Winter 2017/18 Cuisine

One of the joys of choosing to take a catered chalet or Chalet Hotel ski holiday is that you’re not doing the cooking. Our staff prepare and serve breakfast, afternoon tea and a 3 or 4 course evening meal including wine and coffee, on six days a week, representing great value for money in any ski resort and giving you more precious time as a family.

We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively before the season starts, to ensure that Esprit guests will enjoy every meal.


In all our properties breakfast is served buffet-style with a selection of cold options including a choice of cereals or porridge, cold meats, cheese and preserves, and bread (an croissants in France) fruit juices, tea and coffee and a cooked breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs and beans.

On the one staff night off per week, a continental style breakfast is laid out for you to help yourselves in all chalets whilst it is served as a buffet in our Chalet Hotels.

Piste Picnics

Our Chalet Hotel teams can also prepare a packed lunch for you on request, at a small local charge.

Afternoon Tea

Every day, apart from the one staff day off, a home-bake cake and tea and coffee making facilities are laid out for you to help yourself when you return from the slopes.

In all our Chalet Hotels, and our two Austrian Xtra chalets, we also prepare a homemade soup and a savoury treat to accompany the sweet ones.

Chalet meals

Evening Meals 6 nights a week

5.30pm High Tea

High Tea at 5.30pm is served as a 2 course evening meal for all children under 13 as many parents prefer to enjoy adult-only company over dinner. Parents are asked to accompany their children under 3, whilst 3-12 years old are supervised by our childcare team.

7.30pm Adult Dinner
Adult dinner at 7.30pm comprises 3 courses including an appetiser, main dish and dessert, preceded by a prosecco apéritif, accompanied by a choice of red and white wines, and culminating with tea or coffee.

Family Dining Chalets

If it's important to you to eat dinner altogether as a family, we offer Family Dining in any chalet when you book the entire chalet for exclusive use. Dinner is then served from 6:30pm with the menu based on our adult dishes with some flexibility for the children's preferences. There is a supplement of £39 per child for Family Dining.
Our chalet, the Valentine in La Rosiere, are Family Dining chalets throughout the season, with no additional charge.

Alternatively, you may wish to consider staying with us in a Chalet Hotel where children aged 8 and above have the option of joining their parents at the adult dinner

Chalet Hotel meals

Evening Meals 6 nights a week

5.30pm High Tea

High Tea at 5:30pm is served as a 2 course evening meal to all children up to 7 years old (and to 8-12 year olds if preferred). Parents are asked to accompany their children under 3, whilst 3-12 year olds are supervised by our childcare team.

7.30pm Adult Dinner
Adult dinner at 7:30pm comprises 4 courses including canapés with a prosecco apéritif, followed by a choice of appetiser, main course and either dessert or local cheese, accompanied by a choice of red, white and rose wine, and culminating with tea or coffee.

Adults (and any children aged 8 and over joining the adults) are asked to choose their starter and main course at breakfast time, and there's always a vegetarian daily option too. Please note that children will be eating the adult menu choices if they choose to eat at 7.30pm.

Dinner on staff day off for all guests

On the one staff night off you and your family have the opportunity to eat out in one of the local restaurants. Our staff will be happy to help with recommendations and bookings if you wish.

Xtra Chalet Meals

Blending both the chalet and Chalet Hotel full-service, our Xtra chalet range feature the same number of courses as our Chalet Hotels but without the choices at each course. All the same, we will be offering a daily choice of dessert or cheese option to round off your dinner.

Special Diets

We always prepare a vegetarian main course in our Chalet Hotels and can cater for vegetarians staying in both our Xtra and regular chalets, as well as any other specific dietary requirements in all our properties, if we are advised in advance.

Special diets can be accommodated at a cost of £35 per person per week. Please notify us of your dietary needs at the time of booking.

Esprit | Dinner around a table in the Chalet Hotel Le Savoie

Children’s High Tea

High Tea provides children under 13 with a healthy menu, but tailored more towards children’s tastes than our main adult dinner, and puréed food is also always available for infants on request. Parents are asked to accompany their children under 36 months at High Tea please, whilst children from 3-12 years will be supervised by Esprit staff.

Adult Dinner in Chalets

In all our chalets, our four-course dinners for adults (and children 13 and over only) start with canapés and an apéritif, followed by an appetiser, main course and dessert. The meal is accompanied by a choice of wines, unlimited during the meal service, with freshly chilled water also always available, and followed by complimentary coffee or tea with chocolates to round off your evening.

Adult Dinner in Xtra Chalets

In our two 'Xtra Chalets' - the Alpenblume and Pepi Gabl, our normal chalet menu as described above is enhanced by a daily cheese-board selection as a fifth course, and a rosé wine is added to our usual choice of reds and whites.

Culinary Choice’ Adult Dinner in Chalet Hotels

Chalet Hotels, we offer our ‘Culinary Choice’ adult dinners six nights per week, comprising five courses, with a choice of menu for your enjoyment. Adults (and children 13 and over only) will be asked to choose their evening meals at breakfast for that evening, from a choice of two or three varied dishes, changing each day, always including a vegetarian option for each course, and accompanied by our complimentary wines. Courses are as described above for chalets, plus a local cheeseboard will also be available each day as the fifth course to complete your evening’s dining.

In our Chalet Hotels and 'Xtra' Chalets, children aged 8 and above may not choose to join adults and older siblings at the adult dinner time of 7.30pm for a supplement of £39 per child.

Christmas & New Year Celebrations

Esprit | Fire works in Tignes Le Lac

New Year in Tignes Le Lac ©

All our chalets and Chalet Hotels offer traditional fare for Christmas dinner, with roast turkey and all the trimmings, Christmas pudding, mince pies, crackers, party hats and of course a pre-dinner glass of Champagne plus a lively, fun atmosphere for all the family.

This is the one meal that all families share together regardless of children’s ages, so in some properties the dining tables can be quite crowded, but this adds to the festive ambience of all celebrating together!

A special festive menu followed by Champagne is also served on New Year’s Eve, but this is for adults only (and those aged 13+ of course), unless you are staying in a Family Dining chalet.

Staff Day/Night Off

Esprit | Esprit Staff walking in the snow with their ski equipment

Once a week, you have an opportunity to eat out and enjoy a local Alpine Restaurant on our staff's day off. Don't forget, you can still take advantage of our free Baby-Listening/Child Patrol Service on this evening.
For the upcoming season, our staff night's off are as follows:


December departures: Wednesday (Obergurgl), Tuesday (all other resorts)
3rd January onwards: Thursday (St Anton), Wednesday (all other resorts)


December departures: Thursday (Peisey-Les Arcs), Tuesday (all other resorts)
3rd January onwards: Thursday (Peisey-Les Arcs), Wednesday (all other resorts)


Wednesday all season

Special Diets

Vegetarian options are always on our ‘Culinary Choice’ menu in our Chalet Hotels, and are available in our chalets if you advise us in advance. Other special diets can generally be catered for at a cost of £35 per person per week. Any dietary requirements must be advised to us at the time of booking in order for us to be fully prepared.

Family Dining Chalets

For those families who prefer to eat together with their younger children, we offer our Family Dining option in any chalet of up to 12 beds, if you book the whole chalet for your own party, subject to chalet suitability. Everyone then eats together in the evening, starting at 6.30-7.00pm. The meals are based on our adult menus, with some flexibility for younger taste buds, although not a complete ‘à la carte’ choice!

The additional charge for changing meals to Family Dining is £39 per child. (Chalet Valentine in La Rosière and Chalet Oskar in Selva are always Family Dining chalets and no supplement applies).

Esprit Wine Selection


Dear Guest

Thank you for all your much appreciated feedback over recent seasons on the wines selected for all our Chalets and Chalet Hotels. It’s good to hear that you feel we are very much on the right track here, with our four varied choices in chalets and five in Chalet Hotels going a long way to ensure there is something to enjoy for every taste and palate.

Certainly your letters and questionnaires totally endorse our decision many years ago to move Esprit well away from the boxed wine or ‘plonk in a carafe’ still served by some other chalet companies, to good quality, bottled wines which genuinely enhance our menus.

So the wine lovers here in our UK team are once again looking forward to the wine-tasting event we hold every autumn in conjunction with our French wine partners, Nicolas and Véronique Perret. They are based in the distinctive Savoie wine region, producing their own wines as well as blending and bottling other varieties from all around France, and as a Burgundy-trained wine expert, Nicolas is well qualified to help us choose a tempting selection of wines for the coming winter.

Taking on board your wine notes, ideas and suggestions from last season, the range will once again aim for variety within our two selected reds and two contrasting whites, plus a light, refreshing rosé in all our Chalet Hotels.

I do hope you’ll enjoy this winter’s selection as much as we look forward to selecting it, and of course please do let us know your views, as always, on the wine and the food to be served this season.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Ian Hope

Programme Director

2016/17 Example Esprit Menu’s

An Example Esprit Chalet Menu
Mini Fishcakes with Lemon & Chives
Goat's Cheese & Pear Crostini
Honey Roast Pumpkin Soup
with Chilli Oil Drizzle
Main Course
Poached Chicken & Red Pepper Ballotine
with Provençal Sauce
Vegetarian Option
Root Vegetable Tagine 
with Garlic Flat Bread
both served with
Pan Fried Spinach
and Buttered Carrots
Banoffee Cheesecake with Honeycomb
Coffee or Tea with Chocolates
Selection of Red and White Wines
An Example Esprit Chalet Hotel Menu
Smoked Salmon Toasts
with Dill & Horseradish
Gala Melon & Parma Ham Skewers
Choice Of Starter
Minestrone Soup
with Herb Croutons & Crispy Leeks
Duck & Pork Terrine
with Cranberry Reduction
Choice of Main Course
Pan Fried Venison Saddle
with Wild Mushroom Jus & Sage Crisps
Seared Tune Steak with Mango &
Chili Salsa and Roquette Salad
Vegetarian Option
Borlotti & Red Bean Goulash
with Parsnip Crisps
All main courses served with
Sweet Potato Mash, Broccoli
and Minted Broad Beans
Choice of Dessert
Strawberry & White Chocolate Torte
Spiced Baked Apple with Crème Anglaise
A Selection of Regional Cheeses
Coffee or Tea with Chocolates
Selection of Red, Rosé and White Wines

Chalet Hotel Le Savoie Sample Menu

Being our very first and sole 5 Platinum Rating Le Savoie property, we are very proud to present our sample menu for the Chalet Hotel Le Savoie.
As well as an extra choice of main course compared to our other Chalet Hotels, and a Prosecco Aperitif, we have designed the menu to ensure that we can offer you an even higher standard of the great food that you have come to know and expect from Esprit.

Chalet Hotel le Savoie Sample Menu
A glass of Prosecco
Smoked Salmon
and Deviled Avocado Cornetto
Beaufort Rarebit
with Sweet Onion Pickle
Amuse Bouche
Crayfish Ceviche with Sushi Vinegar
To Start…
Caramelised Scallops, Teriyaki Pork Belly
and Cauliflower Puree
Spinach and Feta Panko Cakes
with Cucumber and Chilli Salsa and Coriander Cream
Courgette and Dill Vichyssoise
with Tempura Oysters
To Follow…
Cod Fillet
with Cod Cheek, Black Pudding Ravioli and Pea Foam
Roast Rack of Lamb
with Thyme and Red Wine Jus, Parsnip Crisps and Mint
Pan Seared Venison
with Wild Mushroom Veloute, Sage Crisps and Pommes Puree
Vegetarian Option
Tofu Satay, Sweet Potato Doughnuts
served with Chargrilled Aubergine and Lime Crème Fraîche
To Finish…
Hot Chocolate Soufflé with Hazelnut Cream
Tartelette Frangipane with Roasted Pears and Sticky Caramel Sauce
Baileys and White Chocolate Torte, White Chocolate Shards and Coffee Soil
Regional Cheese Selection with Choice of Chutneys
Chocolate Truffle Selection and Coffee of Choice
Selection of Red, Rosé and White Wines