having travelled from Australia, and it made travelling around this region possible. Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple Eleanor K.
Regulations regarding the Corona crisis change regularly. If there are no travel restrictions or lock downs, we are open for guests. Happy to welcome you! Would you like to know if you can stay with us? Then it is most convenient to call us, or send us an e-mail. We will provide you with information about the rules that apply at the time of your stay. Our Corona protocol is regularly adapted to the latest insights. For example about wearing masks and serving breakfast and dinner. This is important for our guests and for our team.
We have just returned from the most amazing family skiing holiday and I don’t know whether I should shout from the rooftops how wonderful the Chalet Solneige is or keep it selfishly really really quiet and share this gem with only a select few 😉 But I suppose it’s only polite to share… From our first contacts with Pieter and Therese over email they were so helpful and warm. They helped and advised regarding ski schools, ski hire, lift passes etc… nothing was too much trouble. And so it continued! From the moment we arrived – tired after a 9 + hour drive from Calais – it was like arriving at a friend’s house not a guest house. We felt entirely welcome. We were 2 families with 3 children ages 6,8 and 10. The children were made to feel as welcome as we were. They were offered their evening meals earlier than adults if we wanted (we chose this as 8 pm bit late for our lot) and they got their own child friendly and fun 3 course meal. The food was simply delicious. Breakfast included croissants, breads, cereals, cheeses, hams, jams, eggs, coffee, tea, juice – certainly more than enough to get onto the slopes with. Upon return at the chalet we were welcomed with delicious cakes and tea. Evening meals were 4 course and exquisite. Firm favourite was Pieter’s nightly cheese stories that accompanied the cheese course 🙂 One night was a pizza night which was very popular and one night we got to explore the restaurants of Vaujany. Again Pieter and Therese were on hand to advise and they helped us book a table. Accommodation was spotlessly clean and bright and spacious with balconies with a great view. We slept very well. The hot tub was very popular at the end of the day to relieve aching muscles. Skiiing: The Chalet is situated a 5 minute drive or bus ride from the base station of Vaujany. I was concerned about not being ski in ski out but needn’t have worried. We took the free shuttle bus daily and it was prompt and not crowded. Pieter and Therese helped to organise ski hire at the most convenient hire shop where you can leave skis boots etc in a locker so as to not have to schlepp them back to the chalet – so convenient! The gondolas from Vaujany then take you up to various ski regions (including where ski school is) and you have the choice of a local lift pass or broader lift pass that includes Alpe D’Huez. For us with kids in ski school the local pass was more than enough and despite being an experienced skier I didn’t get bored – some nice reds and a few blacks too. The slopes were surprisingly quiet for half term with hardly any lift queues. In summary – I wouldn’t look any further for our next skiing holiday! Perfect hosts, perfect accommodation, perfect food, breathtaking scenery and amazing skiing too. What more could you ask for !!?? Go go go – that’s our recommendation! Cat Arthurs
A beautiful chalet with welcoming, knowledgeable hosts combined with exceptional food made our week here the highlight of our skiing vacation. Pieter & Therese went out of their way helping us with planning, transport, ski hire, ticketing etc. to make for a stress free holiday, even to the extent of helping arrange cycle hire in the middle of winter to ride Alpe d’Huez for a memorable 50th birthday event! We were recommended to Chalet Solneige by friends & our high expectations were certainly exceeded. Thank you both & we look forwarded to returning soon to experience the region in a different season. (…and to eat more delicious cheese!) Lee Hines
Pieter and Therese have created a nice and cozy chalet for their guests and are wonderful hosts, as well as their daughters. The apt was very comfortable ( 3 sleep and 2 bathrooms) with nice beds and mountain views, even from the (upstairs) bathroom! Vaujany ski and mountain tops are just wonderful. We spent Christmas there with the children and although we didn’t know the other guests, the familiar atmosphere was perfect, the food was really great and served on a beautiful table. Another top points were the jacuzzi in the garden, also with incredible view, and the snow that gave the whole place a magic touch! We highly recommend Chalet Solneige! Rosea from Amsterdam
I planned a ski trip to Alpe d huez/ Vaujany and picked Chalet Solneige because of the 3 bedrooms the chalet offered in the appartment in the top floor of the chalet . The appartment was great 3 cosy bedrooms and 2 bathrooms the first 2 rooms are a double bed in 1st then 2 single beds in second room then upstairs in the gods there is another 2 single bed room with adjoining bathroom the chalet has a very relaxed feel and the owners Therese and Pieter are so helpful and kind with loads of good advice about the local area .the location is about 4 mins drive from Vaujany and a car would be best to get about but there is a ski bus that passes also and takes you up to the village the main lift in Vaujany takes you up in 2 stages to Alpe d Huez and is a quick and crowd free way to get high into Alpe d Huez we had a fantastic weeks weather 2 days of snow then 4 days pure blue skies and non stop sunshine great areas to ski and board areas for all abiities from flowing green runs in Alpe d Huez perfect for begginers ,blue runs in Montfrais and Auris and blacks from Pic Blanc ! we loved the atmosphere in la folie douce bar at the top of marrmotes 1 lift great après bar brilliant music We had a night out ice skating in Vaujany great fun in a brand new ice rink We loved the appartment and the relaxed environment all agreed 10 out of 10 we had a carlsberg ski holiday in the Solneige ! My thanks to Therese and Pieter for a great weeks stay Joe A from Liverpool
By entering the gardenddoor we jumped into a very idyllic an charming area. The garden and the Chalet Solneige are very good places for having a calm holiday. Our room was clean and with enough place for all our stuff. The familary atmosphere and the comfort which is offered from Pieter and Therese is extraordinary but not to close. Indivudual breakfast and the diner which is presented by Claudia or Therese herself are very delicious. It is a very stressless place for spending relaxing holidays for bikers, motorcylists and for skiing also. From Solneige you can reach all great Cols very close and enjoy the fascinating world of French Grandes Alpes. Congratulation Therese and Peter and their Team. Kai and Dietmar…
Would recommend very highly for any visit wether it be a romantic weekend away, skiing holiday or like us a cycling holiday. The owners where fantastic, they catered to all your needs. The chalet is beautiful, and the rooms are spacious and very comfortable. The grounds are wonderful with plenty of different areas to sit and relax and even a hot tube to get rid of all the aches and pains from riding. The breakfasts that where served was very good and you do not leave feeling hungry and the evening meal was faultless every dish was well cooked, full of flavour and well presented. Great value for money. Will good back and stay. Christopher
It’s a great location for cycling with Croix de Fer and Glandon just up the road, Alpe d’huez just down the road and Galibier not too far away. Hosts were fantastic, very helpful, multi-lingual, lovely people Tracey from Aus…
With a team of 16 skiiers, finding a suitable chalet was not easy this winter, But we did – and what a positive surprice! Pieter and Therese runs a very cosy and nice accommodation serving great breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner! The service was extreamly good and better hosts you cannot find! We even got help with getting ski-passes and a really good discount at the skishop nearby.The rooms are nice, tidy and outside there is a jacuzzi…a warm evening bath looking at the snowclad mountains is just great! The view from the chalet balcony was also stunning! Getting to the Vaujany gondola is easy as the ski-bus stops 40 meters from the chalet. I can only give Solniege a GOLD medal with honour – this is THE place to stay at! Benny Norling, Sweden Solneige
There aren’t words to describe the hosts Pieter and Therese’s dedication to their guests. Our stay was simply perfect thanks to all the help these wonderful hosts provided us with. We are a family with four kids and we spent the best time at Chalet Solneige. We had the chance to enjoy really lovely skiing days, relaxing nights at the jacuzzi and also a lovely Christmas dinner at the Chalet. The location is great and we had an astonishing view from our balcony. The bus that takes you to Vaujany stops just outside and it takes only about 10 min to get to the ski lifts. We will definitely remember our week at Chalet Solneige for the rest of our lives as one of the best ever. Bianca B, Stockholm Solneige
We have just spent the most wonderful week with Therese and Pieter in Chalet Solneige. Our party consisted of 3 families and even though Therese had to add extra beds in rooms to accommodate us all, there was still masses of space. Therese and Pieter are the BEST hosts. The chalet has such a relaxed feel to it and you are made to feel totally at home thanks to their warm and relaxed manner. Meals for both adults and children were perfect. Delicious home cooked courses every evening and we especially enjoyed Pieter’s cheese anecdotes and stories! Wonderful hot tub, sauna and delicious cake and tea after each days skiing. Brilliant location (car necessary) between Vaujany (5 mins) and Oz (15 mins) ski stations so depending on wind conditions we drove (and parked easily) to the appropriate station each day. I really can’t fault this brilliant chalet. Amazing value for money. Book Chlaet Solneige – you won’t be disappointed! Thank you both so much for a really brilliant holiday. Xx Anna and Ben Solneige