Ski in style this season with two of the best luxury ski resorts in Europe.
We travel to France and Switzerland and wade through the ski destinations and hotels to bring you a couple of our favourites. Both of these offer great skiing, deluxe accommodation, an in-house spa, and high-end cuisine within the hotel.
1. Andermatt, Switzerland
Where to ski
Gemsstock Mountain Andermatt by Toni Birrer
A great destination for guaranteed snow on Gemsstock and Nätschen Mountains. Take a cable car in two stages up Gemsstock Mountain to nearly 3,000 metres. Gemsstock is a great choice for freeriders and steep slope runs. Nätschen is perfect for families, and you can even incorporate a train ride for the kids with the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway taking trips to the middle of the mountain. Realp is great for kids, beginners and those who need a bit of practice. The Sedrun-Oberalp makes for a great day out and is best suited to intermediate skiers and boarders, but there is terrain for beginners and experts.
Ski Andermatt by Toni Birrer
The SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun project will see Andermatt linked with the high plateau at Oberalp and the Sedrun ski area by 2017/18 season. This new project will make this the largest ski area in central Switzerland.
Where to stay
Chedi Andermatt Bar and Living Room, GHM Hotels
Chedi Andermatt has taken this ski resort to a whole new level. This sleepy town is now home to one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. This luxury hotel in Switzerland is GHM’s first in Europe, and has won great acclaim since its debut in 2014. It has a decadent yet cosy atmosphere, perhaps helped by its 200 fireplaces and abundant supply of silky-soft fur blankets to snuggle into.
Gemsstock Suite, The Chedi Andermatt
The accommodation ranges from it’s very well equipped and beautifully designed Deluxe Rooms to the expansive Furka Suite, taking up a massive 330 sq m. The breathtaking spa and choice of eateries in this hotel, make it simply, the perfect choice for skiing in Andermatt. Whether a massage and soak in the hot tub are the first order when you head back from the slopes, or perhaps a warming tipple and recline in the oversized leather armchairs of The Wine and Cigar library, rest assured whichever you choose, it will exceed expectations.
How to get here
Set in the Urseren Valley, Andermatt is an easy, and scenic, two-hour train journey from Zurich (where many direct flights land). It is also easily accessible by road, it’s a four hour trip from Stuttgart and Munich or two hours from Milan, 90 minutes from Zurich and 45 minutes from Lucerne.
2. Chamonix, France
Where to ski
Chamonix Ski by Heikki Rauhala
The Chamonix Valley has a great selection of slopes with something to suit everybody. It can be broken down into ten ski areas, here’s a quick breakdown of the different areas:
Friendly Green Runs to Challenging Black and Freestyle
A south-facing ski area for skiers of every level, with a fantastic panorama of the surrounding summits. Make your finest jump of the season on the Brévent side, and try your fastest on the Flégère speedometers.
The Grands Montets
Between the altitudes of 1235 m. and 3300 m., the Grands Montets offers great off-piste skiing and is famous for freeriders. The new freestyle cameras mean you can check out your skills once you’ve returned home.
In the heart of nature, ski open slopes on one mountain side and beautiful tree-lined slopes on the other. There is also a filmed slalom on the Balme area.
The ski area extends from an altitude of 950m to 1900m. From the summit there is a spectacular 360° view of the Mont-Blanc massif. With 55 km of slopes meandering through the forests, including 2 green runs and four black runs – one of these being the international world cup slope ‘La Verte des Houches’.
Chamonix by Per Edin
Beginners and children
Just 2 minutes from the center of town, this large ski area for children, beginners and intermediate skiers.
Located at the foot of Charamillon on the Balme ski area, these sunny slopes are ideal apprentice skiers and snowboarders. Little ones are welcomed at the ski kindergarten.
Located at the entrance of the Argentière village, this ski area is ideal for beginners and great fun for children.
In the heart of Chamonix, at the foot of the Brevent, 2 drag lifts and a rolling carpet welcome beginners and children for their first turns. The area has artificial snow and ski kindergarten.
Small family-run skiing area with two ski-tows, a rope tow for beginners and a pulley lift for the little ones.
For beginners, les Houches offers the Tourchet slope, situated at the center of the village.
Where to stay
The Hotel Mont Blanc is a beautiful, typical Chamonix Valley style hotel. The traditional style is complimented by contemporary considerations, allowing this 100-year-old hotel to to retain its historic authenticity while catering to every need of the modern visitor.
The Suites, situated on the top floor are wonderfully light-filled and spacious. These suites boast private saunas and balconies, with breathtaking views of Mont-Blanc. The Superior Rooms offer cosy, chic accommodation with all you would need from a luxury hotel.
The Spa offers treatments and massages, and also boasts a heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi where you can soak in the warm water after a hard day on the slopes and admire the mountain vistas. The delightfully designed, cosy bar is a great place to relax with a glass of champagne or latest cocktail creation. The crown on the hotel facilities however, has to be Le Matafan Restaurant, run by Head Chef Mickey Bourdillat offering some fabulous cuisine including menus such as Roasted Foie gras preserved quince with pepper, followed by Roasted fillet of venison with cranberries, autumn vegetables and of course the local cheese board.
How to get here
The Chamonix valley is situated in the north-westerly part of the Alps, just 15 km from the Swiss border via the Col des Montets and 15 km from Italy via the Mont-Blanc tunnel.
The Train station ‘Chamonix Mont-Blanc’ is located in the village with Connections Regional Express Train Rhône-Alpes (TER) and High Speed Train (TGV) from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet at 20 km. From Chamonix, the Mont-Blanc Express train line serves all the villages of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet to Martigny France side, through Les Bossons, Les Houches, Servoz; Swiss side, through Les Praz, Argentiere and Vallorcine.
We hope you enjoy this ski season and we have inspired you with two of our favourites. If you travel to either of these hotels, we would love to hear from you on how you enjoyed your stay.