21 May A look back on the 2012/13 Kaluma Ski Season
Months move like minutes and seasons like days, or so it seems. December 2012 doesn’t seem that long ago and now here we are, in May 2013 looking forward to the summer months.
The winter season was a great one, some excellent snow conditions across the Alps, some great skiing, some new resorts and lots of happy guests (we hope!)
So what have we learnt this season…..
Our guests loved the TeaPigs Tea in our chalets, where we had a choice of Peppermint, Camomile and Green Tea’s. The cereal provided by Rude Health was a big hit and stocks were ravished through the winter season, so a great success again with our healthy start to the ski day. Thanks to both of these favoured suppliers for their help in the winter season.
New offerings and accommodation in Val D’Isere, Megeve, Ischgl and Zermatt proved a success and saw our program grow year on year.
Ischgl being a particular favourite of Andy’s; a great ski area with endless pistes, long long runs and the famous “Duty Free” run down into Switzerland for some duty free shopping. Great off-piste routes and runs, an awesome snow park and superb mountain restaurants and bars offer fun on the slopes. Off the slopes the town is a party mecca; great food, lively bars and late night clubs and excellent traditional apres ski! A resort that favours the party people and groups, as opposed to families (who can easily stay in nearby family friendly Galtur). For an all round ski holiday experience, Ischgl ticks all the boxes!!
Our chalets in Courchevel and St Anton once again proved ever popular. Our guests in Maisonnée A and Maisonnée B appreciate the luxury at sensible prices for Courchevel 1850, which as a resort continues to blossom and improve year on year.
Our Chalet Montfort in St Anton is also a firm favourite with regulars and groups who love the location, the style and the open bar!
We also know the importance of our service and staff to our winter holidays. They are, without doubt the most important factor of our holidays. We spend a lot of time getting our recruitment right to be able to offer the great food and great service that we have become known for. So a big thank you to our Kaluma Staff from the 2012-13 winter season. Hoping for some more returners next season….
If you do happen to be reading this and are interested in jobs for next winter, then please do get in touch if you would like to be part of this close knit service team.
With a look ahead to next winter, we are planning a few changes, to be announced later in the summer. But we look forward to more guests in Lech, with the inclusion of our new Chalet offering, Chalet Sandhof and a new hotel right at the foot of the slopes….with its very own ice rink! Verbier, an ever popular resort offers more opportunity for the Kaluma team. So watch this space!
With the summer months upon us already (maybe not by the dreadful UK weather) but certainly in the South of France and St Tropez, where our Kaluma Retreats program gears up for another summer. Stunning weather, a great coastline, super yachts, bustling harbours, beautiful beaches, tempting beach clubs and adorable village atmosphere and life. A favourite with the celebrity jet set, St Tropez doest have to be over the top and lavish, the secrets of the area can be revealed by those who know it best….the Kaluma locals who live there! A truly stunning holiday destination and perfect to escape the drizzle of the UK!
Other offerings that have caught our eye are the peach, the tranquility and the options available for a stunning get-a-way in Norway at the Lyngen Lodge or with our Basecamp Explorer programme.
Also in the Alps, a few of our hotels offer some interesting options to explore and visit the Alps during the summer. The Hotel M3 in St Anton offers a great programme that includes the hire of BMW Motor Bikes for unlimited use to explore the alpine passes. Running weeks, fitness weeks and St Anton as a great base to explore the Alps. Or Kitzbuhel provides a great place to enjoy alpine golf and activities.