Text Claude Hervé-Bazin / Photo Yves Garneau
Date of publication Winter 2018-2019

There is an air of smart simplicity about the Chalet Bioley, a certain Swiss timelessness, poetically enhanced and divested of all useless influences.

The finely crafted details of its large wooden balustrade — featuring alternating snowflake and cow’s head motifs — set the tone on arrival. This is more a statement than a fantasy, a way of infusing the chalet with the soul of its surroundings, its head high up in the snow squalls, its feet firmly planted in the grass of the meadows.
It’s all here, within sight and easy reach: the village centre, the ski lifts, the eternal mountain in the background. The views are largely to the south, enjoyed fully from the covered terrace on the second floor, part of a balcony that runs generously around three sides of the chalet. It’s a perfect outpost for breakfast looking out on to the powdery snow. It’s the same again on the lower floor, home to the five bedrooms, three of which offer full-frame panoramic views. A flight of fancy is provided by the fire pit and hot tub on the balcony, which invite you to defy the chilly twilight air.
Given its appearance, it is hard to believe that the Chalet Bioley has just been built. The imposing master beams, fine stone fireplace, and the deer-head chandelier all speak of tradition. The furniture also blends in seamlessly with the décor. There are no avant-garde follies here; just wicker armchairs, sofas the colour of dry earth (but very comfortable all the same), and cushions that make no attempt to be noticed. This is living done the simple way.
The figures also reflect this sense of modesty, deceiving though it is. A floor area of 600 m² is relatively small for the times and the superchalet race we live in. Some of the resort’s larger offerings boast more than 1,000 m² of living space. Yet this is no flashback either: the Bioley is very much of its time, with its designer lighting, state-of-the-art Bluetooth-compatible Bose sound system, large lift, double washbasins, and boot room with ski boot warmers. Comfort guaranteed, no question!