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Traditional VS design chalet

Alpine Design 

on 06 January 2020

Do you know what really distinguishes a traditional chalet from a design? Answer in the article + in surprise: chalets that perfectly combine the two!

A chalet is undoubtedly synonymous with charm and conviviality but, today, you can find two types of chalets:

  • Traditional chalets
  • The chalets designs

What really differentiates them?

Chalet Maria - Courchevel

Wooden construction

The French like wooden chalets because they are unique constructions, sometimes atypical, where life is good! In addition, the wooden cottage has thinner walls than those obtained with traditional materials, which allows more living space.

The wooden chalet has a real charm that leaves no one indifferent!

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Chalet Haapiti - Méribel
Chalet Colorado - Méribel

The decoration

Mountain chalet also means a typical alpine decoration. You will find in your chalet animal trophies, mountain objects such as old skis or sledges from the last century....

All imbued with memories, you will be taken back in time and your most beautiful thoughts!

Chalet Black Pearl Chalet Black Pearl - Courchevel
Chalet Blossom Hill Chalet Blossom Hill - Courchevel
Chalet des sens | Megève
Chalet Ecume des Neiges - Méribel
Chalet Petit Yéti - Val d'Isère
Chalet L'Impasse Chalet L'Impasse - Megève


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Cimalpes was born in the French Alps from the dream of two entrepreneurs passionate about their Alpine lifestyle. Today, Cimalpes’ mission is to share this passion with its guests by hosting them in the most charming chalets and apartments, and by accompanying them to organize a memorable holiday in our ski resorts. The Cimalpes teams will be delighted to meet your every need; let us treat you to the Cimalpes promise.


With more than 3,000 reservations per year, Cimalpes enables more than 25,000 holidaymakers to benefit from hotel comfort in their own accommodation each winter.