Posted by: on Monday 07 October 2013
As the winter sports season gets underway, independent specialist ski operator, Ski Solutions hand-picks its top five alpine secrets including unique and boutique chalets, hotels and experiences.
From a luxury boutique chalet at the heart of Verbier and a hidden farmhouse retreat in Champoluc, to a new VIP Gondola ride in Zermatt, Ski Solutions has the ideal break for a memorable winter escape this season.
1. New for 2013/14 - VIP Gondola experience: Zermatt, Switzerland
Those hitting the slopes in Zermatt this season can enjoy star treatment in the new VIP Gondola on the Matterhorn Express. The blacked-out gondola with deluxe leather seats enables guests to sit back and enjoy the 30-minute ride towards Matterhorn whilst sipping champagne and listening to their favourite soundtrack, in complete privacy. The VIP Gondola can be booked in advance with Ski Solutions and prices start from £75 for up to four people. To book call 020 7471 7700.
2. New Alpine hideaway: Champoluc, Italy
The Hotellerie de Mascognaz is a new boutique bolthole featuring just seven double-bedroom suites. Located in a restored alpine farmhouse and tucked away, high above the resort of Champoluc, the property enjoys complete isolation and is accessible by skidoo only. The property exudes alpine chic with exposed wooden beams, roaring log fires and large comfy beds. A spa features a 20m indoor pool, sauna, steam room and Turkish bath along with an indoor driving range. The hotel restaurant serves up mouthwatering cuisine and boasts an excellent wine cellar.
Package:Ski Solutions offers seven nights half-board accommodation at the Hotellerie de Mascognaz from £1,355 per person, departing London Heathrow on 14 December. The price is based on two sharing and includes return scheduled flights and private transfers.
3. Boutique chalet retreat at the heart of lively resort: Verbier, Switzerland:
The Basalte Trois Roc is an immaculate alpine chalet located at the heart of the lively resort of Verbier, just steps away from the main ski lift. The stylish property, which combines traditional elements of an alpine lodge - such as exposed wood beams - with contemporary touches, sleeps up to eight guests in four sumptuous bedroom suites. Chalet guests may enjoy the facilities of the neighbouring W Verbier, set to open in December. This chalet is the ideal choice for groups of friends or an extended family.
Package:Ski Solutions offers seven nights chalet board accommodation at the five-star Basalte Trois Roc from £1,440 per person, departing London Heathrow on 15 December. Price is based on two sharing and includes 25% early booking discount and free lift passes for bookings made by 18 October.
4. Alpine ‘home from home’: Zermatt, Switzerland
A chic choice for groups and families, the family-owned Hotel Cervo caters for all types of snow sport enthusiasts with spa suites and private chalets in a welcoming home from home environment. The property features just 33 guest rooms, including five suites, between five chalets. Each chalet can sleep up to 10 guests in four guest rooms and is fully equipped with a private wellness area featuring sauna, steam room and massage room. The property boasts stunning views of Matterhorn and is less than a 10-minute walk from Zermatt station and the new VIP Gondola.
Package:Ski Solutions offers seven nights half-board accommodation at the five-star Hotel Cervo from £2,065 per person, departing London Heathrow on 14 December. Price is based on two sharing and includes flights and Swiss rail transfers.
5. Best for breathtaking views: Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
The Amangani Hotel, with its unique location over 2,000m above sea level, offers panoramic views of the mountains around the Grand Teton National Park. The hotel is an intimate luxury lodge experience, with just 40 spacious suites each with king size beds and feature fireplaces. The hotel boasts a spa and fitness centre in addition to a sauna and outdoor swimming pool, and The Grill restaurant, serving hearty cuisine.
Package:Ski Solutions offers seven nights half-board accommodation at the hotel Amangani on a room-only basis from £3,365 per person, departing London Heathrow on 14 December. The price is based on two sharing and includes return scheduled flights and private transfers.
For more information or to book call 020 7471 7749
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.