We’ve put together the top news stories for winter 17/18, from a multi-million pound investment in one of Europe’s most popular resorts, Val d’Isère, to a new Four Seasons hotel in Mègeve and our brand new ski apartments collection, we reveal all.
£170m development in Val d’Isère
Starting this autumn, the next five years will see the creation of ‘Le Coin de Val’ in the centre of Val d’Isère, a massive development project promising 900 extra guest beds in two luxury hotels and tourist residences. The new jewel in the crown will also include chalets, shops, restaurants and childcare facilities. Whilst it has been described as a redevelopment of existing structures, it is also touted as being the most ambitious building project seen in the Alps in 20 years, reportedly ‘eclipsing’ the creation of Arc 1950 in Les Arcs.
Covering 22,000m, the development will emerge from the area bounded by the bus station, Dick’s Tea Bar and part of Avenue Olympique towards La Daille. Constructed in stone, slate and wood, it will be designed to minimise energy consumption – rainwater and snowmelt will be recycled to feed the sanitation system, and geothermal energy will help to heat the buildings. In addition, the former oldest cable car station in France, Tête de Solaise, is about to be transformed into the country’s highest hotel with spa, restaurant, huge sun terrace and amazing 360 degree views.
The Epic Pass just got turbo-charged
Available from Ski Solutions, this winter’s Epic Pass now offers unlimited, unrestricted access to an incredible 15 top ski resorts. With the addition of Whistler Blackcomb and Stowe Mountain Resort this winter, the Epic Pass now truly offers coast-to-coast skiing in North America. If that wasn’t already enough, Epic Pass holders also enjoy limited access to 30 European ski
In some resorts the number of available days is restricted, reliant on users staying in specific partner accommodation, or booking tickets in advance. Nevertheless, for skiers who are keen to ski the world over and happy to work around some European resort limitations, the Epic Pass can work out as fantastic value for money. Adult passes cost $859 (£674) and child passes (age 5-12) cost $449 (£352)*.
*Prices in USD. Prices correct at time of printing.
New flights direct to Denver
For those keen to ski in Colorado this winter, getting there just got even easier. As of September, low-cost airline Norwegian Air will offer flights direct from London Gatwick to Denver on Tuesdays and Saturdays, increasing to three times a week from November. British Airways is currently the only other airline offering direct flights to Denver from London, so this comes as a welcome addition – and one that will significantly reduce the cost of flying to top ski destinations including Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Winter Park.
Ski Solutions launches new ski apartments
Big news from Ski Solutions, in addition to catered chalets and hand-picked ski hotels, we now offer self-catered apartments in some of Europe’s best resorts. The self catering option is a welcome addition to our current portfolio, allowing those who like flexibility and independence to still take full advantage of our expertise.
Many residences in the Ski Apartment Collection (carefully handpicked by our in-house experts) benefit from ski-in ski-out locations and onsite boulangeries – so making that magical first lift, croissant in hand, has never been easier. With no set meal times and 24-hour reception, guests can happily come and go as they like, dine where they wish, stay out extra late after après ski or cosy up indoors and cook for themselves. All ski apartment holidays are tailor-made with flight times to suit, and private transfers.
Six Senses to make Swiss debut
Five-star hotel chain Six Senses make their debut in Crans-Montana with their new cluster of 17 deluxe dwellings and one larger hotel spread over two buildings. With 47 suites, the new hotel-apartment is being built in a prime position, at the foot of the slopes. Natural and sustainable materials, chosen to blend into the surroundings, are being used throughout the two buildings. Both will allow guests access to all the luxury facilities they have come to expect with a Six Senses hotel such as cutting edge technologies, a 22,000ft2 spa, gourmet restaurants and luxurious bars. Similarly, the residences are being built in the purest of Alpine styles, with 13 already available for purchase. The separate, opulent dwellings will come in all sizes, from one bedroom snugs for couples, to four bedroom family lodgings. All residents will also have access to all of the Six Senses’ luxury facilities. Building work will end in 2020 and the hotel is sure to be a fantastic addition to the up and coming Crans-Montana ski resort.
Four Seasons to open in Megève this winter
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s leading luxury hospitality companies, has announced that its first European mountain destination hotel is opening in Megève France, which is big news for the 17/18 winter season. Facing Mont Blanc and located just 70km from Geneva Airport, Megève boasts more than 130 groomed Alpine runs and some impressive off-piste terrain.
As the resort’s first hotel to offer direct access to the Mont d’Arbois slopes, the 55-room Four Seasons Hotel Megève will be nestled into the base of Mont d’Arbois’ mountainside, creating a luxurious haven for skiers directly on the slopes. Commenting on the project, J. Allen Smith, President and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said “Retaining the history and character of Mont d’Arbois while introducing Four Seasons legendary personalised service, we will create something yet unseen in the French Alps.” Four Seasons is one of our most popular hotel chains, so we’re pleased to be able to offer this fabulous new hotel to our clients this winter – contact us to find out more.
And finally, brand new for winter 17/18, we couldn’t resist Norway’s iconic fjords, epic ski terrain and the chance to see the Aurora Borealis. Contact us to find out more.