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Review sent by email/letter by Simon Lawrence

We have Just returned from a fabulous week skiing, staying in Chalet Baikal 1 (8 people), the slightly smaller part of the splittable chalet. Part of a party of 8 people, looked after by our excellent chalet hosts Tony, Carole & Jas.

The Chalet is within the resort of La Tania, close (5/10 minute walk) to the slopes and gondola providing access to the surrounding resorts of Meribel & Courchevel. There is an easy green route directly into La Tania and the small nursery slope with free button lift is a welcome practice area to get back those skiing legs.

Transfer from Geneva Airport is around 2hrs 30mins depending on traffic . Tony our chalet host was there to meet us at the airport and drive us to La Tania.

Our hosts Tony, Chef Carol and Jas made our stay very relaxing and enjoyable. Cooked breakfasts, packed lunches, afternoon tea and varied 3 course meals every day, except on Wednesday (hosts rest day) where all excellent. A special thank you to Carol for making and decorating the birthday cake, nothing was too much trouble.
I would recommend booking a restaurant reservation in advance for Wednesday evenings as places can get booked up quickly in La Tania (Wednesday is the night all chalet hosts have off).

A number of our group had skiing lessons with New Generation, would highly recommend for either group or private lessons. Instructors were all English speaking, informative and encouraging to all levels of ski ability.

Overall we had a fantastic week in Chalet Baikal 1, will definitely be returning!!

Simon Lawrence Chalet Baikal 1 Feb 4th 2017
The Freeride Republic Ltd 07 May 17

Review sent by email/letter by Susie Hudson

Superb chalet from beginning to end. Our hosts Carol and Jasmin were exemplary, beautifully cooked supper each evening and cakes to die for each day. The company owner, Ralph, was also lovely, he even helped us to a taste of toffee vodka when we bumped into him on a night out. Jasmin was also really helpful when we were out and about, always ready to greet us with a smile.

We loved La Tania, just enough to do to keep us amused each night and the expanse of the 3 valleys to ski in each day.


Susie Hudson Chalet Baikal 2 Jan 29th 2017
The Freeride Republic Ltd 07 May 17

Review posted online by Matt H

We've just got back from a fantastic week in Baikal 2, the slightly larger part of the splittable chalet. We had a party of 10 in for the week, looked after by the superb Carole, Tony and Jas, with rides to and from Geneva by Ralph. Close to the lifts, and skiable to about 30 metres on the way back in. The chalet team showed great flexibility in dealing with a varied arrival and departure schedule, kept us well fed and watered, with excellent cakes, a brilliant confit de canard, and a varied range of evening food, all well done. The centre of La Tania is a short walk away, with excellent entertainment available at a couple of good bars and restaurants. We'd return!

Mark H Jan 29th Chalet Baikal Jan 2017
The Freeride Republic Ltd 07 May 17

Review posted online by Matt Dent

We stayed in Baikal 1 (8 people) January 2017, a great stay with excellent hosts and a cosy traditional chalet feel.

It is set in the chalet dominant resort of La Tania and served by a gondola providing easy skiing access into great resorts of Meribel or Courchevel - offering something for all skier abilities. The chalet is practically ski in/out due to nearby run through trees (for good skiers only and good snow conditions) or 5 minutes walk to nearby green run. It is around a 2 hour transfer from Geneva Airport where our chalet hosts picked us up.

The hosts this year Transfer Tony, Chef Carol and Magic Jas made our stay very enjoyable. Three course meal every day, plus afternoon tea, packed lunch, wine and hot cooked breakfasts were all excellent. Their welcoming nature and conversation provided a great atmosphere in the chalet and they are a real credit to the accommodation offered. They even made extra effort for one of our group member's birthday. We also made use of the hot tub every day!

The resort is quieter and more reasonably priced than nearby larger resorts - depends on what kind of holiday you want, there are a few apres bars and restaurants in La Tania.

The chalet is more traditional in style and not the most modern although that did not bother us.

Overall we had a fantastic week in Chalet Baikal, good value in an ideally placed resort with chalet hosts who made a real effort to make our stay a great one.

Matt Denty Chalet Baikal 1 Jan 29th 201
The Freeride Republic Ltd 07 May 17

Review sent by email/letter by Rob Mason

Firstly, thanks for last week. Apart from injury to Esther I think it was a successful stay for a mixed group of 4 families etc where we were well looked after by Carol, Tony and Jazz. Service from both yourself and the team has been great from the start and great assistance when we needed the beginners moved to Courcheval at the start of each day.

Rob Mason Chalet Baikal Feb 16th 2017
The Freeride Republic Ltd 07 May 17

Review posted online by Emma Farrell

Hi Ralph

I'm writing to thank you for the fantastic trip. We had wonderful time - Carol and Jaz and Tony did a great job.

Slide candy were also wonderful, we were very impressed with them.

I think we'll be back again!

Emma Farrell Chalet Baikal April 9th 2017

The Freeride Republic Ltd 07 May 17

Review sent by email/letter by David Patterson

Hi Ralph,

Hope the season is going well, I am one of the group of 12
that stayed in Baikal 1&2 in December last year. We had the best trip
ever thank you, apart from the broken collar bone of course.

David Patterson Chalet Baikal Dec 12th 2013
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Rebecca Wallace Chalet Baikal March 2nd 2013

Hey Ralph

Just wanted to thank you for organising another great week of accommodation, transfers and delicious food!

Team Wallace are extremely grateful and if we don't see you over the summer we'll definitely see you next year.

Many thanks to Brad, Clare and Suzie for looking after us, nothing but great food and great company, we all had a really awesome time thanks to you guys. See you soon hopefully
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Stuart Doyle Chalet Baikal Dec 29th 2013

Hi Ralph,

Just want to drop you a note on our recent ski trip to La Tania in Chalet Baikal so you can post on your website. Our party of 16 including 10 children, all had a fantastic time in Chalet Baikal over the New Year break, which was made even more enjoyable by the service we received for the week. Both Chalets were really well maintained and the layout worked out well for us. Bob, Emma & Joanne were absolutely top class hosts, they were very professional friendly and responsive…we just couldn’t say more about them. Their cooking was superb and they were able to deal with special requests at the drop of hat. Their overall service really made our week so enjoyable. We are already planning our trip for 2015 and Chalet Baikal will be on top of our list. Hope you have a great season.
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Liz Taylor Chalet Baikal Feb 1st

Hi Ralph,

Please pass on our thanks again to Bob, Emma and Jo they did a great job for us last week.
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Emma Naylor Chalet Baikal 1 Feb 8th 2014

Hi Ralph,

Following our stay at Baikal 1, we wanted to thank the team- Emma, Bob and Jo, for making it a fantastic week. All the food they cooked was absolutely delicious. I was especially impressed that they even managed to turn pears into a scrummy desert (and that's saying something as I don't normally like pears!) and the three year old child in our party is usually super fussy but ate and enjoyed everything they made (a feat his parents seem unable to replicate). We can't praise them all enough, they were great company and nothing was too much trouble- having great hosts really makes a difference. We must also thank the lovely Glyn for his super efficient transfers, great conversation, tips and local knowledge. The chalet itself was lovely and cosy in a great location. A great week- many thanks.
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Lara Rundle Chalet Baikal Feb 14th 2014

Dear Ralph,

I just wanted to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our week in La Tania. The chalet staff were fantastic and the food excellent especially considering our varying dietary requirements. The staff never once complained and were very helpful and flexible. Our family has been coming to La Tania for eight consecutive years now and we have stayed with four different companies - I very much enjoyed the more relaxed environment with your company - the staff were most unobtrusive, whilst still being very much on hand should we need them and very professional. We will hopefully be coming to La Tania with your company again, so see you then and well done again for a formulae that works. Best wishes
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Jane Wharton Chalet Baikal Feb 14th 2014

Hi Ralph.

Thank you for an amazing half term week staying at Chalet Baikal 1 and 2. This was our 7th year in La Tania and our first with The Freeride Republic and what a difference it was! Easily the best week we have had in terms of chalet, staff, food...everything! A huge thank you to Bob, Emma and Joanne for looking after all 18 of us so well...and especially for handling our various dietary needs with such ease and for feeding Phoebe so well all week! It was lovely for me to be able to take a step back and let someone else make lovely meals for her each day...which she ate! The layout of the chalet was great for our large group of 4 families and the use of one chalet as the kids zone was genius...leaving the adults to drink and chat in the other. Similarly, having two hot tubs was great as we could turf the kids into one leaving us free to enjoy a soak undisturbed! The whole Freeride Republic operation runs very smoothly and provided a welcome change from other companies we have used before. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for Ralph and his staff alike. Overall, our best ski trip yet and we are looking forward to returning next year!
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Cheryl Crean Chalet Baikal March 1st 2014

Hi Ralph and staff at Baikal Chalet. .

I just wanted to send you an email to tell you how very impressed we all were with the excellent service we received from both yourself and the chalet staff. Any requests that we made were dealt with efficiently and with no problem..The chalet was always kept clean and tidy and the food was outstanding. For myself I would like to say from the initial enquiry to the end of the holiday I received first class communication and service and would highly recommend Freeride Republic to anyone who was looking for a chalet holiday within the 3 Valleys. In fact I have already passed your details on to friends who are looking to book for next season. I'm sure we will be in contact for booking next season too. Thank you again.
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Karen Jonsson Chalet Baikal March 8th 2014

Ralph and the team at Chalet Baikal could not have worked harder to make our week-long trip a resounding success. The chalet itself is very comfortable and the outdoor hot-tubs are particularly special. The food (including the great cakes) prepared by the very friendly chalet hosts was exactly what was needed after a long day’s skiing. In short, nothing was too much trouble for Ralph or his team and I would highly recommend the chalet and the Freeride Republic to anyone looking for a great ski holiday. The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Andrew Clark Chalet Baikal March 15th 2014

Ralph and the team at Chalet Baikal could not have worked harder to make our week-long trip a resounding success. The chalet itself is very comfortable and the outdoor hot-tubs are particularly special. The food (including the great cakes) prepared by the very friendly chalet hosts was exactly what was needed after a long day’s skiing. In short, nothing was too much trouble for Ralph or his team and I would highly recommend the chalet and the Freeride Republic to anyone looking for a great ski holiday. The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Michelle Davies Chalet Baikal Jan 3rd 2015

Hi Ralph
I am finally starting to recover from a fantastic holiday in La Tania, staying in your chalet. Still very tired but a few more early nights and I should have caught up!!

I just wanted to drop you an email to say what a fantastic time we had. Having a little one in tow I was really apprehensive about staying in a chalet, especially as we where sharing with people we did not know. However we could not have been happier with the way we where greeted and treated throughout our stay. We got on so well with the other guests and by the end of the week felt like one big family. I can only suggest that this was down to the excellent service that we had from Taylor, Corrine and Shay. They really did look after us so well, they are so friendly and kind, the food was excellent and anything we needed they where able to help us with. They where so lovely with Lottie and she was really settled around them. Their manor and attitude towards looking after us was so impressive and really did make our holiday what it was. I have stayed in chalets before where the staff do not really have anything to say and are not animated at all, but Taylor, Corrine and Shay where so personable and interested in getting to know us all. They are a credit to your company and I only hope we get to stay in a chalet with them as hosts again.
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Chris Rampton Chalet Baikal Jan 3rd 2015

Hi Ralph

Just wanted to drop you a email to thank you for all your help in organising the above holiday and stay at Chalet Baikal 1. The pick-up / return to Geneva worked like clockwork and thank you for arranging for Taylor & I to have separate rooms.

We had a fantastic time at the Chalet with the help of Taylor, Shay & Karina who worked extremely hard to provide a clean chalet, with room bins being emptied every day! Every morning we had delicious cooked breakfast, fantastic cake and tea after a hard days skiing in the afternoon, with phenomenal three course evening meals of a standard that was much higher than we had been expecting. So please pass on our thanks to the Chalet Staff. These guys really went then whole nine yards and were a real credit to the Chalet, I hope you can keep them for next year as they were a real game changer and we will definitely spread the word for the remainder of the Season and hopefully next.

Thanks once again and hope to see you again.
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review posted online by Cathy White Chalet Baikal 14th March 2015

Hi Ralph

Just wanted to say thank you to Shay & Taylor for helping to provide Dominic and Ross with a great weeks holiday in Chalet Baikal - the boys had a fabulous week!
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Sarah Patterson Chalet Baikal March 28th 2015

Hi Ralph

Just wanted to say thank you for another brilliant week in Baikal. We had a wonderful holiday and the snow conditions were fab.

Shay, Taylor and Glyn looked after us so well – please pass on our thanks to them. They are a great team – nothing is too much trouble for them.
The Freeride Republic Ltd 31 May 15

Review sent by email/letter by Mike Newton

Ralph,

Just a brief email to thank you and your team for looking after us last week and arranging ski passes and equipment for us.

Brad and Suzie catered for us very well in the chalet and were very accommodating to our individual requirements and Glyn helped to make a long airport journey amusing.

I am now rather depressed to be back in work and am already planning for next year's trip.

Mike Newton Chalet Baikal Feb 9th 2013
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by Wendy Brown

Hi Ralph,

Thanks for a great holiday we shall certainly recommend Freeride Republic to our friends in the future.

Michael & Wendy Brown Chalet Baikal Feb 16th 2013.
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by David Patterson

Hi Ralph, Happy new year I do hope the season is going well, first thank you we had a fantastic time good hosts the snow conditions - every thing was just right.

David Patterson Chalet Baikal Dec 15th 2013
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by Stuart Doyle

Hi Ralph, Just want to drop you a note on our recent ski trip to La Tania in Chalet Baikal so you can post on your website. Our party of 16 including 10 children, all had a fantastic time in Chalet Baikal over the New Year break, which was made even more enjoyable by the service we received for the week. Both Chalets were really well maintained and the layout worked out well for us. Bob, Emma & Joanne were absolutely top class hosts, they were very professional friendly and responsive…we just couldn’t say more about them. Their cooking was superb and they were able to deal with special requests at the drop of hat. Their overall service really made our week so enjoyable. We are already planning our trip for 2015 and Chalet Baikal will be on top of our list. Hope you have a great season.

Stuart Doyle, Ireland, Chalet Baikal 29th Dec 2013
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by Liz Breese

Hi Ralph,

Please pass on our thanks again to Bob, Emma and Jo they did a great job for us last week.

Liz Taylor / Jen Breese Chalet Baikal Feb 1st 2014
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by Emma Naylor

Hi Ralph,

Following our stay at Baikal 1, we wanted to thank the team- Emma, Bob and Jo, for making it a fantastic week. All the food they cooked was absolutely delicious. I was especially impressed that they even managed to turn pears into a scrummy desert (and that's saying something as I don't normally like pears!) and the three year old child in our party is usually super fussy but ate and enjoyed everything they made (a feat his parents seem unable to replicate). We can't praise them all enough, they were great company and nothing was too much trouble- having great hosts really makes a difference. We must also thank the lovely Glyn for his super efficient transfers, great conversation, tips and local knowledge. The chalet itself was lovely and cosy in a great location. A great week- many thanks.

Emma Naylor and guests Baikal 1 February 8th 2014
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by Lara Rundle

Dear Ralph

I just wanted to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our week in La Tania. The chalet staff were fantastic and the food excellent especially considering our varying dietary requirements. The staff never once complained and were very helpful and flexible. Our family has been coming to La Tania for eight consecutive years now and we have stayed with four different companies - I very much enjoyed the more relaxed environment with your company - the staff were most unobtrusive, whilst still being very much on hand should we need them and very professional. We will hopefully be coming to La Tania with your company again, so see you then and well done again for a formulae that works. Best wishes

.Laura Rundle Feb 14th Chalet Baikal 2014
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by Jane Wharton

Hi Ralph.

Thank you for an amazing half term week staying at Chalet Baikal 1 and 2. This was our 7th year in La Tania and our first with The Freeride Republic and what a difference it was! Easily the best week we have had in terms of chalet, staff, food...everything! A huge thank you to Bob, Emma and Joanne for looking after all 18 of us so well...and especially for handling our various dietary needs with such ease and for feeding Phoebe so well all week! It was lovely for me to be able to take a step back and let someone else make lovely meals for her each day...which she ate! The layout of the chalet was great for our large group of 4 families and the use of one chalet as the kids zone was genius...leaving the adults to drink and chat in the other. Similarly, having two hot tubs was great as we could turf the kids into one leaving us free to enjoy a soak undisturbed! The whole Freeride Republic operation runs very smoothly and provided a welcome change from other companies we have used before. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for Ralph and his staff alike. Overall, our best ski trip yet and we are looking forward to returning next year!

Jane Wharton Feb 14th Chalet Baikal 2014
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by Cheryl Crean

Hi Ralph and staff at Baikal Chalet.

.I just wanted to send you an email to tell you how very impressed we all were with the excellent service we received from both yourself and the chalet staff. Any requests that we made were dealt with efficiently and with no problem..The chalet was always kept clean and tidy and the food was outstanding. For myself I would like to say from the initial enquiry to the end of the holiday I received first class communication and service and would highly recommend Freeride Republic to anyone who was looking for a chalet holiday within the 3 Valleys. In fact I have already passed your details on to friends who are looking to book for next season. I'm sure we will be in contact for booking next season too. Thank you again.

Cheryl, Chris and Friends, Cheryl Crean Chalet Baikal March 1st 2014
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by Karen Jonnson

Thank you so much Ralph for such a great holiday , the chalet and food exceeded all expectations. Your staff could not have been more helpful down to every last detail. If we do book again next year we would not hesitate to use you again . We will also highly recommend you to our friends.

Karen Jonnson Chalet Baikal March 8th 2014
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14

Review sent by email/letter by Andrew Clarke

Ralph and the team at Chalet Baikal could not have worked harder to make our week-long trip a resounding success. The chalet itself is very comfortable and the outdoor hot-tubs are particularly special. The food (including the great cakes) prepared by the very friendly chalet hosts was exactly what was needed after a long day’s skiing. In short, nothing was too much trouble for Ralph or his team and I would highly recommend the chalet and the Freeride Republic to anyone looking for a great ski holiday.

Andrew Clark Chalet Baikal March 16th 2014
The Freeride Republic Ltd 13 May 14