Posted by: on Monday 21 October 2013
As people begin planning their ski holidays for the forthcoming season, independent ski operator, Ski Solutions, recommends its top lesser-known ski destinations. All of which offer fantastic alternatives to high profile resorts such as Val-d’lsere, Tignes, St Anton and Verbier.
Ski Solutions Managing Director Craig Burton says: “There are a number of lesser known destinations that offer a great alternative to the better-known resorts which can be very busy at peak times. We provide comprehensive resort guides, with insider tips from our ski experts to help people make an informed decision about where to ski, and to give them the confidence to try somewhere new this season ”.
Best for families – Pila, Italy – Seven nights during half-term from £995pp:
This hidden gem of the Aosta Valley is the ideal choice for families looking to avoid the hustle and bustle and lift queues of the popular family-friendly French resorts of Tignes and Val-d’Isere. Pila has over 70km of well-groomed pistes catering to all levels, including wide blue runs for beginners. The high altitude means that the resort enjoys a sunny position by day and a good covering of snow throughout the season. Dining out in Pila is reasonably priced, with even the slope-side restaurants offering exceptional value for money, whilst the après ski scene is laid back. Located just a six-minute walk from the slopes, La Chance is a beautiful boutique hotel featuring stylish bedrooms and a luxury spa with Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath.
Package:Ski Solutions offers seven nights half-board accommodation at La Chance hotel from £995 per person during February half-term, departing London Heathrow on 16 February 2014. The price is based on two adults sharing.
Best for après ski – Solden, Austria – Seven nights from £489pp:
With its chic après-ski scene boasting lively bars and clubs, Solden offers a great value alternative to the established resort of St Anton. Located in the Otz Valley, the resort is a relative newcomer to British skiers but has become more popular over recent years due to its excellent snow record. There is an extensive network of slopes with runs for all abilities and a six-day lift pass can be extended to include the neighbouring resort of Obergurgl. The Chalet Karl Riml is ideally located close to the lifts and offers all the perks of a catered chalet. The property exudes Austrian charm and features 15 spacious en-suite bedrooms, communal space with separate living and dining areas and a heated ski and boot room.
Package:Ski Solutions offers seven nights catered accommodation at the Chalet Karl Riml from £489 per person, departing London Gatwick on 15 December. The price includes breakfast, afternoon tea and three-course evening meal six days per week, flights and transfers. Price is based on two adults sharing.
Best value short-break– Isola 2000, France – Four nights all-inclusive from £575pp:
Less than a 90-minute transfer from Nice and with guaranteed snow, the lesser known resort of Isola 2000 is perfect for a long weekend and offers a value for money Southern Alps alternative to some of the pricier resorts in the north. Although best suited to intermediate and advanced skiers due to its high altitude runs, there is something for everyone across the resort’s 40 pistes, including a nursery slope for beginners.The Club Hotel Pas du Loup is a newly refurbished property with an unbeatable ski-in ski-out location. The hotel’s full-board package includes buffet breakfast, lunchtime sandwich buffet, afternoon tea with cake and buffet-style evening meals with unlimited wine.
Package: Ski Solutions offers four nights all-inclusive accommodation at the Club Hotel Pas du Loupe from £575 per person, departing London Gatwick on 12 December. Price is based on two adults sharing.
Best for luxury – Andermatt, Switzerland – Seven nights five-star from £2,245pp:
The resort of Andermatt, one of the snowiest in the Swiss Alps, is largely undiscovered by British skiers and offers an ideal alternative for those seeking a little bit of luxury away from the likes of Verbier’s jetset. Even as a popular year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts, the town is remarkably tranquil. Andermatt has two mountains offering over 78 miles of quiet slopes, with pistes suitable for all abilities. Alpine chic meets Asia sleek at The Chedi, a stylish five-star property featuring 106 spacious and beautifully appointed rooms and suites. All bedrooms are en-suite with separate bath, rain shower and heated stone floors. The hotel’s facilities include a spa, swimming pool, bar, restaurant and wine cellar.
Package:Ski Solutions offers seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation at the five-star The Chedi from £2,245 per person, departing London Heathrow on 14 December. Price includes private transfers and is based on two adults sharing.
For more information or to book call 020 7471 7700
All prices correct at writing; subject to availability.
Ski Solutions are the UK’s original specialist ski tour operator and travel agency, with over 25 years experience of arranging hotel and chalet holidays to the Alps and North America.