Favourite Resort: It has to be Courchevel – no where else in the world has such naturally easy access to ski terrain like this. Being in Courchevel at New Year is a bit like being on a Hollywood film set, but bling aside, it’s remains a stunningly beautiful place with truly world class skiing and a lift system to match.
(I wish we could import the Tapas from the Pyrenees, the friendliness of the Italian ski instructors, and the aprés ski from Austria).
Favourite Property: Chalet Maurine in Verbier – the best located chalet in town … close to aprés, and super close to the lift station. Love the steep off piste terrain of Verbier, followed by a relaxing outdoor dip in the hot tub with a beer and good company. It’s the simple things in life.
Best Ski Memory: New Year’s morning in Courchevel, with 30cms of fresh snow on a cold, crisp and clear day. The resort was completely full but the 1st lift of the day and entire ski area were utterly deserted as everyone had overindulged the night before.
It felt like we had Les Trois Vallees to ourselves – surreal and amazing !
Best Kaluma Tip: Try new resorts and hotels, not always the obvious options. Take experienced advice. The local knowledge will add a huge amount of value, but should cost nothing.