12 Nov Top 10 Resorts FOR YOU
Top 10 Resorts FOR YOU
Everyone has a “type” don’t they? So what type of person are you? What do you look for on your ski holiday. We have tried to match 10 “types” with the best ski holiday resort.
Party Person: If you love a party, you prefer the “après” to the actual “ski” and you want to go just as hard (or harder) off the slopes as on them, then you need look no further then Ischgl. Everything you need for your party is right here in this fantastic party resort. Huge night clubs (like Pasha) for big party nights and late night dancing. Fantastic après ski bars with fire shows, scantily clad ladies dancing on bars, happy hours, live music. Mountain bars, resort bars, underground clubs, wine bars, dive bars. This resort will not disappoint!
The Family type: Ski holidays are all about family. Spending time together as a family, watching the kids faces light up as they master the snow plough turn, sit back on their heels and bomb down the slopes! Proud Dad and very nervous Mum! You like relaxed evenings in, in a home away from home but with enough fun activities to do outside of skiing. Then you would not go far from with either our Chalet Narnia in St Anton – perfect for families, great facilities and the resort itself has one of the biggest ski schools in Europe. There is also the Wellness Centre with indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, relax areas – sports center with bowling, climbing walls and fun for all the family – not to mention the horse and sleigh rides, the tobogann tracks and and and……
Adrenalin Junky: You love the mountains because of the chance to strap on a backpack, an avalanche transceiver and hike off into the back country for a day of exploring untracked powder. Or on a whim you want to get a helicopter for an afternoons heli skiing in the back and beyond. Perhaps you like the idea of being strapped to a parachute, tightening your bindings and fly off the side of the mountain. You like big bumps and challenging off piste as much as you like the buzz of a lively après bar and dancing the night away….then Verbier is the perfect place to visit for a weekend fix of adrenaline! Come with a group of adrenaline junky friends for a weekend break and our Chalet Maurine would be perfect!
The Piste Basher: Perhaps an obvious answer to this one and its hard to suggest anywhere else….with an extensive network of runs from greens-blues-reds and a few blacks, always well groomed and connecting several resorts together. You love exploring and some “destination” skiing on flattering slopes. Skiing, cruising with friends or family or simply churning up the km’s on your own, The 3 Valleys is just right for you and Courchevel provides the perfect resort to accommodate you! A home from home in our Chalet Maisonnee.
The “love-a-luncher”: This is a tough one – as there are so many good spots to lunch in many resorts. But if you really like a bit of variety, trying different places, are happy to ski “hard” all morning and be done by 1.30pm- ready to enjoy the sun terrace and a slow glass of rose or a cosy corner, open fire and a gluhwein – some great food then you would be hard pressed to beat Kitzbuhel in Austria. Not only is it a a great ski area but you have a very high concentration of traditional “gemutlich” ski huts on the mountain. Ranging from the posh and extravagant to the rough and ready traditional farmers lunch. Lots of choice amongst lots of runs – that only leave s a small run down or even better – a lift at the end of the day!
The Event Planner: You’re an event planner, your organise corporate trips or company trips and are looking to go to a ski resort for an off site or a bit of client entertaining or a conference then we can help you here! We specialize (in great detail) in The Arlberg Region, Courchevel and Verbier. Here you have in resort managers to manage everything for you – take out all your stress and run the events for you. Also, these resorts offer everything you would want for a corporate trip. Great skiing for all abilities, fantastic restaurants for entertaining and fine dining, great bars and clubs for fun and socializing and a host of après ski activities that can be arranged to keep people occupied. Also the resorts are kitted out with event and conference centers and facilities.
The Groom & his Stags: Two resorts spring to mind here. St Anton is tried and tested in this department. It has everything you want for a stag doo. Great skiing, lovely accommodation (cheaper options also available), outrageous après ski bars who welcome the fancy dress, the fun and the delights and merriment of a fun group of stags. Wine tasting, toboganning, fine dining, live music, and even one of thos bars where girls dance with not much on (if you know what we mean!). A close second would be Val Thorens – a great resort, the highest in Europe – snow sure, skin/out and with some great value accommodation if not looking for the super lux hotels. A host of activities, ski-dooing, a zipwire, ice driving as well as some great bars and late night clubs. Easy access from 3 airports and even the chance to bling up the stag with a helicopter arrival transfer! We’re happy to help (and join in!)
The Escapist: You like to ski alone and get away from the crowds? Then Zurs would be perfect for you – a small, quaint, traditional Austrian village which remains chic and sophisticated. Lovely hotels, open fires, big mountains, large skiing area linked to Lech and the rest of the Arlberg. Lech is on your doorstep to when you are ready for a mooch around the shops, a coffee in the sun/snow and soak up that mountain atmosphere.
You love to come away on a romantic break – just the two of you? St Martin de Bellville would be perfect for you. A romantic weekend tucked up in a delightful hotel, with open fires, fur rugs and throws, intimate and cosy. A small resort, friendly locals, some excellent fine dining for romantic meals at the exquisite La Bouitte. The perfect place for a romantic proposal?
You love the mountains and want to enjoy all they have to offer, escaping the hustle and bustle of your “normal” life? This would have to be Zermatt. Lying under the Matterhorn (the worlds most photographed mountain!) this car free, eco friendly resort is the perfect mountain retreat for those that love skiing, the mountains and being looked after. Excellent at excellence! Fresh, clean air, delightful hotels maintaining its Swiss mountain tradition – Zermatt is great for families, couples or groups of friends who love the mountains.
The Ski Bum: You want to do a ski season – you have already done a ski season – you just love the seasonnaire culture – you ski as many times as you possibly can do through a ski season….?? Sound familiar?
Then you should be looking at the likes of Val D’Isere or St Anton or Verbier. These resorts have access to fantastic ski areas – and multiple ski areas as well, so you wouldn’t get bored. There is also great seasonnaire scenes here, with many people coming for “one season” about 15 years ago – and still going strong! Both resorts that fill up with “proper skiers / boarders” – where the bars are quiet each night there is a good snowfall and there is a buzz on the first lifts every morning there is a blue sky powder day. Friendly and fun and the true mountain lover will be rewarded with great snow, great runs, great people in a great resort.
The Gourmet: We all have our favourite restaurants in and around the Alps. Courchevel has a 7 Michelin starred restaurants (that we know of) and believe it is the highest amount in any ski resort? Food plays a big part in this resort. We should also mention St Martin de Bellville for the La Bouite, Michelin star restaurant with a stunning terrace and the option of a helicopter back to Courchevel afterwards…
St Anton has the Verwal Stube – the highest Michelin rated restaurant and holder of 3 Traube (chefs hats) at well over 2000m. Specializing in fresh fish, which is quite a treat in a land locked country stuck up a mountain!
St Christoph, for any gourmet is a must visit with the worlds biggest big bottled wine cellar, the Hospiz Alm is right up there as one of the best Alpine destination restaurants.
So, what’s your type? Where will you be skiing this winter…..