The Hotel Restaurant “La Cambuse” is a great place to stay in the vast ski region of Les 4 Vallées. You simply can’t be closer to the lifts – in Thyon – the eastern most area of the famous Four Valleys. It’s a beautiful boutique property (just 10 rooms) in an historic chalet with delicious dining, plus panoramic views from the slopes to the Alps to the Rhone valley below.
The Swiss hotel has all the luxuries of a small modern hotel, with a relaxed atmosphere, cordial and casual. Its also very quiet at night, since its the only hotel in this little pocket of the vast ski region called Thyon-Les Collons 1800 for its elevation in meters (a mile high).
La Cambuse is especially ideal for Epic Pass holders, since it’s a Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass lodging partner, that qualifies you for 5 days free skiing with your pass when you lodge here.
La Cambuse host Jerry Bovier and his wife and team are lovely, ever-present but not overbearing like some innkeepers. Jerry, 2nd generation innkeeper of La Cambuse, greeted us on arrival, gave us a quick tour, and we settled in happily. Interesting to learn later the vintage ski jumping posters throughout the inn feature Jerry himself.
Our mountain view room was a clean and neat, a traditional alpine space with blonde wood, a double bed with duvet and fur throws, a private bath, TV, speedy Wi-Fi, and a mini-fridge. Our balcony was perfect for sitting out in the afternoon sun.
The Hotel’s restaurant is the heart and soul of La Cambuse, a very chic space, alpine elegant with sheepskin, wildlife art, chandeliers and candles and a centerpiece fireplace.
The ski room at Cambuse became another favorite place. Private heated ski lockers line a spacious room with sheepskin covered benches for putting on and off your boots. You can store your boots, gloves helmets, poles and skis overnight, making space in your bed chamber. So many ski rooms are so smelly and dark – this is bright and chic and steps to Thyon 1800’s poma and T-Bar (2023-24 winter a new six-pack chair with gondolas debuts here as a great new lift). Also there is a ticket window right here, if you need to purchase ski passes. However, the Hotel can arrange this for you in a ski lodging package. Jerry can prepare your Epic Pass voucher, and he can offer you a ski and stay package with special lift ticket price.
Wonderful meals are served in the beautiful glass dining room overlooking the valley. Breakfast is a bountiful buffet of bread, pastries, meats, cheese, fruit, yogurt and toppings, plus eggs on request. And of course, fresh brewed coffee or café au lait. Maitre’D Tom is intuitive, and kind. La Cambuse entire team is well trained, polite, and pleasant.
Après ski at Hotel La Cambuse, you can enjoy a drink on the grand sun terrace – where you may be joined by locals and visiting skiers too. It’s a convivial popular spot at the base of the lift. Or you can have a specialty coffee or a cocktail inside at the cozy bar and lounge by the dining room. Kids can play out in the snow.
Dinner is an elegant affair, with half board, a gourmet menu of two choices is presented to guests each day. We dined on such delicious creative dishes at duck, lamb, salmon and dorado during our stay – followed by wonderful desserts. There is also an a la carte menu, and the specialty room – Le Coin Raclette – the cheese corner where you can enjoy fondue or raclette.
Families are welcome, and the ease of half board makes your holiday planning simple, breakfast buffet each morning, lunch out on the mountain at one of many chalets in the 4 Vallées, then dinner is all set back at the hotel, in fact there is a special smaller room for groups and families just off the main dining room. Pets are also welcome at La Cambuse.
From La Cambuse in the morning, you emerge suited up from the ski room, and you are steps to the lift (a new chondola in 2023-24) to explore the vast 400 km of slopes of the “4 Vallées” ski area from Thyon to Veysonnaz, to Nendaz, to Siviez, to the highest points of Mont Gélé and Mont Fort (at 3330-meters), and to furthest west Verbier and Bruson – all part of the 4 Vallées ski region.
We loved our stay at Hotel La Cambuse. Our family ski holiday balanced the ideal dose of relaxation mornings and evenings, with exhilaration each day skiing from the doorstep all around this huge ski resort. We skied over 30 miles a day, discovering magnificent views, amazing ski terrain, and delightful chalets for lunch, skiing our way back to our cozy comfortable hotel in time for après ski with a great appetite for the nightly cuisine.