New season ski trends you need to book now
From alpine spas to off-piste havens, here are four news ways to get your ski fix this winter
Get a head for heights at Le Refuge de Solaise, which will open this season and is due to become the highest hotel in the French Alps, at an astonishing 2,551m. The hotel is set high above Val d’Isère and features 16 hotel rooms, four apartments ranging from two to eight beds, and a convivial dormitory. For uninterrupted views, this new offering should be hard to beat and boasts an outdoor jacuzzi, sauna, pool and fantastic French restaurant and bar. Prices for seven nights B&B at Le Refuge de Solaise start from £1,440pp including flights, transfers and B&B accommodation.
Our Retreat is hosting a number of ski escapes in Chamonix, where snow-lovers will be training with special guest hosts. The first six-day retreat in January 2020 will see two-time Olympic snowboarder, Aimee Fuller, co-host and train with guests. Following retreats this season will be co-hosted by more inspiring names from the fitness arena including Emily Cohen, Roo Hammer and Richie Norton. Perfect for solo travellers and wellness seekers, the Our Retreat holidays offer skiing and snowboarding, alongside body conditioning and a range of wellness sessions from morning yoga to guided meditation with accommodation in cosy Alpine chalets. Prices for Our Retreat Chamonix start from £1,250 per person on an all-inclusive basis, including all meals, accommodation, classes, activities and airport transfers.
Powder And Pamper
The exclusive ski destination of Andermatt has seen £100million of investment in the last decade, joining up with Sedrun last year and the area of Disentis this year to add further runs and fantastic terrain for guided off-piste adventures to its offering. For true glamour, base yourself at The Chedi in Andermatt, where guests will find 180km of piste on the doorstep, a world-leading mountain-view spa and wellness centre, and every conceivable luxury on tap. Aprés ski, the hotel also boasts a 6,000-bottle wine cellar, bespoke cheese room and two gourmet restaurants. Prices for seven nights at The Chedi Andermatt from £2,755pp inclusive of flights, transfers and B&B accommodation.
Combine days carving through powder with evenings dining in style at Severin’s new Chef Series at The Alpine Retreat, Lech. This season, the Tyrolean timber five-star hotel which boasts nine ‘super suites’ complete with mountain vistas, log fireplaces and private terraces will host Michelin-star winning Tom Aikens alongside other renowned chefs from the UK for the ultimate gourmet experience in the mountains. The chefs will work in collaboration with Severin’s head chef Kevin Szalai, whose passion is local, mountain produce and traditional Austrian cuisine. Nightly rates from £630.